Short Story Saturday – Christmas Edition

As the year is quickly coming to a close, I realize that I haven’t quite reached my reading goal of 78 books for the year. In an effort to meet that goal, I decided to read a couple of short Christmassy short stories that have been sitting on my reader for quite some time now. Read on for a quick review on these stories; short, sweet and to the point. Two that I recommend and one that you shouldn’t waste your time reading! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. And remember, it’s not too late to jump into a couple of short fun holiday reads!

Sex, Snow and Mistletoe by Laura Barnard

Sex, Snow and MistletoePublished: October 27, 2015

Book Blurb: Melinda is already having a crappy Christmas. Forced to attend some snotty bitch’s wedding is not the way to start out the holidays. But when a car crash pushes her into the path of a handsome stranger she’s glad to follow his snowy, sexy and seductive path. But is he too good to be true? And will she make it to the wedding before her best friend loses her mind with worry?
Please note this is a short story of 10k words

My Review

This holiday short had me chuckling from the get go.

A hilarious quick, fun, sexy read. A bit on the steamy side, though you could have guessed that from the title.  I’m hoping it’s a prequel to a full length novel as I’d love to know what happens next on Melinda’s adventure! Sex scene is a bit high on the blush meter, but I wouldn’t let that deter you from reading it, as it was tastefully executed and was not the main focus and point of the story.

5 stars for this quick, fun sexy read

I received a complementary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Currently $0.99 on Amazon. 

Christmas Carol by Morgan Mandel

Christmas CarolPublished: December 15, 2014

Book Blurb: Stranded for the Holidays in a snowstorm, famous author, Blake Dugan, discovers the true meaning of life and love through a waitress with the unique name of Christmas Carol.

Blake Dugan’s car gets smashed in a snowstorm and he’s stranded in a small town. At first, he’s annoyed by the tone-deaf singing of a local waitress. That’s before he learns the terrible secret compelling her to try and forget the unforgettable.

Can he help her forget? When his car’s ready, should he go, or should he stay?

My Review

A charming story about a famous author getting stuck during the holidays in a small town after getting hit in his car on the icy roads. Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise, as he may have found inspiration for his next novel. Or maybe he’s found inspiration in another, more important area of his life. Sometimes unexpected detours lead us to exactly what we need in our lives.

Together, they were rising above the obstacles to rebuild their lives.

5 stars for this charming Christmas story

I received a copy of this short story when it was free on Amazon. It’s currently $0.99 on Amazon, or free on Kindle Unlimited. 

Checkout Girl by Aimee Alexander

Checkout GirlPublished: December 2, 2014

Book Blurb: When an eighty-three year old woman dies, she is not transported straight to heaven. She’s taken on an unexpected detour back to her life shortly before she died. But she’s seeing the world from a different point of view. This is the first time she has ever experienced a detour being the best part of a journey.

My Review

This was an interesting short Christmas short story about an elderly woman and the blessed detour she takes after dying in a car accident. She’s able to make a checkout girl’s life better on her own route to the after-life. The theme of the story was that you should enjoy life while you can and do what you can to help others. There was also an important message to not treat others like they’re worthless. The theme of the story was heart-warming, but the execution of the story was a bit disappointing and I thought the story fell flat. What could have been a very charming story, turned out to be a bit confusing and dull.

3 stars for this lack-luster story

I received a copy of this short story when it was free on Amazon. It’s currently $0.99 on Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited. 

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