October 28, 2013

Christmas Carol

Title:  Christmas Carol
Author:  Michele Gorman
Publisher:  Notting Hill Press
Medium:  Kindle

Goodreads Synopsis:
Carol hates Christmas. Being recently dumped, she’s not crazy about weddings either. So her sister Marley’s nuptials, over the Christmas weekend, are making her positively Scrooge-like. When she arrives at the stately home in rural Scotland to find her three ex-boyfriends in attendance, Carol has no choice but to face her ghosts to discover what really happened in those relationships, learning a lot about herself in the process. As the snow falls outside and the fire crackles in the hearth, might one of the wedding guests become the harbinger of Christmases to come?

It seems like every time I bring up my (personal) Facebook page there is some smarty pants with a giggle and snort who posts how many days until Christmas it is.  This usually starts about, say, July.  I get it.  It's cute and funny.  For about a week.  I'm one of those people who like to enjoy their holidays one at a time, and am okay with that.  I start thinking about holiday gifts in the Spring, but almost always forget by the following week.  I'm okay with that too.  I'm breaking with tradition and letting you all know now that Christmas is coming, and this novella is the perfect way to ease into the holiday season.

Last year I had the opportunity to review one of Michele Gorman's books.  I didn't realize until about 5 minutes ago how popular she is in the UK.  I'm totally flattered and humbled that her publisher reached out to me (me!!!) to read and review her newest novella Christmas Carol.  

I read the book over two evenings, but could have easily gotten through it if I had a couple of hours to lounge by the pool without any disturbances.  Reading time is in short supply these days, and a novella was exactly what I needed to get back into that groove.

I love Gorman's humor and wit.  As a reader, I appreciate how she can pack so much detail into a mere novella.  There was never a dull moment, there were many unique characters, there was a bit of snark, there was the up and the down and the up, and there was a a waterfowl that served up vodka.  Add in a healthy dose of Dickensesque and you have a very smart chick lit novella!  And yes, I said waterfowl and vodka in the same sentence.

All decked out in a beautifully wrapped package with a bow!

If you are short on time, need something to read, and love a heartwarming holiday read any time of year, then I think you will love Christmas Carol as much as I did.