Saturday, July 29, 2017

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited by: Stephanie Perkins
ISBN-10: 1250059305
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Midnights, by Rainbow Rowell

Mags has been waiting for a New Year’s kiss from Noel for what feels like forever, but every year he kisses another girl instead of her.

The Lady and the Fox, by Kelly Link

Each year on Christmas Eve, Miranda sees the same man standing in the snow outside, and every years she tries to visit him, but what Miranda doesn’t know is that there’s a dangerous curse holding him in place.

Angels in the Snow, by Matt De La Pena

Shy is stuck babysitting an out-of-town couple’s cat over Christmas break, so all week long he’s holed up in their apartment with no food. Things are looking quite grim until the girl from the apartment above comes down to visit him, and they end up being just what the other person needs.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me, by Jenny Han

Natalie has a unique job: she works for Santa Clause in the North Pole, along with all of his elves.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown, by Stephanie Perkins

Marigold is an animator and needs a worker’s voice at a nearby christmas farm for her short film project, but doesn’t know how to go about asking him, so instead she ends up buying a Christmas tree and re-decorating her entire apartment with the help of the worker in question, North . . . and she might even find a new love just in time for the Yuletide holiday.

Your Temporary Santa, by David Levithan

The main character’s boyfriend hatches a plan and asks him to play Santa Claus for Christmas in the hopes of getting his little sister to believe that Santa Claus still exists.

Krampuslauf, by Holly Black

One determined girl plans to throw an unforgettable Christmas party, but a few of the guests who arrive end up being not quite who she expected.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?, by Gayle Forman

Sophie is stuck at a college where she has no friends. On the night of Hanukkah she meets Russell, a friendly stranger and the first person who is truly able to understand her in a while.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus, by Myra McEntire

Vaughn is a troublemaker with a capital T, so he can’t believe he got stuck helping set up a pageant at a church. When nasty weather provides further complications, Vaughn ends up playing the part of Joseph in the pageant while the pastor’s friendly daughter, Gracie, whom Vaughn might have the tiniest crush on, is playing the part of Mary.

Welcome to Christmas, CA, by Kiersten White

A waitress is stuck with her job at a year-round, Christmas-themed restaurant, but when a new cook arrives in town and starts working at the restaurant, he might be her key to happiness.

Star of Bethlehem, by Ally Carter

Lydia swaps places with a girl at an airport and ends up being sent to a strange country, where her “boyfriend” and his family are waiting to meet her.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

Neve is betrothed to the stern preacher of the village, but when she begins receiving courting gifts from someone else, she somehow knows that she’s woke the Dreamer and he is the right man for her, even though he may not be entirely human.

This fun, romantic, holiday-themed anthology contains stories from twelve different authors that will give you the warm-and-fuzzies and make you want to read it with a cup of hot cocoa. The stories are all unique, and span many genres, from contemporary to paranormal, so you may enjoy some more than others.

The stories contain:

• Profanity (including the F-word)
• Kissing
• Physical attraction
• References to pranking and vandalizing property
• Holding someone prisoner
• A couple from one story is homosexual
• A preacher acts aggressively toward a female whom he wants to marry
• Drinking

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