All I want For Christmas: Day 19 – Book review: The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan

Posted December 19, 2013 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments

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Do you believe in magic?
Do you believe in Christmas spirits?

One simple question for you guys. When is the best time to believe in miracles? Of course, at Christmas. It’s the day we celebrate all good on this planet, we feel cheerful and hope next year will be better for us all. It’s probably the contagious joy everyone around us is spreading that makes us appreciate this day even more. I wish it was Christmas every day, don’t you?

If by any chance, you still aren’t feeling festive, though Christmas is just around the corner, I wholeheartedly recommend you this fantastic book. It’s warm, festive and simply magical. It will instantly get you all festive, from the very first page.

It’s a mesmerizing tale with lovable characters. You’ll cheer for them, live through them, and what’s most important,they will make you believe in Christmas wonders. Most of the time while reading, I even head teary eyes because some of the stories were so heart breaking. To be completely frank, I had no idea I will like this book so much. I thought I’m too old for tales like this. But honestly people, I’m so thankful I read it. It’s such a feel good read, one that will definitely cheer you up and warm your hearts.

I adore Susan’s writing style and how each of the character’s stories intertwined creating one beautiful, layered tale about love, friendship and family. At first sight, these characters have nothing in common, except the fact they are living in a same town in Scotland, each having no reason to believe they will have a merry Christmas this year. When I was first introduced to Jacob, Sophie, Rebecca, Stanley and Meredith, honestly I had no idea what are they all doing in this story. What is that one thing that will connect (and change) their lives? Each of them is having a hard year, going through a break up, or they are jobless and feel all alone in this world. But you know what they say my friends? Hope dies last! (no pun intended)

I was simply astonished with how well the characters were developed, how much of their personality I could actually feel through not that many pages (it’s rather a short read). Needless to say, I could connect to each of them and sympathize with them. The more I think of all of them, I come to the realization I will miss them so terribly now that I finished reading. I literally devoured every single page wondering what will happen next. What miracles and transformations await for them all, can Christmas be saved and will they have their HEAs?

Honestly, I want to see these characters again, maybe in a full length novel and hope Susan will reconsider this. Trust me, once you start reading this book, you will not want it to end. It’s a wonderful Christmas read perfect for curling up with a cup of hot choc. I strongly recommend it to everyone, even those that don’t believe in Christmas ghost, spirits and angels. Merry Christmas to all of you and wish you a fabulous New Year!

My rating: 4/5

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