Saturday, December 18, 2010

Review- Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul is a delightful story about what happens to the neighborhood cat lady and the office nerd when a little bit of Christmas magic drops into their otherwise mundane little lives.

I loved the anti-hero aspects of the main characters. Both the hero and heroine are boring, non-descript people. Cora lives a solitary existence with her pet cat and though she participates in Christmas rituals, never actually celebrates the holiday. At thirty, Simon still lives with his parents and carries around the sting of rejection left over from his geeky high school years. But as the author peels back their layers to reveal a beauty that runs deeper than what's on the surface, we really begin care about these characters.

I loved the idea of a novel mixing magic and fantasy with an element of faith. It was completely different than anything I've ever read. This is a Cinderella fairy tale complete with a wicked sister, a magical ball and a Prince Charming. And it definitely charmed me this Christmas.

Want more info? Here's the back cover blurb:
Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?

In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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