Be glad in the Lord and rejoice! Psalm 32:11

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Book Reviews - Three for One Special!

Well, I got a bit behind in posting my Christmas Book Reviews, so today, you get a special "Three for One" deal! :)

First up - "Comfort and Joy" by India Knight.

About The Book:

It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up "a few last- minute bits and bobs." Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect. A challenge even in the best of times, but particularly when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini . . . and some olives."

"Comfort and Joy" is an absolute joy to read!  In a story that is spread out over three holiday seasons, the reader is brought right into Clara's family celebrations with her entire extended family, which includes two ex-husbands, three children, her family, their families and a host of friends. Clara struggles to give her bunch the "perfect" Christmas experience, but it isn't until the very end that she finally realizes that Christmas is made when her family and friends are together, no matter where the holiday is celebrated. Full of quirky English humor, this story is a lot of fun!  I loved this book, and Highly Recommend it!

Next up - A Piggly Wiggly Christmas by Robert Dalby.

About The Book:

When the new First Lady of Second Creek, Gaylie Girl Dunbar, approaches her new husband, Mayor Hale Dunbar, former owner of the local Piggly Wiggly market, with a civic project involving Christmas caroling around the historic town square, all the local church choirs quickly sign up for the big event.

But when an electrical fire devastates the square's beautiful old buildings a week before Christmas, everything is thrown into chaos. It falls to the town's indefatigable army of matrons-the Nitwitts-to find a way to revive the holiday spirit and raise money to rebuild. It will take a miracle... But it's Christmas in Second Creek, where everyday miracles are a way of life.

This was a very enjoyable holiday read, but if you haven't read the previous three books (Waltzing At The Piggly Wiggly, Kissing Babies At The Piggly Wiggly, and A Piggly Wiggly Wedding) you are going to be a little lost at first.  Keeping that in mind, this is a good, old-fashioned Southern charmer of a story. Lots of humor and lots of heart-warming moments.

And last, but not least - "An O'Brien Family Christmas" by Sherryl Woods.

About The Book:

 Dating Matthew O’Brien-a playboy and a younger man-cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love-and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew’s objections.

It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about joining the O’Briens for a Dublin holiday. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?

Meanwhile, the O’Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell’s unexpected romance with an old flame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime opportunities?

I love Sherryl Woods' "Chesapeake Shores" series, and this novel continues the story of the lively O'Brien clan and their love lives.  Woods takes the family to Dublin, Ireland in this tale, where the matriarch Nell reunites with an old flame, while her grandson Matthew tries his best to win back his girl Laila in time for a Christmas wedding. 

It helps to know a lot of the back-story of this series, but readers who are new to the stories can still pick up what is going on with who, what, when and where easily. 

One of my fondest wishes is to visit Ireland one day, but until then, a trip with the O'Briens at Christmas time is almost as good! 

So, there ya go - three reviews of three great holiday stories.  I hope you will try these out, and as always, Happy Reading Ya'll!



Melissa said...

I have An O'Brien Family Christmas in my list to read! I'm going to try to bump it up!

Lindsay Cummings author said...

awh, I love Christmas books! thanks for sharing!

Here's my review of Incarnate. Stop by and leave your thoughts?!


Beth Hoffman said...

I have a dear friend who collects Christmas books. I'll send her your link!

Diana Guess said...

Thank you for this great book reviews. Due to the approach of Christmas, I look up for some interesting seasonal books, to have an occupation in my spare time. I think I'll read "A Piggly Wiggly Christmas" by Robert Dalby, if it's downloadable on All you can books... a great site where you can for free many captivating titles! If not, I'll buy it for sure.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thank you all for stopping by! Hope you find something fun to read here!