Monday, December 13, 2010

Blog Tour: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

From the publisher: 
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.

About the Author (taken from her website): Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops.
“God must have imprinted 'teacher' on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.” Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh.

My thoughts: Overall I enjoyed the story. It was an extremely quick read and the storyline was simply charming. It was a sweet romance. The two main characters work together and have for years but never noticed each other until the some old matchmakers get involved. One thing I really liked was this was not a typical "dating" story. The male lead, Simon, was interested in someone a woman who would be able to accept him and his family (parents and disabled sister). He was interested in courting as well. I thought these two elements were a fresh take on a romance.

One thing I did find interesting was this statement made mid-way through the book...."We don't believe in witches. Wizards are another thing. Old and wise, that's what the root of 'wizard' means. And did you know a wizard can be male or female?"  Now let me just state that I enjoy fantasy novels. In fact, the Harry Potter books are favorites of mine. Having said that, I felt this statement a bit unnerving for some reason in a seemingly Christian novel. It seemed to me that the author was trying to justify the use of wizards in her story. I did not find it offensive, just curious.

In general I thought this a cute story and a fun read. Quick and simple. Although, I did think it ended too quickly. Given that it's a novella that's to be understand. But I'm always the reader that wants to know...what happened next?

You can purchase the book here.

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  1. hey! I got the same book for review! I decided not to read your review, as I am not done my book yet...when I am done and I post my review, I will come back and read yours!

  2. I too found it disturbing that the author tried to make wizards appear to be good - almost implied they were doing God's work. I personally believe that those are angels and not wizards. Kind of a strange interpretation for a Christian author.


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