One Wish: A Christmas Story By Jodi Thomas
Since this author is the reason why I picked up this book, I am glad to say that her book did not disappoint.
Samuel Thompson, considered a notched above the wolves of the wild west by the town people, is introduced watching a mercantile and the woman pacing inside the store. A woman he met as a girl when they started going to school. As it happened, she is the only girl who gave him a good memory the short time he attended school. Grown now, he still nurtures a soft spot for her. And tonight the reason he is braving the oncoming snow storm is because he knew her life would be in danger soon.
Margaret Allison, Maggie, grew up to be the only daughter of a rich mercantile owner and just two months ago she came back in town to bury her parents and is now alone in the world. She is introduced as lonely even when growing up and is now facing the upcoming holiday as alone as she always has been - no friends, and no family. Still in her spinster heart she wished for a loving man.
Robbers came in the mercantile, Sam came into the rescue attempt, and they ended up forced to be together for a few days to evade a robber intent on revenge. They play husband and wife - I kid you not - and the robber came to find their death and they live HEA.
The story is solid, as I expected from the author whom I just started reading a month or so ago. And having read at least four book of her that time I present the following issue about all her books that I read: THE RULES.
See, she made ALL her heroes or heroines (from the books I read)lay rules during the development of romance to create the conflict. In a book or two, I don't mind but to have it on all her books is just too formulaic or too overused or....it just makes me think of a cookie cutter that's being used over and over again. Don't get me wrong, her books so far entertained me in the past but with me reading this `ground rules' on every book made me pause to pick up another book from her in the future.
Second issue: I understand why the village people don't like Sam but WHY did they scorned or did not befriend Maggie as a girl and as a woman was not explained here on the book.
Over all, Ms. Thomas' story is a good hour or so read.
Naughty or Nice by Dewanna Pace
DNF so I think it's not fair to give a review. I really tried and until the middle of chapter 3 but I think it's just not my thing. Funny though because one of Ms. Pace's short story in the book "Give Me A Texas Outlaw" titled Most Wanted, was a blast to read for me. This one just isn't pulling me in or as interesting.
The Christmas Bell by Linda Broday
Sloan Sullivan is a Texas rancher, whose ranch happens to be near where a train was stranded because of a blizzard/snow storm. Seeing the train and its trouble, he rode on it with the needed woods, foods, and blankets.
Tess Whitgrove, the town's banker's daughter, is in the train who volunteered to bring the commissioned town bell from Boston to their Texas town. We learn soon that she volunteered to prove herself not a spoiled rich daughter to the town people (which to me just prove the point). But I am digressing.
So they get crowded in the train and they fall in love as they mother and father the rest of the passenger. I'm not kidding.
Characters are overused but I would not have mind if the plot isn't as predictable three chapters in the book. I would not have mind a monotonous normal activity if there is more challenging internal conflict rather than a spoiled rich girl proving herself and a working rancher dreaming about her.
So why did I read it? Because one secondary character intrigue me which is a sad thing because I am more invested on secondary characters than the main one.
2 stars (3 on the secondary character)
Away In A Manger by Phyliss Miranda
DNF, again I tried because I do like the main characters. It's just that within in chapter two I already can see where the story goes.
To each her/his own I suppose.
Overall, the three stories (except Jodi Thomas') are uncomplicated and very transparent from the very beginning. If not for Ms. Thomas' book the money would be a waste - for me.