Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Romance DIckens on Main



Title:  Christmas Romance at Dickens on Main
Author: Teresa Lilly; Paula Mowery; Stephanie Guerrero                                                
Pages: 220
Year: 2012
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform          
                Christmas Romance at Dickens on Main is a collection of three novellas centered on a small town in Texas during the Christmas season.  The novellas are all unique in that they aren’t of the same storyline, characters, or plots.  The three have in common the theme of the main characters unexpectantly finding love each with their soon to be spouses and having faith in the Lord.  One thing I really liked about all three novellas is the descriptions of the various antique stores and the Dickens on Main event.   The shops in the area give small trinkets for stocking stuffers to people who come in with the Christmas stockings that they received when they purchased tickets to the special event.  I don’t want to share too much and ruin your own enjoyment of reading it, for I certainly couldn’t put the book down until I completed the whole book.
The first novella written by Teresa Ives Lilly is entitled Where’s the Dickens?  Here readers will enjoy the story of a big city reporter who is sent to cover the happenings during Dickens on Main.  What he finds instead is a woman who captures his attention and helps him learn to view small town events in a new light.  However, what starts as a joke between the reporter, whose name is Charlie, and Rachel then becomes a reality for the characters, and it even has a twist at the end.
The second novella is written by Stephanie Guerero and is titled Time for Christmas.  In a different genre than the first novella, this story includes two investigators who are off to their respective vacations when the nation has an urgent need requiring their attention.  Since neither is looking for a relationship, it is a shock when the agents have to pose as a loving couple.  In addition, terrorists are looking to cause chaos in many small towns during the holiday events.  After both have seen the case resolved, the question to be answered is what happens next?
The final novella, Unexpected Love written by Paula Mowery, closes out the book.  The reader will be really surprised at the way this story ends.  Originally hired to solve a kidnapping case or a possible missing person’s case, two detectives come to the end of their leads without resolution.  When Kirsten attends Dickens on Main, she gets the shock of her life when a picture in her room shows hints that the man they are looking for may be in the area.  When Chad, the investigator, comes down to follow up on the possible lead, it causes him to begin seeing what God had in store for him for almost two years, and he never saw it coming.
Anyone who reads these novellas will really enjoy them, as I did!
My rating is 5+ stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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