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Review: Christmas on Cape Cod

Christmas on Cape Cod

Christmas on Cape Cod
By Nan Rossiter
Zebra, ASIN, B079KTR5ZP, 67 pp.

The Short of It:

A heartwarming story about family, love, and creating new traditions during the Christmas season.

The Rest of It:

I am no stranger to Nan Rossiter’s work. I think I’ve read nearly everything she’s published. Whenever I hear about something she’s written, I’m always eager to read it because it’s guaranteed to make you feel good. Christmas on Cape Cod can now be added to that feel-good list.

Christmas on Cape Cod includes some notable characters from Rossiter’s novel, The Gin and Chowder Club. which I also reviewed on this blog. That said, I don’t think you have to read the books in any kind of order. This story centers around Christmas so now is the perfect time to read it.

Asa and his son Noah head up to see his parents on the Cape for Christmas. As a single parent, Asa has his challenges but his good friend Maddie comes along for the ride and the three of them learn what Christmas means as they figure out this new life together.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s short but so full of good. Christmas stories (and movies) can be a little sappy in the telling but not here. Christmas on Cape Cod is all about family, and traditions and food and drink. It’s about letting go of what you know, in order to create something wonderful and new.

If you want to feel good, pick it up, start a fire and drink a mug of Glug, which is proudly featured in the book.

You can get Christmas on Cape Cod as a stand-alone ebook here.

Or, you can get Making Spirits Bright which is a Christmas anthology including Christmas on Cape Cod. Click here for that.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: Florida

Florida

Florida (stories)
By Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books, 9781594634512, June 2018, 288pp.

The Short of It:

Really enjoyed this collection.

The Rest of It:

This review has been a long-time coming. I don’t know what it is but story collections are never read by me in any normal kind of way. I chip away at them. Bit by bit. Sometimes not even story by story. I pick them up, and put them down. That was how it was with Florida, although it was no reflection on the stories themselves because I really enjoyed them.

I read some of these stories too long ago to give you details but the overall feel of them pulled me in and they had this rawness which stuck with me. The stories are so personal. They are the kind that call to you when you least expect it. I like to feel something when I read and I definitely do when I read Groff’s work.

Have you read this collection?

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.