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Book Review: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies and James Newman Gray

Book Review: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies and James Newman Gray

Miracle on 34th Street
Valentine Davies
James Newman Gray
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
10/02/2018

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What the Book is About

Susan and  her mother don’t believe in Santa Clause. Afterall, he’s made up just like the tooth fairy, right? This is a re-telling of the classic story of Miracle on 34th Street. 

First Impressions

The illustrations in this book are stunning and the Christmas themed borders on the pages are beautiful. The drawings are what initially excited me about this book.

What I Liked

I love the magic of the book. My children don’t know about Santa Claus or believe in him either. As a mom of children with Autism, I chose not to teach them about these characters at a young age or they would have thought I was lying to them. Raising kids with Autism makes things challenging. 

I love that Santa takes the time to teach Susan about pretend and how to use her imagination. If I’d had this book to read to my little ones when they were small enough to believe in Santa, I might have considered telling them about Santa under the guise of pretend. 

Another thing I really like is that Santa distinguishes that not all wishes should come true. For example, just because we think we should have a new bike, doesn’t mean that’s what is best for us right now.

What I Didn’t Like

I didn’t particularly enjoy the part where Santa was taken to court. The evidence for him being real was flimsy and superficial. I think the judicial process being used in this way is ridiculous and while I know this is a kids book, it just fell flat for me.

Additionally, I felt like someone should have told them that the house was for them to explore. I don’t like the idea of teaching children that they can walk into a house they think is theirs and that it’ll turn out to be theirs and have no danger attached to it.

Final Thoughts

The book was fun. I think many young children would enjoy this book. I personally won’t read it again, but I hope that if you’re a fan of Miracle on 34th Street that you’ll really enjoy it.

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Valentine Davies for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection

Book Review: Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection

Christmas Stiches: An Historical Romance Collection

Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection
Judith Mccoy Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson
Barbour Publishing. Inc.
10/01/2018

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What the Book is About

This is a collection of three short, Christian, romance stories centered around Christmas. Each protagonist is a talented young woman looking for love. How will their stories play out?

First Impressions

Immediately, I was drawn to the great cover art for this book. When I started reading, I really enjoyed the simple and easy-to-digest writing. These are great stories for curling up to read under a blanket!

What I Liked

These stories, while all unique, all managed to equally capture my interest in the couples written about. I was really rooting for each romance as it developed and it felt like each victory for the protagonist was a victory of my own. There’s something so sweet about Christian and historical romances as well. The stories are very clean and pure. The sweetness in each small gesture really tugs at the heart. Out of all three, the first one was definitely my favorite story in the collection.

What I Didn’t Like

While the stories were captivating and grabbed my attention, what bothered me about them was their endings. Each one ended at the proposal and left me without follow-up and closure. I wanted to know more about these couples I’d been reading about and there was none of that. It left me wondering.

Another important thing I took issue with in these stories was some of the heavy topics broached in them. These books are very lighthearted at their core, but topics such as child abuse, death, and rape really took me out of the atmosphere the writers seemed to be going for. It made the cute and romantic experiences somewhat dark. While that might be good for some readers, I didn’t think those topics seemed to have a place here.

Final Thoughts

Overall I would highly recommend these books to anyone who won’t shy away from the darker topics mentioned. They’re very good stories with a lot of three-dimensional characters you can really fall in love with.

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Barbour Publishing. Inc. and the various authors for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish by Pauline Tait

Book Review: The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish by Pauline Tait

The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish
Pauline Tait
Silverwood Books
8/24/2018
www.paulinetait.com

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What the Book is About

This book follows the story of Leona as she’s looking for the perfect Christmas tree. She gets lost in a blizzard and while her friends are waiting, they help grant Leona’s Christmas wish.

First Impressions

My first impression was to enjoy the whimsical style of the artwork. I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed the colors much, as I enjoy much brighter artwork in children’s books.

What I Liked

The book was well written and the book has a whimsical feel to it.

What I Didn’t Like

I didn’t really enjoy the story. I was disappointed that the book didn’t focus on Leona’s Christmas wish and how it was granted, but rather at her being lost in the woods. I felt that the plot was sort of misguided. 

Final Thoughts

While I personally didn’t enjoy this book, I do believe that many young children will enjoy this story. I think that the watercolor artwork is beautiful and some children will be drawn to it, while others will miss the vibrant colors that many other children’s books have. 

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to booksgosocial and Pauline Tait for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.