Monday, December 10, 2018

The Christmas Spirit (Christmas Spirit #1), by Susan Buchanan

Susan Buchanan, November 2013

It's December 2013, and the Christmas Spirit has some work to do.

Jacob has a university degree, but despite determined efforts, no job. He's sick of living on public benefits, but sees no prospect of that changing soon.

Stanley's wife died earlier in the year. His son is dead, and his grandson lives in Canada. He's alone, with Christmas bearing down on him.

Rebecca has just been dumped by her boyfriend, and adding insult to injury, he's being a jerk about their joint possessions, which include their flat. She also has a job with a lovely boss, but low pay and no prospects for career advancement.

Meredith is a workaholic business owner with no desire to do anything for Christmas but stay home with a takeout meal and a DVD.

Natalie Hope has just arrived in the little Scottish town to manage the Sugar & Spice Bakery while the owner, Mrs. Williams, is in the hospital and her assistant is also out with a broken leg. Natalie also has four names, and a mission.

This is a sweet story with completely believable characters, with problems all too familiar to most of us. The magic here is gentle and kind, and doesn't demand you believe in miracles if you're unhappy with that. It's a kind book, with mostly kind people. No, it is not action-packed, or exciting in obvious ways. It's an enjoyable, feel-good read, perfect for the season. Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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