Monday, October 3, 2022

The Mistletoe Mixtape, by The Christmas Collective

The Christmas Collective, October 2022

Twelve Christmas romance short stories, by twelve different authors. They're set in the UK, Ireland, and the US. Guaranteed happy endings!

We have a woman who ran away from the Irish aunt who raised her to her Indian father's family in England. Having planned to finally return for Christmas before her impending arranged marriage to a presumably "appropriate" man whom she hasn't met yet, she learns her aunt has died. Instead, she's returning for the funeral. But why did she leave? We know as soon as she encounters her old friends, James and Caitlin.

We meet Charlie, a successful and fairly famous musician, in December 2016, December 2017, and December 2018, as this gay man's love life rises, falls, and rises again.

Lucky Charm has come to regard her name as a curse. Every man she gets involved with meets his One True Love right after they break up. This time, though, he met her while they were, she though, still happily together. When she finds the ring and finds out it's for someone else, she swears off love forever, and settles down for a Christmas of Hallmark movies, and gets drawn into one. Literally drawn into it, and finds herself walking in a winter wonderland, meeting elves, a talking snowman, and flying reindeer--and a man who also thinks this can't be real.

And nine more, of course. They're all fun. Some main characters have rougher backgrounds than others. And they all have happy endings for Christmas.

Lots of fun. Recommended.

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

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