Saturday, 2 December 2017

THE CHRISTMAS GHOSTS by Gemma Lawrence @TudorTweep

4 out of 5 stars

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How I discovered this book and why I chose it: I have read every single other book by Gemma Lawrence, and have recently rediscovered the appeal of short stories for when you don't have the headspace/time for starting a whole novel!

Genre: Christmas short stories.

This is a collection of five long short stories, all very different. My favourites are Hot Toddy, a beautiful story about a woman of nearly eighty who is visited by someone she loves very much, and the last one, The Christmas Ghosts itself, which is about a young woman who earns money by house-sitting for the wealthy, whilst trying to put together her first novel.  I liked this one because her life appealed to me; the solitude in the lovely house, the beautiful surroundings, the hours and hours of uninterrupted time to write.  I was amused by her rather childlike debut novelist fancies and fantasies, and nodded my head a few times about the difficulty she has in getting her friends and family to take what she is doing seriously.  Oh yes, and the Christmas ghosts themselves.  I can't tell you about them, because that would give away the story, but it's a lovely idea, and something I would adore; a view into the past.

I've only read historical fiction by this author, so it was interesting to see how she fared with contemporary stories, but I am happy to report that, yes, she can do this, too!  Another thing I liked about this collection was that it is not twee or 'heartwarming', as some Christmas stories can be; one of the ghosts is a mangled animal, and another wears a Nirvana hoodie. 😄

8 comments:

  1. So.... have bought this. Cheers!

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    1. Glad you have! Now, about her Tudor books....

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  2. I love Gemma Lawrence! Gotta try this one out. Thanks, Terry

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    1. Still prefer her histfic, but these are very good too!

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    2. .... and that's not actually saying anything, because I prefer her histfic books to all other books, period :)

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  3. I like the look of this. Thanks, Terry

    xx

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    1. It would be right up your street, Jenny! Gemma's my absolute favourite historical fiction writer ever; I didn't love these quite as much as the histfic, but that's just down to personal taste; she can't half write!

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