My Book Review of ONE CHRISTMAS: An Anglesey Story

xmasONE CHRISTMAS: An Anglesey Story by Karen J. Mossman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Moving Holiday Tale

I read the original version of this book in December 2019 and enjoyed it (see review HERE). Since then, Karen has developed the story into a fuller tale that runs you through a gamut of emotions, drawing laughter and tears. When she asked if I’d edit the manuscript, I was honored.

At this cold time of year, I am always thrilled by the warmth the holiday season brings. The magic is definitely captured in the lovely moments, traditions, and recollections of the protagonist, Tina, and her loved ones. Her descriptions and relationships are relatable because they’re so universal; most of us have felt the anticipation for presents and the afterglow of a much enjoyed family meal. The details just fill me with the delights of Christmas, even when tragedy looms.

The grief and coping aspects of the story are probably the most magical for me. I don’t want to spoil anything, but Karen does a wonderful job of sharing real pain. You know it’s a happily-ever-after (that’s Karen’s style), but how they get there is another layer of holiday joy that’s well written.

I recommend this for readers who enjoy shorter holiday tales, stories of support and comfort, sister fiction, family fiction, and just a good loving tale of kindness. I liked the original, but Karen’s rewrite of this amazing story blows it out of the water!
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