22 Dec 2012

Book Review: Christmas Magic by Cathy Kelly

A festive collection of short stories by the natural heir to Maeve Binchy

Cathy Kelly, the number 1 best-selling Irish author, has created her first collection of heart-warming short stories. Christmas Magic is full of charming tales of life, love and the everyday dilemmas that we all face, all told in Cathy’s warm voice.

From Dolores and Genevieve, two spinster sisters who must finally break free from their mother’s powerful personality, to Alice, who is facing having to open her home and her heart to the one visitor that she doesn’t want this Christmas, from a captivating family story triggered by a letter to Lily’s disastrous arrival at her best friend’s wedding, these are stories to make you laugh, cry and nod in recognition.

Relax and unwind in front of a roaring fire and indulge yourself in these, and many other humorous and uplifting tales. Remember that Christmas comes but once a year, so let the magic reel you in…

Released:  8th November 2012
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Goodreads Link:  Click here 
Source:  Review Copy From Publisher

My Review   (9 out of 10)

This is the first book written by Cathy Kelly that I have read and I have to say that I am definitely going to be picking up more of her books.  I loved her style of writing, it was one of those styles that you really don't have to concentrate too much on the words.  You can just sit back, relax and enjoy the story.   I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant about picking this book up as, in the past, I have not had much luck with enjoying short stories, until this one came along.  

The story that I enjoyed the most in this book was the story of Dolores and Genevieve.  As mentioned above, they are two sisters who have lived most of their lives in the shadow of their mother, both when their mother was alive and after her death.  All their lives they have lived by certain rules and have never really branched out and experienced new things.  I loved following their story and finding out what they would do next.  

Another story that I enjoyed was another story about sisters, this time it is two sisters who lives world apart.  One lives in Australia and one lives in Ireland.  They have corresponded with each other by letter for a long time.  Things start to change when a visit is organised and some hidden secrets come to light...

This is a really great collection of short stories, especially great to read this time of year...

Best wishes