Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Well, my friends, the holidays are officially upon us, and with Halloween just now under our belts, it's time to prepare for the seasons of goodwill, friendship, and great food! So, happy November to you and if you're reading list is anything like mine, you've seen a big influx of holiday titles, and while I still think each holiday needs its time to shine, I can't say it's a moment too soon.
I just came off a week's vacation time (more like stay-cation, but not going to work is a wonder in itself!) and whew, I'd love the chance for a do over. I mean, you expect the time away to recharge you, but come on...admit it. You generally end up filling any available moment with things you've wanted or needed to do, so you end up as tired as you were when you took the time off, and then all the things that built up at work come tumbling down like a house of cards. Or is it just me? Anywho, today's featured title, on tour now with Rachel's Random Resources, gives our leading lady a second chance at life, love, and having those moments we all hope for. Ready or not, here comes today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...
A Christmas Caroline
About the book...
A modern-day retelling of A Christmas Carol…
Caroline is a cynic career woman living the high life in Manhattan where love and relationships are but a distant memory of the past.
But after a freak accident on Christmas Eve, Caroline receives a visit from a cheeky spirit of Christmas Past, Present, Yet to Come, and—most importantly—Christmas That Could Have Been. When she wakes up on Christmas Day suddenly married with three kids and living two doors down from her parents in New Jersey, Caroline has a chance to experience the life she would’ve had if she’d made a different choice.
Will small-town life as a mother and a wife make her rediscover what’s really important in life?
Take one part A Christmas Carol, with one part It's a Wonderful Life, shake, shimmy, and stir to set the potion in motion for a holiday mishap Caroline won't soon forget!
This is definitely a case of the familiar being taken in a new direction. I loved the aspects of the story that I could recognize from those tales of old, but I equally loved the new twists. How so? Well, in lieu of three separate spirits, it seems that even the ghosts are experiencing a supply in demand type issue and have to multitask. The big scary potential ending that shocks old Ebenezer into action has a rather mundane effect on our big city gal; very now, but still chuckle worthy. Then there's the future that could have been filled with so many hiccups, surprises, and the unexpected that your heart both hurts and beats in time with the heightened fever moments. I don't want to disclose too much because half the fun is seeing her reactions to everything and everyone she encounters, but let's just say her little spirit guild definitely knew what she was doing.
All in all, it's a great holiday tale that reminds us to prioritize the right things in life. Success, money, fame, popularity, and the like have their time and place, but we can't take them with us, nor will they comfort us on a bad day, or share in your joyous moments. Build a life you can look back on and say, I TRULY LIVED; I TRULY LOVED.
About the author...
Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.
She's a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading--duh!--cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies--popcorn, please. She's a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn't want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN...
... (1) of 3 e-copies of A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley (Open INT)
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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!
I'm still not totally convinced by these reimagings but this sounds like it's one of the better done ones; the '3 spirits' having caught my imagination.
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