Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fiction Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

"An Endless Christmas" by Cynthia Ruchti is a heart-warming story about one family's Christmas and the woman invited for a surprise proposal (as well as what happens after she says no). There were a few small matters that bugged me throughout the short novella. There was not much of a plot, the many family names were difficult to keep track of, and more than a few of Ruchti's short descriptions and references made absolutely no sense. Also - a pet peeve of mine - the book is told from one person's point of view until, about 60 pages in, Ruchti switches to another character's viewpoint, which she then proceeds to hardly use at all throughout the book - inconsistent style and story telling that might have worked better if Ruchti had begun each chapter with a short bit written from this other character's view. That said, Katie, our leading lady, deals with some real insecurities and bad family history that many readers will relate to. The main characters are interesting, and the family's holiday traditions quaint. As an only child with a small family, the picture painted here appealed to me as what a perfect family Christmas looks like. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to cozy up in front of the fire and enjoy some seasons greetings.

*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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