- Pub. Date: October 2010
- Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
- Format: Hardcover , 340pp
Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?
In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.
Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.
This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?
First a little about the characters in this book, Donita K. Paul did a very nice job of defining this unlikely group of people. You get to know each one individually before getting to know how they might work together. For sure this is a book that includes a little bit of “MAGIC”. While I don’t typically enjoy Christmas love stories that are unbelievable or would never happen, I enjoyed this book. Not because of the “magic” but because of the true life story behind the magic. I enjoyed exploring Cora and her hang-ups with both her family background and how to balance God. And then Simon who is trying to balance his family with a whole different set of issues including Sandy his loving sister and God. I think that this book as a great blend of both fictional magic and a good love story. On to the “magic” part of the book, I love the idea that there is this whole streetSage Street
that seemingly appears to some people and unknown by others and there is a group of people there that’s only purpose is to host this Christmas Ball and match up those special people. I liked the added touch that they caught glimpses of each other through the website as well. While this is not your typical Christmas story, I truly enjoyed the books and would rate it 4/5. Mostly, due to the fact that this was not typical and left you hanging wanting to know more about what was going to happen.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.