I enjoyed the short stories well enough, especially one about the soldiers playing football on Christmas Day during WW1, without regard for enemy lines. Clearly no matter how poor people were during the stories here, they wanted to make an effort for Christmas Day, men as well as women, and rations were supplemented, neighbours contributed or children made decorations.
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Some of the stories tell of a budding romance, others of overcoming an obstacle. A good fun tale describes a train getting block I enjoyed the short stories well enough, especially one about the soldiers playing football on Christmas Day during WW1, without regard for enemy lines.
A good fun tale describes a train getting blocked by snow and the passengers and crew staying overnight with a stationmaster. The first story doesn't have as much of a point as the rest but is more descriptive of how a particular Christmas country feast was prepared and enjoyed.
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At the end there are some Christmassy recipes from authors. I have read and enjoyed many of the authors featured in this book. I don't really need a page given to each one and another page listing all her titles, next to her story.
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Even less do I need the first few chapters of three books after the deceptively scarce short stories have been provided. This just feels like advertising and short-changing the purchaser. I don't mind when independently publishing authors do this on e-book format, as they have few other ways of gaining publicity, but from a major publisher it just feels cheap and padded. Especially in a paperback which is dearer by the page. This is the reason why I am not giving more stars.
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But I liked the stories. I picked this book up at a recent church sale as I recognized most of the authors. I enjoyed the 6 Christmas themed short stories and they were a welcome change after a particularly long last read.. The short stories were a pleasure to read and I soon got through them, but unfortunately they only filled half of the book the rest was filled with extracts from books by the same authors. I didn't read these as I don't like to read a chapter or so of a book without the rest, I know that it's suppose I picked this book up at a recent church sale as I recognized most of the authors.
I didn't read these as I don't like to read a chapter or so of a book without the rest, I know that it's supposed to make you go out and buy the book's, but they are on my goodreads 'to read' list and I find reading just an extract is frustrating.
Nov 20, Dannielle Potts rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 23, Mary rated it really liked it. Heartwarming Christmas time stories. Feb 17, Samantha rated it really liked it. I know it's February but even though these are essentially Christmas stories this book can be read any time of the year and give you a real warm glow. Written by 6 authors all the stories have a Christmas theme running through them, perfect for snuggling down in your duvet on a cold winters' night.
All the stories are well written and worth the read, I particularly liked The Gift by Margaret Dickinson and A Wounded Christmas by Mary Wood; the first is about soldiers in the trenches and how I know it's February but even though these are essentially Christmas stories this book can be read any time of the year and give you a real warm glow. All the stories are well written and worth the read, I particularly liked The Gift by Margaret Dickinson and A Wounded Christmas by Mary Wood; the first is about soldiers in the trenches and how one act of kindness from a German soldier saves the life of a British soldier.
Really very poignant and relevant to the year anniversary which has recently been celebrated. The second is about Christmas celebrations during the 2nd World war in with a party on Boxing day that is organised in a hospital for wounded officers and staff. For a short time it allows everyone to forget the horrors of war, loved ones lost and facing an unsure future and gives everyone a few hours of fun.
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Quite a different slant on war than the first story but none the less poignant in its' own right showing the effects of those in the trenches, those that came home wounded and those that didn't come home at all and how lives were changed forever. All the stories in this book manage to make you feel hopeful at the end of them, either in the spirit of heroism, friendship or hope for the future.
A book that really does give you a warm glow after reading and may introduce you to authors you have not read before. A good 4 stars for this collection which has been thoughtfully put together so that each story compliments the others. I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this in exchange for an honest review. An inoffensive feel-good book, perfect to read in small chunks during the festive season, and may introduce you to authors you hadn't previously experienced.
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The ELLSA web-site uses one of these five key elements as the focus of each of the five on-line lessons in the Classics of American Literature section. In each lesson, you will explore a single American short story from the USIA Ladder Series and discover how the author uses a certain element.
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The definitions on the right are repeated on the first page of each short story lesson. A character is a person, or sometimes even an animal, who takes part in the action of a short story or other literary work. Henry The setting of a short story is the time and place in which it happens.
Authors often use descriptions of landscape, scenery, buildings, seasons or weather to provide a strong sense of setting. Henry A plot is a series of events and character actions that relate to the central conflict. The main character is usually on one side of the central conflict. On the other side, the main character may struggle against another important character, against the forces of nature, against society, or even against something inside himself or herself feelings, emotions, illness.