- File Size: 206 KB
- Print Length: 32 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Notting Hill Press (October 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0153QVQ7Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Christmas at Cranberry Cottage: A Warm, Uplifting Short Story about the Real Meaning of Home Kindle Edition
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Having read quite a few of her novels as well as short stories, I started this one with very high expectations. My thoughts after reading it were…let’s just say I was slightly confused.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still the same Talli, with a story about family and just a bit of romance that will warm your hearts, but it could have been much better, in my opinion.
The story is centered around Jess Millward, who’s back from NY after hearing her family home will be demolished due to railroad works. There are many reasons why she’s so strongly attached to Cranberry Cottage, the biggest being she grew up there, raised by her grandmother after losing her parents in an accident. Despite moving years ago and becoming a well known photographer, she simply can’t allow her and her grandmother’s much loved home to be turned to ashes. So, she’s back hoping to change some things and save the lovely little cottage.
This short story had a lot of potential, but I do believe as most reviewers around here have said already, that the problem is it’s too short for us to connect to the story or see more from any of the characters. Despite finishing it in just half an hour, I admit, I could have enjoyed it more. Ms Roland could’ve included more pages about the potential romance instead of Jess’ photo shoots in NY, at least that’s my opinion.
I did like what I saw of Jess, she’s dynamic, has a wonderful job she’s very good at and she has a heart of gold. I also got to see a glimpse of her stubbornness which was actually very cute. I loved the relationship she has with her grandmother and being someone who’s lost their grandparents pretty early on in life, I adore stories like this and find them very emotional and warm.
However, there’s a good reason behind my rating. The ending seemed rushed and the romance was almost non-existent. I wouldn’t go into telling you why though, as it would be considered a major spoiler. So leave it up to you to decide and find out what I’m talking about after reading this short story. It is rather short and such a quick read, and I assume most of you Christmassy books’ fans will give it a try. Who knows, you might end up liking it more than I did. I seriously wish that happens.
As for me and my love for Talli Roland’s books, it’s as strong as it was even before reading this short story. I will definitely be reading more of her books and am already looking forward to her next.
Jess desperately wants to save Cranberry Cottage, her grandmother’s home, and the only home she’s known since her parents died. In the short course of this story, we see how passionate, impulsive, determined, and stubborn Jess is. She wants what she thinks is best for her grandma, and she’s single-minded in her desire to keep their home. As with all of Talli’s Christmas stories, there’s a moral that reminds you about the importance of family, home, and the holiday season.
If you’re looking for a quick read to boost your holiday spirit, be sure to check out Christmas at Cranberry Cottage!
I’m a big fan of Talli Roland, and look forward to her Christmas books each year. This novella was sweet yet super short – only took me one sitting to read. It’s a cozy little story and I liked the relationship between Jess and her grandmother. If you’re looking to sneak in a quick Christmas read, try this one!
Top international reviews
We're starting to see the mince pies in the shops and I swear I saw a sign advertising Christmas Trees the other day! So, though this does end up at Christmas, it's not really your typical Christmas story. Ms Roland weaves a story that contains conflict, selfishness but an abundance of love into just about the right length for the tale she tells.
Coming back from a job in the US, photographer Jess takes it upon herself to try to save her childhood home, and village, from the big beast of the railway developers. Without giving anything away, all is not what she expected. Throw in an unexpected re-acquaintance with a childhood crush and you do wonder where the Christmas theme would come in, but it's all in the spirit.
So, raise a glass, to a very nice aperitif and settle back for a nice hours read - yes, you may break out the chocolate too!
I always find it easy to get into Talli's stories, identifying with leads and taking them to heart but even though I liked this year's short story, I felt that I didn't have long enough to connect with the characters ... so I didn't have that emotional pull I love to experience.
Jess has issues from childhood that drive her behaviour and as with all Talli's Christmas releases there's a moral. I would love to get to know Tom Cleary a bit better and a little of how their relationship might develop. I think I needed to feel their connection which there wasn't time for in this short story. The focus is on Jess and where she belongs.
If you haven't read any of Talli's Christmas novellas you really should!