- File Size: 395 KB
- Print Length: 105 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: DigyCat.com (December 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R0DPTDS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Christmas On The Strand: (Southern Breezes Series) Kindle Edition
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I have no idea how she manages to sound so romantic while keeping to a sweet romance story. At first I wasn't sure of Terence, since he and Savanna had never met in person, but his awesomeness slowly emerged and I rooted for this couple all the way to the satisfying ending.
Wheeler not only makes her characters come alive, but she makes the world around them vital with picturesque description. And the cats add just the right amount of down-home charm and touches of humor.
This book was a perfect read for Christmas Eve; I read it in one setting; not too long, not too short.
I have read and enjoyed all of Loretta Wheeler's literary works and recommend them highly. Thanks for introducing me to Galveston Island and to Savanna and Terence.
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, December 30, 2014
Author of "1106 Grand Boulevard"
That’s how I picked up Christmas on the Strand by Loretta Wheeler. Being a native Texan myself, the appeal, of course, was that the setting was on Galveston Island.
This is a novella, so it is not lengthy. I am not particularly a fan of novellas, but Wheeler has a smooth southern drawl to her writing that sucks the reader in. The setting is well done and captures the Galveston flavor. (Made me want to go back for a visit!)
The characters of Savanna Burke and Terence Whittaker are nicely drawn, and their goals, while not particularly earth shattering or dramatic, are keen nonetheless. Even the animals have personalities in this book. The plot moves along at a steady pace. Usually novellas tend to lag because they are so thinly written. Not the case with this book. Wheeler has written a book with enough goal and conflict within the characters themselves to drive the plot forward to its end.
I also appreciated the fact that the hero and heroine did not jump into bed the first chance they got. Savanna had some morals, and that appealed to me. I liked both of the main characters so much more for that.
Now, this is a bit of a paranormal flick, so for those readers not wishing to dabble in that genre, you might wish to pass this by. There was not much of that going on here, but I cannot vouch for Wheeler’s other work as I have not read it. Typically, that is not my cup of tea, so if I do not read her other works it will be because of the genre and not her as a writer. (Although . . . I would really like to know what happens with these two next . . .)
I understand Wheeler will be writing other books that will be companions to this one. No doubt, readers will be enthralled with Savanna and Terrence and will be coming back for more.
Despite her distrust of online dating, Houstonian Savanna Burke resolves to try it and discovers a man in nearby Galveston who seems almost too good to be true, looks like Clark Gable and has a charming personality. Two years a widow, she is ready for a change and decides to risk meeting him in his historic seaside community at their social event of the year, the masquerade ball. Inching into it cautiously, she treats herself to a solitary sojourn at a romantic bed-and-breakfast, the Gulf Breeze, where she rides out a Christmas Eve squall. While she maintains telephone contact with him, they have never met. and she plans to arrive at the event alone. She feels if it is really her destiny they cannot fail to find each other, even though they will both be wearing masks.
The buildup to this meeting is delicious, treating the reader to the sights, sounds and scents of Galveston and its sensual pleasures. During a sortie along the Strand on the day of the event, she not only learns of elusive bachelor Terence Whitaker’s solid reputation in the community, she is enticed to buy a different ball gown and reveal both the inner and outer beauty she planned to hold in reserve when meeting her mystery man.
While her prospective mate is respected for his psychic powers, which to some extent she shares as well, this real life romance of two beautiful people provides a holiday gift of delightful entertainment for any time of year.
—Peter H. Green, Author of Crimes of Design
Looking forward to more “Southern Breezes” and more adventures of the lovely southern lady and her clairvoyant gentleman and the animals that seem to give their assistance and approval of the liaison.