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- Print Length: 109 pages
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- Publisher: GreenWords Media (November 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017GGWFLC
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Merry Kisses: A Christian Romance (Riverbend Romance Book 5) Kindle Edition
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I enjoy novellas. They are unique because the story usually remains focused on a single topic. Novellas can be used by authors as prequels, sequels, as a way to supplement a series with characters that are on the peripheral, or use a familiar setting but with entirely new characters. Because a novella is shorter, you can read it in just a few hours. But what I like most is that it is a way to showcase an author's ability to delve into some great characterization in a short period of time. A few are successful at growing their characters satisfactorily. This author has that talent. Because of the interesting topic the main characters have conflict over, we become privvy to some interesting thought processes and provoking ideas.
Another element of the story I enjoyed was the great humor the author employed when Sonya and Heath are together. The situation Sonya got into at the beginning of the story was funny and yet serious at the same time. And Heath was an entirely likable guy. He didn't mean to get Sonya into trouble, and his efforts to ingratiate himself with Sonya were humorous.
Third, I just enjoy Christmas stories. Period. I found the situation of conflict between the two that included some interesting aspects about Christmas thought provoking and plausible, since I used to be a young parent once and struggled with some elements of the holidays too. I recommend this book, especially if you enjoy Christmas novellas.
Heath played Santa Claus at the local mall and Sonya was raised by a father who practiced a legalistic form of Christianity. She had never experienced a Christmas tree, lights or decorations because her father said they were wrong. Santa was a le that parents told to children. At 27 years old, she still believed what she had been taught. She felt a strong attraction to Heath but she was held back from a relationship with him by the beliefs indoctrinated in her by her father.
Heath viewed playing Santa as a way to enrich the lives of children. He saw to it that the needier children were visited by the benevolent ministry from his church. Seeing how he and Sonya were able to develop a loving relationship was interesting. By using the characters in this story, Ms. Comer skillfully developed a plot that explained God's love for mankind.
I would recommend this novella to anyone and I will gladly read more of Valerie Comer's books!
I found this book interesting, although I had some problems with it. At first, I found Sonya to be unlikable, and most of the book is from her point of view. The whole plot was built on her and Heath’s different views about one major issue, and then it was finally resolved so easily. Parts of the story also seemed awfully contrived. However, I still felt it was a good Christmas read.
I couldn't give it more than 3 stars, though, because I just didn't care for the main topic of the book. Personally, I almost felt like the author was trying to push Santa Claus on the readers. I grew up "without Santa" -- no, my parent were/are nothing like Sonya's, but we never incorporated Santa into our Christmas celebrations -- but it felt like this story was saying that if you don't include Santa in the celebrations, you must be ridiculously strict & mean or something. It just left a bad taste in my mouth, so to speak.
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Merry Kisses brings the Riverbend Romance novella series to a close in an admirable fashion.Read more