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Sweet Texas Christmas Paperback – November 1, 2017
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
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The last story was just plain awful and is the reason I'm leaving such low marks. Sterling was a selfish jerk who only cared about himself. He leaves Matilda for 3 years and then just walks back into her life and expects her to just take him back. He then is cruel and mean spirited with her when she rejects his "charity". He never said he loved her and just expected her to be his kept woman and when she says no he is cruel to her. Then forces her to open a stupid box to find out his true feelings and he can't even bother to stay. He didn't deserve her and the author was unfair to make Matilda out to be the bad guy and the one that has to go after him. No man worth his salt would force a woman to walk all that way alone by herself to beg him to take her. He was a loser all around and that was not romantic story at all. Stupid story and Sterling never knew what love is and that ending was not believable at all. He never wanted her at his side for 3 years as he made his living. Was she not good enough for him to have her at his side? Loser creep! It amazes me what authors find as the definition of love. Because many of these stories don't come close to showing what real love is that we are suppose to find romantic but isn't even close to being romantic.
I particularly enjoyed the Sarah J. McNeal story, "A Christmas Visitor." How long must a girl be expected to wait for the man she loves to return--to write, anything? Matilda is one unhappy woman in love, and Sarah did a wonderful job writing her character. The character of the man who finally showed up after three years, Sterling Alexander Thoroughgood, is also well-written, and he is so likable, I felt ready to forgive him his massive error in judgment. Sarah painted with words a sweet scene of their Christmas celebration, along with describing a unique gift Sterling hoped would soften Matilda's heart and change her mind. I kept guessing at the contents of the gift as she worked to open it. In the end, what she received changed everything for her. Great ending.
I discovered three new, (to me) authors to follow and a favorite that I enjoyed catching up with.
I recommend each one, worth the time I spent reading. JudyE