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A Mistletoe Kiss: I am a huge Meara Platt fan! I absolutely love her Fae tales... Here is the tale of king of the Fae's warrior Beogrin. King Cadeyrn receives a letter from Imogen pleading for a "Fairy Godmother" to guide her through her first season. Her parent's died a year before and her heart is not into this exciting new season. Her loving Aunt and Uncle love and guide her but her fear is in disappointing them. The Fae King sends his most fiercest warrior in to aid Imogen. Beogrin believes he is sent to fight for or rescue Imogen. He realizes the King sent him to help her heal her heart so she can wed and be happy. Now bound to her until her heart releases him Beogrin starts to feel things no Fae save his King feels...Imogen also learns her heart isn't the broken one and that the King sent his warrior to Imogen to heal his heart. Can she heal his heart?? Heavy Sigh. I never tire of the Fae stories...Here's to hoping more tales from this Fae realm are told!! I will update this review as I finish each Novella
Matthew's Hope by Avril B. was my favorite in this anthology. The author has a wonderful story-telling ability, and her writing is flawless. Matthew and Hope's love story was truly magical, and reading this story left me with a warmth in my heart and a smile on my face!
I enjoyed this beguiling set of stories which I was given as an ARC in return for an honest review. There’s such variety here, the only real common denominator being that each story in some way connects with the realm of Faerie—be it a brawny Fae warrior sent on an assignment to find his own heart, a troubled changeling or a World War I soldier clinging to his one Hope. There’s an enchanted holly tree, a battle between Fae good and evil, and even a gift of sacrifice. The stories will touch you, enchant you and make you smile. Best of all they make a wonderful, cozy and relaxing diversion at this busy time of year, when you just need to put your feet up and relax. There’s some absolutely beautiful writing here and a fresh, entertaining slant on the holidays. Very highly recommended!
This collection provides a whole mess of faeries, in settings ranging from what I'd characterize as a classic Victorian romance, but with an elf (Meara Platt's A Mistletoe Kiss) to an urban fantasy with a changeling detective (Ruth Vincent's Above Thy Deep and Dreamless Sleep) to a Dresden Files-esque potboiler (Bishop O'Connell's The Greatest Gift of All). The tenor and style of the individual stories varies wildly, but the quality of the writing is top-notch from start to finish. The downside is that I doubt there's anyone who will find all of these pieces to be right up their alley. The upside is that there's something here for almost anyone who enjoys fantasy. Highly recommended.
This was a delightful anthology of 6 holiday-themed novellas revolving around the existence of the Fae. Several of the stories have a connection to other books in those author’s worlds, and I’ll definitely be seeking them out. The stories may have all been very different, ranging from Regency England past to urban fantasy present, but they all shared the same excellent story-telling from beginning to end.