Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Actually Review + #Giveaway

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

Christmas, Actually
Christmas, Actually
Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, & Melinda Curtis

Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming

ASIN: B00K9ZZ9XE
ISBN: 9780373367023
Pages: 202

Goodreads Rating: 5.0
My Rating: 4.5

Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!

Three lonely strangers come to Christmas Town, Maine, and find love with three Banning siblings in the town that celebrates the holidays by decorating its square with lights and ribbons and a holiday pageant on Christmas Eve. Tradition has it that a kiss beneath the mistletoe that night means marriage for the couple in the new year.

The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams:
Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child. But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

The Christmas Wish by Anna J. Stewart:
Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl and her widowed father believe again.

The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis:
Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!



My Take:

Omg, that was soo cute. I actually squealed those exact words when I finished reading this... in public. This story takes place in the town of ahem Christmas Town, Maine during, you guessed it right... the holidays. Its told in 3 parts told in 3 different perspectives. Each story following one of the Banning siblings and written by 1 author respectively. 

I personally love Christmas and all that comes with. The corny music, the soppy movies, the classic musicals and ballets and yes of course the romantic stories. It is one of my favorite times of the year and this book, these 3 stories capture in my humble opinion the essence of the holiday. Its about family and forgiveness. I tells 3 beautiful stories about moving on and finding love. It was a relatively quick read, coming just short of under 30 chapters total. The first story is only 10 chapters and so on and so forth. But what I truly loved about this book was that it didn't feel at all repetitive which can be a big hindrance to books like this especially if written by multiple authors. It was an absolutely beautiful story, one that I look forward to reading again next year at this time and it was the perfect way to start off the season. 


4.5 Quills

If you love the holidays, romance or stories with strong family bonds then this one is definitely for you and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Buy the Book at any of these retailers:

Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Harlequin - iTunes

About the Authors

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Anna Adams wrote her first romance in wet sand. The Atlantic Ocean washed it away, but Anna kept going. Her stories are of love, like the proverbial stone in a lake, making ripples that spread and contract and involve. From Iceland to Hawaii, and points in between, Anna and her own hero share with children and family and friends who've become family. All this living and loving gives Anna plenty of fodder for stories of love set in real life. Come along and live them with her!


Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hand or a story in her head and credits her mother never saying no to a book for turning her into a writer. Anna lives in Northern California with an overly attentive cat named Snickers and is happiest when setting her heroes and heroines on their road to happily ever after amidst family, fun and laughter.


Melinda Curtis
Melinda Curtis grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author. She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound." That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentally ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband.






Tour-Wide Giveaway

- Gift Card Prize Pack: $20 Amazon gift card and ebook of Christmas, Actually (open internationally)
- US Prize Pack: Paperback of Christmas, Actually and three Christmas ornaments (US only)
- 3 ebooks of Christmas, Actually (open internationally)
Ends November 30th



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