Dawn Jayne

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  • A Home for the Holidays on Nov. 30, 2011

    I won this copy in one of the fun online events set up through FireFlyand Wisp, and I will absolutely be buying the print version ina few weeks. I must have this on my bookshelf within easy reach, as it will be read again next holiday season.It will become a tradition! The cover art was lovely and Christmasy, with a great feel that set the tone for the collection. There were twelve stories, most were a little longer than a standard anthology, but all were great, fast reads, very smooth writing, flawless editing. Now for the stories! I cried three or four times, this is the level of talent involved, able to create a story with characters that you are invested in almost instantly. There was a character with cervical cancer, one in a wheelchair, a sick child, a woman that had breast cancer, several had suffered terrible loss of love and family. These things are so devastating, it's hard to read about them. But they were never presented in a negative fashion, the stories were about overcoming lonliness, bitterness, anger and finding love in the strangest places. The holiday theme was present throughout, and several had wonderful twist ending I didn't see coming. It's a colleection I'd be proud to give as gifts to family and close friends, anyone who appreciates heart-warming, inspiring stories of loss, pain, joy and love. I cannot choose a favorite, but Nothing's Terminal really left me a range of emotions. I'm thinking of reading it again tonight! I have a bit of a crush on Captain Jack (not THAT one, ha!) A very beautiful anthology collection, perfect for this time of year. Highly recommended!