A Holiday to Remember

Rated 4.35/5 based on 17 reviews
Candy Wright didn't become a high-powered Manhattan business executive by letting men walk all over her. Mitch Johnson lives a simple life in rural Georgia. When the two are thrown together in a freak snowstorm, sparks fly. Will love thaw their frozen hearts, or will secrets tear them apart? One thing is certain; it will be a holiday to remember. More
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Words: 30,040
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466107298

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Review by: Tom Odyssey on July 04, 2017 :
I came across this story by sorting for free books under the "Most Downloads" list. This is, at the time of this writing, the number one in that category, so I figured I'd see what such a high-ranking story looks like. I also found it interesting that this was written by multiple authors, their writing styles blending together seamlessly.

First, the complaints. Although the mechanics, such as grammar and punctuation, are generally in very good order, I found the sentence structure to be somewhat odd at times—in particular, the use of incomplete sentences. However, I can let that one slide, since most of the time, it was at least done for emphasis and wasn't just a mark of sloppy writing. A slightly bigger problem for me was occasionally not knowing which speaker was saying which words; instead of using standard dialogue tags (e.g., "Candy says"), the writing style tends to prefer describing the characters' actions in the same paragraph they're speaking. While I can appreciate that the intent was to do something more creative than constantly using "he says"/"she says" and variants thereof, I would have preferred the action be integrated into the dialogue marker (e.g. "Candy replies, looking intently into his eyes"). I don't know if that's just me, but I feel like a simpler and more consistent dialogue style would have been much better. Another slight oddity with the speech was that, at times, it felt like the characters would go through extreme shifts in tone very rapidly. One second, they could sound like they hate each other, and the next second, they're flirting. This issue is a bit rarer than the previous one but still struck me as strange and made me do a double-take whenever it did happen.

In terms of the structure of the story as a whole, I quite enjoyed the plot line; it's simple enough that anyone can follow it without any trouble while not being excessively complex. The characters' backgrounds are described very well and work nicely as an integral part of the story. As for Mitch's explanation at the end for hiding his identity, it was certainly moving but perhaps not spectacular. It didn't necessarily feel like it was phoned in, and I'm not quite sure what else I would have wanted specifically, but it almost felt a little bit too quick and simple to warrant the sheer amount of difficulty he had making the confession. I'll just say that it was adequate and, without needing to ask for more than that, leave it there.

Overall, this is a wonderful story, and I would definitely recommend anyone who is reading this review give it a read if you're on the fence about whether you should check it out. Even though I may have my criticisms, the parts of the story that are done well definitely stand out and make the story worthwhile.
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Review by: TiraGP on June 16, 2017 :
Very nice story if a bit tame.
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Review by: PiaE on April 25, 2017 :
Well written, nothing extraordinary but worth reading.
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Review by: reviews4youz on April 07, 2017 :
Romantic and a sweet story.
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Review by: readeroholic on Aug. 29, 2015 :
I'm a sucker of romance, and I liked this book. It's good. Though not really something that made me fly off to the moon and back. But still, a nice story.
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Review by: F zahia on May 29, 2015 :
a typical romance...
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Review by: Natt little on June 12, 2014 :
It's a typical heart warming romance, a bit dissappointed by the actual revelation but generally well written.
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Review by: suz1230 on March 03, 2014 :
loved it
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Review by: kay law on March 01, 2014 :
Love this book. Well written
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Review by: JaneB on Dec. 06, 2013 :
I love this book. Love the plot, love everything about it. Keep on writing!
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Review by: Paula Nusbaum on Nov. 15, 2013 :
I really liked this story. It warmed my heart. It even brought a couple of tears to my eyes. It is worth your time to read it. I will be sharing with all my friends
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Review by: Nancy Luebke on May 11, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this story. I thought all the ladies did a great job writing together.
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Review by: Evelyn Sagrado Rodziewicz on Feb. 23, 2013 :
I enjoy the story.
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Review by: Kelly Krance on Sep. 23, 2012 : (no rating)
I tried reading the book, even playing around with the font size, but the sentences were too close together for me to read comfortably. I thought it might have been because I was reading on an Android - being used to a Kindle - but that theory fell apart when subsequent titles I checked had the traditional spacing between sentences. Perhaps it could have been the font the book was published in - I really can't say - but I couldn't read past the first three sentences.
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Review by: Zoe Chamberlain on Aug. 28, 2012 :
Great book, wish it could have gone on longer.
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Review by: hrhsophia on Aug. 08, 2012 :
A very enjoyable read
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Review by: Jessica Hillgrove on Jan. 29, 2012 :
liked it.
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Review by: Chris Adonn on Jan. 28, 2012 :
A light romantic read with some very likeable characters, especially Major. The various authors worked well together. I felt the ending was a little rushed and Mitch's explanation was somewhat lacking. I expected it to be more laced with pain. That said, I did enjoy the story and would read more books by the Roses of Prose.
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