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Chelsea O’Neal lives in her fantasy world where people can fly, vampires could be real, money is never an issue, and the romantic meeting of your true love is a normal happening. When not relaxing in Chelsea-ville, she enjoys talking with animals that talk back and taking long walks with her Prince Charming…
Actually Chelsea lives in the United States in Nebraska, where she was born and raised, with her black lab Daisey, who hasn’t spoken actual words, but she is pretty sure Daisey understands her. She is yet to meet her Prince Charming, though she is quite sure he is out there. Chelsea enjoys working in a library as well as a cosmetologist. She is an avid reader and writing has always been her passion. Chelsea has published 2 novels and a novella, she is working on her next book now.
on Nov. 07, 2014 :
Chelsea O'Neal is a dear friend and fellow writer in the Triple Threat Romance collective. Today marks her third release, "A Spellbinding Christmas," and I was lucky enough to read an early copy of the novella.
"A Spellbinding Christmas" is the first in a new series, Scott's Kinfolk Saga. Member's of the Scott family have received special gifts for generations. These gifts allow them to find and help those that need them. Trinity Falough is the youngest of the Scott family line and has been in love with Travis Young since she was eight years old. Unfortunately, he never noticed her... until she returns after being away from town for ten years to spend Christmas with her Gran.
To be honest I'm not a huge fan of novellas - I like to get my teeth in a story and novellas end way too quickly. They lack the character development of a full-length book in many instances and feel rushed more often than not in order to get the story from point A to point B. "A Spellbinding Christmas" left me wanting more because of the "novella" issues, but also because it was a story that caught my interest. I enjoyed the story and feel that it was well written, if not just a bit too clean and wrapped to neatly. This is what happens with a novella because there is just not enough time to really deal with the "angst" of a story that I love so much.
That being said, "A Spellbinding Christmas" is a sweet Christmas story about coming home, letting go, and finding love.
Removing my personal preferences, I give this story 5-stars. My personal preferences make it a 4-star read for me.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)