BOOK REVIEW: Gingerbread Hearts anthology by YLVA Publishing

I recently downloaded several Ylva Publishing stories on free promotion from their website, because I didn’t have enough books and stories already to read. (Yeah, I’m giving myself the side-eye. It’s ridiculous.)

As part of two challenges – #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks & The Literary Others – I decided to make my way through as many print and electronic LGBTQ+/SAGA/queer books as possible this month. Technically, this one doesn’t count for #RMODB, but anything I can do to lighten my book load in time to get more books is okay by me.

cover of lesfic holiday anthology Gingerbread Hearts by YLVA Publishing

Book Description

The anthology consists of four new and two republished, re-edited short stories.

Holiday Outing – Alison Grey

As if spending Christmas with her parents, siblings, grandparents, and the rest of the extended family wasn’t nerve-racking enough, Susanne has decided to come out to her family on Christmas Eve. Or she at least tries to, because saying the three words “I’m a lesbian” is not as easy as it seems.

It’s in the Pudding – Emma Weimann

As Christmas approaches, Ida vows to make a fresh start and open her heart to new possibilities. Her mother’s old Danish tradition gives her just the chance she is looking for: the person who finds the almond in the Christmas pudding has one wish. However, a trip to the dentist wasn’t what Ida had in mind.

Devgo – Corinna Behrens

Even during the holiday season, Rebecca, a successful business woman, continues to chase after the things that matters least. Instead of spending Christmas with family and friends, her only concern is making more money. Will that change when a strange creature appears in her bedroom a few nights before Christmas and challenges her view of life?

A Magical Christmas – RJ Nolan

A week before Christmas, Erin’s ex once again breaks a promise and disappoints their children. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he also ruined the romantic getaway Kris had planned for Erin. Kris is determined to make it up to Erin and the children. What better place to do that than the happiest place on earth?

The Christmas Grump – Jae

For Rachel Lewis, a security guard at the mall, the Christmas holiday season is one big headache. She wants nothing to do with the celebration of love, peace, and family harmony. Her disenchantment with the holiday slowly begins to change when she meets seven-year-old Tyler and his mother.

Kissing Ms. Santa Claus – Jae

Rachel is counting the days until she and Lillian celebrate their first Christmas together as a couple. She is filled with longing for only one thing to make her holiday complete: a long-term commitment from Lillian. She sets out to find the perfect gift that will reflect her love and devotion.

My Rating

This collection was funny and sweet. Unlike most anthologies, I actually liked ALL the stories in this one. The authors did a stellar job in writing complex characters and in-depth situations in such a short medium. These stories are uplifting and got me into the holiday spirit a little too early this year. I’ll have to re-read it in December when I’m already sick of hearing Xmas music!


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