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.) This was one I was wary to start, because of what I mistakenly thought was religious imagery on the cover, but I’m glad I went ahead with it.
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.
Christmas is not looking very merry for Penny Havers – she won’t be seeing her family for the holidays; she hasn’t had a girlfriend in forever; she can’t get her stories published. When two young women are hired at the shop where she works, Penny begins to think her luck may have changed. Penny is about to learn that, when Christmas works its magic, what you hope for isn’t always what you get.
The description really says it all. Penny is young and naive. She thinks she knows what she wants, but she has no grasp that what she wants and what she needs might be two separate things entirely.
One of my favorite parts of this story was the shop owner, Mrs. Reinholtz, and her quiet wisdom. The little shop would be a fun place to visit, and by the way the author describes it, I almost feel like I’ve been there.
I felt for Penny as she struggled. Most of us have been there, where nothing in our life seems to be going the way we planned, and it was nice to see a little luck come into her life.
I give this one four of five stars. It was a cute holiday story.
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