Tuesday, December 4, 2012

12 Days Day 4: Sleigh Read Tour 2012


Hello Everyone! Today I'm part of the Sleigh Read Blog Tour hosted by BUZZ BOOKS. One of the best things about being  a book blogger is having the opportunity to discover a new publisher or author. I was able to pick one book for review for this event  and  I chose the anthology Sleigh Ride.

There is something so wonderful about reading a book you've had no prior knowlege of. In our digital world we have access to cover reveals, chapter snippets and in some cases whole chunks of the book available for free online.

I had no such information with sleigh ride and so I was really emotionally accessable to the themes being explored in each story.

All of the stories in this anthology entertain but these few really stood out for me :

Monks & Musicians
Samantha Wilde

On a family sleigh ride Jeff confesses to his wife Angie a secret that will shake the foundations of their marriage, and their future. With the forshadowing in the beginning parts of this story I thought I knew what the outcome would be, but Wilde really kept me guessing. There are some deep themes in this story about infidelity, faith and the ability to start over. I was caught off guard by how emotionally invested I was in these character after  just a few pages.

Noche Buena

Maria Geraci

This story really addressed the restricting obligations the Holidays can bring to our lives. Maggie Cartwright is an attractive woman in her 40's living under the burden of her Mothers expectations and that of her social groups.  Maggie is restless.

All she can think about is Christmas's past at her families cabin and of Nestor, a handsome restaurant owner. In a moment of daring Maggie decides to boycott the family Christmas gathering and  take off for the cabin. She alos invites Nestor who to her suprise agrees. There is such sweetness to this story. The romance between the two is gentle and the story has a wonderful holiday spirit.

The Escape


Megan Barlog 

One of my favorites. This story is about Hans a boy who works in a stable repairing animatronic animals along with a discarded hover sleigh that his been his pet project. When Rebecca enters Hans life she is on the run from her father and his plans to marry her off for profit. Hans becomes drawn into her life and forms a plan of escape for them both. I really likded this young couple and the futuristic setting, but I felt the eneding was a little bit of a cliffhanger. Hopefully Megan will revisit this world soon.

Hope I've intrigued you enough to visit the Buzz Books SITE They have a great Get One, Give One  promotion going on where you receive a freee book with purchase. Happy Reading and dont forget to comment for the 12 Days Grand Prize :)

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Fiery Na said...

I'm most intrigued by Monks & Musicians. It sounds emotional. I hope everything works out for them and it ends on a cheerful note. I like antholigies because it gives me a chance try a new author.

fredamans said...

I've been on a real sleigh ride once.... it was a magical ride. It really felt like gliding on snow.

Mary Preston said...

I am intrigued thank you.


Carol L. said...

This is the first I've heard of Sleigh Ride. I'm going to check it out. Monks and Musicians pulled me in.
Carol L
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