Monday, December 21, 2015

Double Review: Married by Midnight and Christmas at Cranberry Cottage by Talli Roland

Married by Midnight by Talli Roland
Series: Standalone
Published: November 14th, 2014
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
44 pages (eARC)
Genre: Women’s fiction
Acquired this book: From the author in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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Christmas is coming . . . and so is the biggest day of Kate’s life.

While choosing a vintage dress for her Christmas Eve wedding, Kate finds a cryptic note pinned to the inside of a 1930s gown. As doubts about her own ceremony loom, Kate is determined to track down the dress’ owner and determine what became of her – and the marriage.

Will Kate find the answers she’s seeking to propel her down the aisle, or will her discovery prompt her to call off the wedding for good?

Note: I read Married by Midnight in November of 2014 and while I posted my review on GoodReads, I forgot to post it here for some reason. I figured better late than never!

Whenever I see that Talli Roland has released a new Christmas novella, I get excited, because I know I’m in for a treat. Married by Midnight was no exception.

The stars have aligned, the fates have spoken, the horoscopes have decried it, so Kate is getting married this Christmas. Who cares if the man of her dreams isn’t all that dreamy and he spends more time watching the game than paying attention to her? One thing that is worthy of her daydreams is the vintage wedding dress she finds. But when she finds a note pinned inside the dress, she becomes more interested in unravelling the mystery surrounding its owner than in continuing to plan her own quickly approaching wedding.

As with all of Talli’s books, Married by Midnight is wonderfully unique. I loved the premise of the book, and how everything came together. Kate is a funny, spunky character, and her mother and sister made great side characters.

I loved the overall message of this book about following your heart, doing what’s right for you, and continuing to believe in love, even when things don’t work out exactly how you planned. For such a short story, it packed a punch.

Married by Midnight is cute, sweet, funny, and romantic. Another winner from Talli Roland!

Christmas at Cranberry Cottage by Talli Roland
Series: Standalone
Published: October 7th, 2015
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
29 pages (eARC)
Genre: Women’s fiction
Acquired this book: From the author in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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With a whirlwind lifestyle travelling the world, the one thing Jess Millward relies on is Christmas with her gran in cosy Cranberry Cottage. When her grandmother reveals the house is directly in the path of a new high-speed railway, Jess is determined to fight. Can Jess save the cottage from demolition, or will she have no home to come to this Christmas?   

Something I’ve come to look forward to every winter: Talli Roland’s Christmas stories. I’ve read and enjoyed all of them, so I was glad to see Talli had another one out this year!

Jess desperately wants to save Cranberry Cottage, her grandmother’s home, and the only home she’s known since her parents died. In the short course of this story, we see how passionate, impulsive, determined, and stubborn Jess is. She wants what she thinks is best for her grandma, and she’s single-minded in her desire to keep their home. As with all of Talli’s Christmas stories, there’s a moral that reminds you about the importance of family, home, and the holiday season.

If you’re looking for a quick read to boost your holiday spirit, be sure to check out Christmas at Cranberry Cottage!

3.5 stars

Have you read Married by Midnight or Christmas at Cranberry Cottage? What did you think? If you haven't read them, do you plan to? Have you read any of Talli's other books? What are some of your favourite Christmas stories? Let's talk here or on Twitter!

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