I have a confession, I’ve already queued up my Christmas playlist, and my kindle is full of Christmas ebooks. Including this one by Lucy McConnell.
“A wedding should have solved the North Pole’s energy crisis; however, Lux Kringle soon realizes that it’s going to take more than one wedding to feed Christmas Magic. All the Kringle sisters must find true love or the magic will die forever.
But, there’s a snag. If they get married too quickly, they’ll flood the system with too much magic and fry the electrical system which powers everything. What the Kringle’s need, is a substation and they need it before Christmas Eve. The one man on the planet with the know-how, is also the one man who sends sparks through Lux’s heart and surges through the power system. If Lux kisses Matthew Quik—again!—she could blow up Santa’s workshop before she has a chance to save it.”
This book makes you want to turn on Christmas music find your favorite fluffy blanket and curly up next to the fireplace. Actually it made me want to kiss my husband first, then do those things, just being honest 😉
Possibly my favorite part of these stories (this is the second in the series Ginger’s story is first) is the premise that Christmas magic is love. I’ve never thought about it in exactly those terms before. It makes sense though, that’s why when you have what people have termed “The Christmas Spirit” you feel all warm and melty inside. Christmas brings you together with people you love and gives you opportunities to show them that love. Ergo The Christmas Spirit is really just love.
With all the Christmas magic = love in the air I appreciated that everything wasn’t sunshine and roses. The characters have personality flaws and doubts. Their family and relationships have struggles and highs and lows. Yet Lucy’s writing handles all this with Christmas charm.
One of the charms of Lucy McConnel’s writing is how personable she makes her characters. For instance in this series she has the Kringle family use Christmas swear words, ie. “cinnamon sticks!” and “Son of a Grinch!” She also has her characters use analogies that fit their lifestyle and their personalities. “The zap thing that made her insides float like baby reindeer and fly like Blitzen jacked up on sweet carrots.” “‘His takeoffs are harder than peanut brittle.’ And just as bumpy” See! They add a special touch and make you feel a part of their magical world.
She also does it in her other recent release, One Date Deal: A Return to Snow Valley Romance.
“Veronica (Ronnie) Martin wasn’t planning on helping a stranded motorist on her way out of Snow Valley. But, as one of the small town’s two mechanics, she couldn’t leave a neighbor stranded. When that neighbor turns out to be Grady Owens, her older brother’s best friend and business partner on his way into town for a short visit. After a few minutes of flirting, Grady asks her out. Ronnie is ecstatic, until she realizes he doesn’t recognize her. She accepts his invitation, but when he finds out who she is and tries to cancel, she makes a one-date deal.
Grady Owens has been burning the candle at both ends for years to get a trucking business off the ground. He’s worn out and isolated by the long hours and lonely nights. Which is probably why he agreed to a one-date deal with Ronnie. But when he starts seeing her as more than his best friend’s little sister, he’s torn between loyalty to his business partner and the woman his heart says is his perfect match.”
This book is full of mechanic analogies as part of Roonie’s thoughts and is a sweet read. I’d highly recommend anything written by Lucy McConnell. –N.C.