I recently signed up to "blog for books" with WaterBrook Multnomah and this was the first book I chose to review.
This story is about Cora Crowder, a single woman from a not-so-happy family, and Simon Derrick, her serious natured boss who comes from a very close-knit Christian family. One evening near Christmas, they both end up in the same bookstore - a very unusual and magical bookstore. This chance meeting spurs a romantic chain of events. After bringing home their purchases they discover they each hold a ticket to the "Wizard's Christmas Ball" - an event that only a select few have even heard of. Several events occurring after the bookstore meeting seem to keep throwing Simon and Cora together, and opening up their stubborn hearts to the possibility of romance.What we discover is that the Wizard's Christmas Ball is actually a sort of matchmaking event to bring together couples that God have designed for each other. I don't want to give away any more of the plot...
This is a charming story that is full of surprises. I will be honest and say that I found some of the writing a little "corny." BUT, the story line was very different, especially for Christian fiction, and it was...refreshing. I liked that the story included magic and whimsy, but had none of the "dark side" of magic. I think that the author used the magic theme to illustrate the kind of "magic" we can experience once we invite Jesus into our lives and trust Him to direct our paths.
This was a great book to read during the holiday season, but can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The characters were very likeable and engaging. It was a light, quick, and very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it! I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.