Monday, 28 December 2009

Review – A Christmas Vow © Laura Shinn

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Title: A Christmas Vow

Author: Laura Shinn

Publisher – Self Published

Main Characters: Chris Milano & Shanda Bratton

Life is a funny thing when you’re six years old.  Shanda Bratton knew she and Chris would be friends forever.  Chris didn’t know about the secret love she held for him in her heart, even though he was a lot older.  She would love him forever, even after she grew up.  It was set in stone.  But would Chris ever see her as anything other than the kid he’d known all his life?

With a difference of five years, Chris Milano knew that his and Shanda’s ages would always separate them.  That is, until the day she came home after graduating college.  He was shocked to find a full-grown woman, rather than the fresh, young girl he remembered.  His desire for her never vanished, though she’d been much too young for him to show it when she was sixteen.  He could no longer use that as an excuse to avoid her attentions.  And looking into her eyes – the eyes of a grown woman – did he really want to?

This Christmas would be one neither would ever forget.

 

 

Review…

I am not a big fan of seasonal read and have just been looking around for something that spark my interest. A CHRISTMAS VOW popped up in my inbox and I will admit I was sucked in by the blurb.

For one the blurb have such a sense of journey to it – from six years old and follow on into adulthood – yup I was hooked.

Firstly I was loving the feel of this book, Ms. Shinn write this book with a journal like feel to it and I was transported to school plays at six years old, the birthday party of the cute boy at thirteen, wanting that first kiss and sixteen and then the book settled down to carry me over the course of a few years in the life of Shanda Bratton and Chris Milano…

Chris Milano has always known that Shanda was the girl for him, but as in life, we grow up, we change and sometime emotion get mixed up in the whole teenage angst scene. Irrespective of how much of a mood swing Chris was going through as the ages pass – he has never left Shanda for longer than going to college, he has been there for every monumental moment of her life. However despite this Shanda eventually also grows up and she wants what she wants – and she is not willing to wait around for Chris to get it together.

Shanda is the girl next door who has always, always been in love with the boy next door. Shanda has grown up with Chris, she has seen him at his worst and his best and he is almost perfect in her eyes.  Shana is more mature than Chris realizes and in his haste to run away from what Shanda has to offer he pushes her away and it seems as if this time it’s for good.

It’s now the festive season and Shanda is going home to concentrate on getting her business up and running, Chris plays no part in Shanda decision, but when he steps in to save her from an embarrassing situation – all bets were off – he once again became that perfect guy in her eyes...

A CHRISTMAS VOW was such a quirky fun book to read… When I realised that it was more a journal style read, I fell more into this story. Ms. Shinn really got behind Shana and Chris and made me see them grow, made mistakes as well showed me that they were worthy of my praise as well.I thought the scenes were nicely done and had enough tension and escalating anticipation as the kids grew – this I enjoyed a lot…

This was really a short story but she packs a lot of emotional drama, family involvement and good old fashion coming of age crush, lust, love in between these pages to make me not only smile but laugh out loud as well…

A CHRISTMAS VOW is a wonderful read that I am very pleased I read.

 

9 Speak To Me:

Chris on 28 December 2009 at 16:50 said...

It does sound like a sweet read.

Blodeuedd on 28 December 2009 at 20:25 said...

Sounds like a nice read for the holidays :D

Rebecca J Vickery on 28 December 2009 at 23:27 said...

Another great review, EH. I've read this one and it is a fun, emotional, coming-of-age story set in the holiday season, but wonderful for any time you need a feel-good story.

Laura Shinn on 29 December 2009 at 03:26 said...

Thank you, EH for the wonderful review and thanks to those who left comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Rebecca, and I hope others will too. It was a fun story to write.

JennJ on 30 December 2009 at 06:14 said...

This sounds like a great little read. Good review EH! :)

Erotic Horizon on 31 December 2009 at 11:36 said...

@Chris...

This was little mroe than a seasonal read - I hope I see more books taking this journal route, it was a nice change...


@Blodeuedd

Yup, it worked for me... Definitely left a smile on my face...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 31 December 2009 at 11:47 said...

@Rebecca..

I agree with you... it is more than meet the eyes..

I find I quite like the shutter effect scenes - by the time I got to the story itself, I had a good feel about Shana and Chris...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 31 December 2009 at 11:49 said...

@Laura..

Congrats on the release...

I will be looking at more of your work - so far I am loving your creations - especially Shana, she was spunky... I liked that...

Happy New Year when it rolls around my dear...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 31 December 2009 at 11:49 said...

@JennJ..

Thanks hon... hope things are good with you...

Happy New Year my dear...

E.H>