- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 708 KB
- Print Length: 109 pages
- Publisher: Krissy V (5 Dec. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P1OOCIQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #700,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Taste of Christmas: Dublin Style Kindle Edition
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A Taste of Christmas Dublin style By Krissy V
Book Review by Nicole McCurdy
I’ve been hearing great things about Krissy V from both readers and other authors alike so I leapt at the chance to read this gorgeous heart-warming little novella from the lady herself. Set in Dublin at Christmas time this book tells the story of Tully and Nolly (fantastic names!). After a rather hilarious and unfortunate meeting the pair ends up going for a rather special cup of coffee where the story really begins to capture your imagination and emotions.
Krissy’s writing for me is very reminiscent of another fantastic and emotive Irish author Marian Keyes, her use of language and the perfect descriptions for everything from how Grafton Street looks to the taste of French Vanilla coffee bring this story to life. I was literally weeping whilst reading the prologue, it was gut-wrenching and utterly heart-breaking but thankfully the point of this stunning little read is about finding your way back to hope, faith and happiness again when you fear it’s all out of your reach. There might have been tears of sadness at the beginning but there are plenty of laughs and smiles and ‘awww’ moments littered throughout thanks to the delightful pairing of Tully the motorbike riding singer with a huge heart and chocolate scientist super taster with a gap in her heart, Nolly.
I sat reading A Taste Of Christmas Dublin Style with a huge mug of hot chocolate, in front of my roaring peat fire, tucked under a throw rug on my sofa and it all just culminated in giving me the warm and fuzzies. This is the perfect pick-me-up, sitting with a huge grin on your face by the end of it, singing Molly Malone and Michael Buble respectively, butterfly-inducing type of book. Krissy V obviously has talent, it’s evident in how deep she can draw you in to her characters lives with so few sentences, how you feel like you’re actually strolling the cold streets of a festively lit up Dublin and feeding reindeer in the park. It’s simple, sweet and the perfect Christmas literary treat to warm the cockles of your heart coming up to this time of year. Five stars all the way.
The contrasting attitudes that Nollaig and Tully have towards the festive period make for a very interesting read, and enables readers to empathise with at least one of the main characters, creating a connection with the reader immediately. Nollaig cannot get away from Christmas no matter how much she tries. Her name is the Irish word for Christmas, and her birthday falls on Christmas day, meaning that one special day of the year meant just for her is actually shared with everybody she knows, taking the edge off her day! To top it all off she lost her parents on Christmas Eve. So, yes, Christmas is and always will be grim for Nollaig.
But, her life takes a turn when one day when out shopping she stumbles into musician, Tully, in a most embarrassing way. Tully is a very warm, kind and caring character who absolutely loves the festivities. And, over the course of the story it becomes clear just how magical Christmas can be as he empathises with Nollaig, yet tries to show her just how beautiful it can be. Will Nollaig appreciate Tully’s efforts, or is it too much too soon?
I love how the author has made both of these characters patient with each other, and they both give each other a chance, rather than giving up. The conflict of the story is their opposing views, which is a little overwhelming at times for Nollaig; sometimes in an exciting way, and other times in an emotional way. This couple are just so cute for each other, the reader is constantly rooting for a nice outcome.
It is a lovely, warm story that is sure to warm up any cold winter. And so, if you’re looking for a winter read while the season is still upon us, or whether you want to make your Christmas list early for December 2016, A Taste of Christmas is perfect for you!
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