Friday, November 19, 2010

Book Review: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

If you, like me, never quite outgrew the love of a great fairy tale, Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball will sweep you off your feet. This book is absolutely delightful! Donita K. Paul has quite an imagination! I saw it in her characters. (Sandy and Skippy were my favorites.) I saw it in the setting—if only I could actually visit Sage Street and the Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad bookstore. (That’s right—it starts in a bookstore. I was sold from the start! And I’d love to buy a dress from the Booterbaw sisters someday. If only I could.) Finally, I saw her imagination at work all through the vaguely familiar, but not entirely predictable plot. I enjoyed reading this book.

As a bonus, skillfully crafted into the story are many subtle words of Christian wisdom and practical ideas for life. This is my favorite kind of story: one I can thoroughly relax and enjoy, yet glean some significant insight from as I do. (The one I considered most profound can be found in the second full paragraph of page 144.)

If you’re in the mood for a sweet Christmas story as this season just begins, watch for this book this year. While you’re doing that, I’ll be watching for more stories from Donita K. Paul. I guess she’s written several, but this was the first to cross my path.

Thank you Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending this book for my review.

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