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. Published in 2010, it remains one of my Christmas favorites, a delightful story by an imaginative author.
Donita Paul's imagination is revealed in her characters. (Sandy and Skippy were my favorites.) It is revealed in the story's 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, her imagination worked overtime all through the vaguely familiar, but not entirely predictable plot. I enjoyed 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 this season, go out and find this book!