Image of Making Spirits Bright (Zebra Fiction)


Image of Making Spirits Bright (Zebra Fiction)

These four short stories lack focus and feature one-dimensional characters. Even with the limited amount of pages, the authors should have taken the time to thoroughly describe their characters and what led to their circumstances. Unfortunately, most of the space is used to describe inconsequential things like trees, buildings and garlands.

In Michaels’ “Making Spirits Bright,” Melanie McLaughlin dotes on her twin nieces and decides to take matters into her own hands when it comes to starting her own family. In “Runaway Christmas,” Bass’ heroine Heidi Bogue owns a diner in New York City and seems to be running into the worst kind of luck around the holidays. In “Home for Christmas” by Noonan, the author introduces readers to Joanne Truman, a single mother who seeks to save the integrity of her quaint town. In Rossiter’s “Christmas on Cape Cod,” Asa Coleman takes his young son and his female best friend Maddie Carlson to his hometown to celebrate Christmas with his parents. (ZEBRA, Nov., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
B. Nakia Garner