Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Review: A Vision of Sugarplums by Jennifer Blake

Meghan Castle doesn't like Christmas at all. It's Christmas Eve and she wants to close up and go home to hide from the holiday and the bad memories it brings.

As she goes off to shoo away the last lingering customer from the Silver Bells Christmas Shop, she discovers an abandoned baby under a tree. The handsome hunk she had hoped to kick out of the store, convinces her to take the baby home and offers to help her take care of it.

Though they are both attracted to each other, secrets might tear apart this couple before they get too far.

A Vision of Sugarplums by Jennifer Blake is a romantic novella that goes against Mark Twain's adage that "truth is stranger than fiction," because fiction has to stick to possibilities (make sense). While Blake is very talented when it comes to painting a picture for the reader and she can write a moving love scene, I can't remember when a story has made me so furious. It requires one to stretch the imagination so far that you can't truly enjoy it.

I can't go into all the details without giving away the story, but what I can say is if a man treated me the way Rick Wallman did Meghan, there is no way I would want a future with him--no matter his motivation. This is one time I wish the boy didn't get the girl.

Title:  A Vision of Sugarplums
Author:  Jennifer Blake
Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
ASIN: B006A1Z06W
SRP:  $1.99

I purchased a free copy of this book from the Kindle Store. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

This is the second book I've read for the following challenges:

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Unknown said...

Hmmm...I had picked up this freebie too on Kindle. Wonder what I'll think...most likely like you.

Cheryl said...

Maybe not. I checked the reviews on Amazon and they were mixed. Those who enjoyed it couldn't imagine why people didn't. For me, it was unrealistic from beginning to end, and I couldn't get by that.

Let me know what you think after you've read it.

thewriterslife said...

I love a ranty review! I'm not sure if I picked up this one or not, I'll have to check out my Kindle. So she finds a baby under a tree? And keeps it? And gets this guy to help her raise it? A guy she doesn't like? Makes me want to go read it just to see if fiction can be stranger than real life, lol!

Cheryl said...

Gee, I hope I don't sound too ranty.

Actually, the guy convinces her to keep it for a bit and not call the authorities. It's also his idea for him to help her raise it. It's not that she doesn't like him; it's that she doesn't even know him until the moment she meets him there in the store. In this day and age would you invite a stranger to your home like that?

Morgan Mandel said...

That's why critique groups are so helpful. You hear things you never thought of about your book and fix them before it's too late. Sometimes it's hard to see from other points of view because as the author the story is unfolding in your head.

Morgan Mandel

Anonymous said...

Sounds unrealistic, thanks for sharing.