Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cupid's Christmas

Cupid's ChristmasTitle: Cupid's Christmas
Author: Bette Lee Crosby
Publisher:  Bent Pine Publishing
Published: September 13, 2012
Format: Kindle
Pages: 181
Source: Downloaded when it
was free on Amazon
Read: December 8-9, 2012
In A Few Words: Sweet story
My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
CUPID’S CHRISTMAS…A love story for both the young and the young at heart. In a spot somewhere between Heaven and Earth, Cupid is trying to overcome the forces of lust, jealousy and the events brought on by his nemeses—Life Management.

Cupid matched John and Eleanor thirty years ago, but Life Management stepped in and fouled things up. Now they are both single and back together again, but before Cupid can give them the happiness they deserve, he’s got to come up with some magic, a few miracles and a dog for John’s daughter
Melissa's Musings:

The narrator in this story, Cupid, is just snarky enough to be likeable, but also realistic. You can tell that he (or at least I'm pretty sure it's a he) feels for his matches, and that he wants to see things work out for them. Especially Lindsay, who keeps walking away from love, and making all the wrong choices in that department.

I enjoyed watching Lindsay grow as a character. At first she is a bit hard to like, because she's so self involved. She doesn't seem to care about anyone else's happiness but her own. Then, she loses her boyfriend, her job, her apartment. That turns her around a bit.

It doesn't keep her from being downright rude to her dads' new girlfriend. I felt bad during these initial exchanges between Eleanor and Lindsay. Bad for Eleanor that is. Eleanor's character is great at making nice with Lindsay, trying to ease her way into being Lindsay's friend, but Lindsay is having none of it at first. Finally, when Lindsay realizes that her father is actually happy, she starts to open up more to Eleanor and they develop a great relationship.

If you read this and you feel bad for Eleanor during her initial exchanges with Lindsay, then I'll warn you that you'll probably feel even worse for her during her conversations with her son Ray about her new relationship. Ray says things that are just plain mean.

The romance in this book is really nice. It's well done, with just the right amount of flirtation, worry over the relationship on Lindsay's part, easy comfort and sweetness. Lindsay and Matthew fit very well together.

I really enjoyed the explanation of how Lindsay turned her love of this one particular dog into a career path. I  wish that I could do something like that with one of my hobbies, and it's always interesting to see a character be able to do that. It gives the reader that little glimmer of hope that they may be able to, too. (If they haven't already)

Have any of you read this? What did you think?


kimbacaffeinate said...

Lovely review..I agree about Lindsey but as an only child, with. Relationship issues she acted the part. I cried a little at the end

Melissas Midnight Musings said...

Thanks Kimba. I didn't think of the fact that Lindsey is an only child, that makes her character make a little more sense. :)