The Christmas Calamity
Do you like phantasmagorical books? What about ones about teachers? Or perhaps you like bankers? Oh, and did I mention big words? You’ve come to the right place, Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up and prepare to be amazed.
Alexandra is a colorful character with insecurities and creativity. Arlan was introduced in the previous two books and the quiet, sometimes uptight banker stole my heart in this book. As they work out their differences and fall in love, they each grow as a person.
There were a few historical details (more on that later) that caused me to bringe a little, but otherwise, the dialogue was well done.
Overall, the plot and storyline were well-paced, well-written, and suspenseful at times. However, there were a few historical details that I believe were off. ***SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT*** Alexandra becomes the temporary schoolteacher and has a small house to live in. While she lives there, Arlan comes to visit her without a chaperone. Often. Without repercussions. Even if Alexandra and Arlan are known by the whole community and everyone knows that nothing compromising is happening between them, this is not how teachers were allowed to do things back then. Teachers were held to higher standards than most, especially the female teachers. I don’t know exactly when that changed, but I am fairly certain that was still the case during the time this book is set. ***END OF SPOILER ALERT***
Overall writing quality: .75/1
As with the first two books, the writing quality is excellent. And also like the first two books, the heated kisses were described a little more than I cared for.
I stayed up too late to read this and instead of doing what I should have the next morning, I read the end of this book instead.
When I first saw this was about a magician, I was a little concerned since I have some pretty strong convictions about magic. From what I could tell, it appeared that all of the magic in this book is sleight of hand and illusions. If you answered yes to any of the questions at the beginning of this review, you will most likely enjoy this book.
Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.