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I don’t usually care for short stories, but in this instance, I couldn’t resist.  Mary Balogh is a superb writer and she brings four tales of christmas love to the reader.  Each story is well crafted and surrounds new found love, rekindled love, and love that has languished.  Each of her couples must face decisions they regret and make up for past mistakes so that they can have a christmas they will not forget.  Poignant tales such as these always put me in the mood for the holidays, which is rather inconvenient as it is February, but they still bring warmth to my heart.

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Maggie and Saint Just are back from England just in time to find out that a fellow writer has committed suicide…..or has he.  It turns out it is murder and with dead rats showing up on other writer’s doorsteps, including Maggie’s, things are about to get crazy.  Meanwhile, Sterling becomes a Santa for Silver in an effort to embrace the holiday spirit.  And FINALLY, Maggie and Saint Just hook up.  I mean it took ’em long enough, but we’ll have to see where the relationship goes after this.  This was another good mystery, but I don’t quite get why they have coined it with the title they did since we don’t even get to Xmas in this book and in fact barely touch on the holiday season.  Ah well, who knows.

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This novella is more like the Card I know and love.  His last few books have left something to be desired, but this makes you realize he can still write.  It is a short story about Zeck, a boy in Ender’s toon, that is nonviolent and does not want to go to Battle School.  A confrontation happens when he actually gets there that causes religious feelings to escalate.  This is a great sideline story to the overarching tale of Ender.  I loved reading about the characters we know and love in a new and different setting.  Obviously a novel cannot encompass ever detail that happens during a time frame (imagine how long they’d be!) but there are certain books where reading stories such as this help enrich the stories previously told.  I loved this short read and hope there will be more like it in the future.  But I still have to ask, “Whatever happened to his last Women of Genesis book?”

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