This review is long overdue, but with all the activity of the last couple of years (moving, our son graduating, etc.), I completely forgot about reviewing this book until I unpacked it a little while ago. My apologies for the late review!
“Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?
In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.
Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.
This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?”
I always have a hard time writing a review like this, especially when I am really not that hard to please. However, “Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball” left me a little flat.
There were two things that bothered me about this book; the use of wizards and magic in a Christian book, and the fact that the plot was very slow-moving.
From reading the description of the book, I thought it would be a cute, light-hearted read. The cover was lovely, and I was very much looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately I was disappointed with the fact that I had a very hard time staying interested in the book, and again, with the use of magic in a Christian story. To me, the two do not go hand-in-hand.
I tried very hard to find the “hidden gems” that might be in this story so that I wouldn’t have to write a negative review, but I was unable to do so. The plot was jumpy, and honestly, a lot of it just didn’t make sense to me. It wasn’t a horrible book, but it is not a book I would recommend to anyone either. :(
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of writing this review.