BURNING BRIGHT by Megan Hart, et al

burning brightFour Chanukah Love Stories

I love holiday romances, but I can’t remember reading any Chanukah romances before so I was delighted to find this downloadable egalley. As far as I can tell, there is no print edition so download from your favorite bookseller.

A synopsis from the publisher:

This December, take a break from dreidel spinning, gelt winning, and latke eating to experience the joy of Chanukah. When you fall in love during the Festival of Lights, the world burns a whole lot brighter.

Miracle by Megan Hart: It’s definitely not love at first sight for Amanda and her cute but mysterious new neighbor, Ben. Can a Chanukah miracle show them that getting off on the wrong foot doesn’t mean they can’t walk the same road?

A Dose of Gelt by Jennifer Gracen: Lawyers in love, Shari Cohen and Evan Sonntag are happy together. But in a moment of doubt, he pushes her away—then soon realizes he made a huge mistake. To win her back, it might take something like a Chanukah miracle.

Home for Chanukah by Stacey Agdern: When impulsive interior designer Molly Baker-Stein barges into Jon Adelman’s apartment and his life intent on planning the best Chanukah party their building has ever seen, neither expects that together they just might discover a Home for Chanukah.

All I Got by KK Hendin: All Tamar expected from her Israel vacation was time to hang out with one of her besties and to act like a tourist, cheesy t-shirt and all, in her two favorite cities. She definitely was not expecting to fall for Avi, a handsome soldier who’s more than she ever dreamed.

I didn’t love this book. “Miracle” was a bit rough going, it felt forced and didn’t flow properly. The characters were too one-dimensional.

I enjoyed “A Dose of Gelt,” the characters were somewhat developed and the story was fun until the abrupt ending.

I liked “Home for Chanukah” but again, like “Miracle,” the characters weren’t developed and it didn’t feel quite natural or real, but the story was good.

The last story, “All I Got” was set in Israel and I didn’t understand why there were quotes scattered throughout the story – I didn’t know who was being quoted (all that was offered were initials) and why they were necessary to the story. The Israeli aspect was interesting, but I don’t speak Hebrew and didn’t understand most of the Hebrew words, beyond what I could figure out from the story. Didn’t love this one either.

But given the dearth of Chanukah romances, if you like that sort of thing, go for it.

 Note: ebook only

12/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

BURNING BRIGHT by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern, and Jennifer Gracen. Avon Impulse (December 1, 2015). HarperCollins Publishers. ASIN: B015WXSMPE. Print Length: 248 pages

 

 

 

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