*I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Orion Publishing and Anne Marie Ryan*
The Six Tales of Christmas is a heartwarming Christmas read which focuses on the importance of family, friends, and community. Mainly following the perspectives of Simon and Nora, bookshop owners who have fallen into debt, The Six Tales of Christmas is about the struggles of owning an independent business whilst still trying to help those in the community who are struggling also.
I did find this a bit of a strange read. I thought it would be way more light and festive than it was. This book had quite a serious plotline for a Christmas themed book and was not romance heavy. Something which I have come to expect from these types of books.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy the book and there was honestly nothing wrong with it, but it just didn’t have that sparkle which I expected it to have. I didn’t get any cosy Christmas vibes from this as honestly, I didn’t find it entirely festive. This book could have been set at any time of year and it would have felt pretty much the same.
The Christmas Eve party was one the of the few festivities and also Christmas day itself. However other than those Christmas felt like an almost afterthought.
This does not mean that I did not enjoy the book. It was an easy enough read with a good message, which you can never go wrong with. Mental health awareness is a somewhat large part of this book and I think that was a great inclusion.
I liked the main characters, however, there was just too much shifting of perspectives for me. Simon and Nora were a sweet older couple and I loved seeing their relationship throughout the book. The little bits of romance you do see are heartwarming and just all-round lovely. However, this was not the main point of the book.
The Six Tales of Christmas conveys a positive message of mental health awareness and displaying the importance of shopping local. A perfect book for anyone who is looking for a Christmas read which is not romance-driven.
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