A Magical Realism Christmas

Donita K. Paul is known for writing fantasy novels for young adults. This time, however, she writes a Christmas story for adults with a sprinkle of magical realism. When I requested to review Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball, I was hoping for a light, romantic read, for the same reason I watch Christmas movies. For those of you looking for a complex plot, you may want to wait for my next review. If you’re in search of a dancing sugarplum for a snowy afternoon, you may be in luck.

The premise of the book is simple: an old fashioned street chooses lucky recipients to bring together at a Christmas Ball. The street is shrouded in mystery and not everyone can find it, or if they do, not all can make their way back any time they want to. The whole thing tingles with some sort of supernatural force and serendipity. But it isn’t serendipity, because the ball is run by Christians, in fact, the whole hiding street is made up of Christian shop-keepers who invite Christians and matchmake them together.

Enter two young Christians who work at the same office and never give each other a second glance and you have a recipe for this novel.

There are some interesting plot twists and turns along the way, tender moments and entertaining banter. This book was just what I expected: a cup of cocoa with marshmallows on top.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.