Girls love pink; this can be safely said about most girls on this planet. And everyone loves Christmas; this can also be safely said for most people on this planet. Now, for me, I love pink and I super-love Christmas! And this immense love of mine for the color pink and Christmas, enticed me to pick up the Christmas Magic from the shelf at the bookstore. Seldom have I come across a book with such a gorgeous cover; a delicious pink decorated with radiant silver Christmassy decorations and a title printed in beautiful silver typography that promised short stories full of warmth, cheer, & festive Christmas fun. I was so drawn by the book cover that my heart ached to purchase it immediately. Thus, with high-hopes for some Christmas fun, I gave in to my temptation and purchased the Christmas Magic. However, once I had started reading this book, I regretted ever buying it; because reading the Christmas Magic was an experience I will never forget- an immensely disappointing experience, which reminded me of the quite popular metaphorical phrase- “Don’t judge a book by its cover”! In this case, quite literally.
Title: Christmas Magic
Author: Cathy Kelly
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: November 2011
Genres:Holiday (Christmas), Women’s Fiction (Chick-Lit)
From Goodreads: ‘Christmas Magic’ is full of charming and witty tales of life, love and the everyday dilemmas that we all face, all told in Cathy Kelly’s unique voice.
You know, what is the most misleading part of this book? The title! Yes, the title Christmas Magic would cause readers to think that this book is full of sweet short stories, which celebrate the heart-warming, beautiful, and delightful festive season of Christmas. I personally was expecting to read family-friendly tales that will enhance my Christmas spirit. However, I was wrong. Except for some mild undercurrent of Christmas in a few stories, majority of the stories are completely devoid of ANYTHING about Christmas. Can you believe that? Isn’t that astonishing? A book titled Christmas Magic with nothing Christmassy. On the contrary, the Christmas Magic is full of typical chick-lit stories; quite predictable with lots of clichés, two-dimensional characters, nothing exciting and definitely nothing magical.
While reading this book, I did fervently hope to find some actual Christmas stories and kept saying to myself, “May be the next one is a Christmas story”. But, alas, this was not the case and I ended up leaving out a few of the stories. Now, just imagine, a bibliophile like me NOT COMPLETELY READING a book. That’s how much this book disappointed me. For me, the Christmas Magic failed to deliver warm & sweet stories brimming with the spirit of Christmas, and hence, for those looking for some actual magical Christmas tales, I say, steer clear of the Christmas Magic.