The Six Tales of Christmas by Anne Marie Ryan – Book review

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It’s almost Christmas and snow is falling in the Cotswolds. Simon and Nora are gearing up for the festive season – but their bookshop is in trouble.

Nora is delighted when a customer buys a book that’s been on the shelves for years, but that won’t be enough to keep the bailiffs away.

Fuelled by mulled wine and mince pies, Nora and Simon hatch a plan to rouse community spirit, sending out six books to lonely villagers. The books change the recipients’ lives, but is it too late to change the bookshop’s fate?

A feel-good festive read to curl up with! 

My Thoughts

Honestly, I finished The Six Tales of Christmas a few days ago and I’m still glowing from the lift it gave me.  Do you know that feeling when you can actually feel your heart physically grow with love?  That’s exactly what happened when I read this.  It made Christmas last just that little bit longer and was a wonderful first read of the year. 

Nora and Simon own a beloved bookshop in a quiet Cotswold village, but takings are low and debts are mounting.  As they face the prospect of closing permanently, Nora and Simon offer out six book gifts to the community in a hope to lift some spirits.  What they don’t bank on is just how much their gifts will mean.

I love the setting of an independent bookstore.  It just feels so welcoming and cosy and is filled with books about everything.  The way the fire is on and there are always some homemade sweet treats, the though of story times or just sitting in the big chairs flicking through a book fills me with warmth.  If I was lucky enough to own a bookshop – this is how I’d want to to feel.

Nora and Simon are such a delightful couple.  Really supportive of each other and caring to everyone around them.  Despite being under so much pressure themselves, they still manage to put others first.  The other villagers are wonderful too and their individual stories all combine to create a magical tale of love, hope, grief and self-discovery.

Go on – I know you can squeeze one last Christmas story in.

Author Bio – Anne Marie Ryan

Anne Marie Ryan works as a book editor and has written several successful children’s fiction series under a variety of pseudonyms. THE SIX TALES OF CHRISTMAS is her first novel for adults. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Anne Marie now lives in west London with her husband, two daughters and an indifferent cat. When she’s not reading or writing, Anne Marie plays tennis and acts in amateur dramatics (much to her family’s embarrassment).


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