Catch a Falling Snowflake, a review by Tanya

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Catch a Falling Snowflake (Snow Globes #4)
Ava Kelly

62 pages
Published Nov 23rd by NineStar Press

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About the Book:

The previous winter, Leon followed his twin sister Sara to a new town where she could be with her partner, Amber. There, Leon’s boyfriend Nick, friends Jeff and Daniel, and their nine-year-old daughter Abby, swiftly swept him up into their lives, a newfound family.

After a year of growing their relationship, Leon is ready to take it to the next level. Nick, however, has been stalling. When Ben, Abby’s best friend, is suddenly abandoned, Leon is excited to finally care for the children he’s always wanted. Haunted by the mistakes of his past, Nick attempts to reconcile his feelings of inadequacy as a parent with Leon’s wishes.

Against the backdrop of winter holidays filled with traditions from around the world, it is up to Leon to decide if he’s willing to stand by Nick, or if he should find his happiness elsewhere.

Catch a Falling Snowflake, the fourth story in the Snow Globes holiday series, can be read as a stand-alone, but greater enjoyment will come with reading about these characters in the order written.

My Review:

3/21 of my 2021 Christmas Reading goals.

Being a reader who is completely influenced by covers and not ashamed to say it, this beautiful cover sold me on this read.  Unfortunately, this is one of those times that I should have looked a little deeper at what the story was truly about and maybe read some reviews before putting my hands on this one. The cover does not match the story, in my opinion.

I would HIGHLY suggest that these books be read in order.  I read this as a stand-alone and was very confused simply by the sheer number of characters talked about on the first 2 pages.  There were so many confusing connections between them that I had to read the first few pages 3 times and I still was confused.  So tip #1 to enjoy this book would be to start on Book 1.

Also, this book is filled with DRAMA. And I mean the heavy kind.  It’s not a sweet, Christmas themed story. There is a lot going on and Christmas is really just the backdrop, not the feature.  This was a bit of a let-down for me as the cover is super cute and it looks like it will be a cutesy, holiday short story.  Tip #2 is that you should be ready for angst and sadness when you pick this one up.

The very nature of a short story is getting a quick peek in to a setting or characters lives that is usually pretty surface level and wraps it’s story up within 100 pages or so. While this story fit the page goal, the ending was so rushed for me that I was left with so many questions.  I didn’t really like feeling like so many items weren’t resolved and since this is touted as being able to be read as a stand-alone, the ending really missed the mark for me.  Tip #3 for enjoying this book is loving short stories without a fully closed ending.

Overall, this one really missed the mark for me.  If you like some heavy, not cutesy, drama with your Christmas reading and can invest your time over all 4 books, then you are the right reader for this series.

Thank you to #NineStarPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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