I chose this book because it was Christmassy, and I am a sucker for a good romance around the holidays. Unfortunately, A Dixie Christmas failed to meet my expectations, provoking more unimpressed groans and giggles than the desired heart fluttering, swoons and sighs.
A Dixie Christmas is a pair of stories, each written originally as a standalone short. The first story, Blue Christmas, follows an uptight business man to Memphis, where he has inherited a random hotel (the hotel sounded kind of fun…). He meets a girl and her crazy family and… we all know whats going to happen next. The second, Jinx Christmas, is set in Louisiana. It involves a NASCAR driver, his ex-wife and their daughter’s Christmas wish.
Now, I wasn’t expecting anything fantastic when I started reading. In fact, cheesy romance would have made me perfectly happy. My problem was with how rushed everything seemed. I would say that the pacing was OK considering that it was two stories in one book, but I’ve read other comparable romances which, despite being short, manage to take their time and build that all important relationship between the reader and the character, as well as between the characters themselves. Lust is fine, but feeling like I’ve been hurried through a story leaves me disappointed.
I much preferred Jinx Christmas over Blue Christmas simply because of the characters charm. The Southerness really came through and I love anything set in Louisiana. The characters had a nice back story and the plot was quite sweet. Both shorts were obviously unrealistic but again, I expected this. The whole point is to be taken out of your world and plonked down into someone elses.
Overall, a disapointment. I have another of Sandra Hill’s books for review and I’ll give it a shot, maybe this was a fluke.
Have you read any of Sandra Hill’s books? What do you think about her writing?