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Feature book: The Runaway Christmas Elf

7 February 2018

The Runaway Christmas Elf by Fiona Marsden

Subgenre: contemporary, Christmas
Release date: 2 Dec 2017
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook
Length: 74 pages

Holly Prentice is playing a Christmas elf in the store when he comes in. He knows her, but she doesn’t know him. She helps Ori Bergen select a nice pair of snowflakes earrings for his fiancée. He asks her to lunch to talk. He finds out that she has had an accident and that she has a memory problem, more specifically with her personal life. Ori then offers her a job. Holly is to act as his hostess for several work functions and a family event. After all she is to be homeless soon and the job comes with a room. As the days go on she remembers a little more about her life and it is the little things that come through. His apartment contains items from her life that enable her to remember all the good things about their life together.

Ori’s family come to Shabbat. Ori’s father does not want Ori to marry Holly as she is not of the faith. He says all his reasons and then discovers some news that upsets him but does change his mind. Ori and Holly discuss their future, and Holly realises that she has always run away from her problems but this time she won’t.

This is Ms Marsden’s first published story just in time for Christmas. And yes, I did read this one before Christmas. I liked the premise of the story. There were some twists in the story to make me think and I like that. While Christmas is the theme there are also aspects of the Christmas/no Christmas element. I will leave this for the reader to discover. I liked how Ori was able to find Holly again and very gently allow her to remember her past and how they were together.

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment on the blog by 21 February 2018 will go into the draw to win a copy.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Yvonne Bartlett permalink
    11 February 2018 2:30 am

    Congratulations Fiona. Love reading a Christmas story and will look forward to reading your book.

  2. 10 February 2018 12:05 pm

    And me Lyn …congratulations Fiona

  3. Lynette Williams permalink
    7 February 2018 9:31 am

    this is one Christmas story I missed —–LynW

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