Review: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 340pp


Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?
In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

My Thoughts:

First a little about the characters in this book, Donita K. Paul did a very nice job of defining this unlikely group of people.  You get to know each one individually before getting to know how they might work together.  For sure this is a book that includes a little bit of “MAGIC”.  While I don’t typically enjoy Christmas love stories that are unbelievable or would never happen, I enjoyed this book.  Not because of the “magic” but because of the true life story behind the magic.  I enjoyed exploring Cora and her hang-ups with both her family background and how to balance God.  And then Simon  who is trying to balance his family with a whole different set of issues including Sandy his loving sister and God.  I think that this book as a great blend of both fictional magic and a good love story.  On to the “magic” part of the book, I love the idea that there is this whole street

Sage Street

that seemingly appears to some people and unknown by others and there is a group of people there that’s only purpose is to host this Christmas Ball and match up those special people.  I liked the added touch that they caught glimpses of each other through the website as well.  While this is not your typical Christmas story, I truly enjoyed the books and would rate it 4/5.  Mostly, due to the fact that this was not typical and left you hanging wanting to know more about what was going to happen.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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Top picks from the Gift Guide include:

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Fun Friday

Here are this week’s 5 questions – answer them on your own blog and link up at five crooked halos (click the button above) or just pick one and answer it in my comments section so that I can learn more about you!!

1. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Both – My parents on Christmas Eve and my house and inlaws on Christmas day
2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie (or candy)? Peppermint Bark
3. What’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received?  I really cant think of anything
4. Christmas song that you love?  Little Drummer Boy
5. How many trees do you put up? just one