Wednesday, December 19, 2012
TBR Day. A Dixie Christmas / Sandra Hill. 2011
I've never read Sandra Hill before. Judging by her website she's a popular and prolific author of paranormals, Viking heroes, and humorous contemporaries. I've certainly seen her books in the book stores, but I rarely see them mentioned in my favorite corners of Romancelandia. I think the only reason I downloaded this to my Kindle was that it was free.
All I can say is that I don't think Sandra Hill is for me. I quit about 20% of the way into it and downloaded Mackenzie Family Christmas to read instead. Quite the nice palate cleanser that was, too. Sadly, this is not a review of MFC.
A Dixie Christmas is actually two novellas. One is called Blue Christmas which was originally published in 1998. During the short time I was reading it I could tell it was written before cell phones were ubiquitous, so it was jarring to see that Hill had gone in there and in a line where the date is mentioned inserted "2011." I almost lost it there, but I kept going. For a little while, anyway.
Blue Christmas is a kind of Scrooge meets Harlequin Presents. The hero is a wealthy tycoon come to Memphis to deal with a property left to him by his father. There he meets the heroine, a struggling farmer on the edge of financial ruin, who is valiantly raising her younger brothers. There is love at first sight and a ton of mental lusting. I actually don't mind either of those, but here it seemed over the top. I just didn't find it fun or funny and since it 'tis the season, I didn't have the will or the heart to finish the book or try the other story in it.
I took a look at the Amazon reviews for this and they were pretty much split 50-50. The negative reviews mirrored what I was thinking as I read. I think if you're someone who has enjoyed Sandra Hill in the past you'd probably enjoy this. But you're going to have to work hard to convince me to give her another try.