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Christmas Books Giveaway Hop with Author Heather Vogel Frederick

christmas books hopIt’s that time of year again folks! I’m not going to lie…I love Christmas. I always have and having a three year old now who is literally obsessed with Christmas has only made it more special. One of my favorite things about Christmas has also always been that extra reading time and if I am lucky bookstore gift cards coming my way or even that one special book under the tree on Christmas morning. So to celebrate I am participating in the Christmas Book Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer & Laurie Here. This great giveaway hop has over 120 blogs participating and giving away one or more Christmas themed tomes. Make sure to check out the participating blog list here.

This holiday season I decided to team up with the always lovely, talented and extremely generous Heather Vogel Frederick so we could provide some very lucky reader with copies of her fifth installment in the fabulous Mother- Daughter Book Club series:  Home for the Holidays. It’s the perfect read for Mom or Daughter…or even better Mom and Daughter together. It would also make a fantastic Christmas present and I know Heather would be more than happy to sign it to that special someone if you’d like. She’s just that kind of person. A true gem of an author indeed. I have honestly enjoyed every book in this series and each can be read alone or in order so don’t worry if you’re not all caught up!


To enter to win just comment below and let us know your favorite book to read during this time of year…it doesn’t have to be Holiday related whatsoever. For instance I often re-read my favorite classics this time of year simply because I have the time. This year I am re-reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo in preparation for the release of the movie musical. So…as you sip hot cocoa, sit by the fire and maybe just maybe…watch it snow ( who am I kidding…I live in Georgia)…what book will you have in hand?

Three lucky winners will be chosen here at Stiletto Storytime to win their own copy of Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick. This Giveaway Hop will end on December 9, 2012 at midnight EST. This giveaway is open to US/CAN addresses only. Winners will be chosen by random number generator and notified by e-mail.

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The Classics Circuit: Christmas at Thompson Hall: A Tale by Anthony Trollope


Welcome to The Classics Circuit Tour for the prolific Anthony Trollope. In choosing my title to read for this tour I really tried to go for a book that is not as well known as some of Trollope’s most famous works. I also wanted to pay homage to the season since Trollope wrote many Christmas themed stories or “Christmas Numbers” as they were then known. Christmas at Thompson Hall: A Tale was one of such. Published in 1876 in The Graphic Christmas Number, this short tale is a humorous holiday story that truly does stand the test of time. However since it is a very short story (readable in about an hour or so). I don’t want to give away too much. Instead I would like to entice you to enjoy this holiday tale for yourself.

Mrs. Brown wants to spend the Christmas holidays with her family at her beloved Thompson Hall in England. Mr. Brown however does not. As they travel to their Christmas destination Mr. Brown becomes sick or so he claims. Staying in a hotel in Paris, Mrs. Brown is left to do all she can to relieve her husband’s sickness so that they can continue their travel. This begins a story of mistaken identity, marital relationships and humorous happenings that make the reader appreciate the time in which Trollope wrote the story while also being able to relate to the human psychology within. The Browns and their waging battle over their holiday destination is one that still happens to this day in multiple marriages and it rings true in such a genuine way. It translates even over a hundred years later, truly standing the test of time.While the humor is very true to the time period for which it was written, readers will enjoy it’s family friendly antics that can still produce a chuckle.

Sadly copies of this work are getting harder and harder to find. I was lucky enough to get a beautifully old copy from the local library filled with illustrations and authentic detail. However I could find no sign of this edition in my searches for this review. However readers wanting a short, lively Christmas themed story from the wonderful Anthony Trollope can read the story online complete with illustrations. Not the same as the real thing…but a wonderful tale not to be missed for any lover of Trollope.

Read Christmas at Thompson Hall: A Tale by Anthony Trollope online courtesy of Google Books.

Make sure to follow the Anthony Trollope Tour on The Classics Circuit which runs from Monday, December 6 to Friday, December 17.


Filed under Adult Books, Classic Literature