Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul is a quick-read Christmas novella, easy to finish in an evening or a lazy afternoon. I didn’t hate the story, but I didn’t exactly love it either. This book had several elements that I enjoy: a sweet Christmas story, a plot to bring together two lonely hearts into a romantic connection, a fantasy that couldn’t quite happen in real life, and my favorite of all – a clear Christian message. But somehow this didn’t all gel – kind of like trying to put together several foods I like into one dish, when they really don’t taste so great together. The attempts to pull the Christian message and the fantasy together just didn’t work too well for me and seemed pretty forced or awkward at times.
All that being said, though, there were things I enjoyed. One of my favorite things about the story was
. Probably because she was a special-needs young lady, she seemed to have the innocence of a child and wisdom of one far beyond her years that added some real strength to the story. Sandy ’s character did more to tie the pieces together than anything else in the book. Sandy
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)