Sunday, December 19, 2010

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K Paul

An odd bookstore on an odd street and when you buy an odd book there, you receive a ticket to an odd Christmas Ball. Such is the beginning of a sweet romance. He is a serious boss at the office. She is one of many underlings working in the same office. He is a committed Christian and has his pastor as his best friend. She grew up in a totally dysfunctional family and is still trying to understand the faith she found later in life.

As the romance between the two begins to blossom, her weird sister enters the scene. Is the sister beyond even God's redeeming reach?
This book could appear on Christian bookshelves only after the Harry Potter phenomenon. The ball is a wizard's Christmas ball. (The characters point out that a wizard is just a wise person, not like a witch or anything evil.) A couple of the characters have an “easy discussion of God mixed with talk of fairies.”
Donita Paul walks a fine line in presenting a romance with a hint of magic. While I thought it all good, clean “magic,” some may be offended by it.
I enjoyed the writing style, the good dialogue, and the quirky characters. It was almost like reading a fairy tale – where the characters were Christians.

WaterBrook Press, 226 pages.  Publisher product information:

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Press.

1 comment:

Donita K. Paul said...

Thank you for the review. Yes, some people get offended by the little bit of magic. I remember watching Miracle on 24th Street when I was little and wondering if this Santa was real. Since I lived through the experience and taught Sunday School for decades, I don't get worried about a touch of magic in my reality. And I loved writing the book. Each of the characters, even Zee, is special.