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Review: My True Love Gave to Me

December 19, 2014

My True Love Gave to Me

My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of twelve holiday short stories by twelve different YA authors, all selected by Stephanie Perkins.  There’s something for everyone in this collection – the stories are set during Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah and Krampuslauf, are filled with diverse characters, and are written in a few different genres.  I thought this collection was wonderful but no one would be surprised to learn that I enjoyed some of the stories more than others.  My favorites included:

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: Mags and Noel meet around midnight on New Year’s Eve and, in typical Rowell fashion, their relationship develops slowly over the years.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins: Set in Asheville, North Carolina, this is the story of a young girl who falls for a Christmas tree farmer and comes to realize what really matters.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White: The diner in Christmas gets a new cook.  Ben has the ability to cook whatever meal a customer needs at the moment.  Maria the waitress longs to get out of the dead-end town but comes from a poor family and doesn’t see a way out.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter: When a young girl impulsively swaps airplane tickets with someone else she finds herself enveloped by a big family (who thinks she’s someone else) in a small town and learns to slow down and enjoy life.

I listened to the audio version of this book.  Each story has a different narrator and, for the most part, I thought they were well suited to the stories.  If you’re looking for something to put you in the holiday mood, this audio book is sure to do the trick!

Listen to a sample of Midnights by Rainbow Rowell:

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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24 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2014 6:08 am

    I love the sound of this holiday collection – adding it to the list.

  2. December 19, 2014 7:23 am

    This would be good to listen to as I finish my wrapping!

  3. December 19, 2014 9:32 am

    This sounds lovely, Kathy. I like the idea of listening to it while wrapping gifts! 🙂

  4. December 19, 2014 10:34 am

    Oh wow! I am not normally a fan of short stories but I like the idea of these being written by YA authors! I may enjoy this one!

  5. December 19, 2014 10:43 am

    I don’t often read short story collections, but when there is a common theme, like Christmas, they can be wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Patty permalink
    December 19, 2014 10:43 am

    This sounds perfectly lovely!

  7. December 19, 2014 11:22 am

    I really enjoyed Stephanie Perkins and Kiersten White’s stories as well. (My kid did too!) Such a fun holiday collection.

  8. December 19, 2014 12:57 pm

    I haven read anything Christmas-y yet this year. This one sounds like fun!

  9. December 19, 2014 1:08 pm

    This sounds like a very good collaboration by authors to listen to or read.

  10. December 19, 2014 1:20 pm

    Thanks for the link

  11. December 19, 2014 2:59 pm

    I don’t read a lot of holiday themed books or stories, but this sounds good.

  12. December 19, 2014 3:01 pm

    Glad to know you liked it!! It is one of the few Christmas books I wanted to read but I got sidetracked with life, it so I guess I’ll wait until next Christmas.

  13. talesofwhimsy permalink
    December 19, 2014 4:50 pm

    Different narrators? I love when they do that. Sounds like a winner.

  14. December 19, 2014 8:15 pm

    This sounds so fun, and I love that it’s YA

  15. December 19, 2014 8:34 pm

    This sounds good.

  16. December 20, 2014 5:38 am

    I haven’t read any Christmas books yet this year, but this sounds like a wonderful collection of stories 🙂

  17. December 20, 2014 11:23 am

    I’m not really a fan of Christmas books, but I kind of want to read this now!

  18. December 20, 2014 7:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing this one. I wonder if I can find the audio version before Christmas??

  19. December 20, 2014 11:22 pm

    Looks like it’s got some great writers~

  20. December 21, 2014 10:24 am

    I got this one for my sister for Christmas — she loves YA stories, many of these authors, and charming Christmas stories. I’m glad you liked it, I hope she will too!

  21. December 23, 2014 12:21 pm

    I have this on my list already but hadn’t thought about picking it up on audio. I like that each story has a different narrator

  22. Literary Feline permalink
    December 24, 2014 12:04 am

    This sounds like a great book for this time of year!

  23. December 24, 2014 2:23 am

    I wanted to read this book primarily because of Rainbow Rowell’s story. (I’ve become a fan.) I ran out of time so i’ll save it for next year. Merry Christmas, Kathy, to you and your family.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    January 6, 2015 11:32 am

    Sounds festive. I can relate though. In collections, some work for me and some not as much.

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