Happy December first! It seems only fitting that I kick the month off with a review of a sweet (in more ways than one) Christmas short story. Chocolate Kisses by Darlene Fredette was such a lovely read.
Here's the description of this short story:
When Jackson Frost returns to Redford Falls, Candi Cane knows he’s not only after her chocolate kisses.This story had everything I needed for a Christmas fix. Giggle inducing names (Jackson Frost and Candi Cane? Love it), a chocolate shop complete with story time and Santa Claus, a small town, and a second chance at love.
The only teeny little thing that I didn't like too much was the reason why Jackson came back. I don't want to give anything away but I wish it was a little less...serious and legal, I suppose. I've been trying to think of another explanation for why he could have come back to town and I have yet to come up with anything. This is by no means a deal breaker but I wanted to mention it - even though it's cryptic and only the author or others who have read this would understand what I mean. :)
I really liked the pace of the story. All too often it seems like short stories rush the plot but that wasn't the case with this one. Everything happened at a natural pace and it made sense. It helped that the characters already knew each other as it meant the ending wasn't forced or outlandish.
I'm really hoping that Fredette will write more in this Redford Falls series. I think it's such a lovely setting and there are so many opportunities for some more sweet stories. I'm partial to Jackson and Candi now so I hope that we'd get a glimpse into what they're up to in the next story.
Overall, I loved reading Chocolate Kisses by Darlene Fredette. If you're looking for a quick Christmas story, I definitely recommend you check this one out.
Happy reading :)
*A copy of this story was provided by the publisher, Still Moments Publishing, in exchange for an honest review*