Alexandra Murphy 13 December 2011 - 9:00am
Cathy Kelly is a prolific heart-warmer, writing with charm, wit and an undeniable female insight about ordinary – and extraordinary – women, families and situations.
This latest collection of short stories from Kelly is true to form; romantic, endearing and enchanting. Christmas Magic comprises 19 short stories; some are laugh out loud, some inspiring and some tearjerking. All of them feature sweet stories, guaranteed to leave the reader with a smile on their face. My favourite creations of Kelly’s are elderly sisters Dolores and Genevieve – there’s a reason this pair feature in the title story, Christmas Magic, and the book’s blurb. They’re adorable, believable and delightful characters, fully intact with their quirks and cute mannerisms, typical of the population of Kelly’s Christmas Magic realm.
I personally read the majority of the stories in a coffee shop, a mug of Christmas-themed hot chocolate steaming in my hands. This is how I’d recommend Christmas Magic be properly enjoyed, as the perfect handbag book – each tale is ten to 15 minutes of slightly guilty but delicious reading pleasure.