A dozen fine ro­mances for 12 days of Christ­mas

The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - Books - by Gemma McLaugh­lin

My True Love Gave To Me: Var­i­ous Writ­ers

Macmil­lan Pub­lish­ers

This week I’d like to look back on a book that I’ve been mean­ing to get prop­erly into for a few years now and with Christ­mas ap­proach­ing, this felt like the per­fect time. My True Love Gave To Me is a col­lec­tion of short, win­terthemed love sto­ries by var­i­ous au­thors, a few of whom have pro­duced some of my favourite ro­mance nov­els.

The book is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful and just the right length to to be read in one sit­ting, a com­mon tech­nique of mine, and to dip in and out of which­ever story you choose.

I be­gan the book ex­pect­ing to pre­fer some sto­ries over oth­ers but in fact, al­though I did have per­sonal favourites, each tale was as won­der­fully writ­ten and heart­warm­ing as the last, spin­ning the reader through 12 amaz­ing takes on a clas­sic theme.

Be­cause ev­ery story has a dif­fer­ent au­thor we are given a unique op­por­tu­nity to no­tice and com­pare the dif­fer­ent writ­ing styles. It was a new and fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for me to read a book set out in this way.

I didn’t ex­pect to see so many dif­fer­ent ideas and plots in one book, par­tic­u­larly as they all used the same theme. I was proven bliss­fully in­cor­rect as ev­ery short story was ex­e­cuted with a de­tailed, well thought out plot of its own, never one quite like the oth­ers, which made for an even bet­ter jour­ney.

The char­ac­ters were writ­ten well in the short space that each writer had and made ev­ery­one read­ing root for the cou­ples they were putting for­ward, some­thing that can seem so easy but of­ten fails with a slight slip. As men­tioned pre­vi­ously, I am fa­mil­iar with other works of a lot of the names fea­tured and there was a dis­tinct pleasure that came from notic­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties of style to their pre­vi­ous works within the book.

With­out a doubt, I ab­so­lutely adore My True Love Gave To Me. The way the in­di­vid­u­al­ity of the au­thors shine through in their sto­ries and all the adorable, and some al­most haunt­ing, mo­ments of soft, win­try ro­mance is sure to melt your heart.

This col­lec­tion show­cases many ideas and beau­ti­ful themes for the reader to choose from and en­joy with ease, all wrapped in the warm, com­fort­ing pack­age of a new book.

My True Love Gave To Me is def­i­nitely a book to treat your­self to this Christ­mas, if you haven’t done so al­ready.

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