The 3 novelette-length stories which collectively form Home for Christmas are a delightful bunch of original tales which delve into the very heart and soul of Christmas. Beautifully crafted and with the author’s fine eye for detail, each story leaves you with a wry smile and a realisation that Christmas all too often brings out the best, and the worst in us. The stories flow really well, and whilst the characters are not always likeable, the awkwardness of the everyday situations they find themselves in, add an authentic feel, and there is real enjoyment to be found in reading about their individual predicaments.
It’s far too easy to dismiss short story writing as a bit of fluff and yet what’s evident in Home For Christmas is just how much work has gone into each story, from the detailed plot development, through to the final polished article, there is no room for waffle and certainly no sign of fluff in any of the stories. In fact, I was so carried away with all the stories that I was disappointed when they ended and I could very easily have gone on to read more as each story is creative and lively enough to be developed into a full length novel.
So, if you’re looking for something to ease the burden of shopping for the ubiquitous Brussel sprout and need to escape with a good story and a gingerbread latte, then load these delightfully long short stories onto your kindle and let the writing of this talented author take you Home for Christmas. Jaffareadstoo Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.
Jan Ruth’s Christmas.
What’s your earliest Christmas Memory? Jan: Dad, creeping about on the landing with a pillowcase. Merry the pony wearing a Christmas hat and bells in his mane (under sufferance, but even so). My brother hiding vegetables.
Do you have any special Christmas Traditions? Jan: Buck’s Fizz for breakfast, made with freshly squeezed juice and a good quality Cava. A long walk in the hills in the afternoon. These two seem to have survived through the years!
What’s your favourite festive carol or song? Jan: The Pogues: Fairytale of New York. You WILL sing, you will…
Do you have a favourite festive film? Jan: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.
Are you organised or do you leave everything until the last minute ? Jan: I’m quite organised. Preparations have reduced considerably since the family have grown. I can pare it down to Scrooge-like proportions if needs be. When we were busy working and the family were young, we always used to want to ‘go away’ somewhere for Christmas but now that we can, we invariably don’t want to.
Christmas Tree – real or artificial? Jan: Real. Can’t beat the smell or the mess, can you? It’s not really Christmas until you’ve pulled stray needles out of your new top.
Tinsel or Glitter? Jan: I’m not fond of tinsel… but I don’t know why. Maybe I was strangled by it in a past life. It always looks sparkly and innocent until you drape it on the tree and then it usually looks naff, so I’m going for glitter. I like the idea of sprinkling it on cut logs.
Gingerbread Latte or Orange spiced Hot Chocolate? Jan: I don’t think I could cope with either. I don’t have a very sweet tooth so it would have to be straight hot chocolate for me, with maybe a dash of Christmas brandy?
Mince Pie or Yule Log? Jan: I’m always disappointed with Yule Log, so mince pie it is. Warm, with a dollop of cream.
Christmas Dinner – Traditional Turkey or something Different? Jan: Slightly different. We prefer the taste of chicken but I go overboard on the preparation as per Jamie Oliver’s buttery lemon chicken covered in prosciutto and stuffed with fresh herbs. It’s a firm favourite.
Christmas Tipple – Bucks Fizz/Mulled Wine or something stronger? Jan: Bucks Fizz is lovely for breakfast, can’t bear mulled wine so I’m afraid it has to be something stronger! I’m a cold crisp white wine drinker but I do like Jack Daniels or a tall gin and tonic too.
A fun game of after dinner charades or more chocolates and the television? Jan: I’m not a lover of games, are you surprised by that? So, I guess that leaves me chocolates and TV. Actually, the more simple the evening, the better. I’m reading these questions back and I sound very much like an eccentric hermit woman who lives in the hills with a well-stocked cellar… Oh, hold on…
Original posts: http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/jan-ruths-itty-bitty-christmas.html Home for Christmas Review: http://ow.ly/RvgHm