Hellooo everyone, I have the massive pleasure to be sharing my review of this gorgeous festive collection; Christmas at Miss Moonshines by the fabulously named; Authors on the Edge, otherwise known as Helena Fairfax, Mary Jayne Baker, Marie Laval, Melinda Hammond, Helen Pollard, Sophie Claire, Kate Field, Angela Wren and Jacqui Cooper. So grab a cuppa, a snack of your choice – plus tissues and enjoy!
When the magic of Christmas is just what you’re looking for…
There’s something magical about Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium, and at Christmas she brings an added sparkle to the inhabitants of the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge. Customers who step over her threshold find an eccentric collection of gifts, but Miss Moonshine has a rare knack for providing exactly what they need: a strange Advent calendar whose doors give a glimpse of a happy ending; a vintage typewriter that types a ghostly message from Christmas past; a mirror in a silver case that reflects the person you’d like to be.
Step inside Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, and the thing you need most for Christmas will be right there, waiting for you…
Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting festive stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the magic of Christmas.
Praise for Miss Moonshine:
“A warm and unforgettable collection of happy ever afters” Anne Williams, Amazon top 1000 Reviewer
“Each story is heart-warming, fun and engaging to read. One of those rare books that is literally unputdownable…It is joyous, uplifting, and it leaves you on a high. Joy incarnate!” Frankie Reviews
“As each story ended, I was left with a rosy, warm glow, and an eager anticipation of what was to come in the next magical story.” Jo at Jaffa Reads Too
Have I been waiting for this book, or what? It feels like a lifetime since I read the first Miss Moonshine, which I absolutely adored. So when I heard that there was going to be a Christmas Miss Moonshine, I was so happy and excited to return to Haven Bridge and see what mischief Miss Moonshine and her tiddy little dog; Napoleon are getting up to.
To say that there is something very special about Miss Moonshine, is an understatement, this book; like it’s leading lady Miss Moonshine herself is so magical, even though we only have two books – so far? Hint, hint…..I do think that that this is even better than the first, I can see and hope to see so many great things to come.
I do love this collection each story is carefree and sweet, they make you feel as though you are being wrapped in the warmest, fluffiest blanket, you get this all out feeling of happiness and as though all is well with the world when you have finished,
It’s so heart-warming, magical and uplifting!
So for those who haven’t yet been introduced the wondrous being that is Miss Moonshine (Is there anyone out there who hasn’t heard of Miss Moonshine?) anyway, let me fill you in. This is a collection is short stories written by nine amazing romance authors who also go by the moniker; Authors on the Edge. Each story is completely different and the collection covers the whole of the romance genre from contemporary to historical, with a wee bit of magic thrown in; it is Christmas after all. The only thing that links them all together is the setting; Haven Bridge in Yorkshire and a particular shop and its magical and whimsical owner, have you guessed yet?
I love how the collection opened with The Ghost in the Machine by Mary Jayne Baker, it was the perfect opening to what is a fabulous collection, we travel from one era to the next, one style and story to the next and finish with the perfect closing story; Miss Moonshines Advent Calendar by Jacqui Cooper, when I say this is perfect I am not just saying that this isn’t just a fitting finish to the collection but the story itself is beautiful, it’s sad and yet hopeful. I decided against talking about each story in the collection, only because there is only so much of my babbling a person can put up with without falling asleep, and that I really don’t want to give away any spoilers, this is one of those books that you just need to read for yourself.
Never-the-less, I do have to mention one particular story – well the end really, and that is Make my Christmas Wish come True by Helena Fairfax, that story and the ending really struck me. That last paragraph with Miss Moonshine herself left me with a lump in my throat and tears pricking my eyes, even though the scene itself is all happy and festive for me I picked up a hidden sadness laced through it, it was that tiny unspoken nod to what we know is to come that really had an effect on me and I must give huge applause to Helena for writing a beautifully emotive story. Oh and before I forget; I love that we have nod’s to the previous book in this, that’s just fabulous!
There are moments of sadness which arise in each story, yet Miss Moonshine is the epitome of happiness, of love, of friendship, or following your heart and embracing the old and new, plus allowing yourself to be the person you secretly want to be. Miss Moonshine is an enchanting and magical gift to the world, it’s heart-warming, beautifully composed, charming, a little quirky and it is absolute essential reading…what more is there to say, other than; go and grab a copy!
This was an Arc copy via the author’s, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you ladies and apologies for how late this review is.
Christmas at Miss Moonshines Emporium is available now, and I cannot recommend it enough.