Thursday, November 14, 2013

An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods

Last weekend, I read An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods for the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon I had participated in from November 7 - 11, 2013. 

It was fun to start reading holiday themed books as the holiday season is swiftly approaching. Actually, it's kind of difficult to believe that the Thanksgiving holiday will be here in a couple of weeks.

So, what did I think of An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods? Well, the short answer is I thought it was mediocre. Not exactly a novel, I'd highly recommend to other readers. I'd rate it 2 stars out of 5 stars. This was my first experience reading anything written by bestselling author Sherryl Woods and I'm not quite sure if I'll try reading another one of her novels after reading An O'Brien Family Christmas.

Sure, I enjoy reading holiday themed novels about love with happy endings and romantic locations... So, An O'Brien Family Christmas fits the bill for this criteria... But, I found reading An O'Brien Family Christmas was much too predictable for me. 

I'm also not a fan of annoying leading characters, like Laila in An O'Brien Family Christmas, who seemed to have pretty big hang-ups about love throughout most of the novel... Then suddenly, Laila seems to let go of all of her annoying hang-ups that she couldn't do before and completely gives in to love. 

The other supporting characters in An O'Brien Family Christmas (which largely comprised of the O'Brien clan) were a bunch of nosy, busy bodies/meddlers, who couldn't seem to mind their own business.
The ending of An O'Brien Family Christmas, seemed really unrealistic to me... I don't want to spoil the details for those wanting to read An O'Brien Family Christmas, so I'll spoil the ending by writing here in my review.

Plus, the author, Sherryl Woods, used the words 'solemn' and 'solemnly' way too many times in An O'Brien Family Christmas for my taste. Authors, please, use a thesaurus!! As a reader, I DO NOT want to read the same words repetitively to describe a person, scene, situation or particular circumstance. A nice variety of words employed by an author is greatly appreciated.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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