MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME is a collection of 12 wintery stories written by 12 authors of YA genre. And as it's name suggests, it's a perfect wintery / christmassy read which will keep you warm and fussy over the festive period. Not to mention, that it's a brilliant present idea for every avid reader.
MIDNIGHTS by Rainbow Rowell
THE LADY AND THE FOX by Kelly Link
ANGELS IN THE SNOW by Matt de la Pena
POLARIS IS WHERE YOU FIND ME by Jenny Han
IT'S A YULETIDE MIRACLE, CHARLIE BROWN by Stephanie Perkins
YOUR TEMPORARY SANTA by David Levithan
KRAMPUSLAUF by Holly Black
WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU DONE, SOPHIE ROTH by Gayle Forman
BEER BUCKETS AND BABY JESUS by Myra McEntire
WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS, CA by Kiersten White
STAR OF BETHLEHEM by Ally Carter
THE GIRL WHO WOKE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
As the back of the book says: "Long, cold night are for falling in love."
And Fall in love you will with this beautiful, magical collection of stories...
Let's talk about the edition first. I am deeply in love with the UK edition I own. It's beautiful. There are no other words to describe it. Light blue cover, with bright electric pink decorations and dyed pages. Gold and white writing. 355 pages divided into 12 stories. Spectacular.
The stories themselves... Well there are some I only liked. I read them. I thought them sweet, but wouldn't read them again straight away. Maybe missed them out the next time. Those were : Lady and The Fox; Angels in The Snow; Polaris is Where You Find Me; Your Temporary Santa, Krampuslauf.. Even Gayle Forman's What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth made the list. But of course there were stories, I absolutely adored and I cannot wait to read them again next Christmas: Midnights; It's Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown; Start of Bethlehem & The Gril Who Woke The Dreamer.. But my absolute favourite was WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS, CA by Kiersten White. That story left a permanent mark on me and therefore became my favourite christmas story. It was beautiful. It made me cry. Absolute perfection.
All of the stories were easy to read and follow. They were written in the modern style writing I love these authors for. The stories made you cry at times, but others had you in stitches from laughing. They were funny, entertaining and damn good reading for the festive period. At times when reading first couple of pages I thought I won't like the particular story and it's a waste of time, but somehow all of them managed to get under my skin at the end and I ended up liking them a lot.
I thought that Let it Snow might become my favourite christmas story, but this collection just took it out of running completely. My True Love Gave to Me is my number one choice of festive reading and I cannot wait to share it with others. I am definitely purchasing few more and giving them to my reading friends as a present. Why not? It's the perfect choice.
Thank you so much to all the authors who contributed to this collection. You all have done a great job and I am so happy to have the opportunity to get lost in these short stories and enjoy a little bit of romance.
Hope you all head a good Christmas!! xoxo