Editors note: These recently released Christmas books include nonfiction and fiction, historical and contemporary, romance and history and each carries with the spirit of the season.
"Christmas Bliss" is a sweet, fluffy book that really only requires the reader show up and partake.
The characters are uncomplicated, and the direction of the storyline simple.
Weezie Foley is pregnant and is dealing with the trials of baby shower games and finding shoes to fit her swollen feet. She's also on the hunt for antiques and overseeing the retrofit of her "new" old house.
Her partner Harry loves her dearly, but she has a problem she doesn't share with him until the end. That seems a little odd and soap-opera-like.
BeBe Loudermilk is getting married, but her fiance is in New York working furiously at a restaurant owned by a gorgeous, glamorous woman. BeBe abandons the last-minute wedding planning and goes to visit him.
From there things take a somewhat predictable turn. Her luggage is lost. She takes a cab that isn't really a cab and is abandoned (in the rain) in a dangerous part of New York. She loses her shoes in the storm drain. It's freezing.
It's really a sad story for a while.
Meanwhile, (and be aware that the story jumps blithely back and forth between Weezie and BeBe) Weezie gets unwelcome news about her former husband is now out of prison and could threaten the upcoming nuptials as well as the baby's paternity.
"Christmas Bliss" is fairly entertaining and there's certainly nothing disturbing in the way of foul language or crude behavior. The "sex" is implied not spelled out.
And the heavily pregnant Weezie can't really see a reason to marry the father of her baby, until she nearly loses him at sea.
Other than that, it's a harmless, sweet sort of entertainment with plenty of the holiday trappings.
Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with more than 35 years experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.