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Ornaments of Love by Sharlin Craig
Sharlin Craig’s Ornaments of Love is a heartwarming children’s book about one family’s Christmas, illustrated by Helen Monwuba. Ayana is a young girl who is very excited about decorating the Christmas tree with her parents, but they seem to be too busy to help her. Disheartened, she is left to put the ornaments on the tree herself. Ayana then watches from afar over the next few weeks as her parents rush to do everything to prepare for Christmas, except spend time with her. Then, the family dog knocks the tree over and breaks all of their precious ornaments, leaving Ayana and her parents to piece together their fond memories and experience true Christmas joy together.
Despite being a bit sad at first, Ornaments of Love is an adorable book for children. Sharlin Craig’s story is simple and straightforward, but still manages to tug on the heartstrings. It exhibits the importance of spending time with family around the holidays, and also includes some touching memories that any family or child could relate to. Helen Monwuba’s illustrations are very nice as well; they are simple and not overdone, but are still expressive and have a very classic look to them. Paired together, the story and illustrations are just delightful.
Ornaments of Love is a great book to read together as a family, whether it is Christmastime or not. It is a charming little story with a great moral behind it, and may even inspire the readers and their families to take their own little strolls down memory lane together, too.
Originally critiqued by the Authors Talk About It team.
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch
The Homeport Journals, written by AC Burch, is an absolutely lovely story. There’s romantic love, familial love, and a clear love of the quaint town of Provincetown. Marc Nugent escaped from a traumatic experience involving his now ex-boyfriend, but he felt a bit lost and alone. With time and with the hilarious and charismatic Helena, the snarky, yet adorable older ladies, Lola and Dorrie and the efferevescent and artistic aura of Provincetown, Marc overcame his fears and saw his life blossom. Helena played such a fascinating role in the story. Not only was she a highly lively character, but one might say she was a master of disguise. The familial love that Lola and Dorrie developed for the young men in this story was quite heartwarming. When Marc faced the challenges of new suitors, as well as his former boyfriend showing up, the support he discovered in his new “family” was beautiful.
Wow, The Homeport Journals runs deep and wide. In fact, my brief review just can’t do it justice. From the very beginning, AC Burch offers readers a clear, flowing description that makes one see the houses, the views and the overall picturesque setting of Provincetown. This elegant writing style continues through the entire story. In fact, I fell in love with this little piece of paradise just by reading The Homeport Journals. On top of that, AC has such skill in the way he writes that the characters are very easy to visualize and remember. I just didn’t want to put The Homeport Journals down. I continue to laugh, smile, and chuckle and feel my heart warm as I reflect back on the story as I write this review. I truly hope that AC Burch releases a sequel to The Homeport Journals because I would love to read the next one. Highly recommended!
Originally critiqued by the staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch