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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wild Irish Christmas by Mari Carr

Wild Irish Christmas by Mari Carr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (57 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Moonflower

“To Conall Brannagh.”

Ewan took the bottle from his father. “Who?”

“Conall Brannagh,” Patrick repeated. “If your mother had chosen him over me, none of us would be here tonight.”

It’s Christmas Eve, and the Collins siblings have given their father a precious gift. All seven have gathered together to spend the night in his apartment above the family pub, the warm, loving home where Patrick and Sunday raised their large brood.

You’ve witnessed each child find their happy-ever-after. Now gather ’round the tree and share a bottle of Jameson with the Collins family while Patrick shares the story of how he won the heart of Sunday, his true love, his soul mate…and the mother of his seven Wild Irish.

From the introduction to the very end, I was smiling. Every word was special and the whole story felt like home. It’s Christmas time and Patrick’s children have given him the best gift ever. They have all returned home to spend Christmas Eve with him at their family home.

Patrick hasn’t been himself lately. All of his children have found love and have started lives of their own. While he's thrilled and loves his extended family, he misses the closeness of having his children all under one roof. They have always been a very close knit family and he misses them. But it’s not just the loss of his children; it is the time of the year that also brings him down, but also brings him much joy. Christmas was the time of year that he fell in love with his wife, Sunday. The season always brings her to mind and this year around the tree with his children he's going to share their love story.

What an amazing story. The way it was told, I could feel the love coming off the pages. This is possibly the sweetest short story I've ever read. I always knew Patrick loved his wife, but now I learned how they fell in love. I was taken back to the first moment Patrick sets eyes on Sunday. All of Patrick’s joy, sorrow, pain and finally love are wonderfully written. Ms. Carr has written a short story worthy of traditional Irish tales, a treasure to be told for years to come.

Did I want a longer story? Of course; I can never get enough of this huge loving family. Although it is a very short story, it didn’t skimp on plot and the pacing was phenomenal. I felt as if I was sitting around the tree enjoying a sip of Jameson Irish Whiskey right alongside them. I couldn’t have asked for more, and I’m thrilled that Patrick had his moment in the spotlight.

Wild Irish Christmas may be the last in the series, but it could be read at the beginning of the series too. Ms. Carr has written it in a way that nothing is given away of the children’s individual stories. I'm revitalized and want to reread all the novels. I want to fall in love with them all over again. No matter the time of year, this family’s love can be enjoyed all year long.

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