Book Review for “Tales from Christmas in the South” by Caren Rich


Tales of Christmas in the South, is a collection of three short stories. Enjoy laughter, tears, and the magic of Christmas in volume. Including the never before published, Miniature Desires. Spinster Ms. Stallworth has a hard time with the modern world. Bombarded with tacky blowup Santas and inconsiderate children, she dreams of being part of the Christmas village she displays each holiday season.

The Christmas Gift, is a bittersweet Christian short story of love and loss. Laurel faces the first Christmas without her husband. In her search for decorations she discovers a gift left by her deceased husband.
What holiday season is complete without fruitcake? The Fruitcake, is a humorous short story about the dreaded holiday classic. Retirement’s not what Robert expected. His wife feeds him twigs and is afraid of mailbox bombs. If that’s not enough a fruitcake shows up on his doorstep. Fruitcakes may be a Southern tradition, but it’s one Robert can do without. Find out how he deals with the holiday classic.
Tales of Christmas in the South is a quick read just in time for the Christmas season.

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This was an interesting mix of short stories.

The first one had twilight zone qualities. The old woman, Ms. Stallworth is a cranky old broad. I mean, who doesn’t like to be surrounded by happy children on Christmas? I got a very scroogeish vibe from her. 

The way it ends is fantastic. I do wish the author would consider at the very least a novella to expand this story. There is a lot of room there to make something great. I would be very interested to see what would come of it.


The second story is a heart puller. Holiday’s are always about family and I can imagine how the loss of a husband or a father would be more profoundly felt during that time of celebration. I love the gift she finds. It was sweet and the exact thing needed to tie the story up.



The third story is just plain fun. Having a husband who is from southern Arkansas I can tell you that pranks are a very real part of any holiday. This story made me think of my own time there and how the people of the south are vibrant and unique.


I enjoyed the stories and am glad I read them. They were full of imagination, emotion and humor. What else could be more fitting for such a magical holiday?

On the whole, I give it 5 stars. 

5 stars

This book can be purchased through Amazon. Click the title “Tales from Christmas in the South”. 


The Technical Data:

Title: Tales from Christmas in the South | Author(s): Caren Rich |

Publisher: Caren Rich / Publication Date: 9-3-2015 | Pages: 31 (ebook) | ISBN: B014WNAVD6 | Genre(s): Holiday Short Stories | Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 11-18-2015 | Source: Copy From Author


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