A Christmas Brothel: A Set of Canterbury Christmas Tales

A Christmas Brothel: A Set of Canterbury Christmas Tales
by Annabelle Anders, Ava Stone, Amanda Mariel, Jane Charles, 
Susan Gee Heino, Dawn Brower, Elizabeth Essex, Aileen Fish, 
Tammy Andresen, K.C. Bateman, Deb Marlowe, Virginia Heath, 
Nadine Millard, Katherine Bone, Alanna Lucas, Kate Pearce, 
Rose Gordon, Sandy Raven
Release Date:  November 23, 2018
Number of Pages: 288
Kindle Edition
Source:  Amazon purchase
Historical Romance/Holidays/Compilation M/F
Rating:  PG-13
Read 12/12/18 to 12/20/18

It is a dark and snowy Christmas Eve and the roads are impassable. Canterbury’s inns are full, but the door of the local brothel stands open and Frau Klaus welcomes all who come seeking shelter. Gather with the stranded travelers around her Tannenbaum as they share secrets, holiday tales and stories of love.

100% of Proceeds To Be Donated to TOYS FOR TOTS

I first learned about this book through an email newsletter from Kate Pearce.  It’s a compilation between many authors and all proceeds go to Toys for Tots.  Since I haven’t been able to figure out the publisher, I think it was a self-published book through Amazon. I don’t know about now, but when I purchased my copy it was less than a dollar!  Helping Toys for Tots, getting a short story from one of my favorite authors, and less than a dollar?  Sign me up!

I’m not going to go story by story with this one like I usually would do…there are way too many.  And some of them are just a few pages long. In this compilation, one story kind of goes into another.  Some characters overlap, especially Frau Klaus, the brothel’s proprietor. I’m rating it as PG-13 only because it’s set in a brothel.  There is really no brothel-esque activities happening in this book.  Some of these stories are positively pure and innocent.

This is the perfect book for when you’re super busy.  If you have to wait in line or find a few minutes here and there to read, you can read a story or two in those moments.  And it has a whimsical, wonderful, old-time Christmas feel.

Most of these stories I enjoyed.  Some I just loved.  There was one that I felt was a cop-out story…basically a full-on knock off of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. To tell you the truth, it kind of ticked me off that it made the cut. Even if it’s for charity, it still seems hinkey to me.

This book is worth grabbing for multiple reasons.  And seriously, you can’t beat the price.

3.75 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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