12 Day’s of Christmas: Holly and Ivy Blog Tour
After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect, Ivy not only shares her strong opinions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keeping a promise to an old friend?
Generally I am not a fan of short stories but ‘Holly and Ivy’ surprised me!
Selah Janel managed to write Holly’s back story in a concise yet humorous way and I think as the reader we are in the position of feeling empathy for Holly, yet seeing there is more to her.
Whilst she is back home on her parents’ farm she meets her childhood friend Ivy, a Dryad who lives in the Christmas trees her father grows and harvests there. This turn of the story was an unexpected but welcome one, obviously drawing together the Holiday elements and adding the magic of the fae to the plot.
Ivy helps Holly to find her feet again and ultimately romance, and in turn Holly tries to describe Christmas to someone who has never experienced it.
The ending of the story is as sentimental as I expected but is perfect and ties the plot in a big holiday bow!
Treat yourself to an hour off with a big mug of hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows!) and curl up with Selah Janel’s ‘Holly and Ivy’ xxxx
Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror, but can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.
She has four e-books with No Boundaries Press, including the historical vampire story ‘Mooner’ and the contemporary short ‘The Other Man’. Her work has also been included in ‘The MacGuffin’, ‘The Realm Beyond’, ‘Stories for Children Magazine’, and the upcoming Wicked East Press anthology ‘Bedtime Stories for Girls’. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Jitterbug PR and from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”