Monday, August 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway: A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time

A Very French Christmas: 
The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time
on Tour August 8-14
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A Very French Christmas: 
The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time

(short story collection) Release date: October 10, 2017 at New Vessel Press 
ISBN: 978-1939931504 142 pages Website Goodreads  


A continuation of the very popular Very Christmas Series from New Vessel Press, this collection brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant collection featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet, plus stories by the esteemed twentieth century author Irène Némirovsky and contemporary writers Dominique Fabre and Jean-Philippe Blondel. With a holiday spirit conveyed through sparkling Paris streets, opulent feasts, wandering orphans, kindly monks, homesick soldiers, oysters, crayfish, ham, bonbons, flickering desire, and more than a little wine, this collection encapsulates the holiday spirit and proves that the French have mastered Christmas. This is Christmas à la française—delicious, intense and unexpected, proving that nobody does Christmas like the French.


Alphonse Daudet, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France Irène Némirovsky, Jean-Philippe Blondel, Dominique Fabre, Paul Arene, Francois Coppee, Antoine Gustave Droz, Anatole La Braz
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A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time is a collection of fourteen short stories from various authors. These stories include:
The Gift by Jean-Philippe Blondel
St. Anthony and His Pig by Paul Arène
The Louis D'Or by François Coppée 
Christmas in Algiers by Anatole Le Braz 
The Wooden Shoes of Little Wolff by François Coppée 
Christmas Eve by Guy de Maupassant 
Christmas at the Boarding School by Dominique Fabre 
Salivate and Bernadou by Alphonse Daudet
A Christmas Supper in the Marais by Alphonse Daudet 
A Miracle by Guy de Maupassant 
I Take Supper With My Wife by Antoine Gustave Droz 
The Lost Child by François Coppée 
The Juggler of Notre Dame by Anatole France
NOËL by Irène Némirovsky 

 A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time is quite different from other Christmas books I have read. Each story is only about to 5-15 pages long, making it easy to continue on to the next story, and hard to put the book down. There were a couple of the stories I did not care for but enjoyed most of them. They are fun, interesting, heartwarming, inspiring, delightful, magical, compelling, and even sometimes funny. I loved learning more about French culture during Christmas time.

My favorite story of the collection is I Take Supper With My Wife by Antoine Gustave Droz. I thought it was a cute and charming little story. I found myself chuckling a couple of times reading it. 

If a reader is looking for a quick and different Christmas read, I think A Very French Christmas would be a perfect addition to their to read or wish list.

I give this book 4 stars. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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  1. Thanks for your review, so glad you liked it

  2. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the tour!

  3. Thanks for posting and your opinion on A Very French Christmas. I can't wait to read it.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com