Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul

Cora Crowder is a new Christian and searching for the true meaning of Christmas. One day she stops in at a quaint bookstore to find a gift for her uncle. While she is making her purchase Simon Derrick, her bosses boss walks in. He is in search of a Christmas gift for a co-worker and a new book to read to his sister. When Cora gets home she starts to look at the book and out falls a ticket to the Wizard's Christmas ball. Cora thinks nothing of it and tosses the ticket aside. When Simon gets home he starts to read his sister the book he bought for her. A ticket to the Wizard's ball falls out of the book. Sandy, Simon's sister is thrilled and wants to go to the ball. Simon, however, can not find out where to get another ticket. At work Cora has a breakdown in Simon's office, she tells him she is not going to the ball and he can have her ticket for Sands. Simon tells her that Sandy wants a kitten for Christmas and Cora tells him that she can pick from one of the kittins her cat just had. Sandy and Cora strike up a friendship. Cora and Simon keep running into each other and finally he asks her to accompany Sandy and himself to the ball. Cora's apartment gets robbed and she is sure it was her sister. Simon tells her to give her sister the benefit of the doubt, but Cora knows how Zee works. She is very disappointed that Simon does not take her side and tells him that she will not go to the ball.

It was interesting to read about the characters of Cora and Simon each on a different level of their walk with Christ. Cora having been raised in a home of non-Christians and Simon being raised in a house of believers. Their reactions to different situations emphasized the their personal relationships with the Lord. I loved the minor characters of the sisters that owned the costume shop and the wizards that owned the bookstore. Cora's reaction to Simon's sister and family was also endearing. The imagery of the ball and the dresses that Cora and Sandy wore was pure fairy tale. This book was a very enjoyable and easy read. It was one of my favorite books I have read this year.

1 comment:

Donita K. Paul said...

Thank you for the review, Grammy Ellen. Two Tickets was a fun book to write. I loved Sage Street and the idea of a costume ball.