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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Twisted Family Holidays Collection by JR Wirth is a collection of five short stories, written to take the reader on a journey of imagination. From the miniature world beneath the Christmas tree to an alternate reality where the mood of the protagonist is determined by the conflicting weather, to an unusual holiday trip with an unexpected twist, to horror at Halloween, they are all blended with a touch of magic and stirred with a hint of the paranormal. The characters are well defined with a strong central character and the scenarios keep the reader guessing to the end.
The author, JR Wirth, has woven together a mixture of stories that somehow meld together in a similar and somewhat familiar theme. The writing is clear and concise with good dialogue. At times I found I questioned the plot and felt there could have been more intrigue and more left to the reader’s imagination. There were times when the storyline was a little simplistic for an adult reader and others when a younger reader would perhaps have struggled, but on the whole I felt intrigued enough to continue reading to the end. The characters were enjoyable and stand alone, and could well develop into further stories and adventures. Casual readers would enjoy taking a story at a time and letting the mystery unfold in their minds.