About the Book
Book: Starla’s Christmas Conundrum
Author: Carol E. Keen
Genre: Holiday Romance
Release date: July 5, 2018
In the greatest conflict of her life, can she figure out who to trust?
Starla Devaroux is at the peak of her music career. Life as a popular Christian music artist is good. This Christmas she finds herself at the crossroads of several life-altering choices. It’s quite a conundrum; the path she takes this time will not only define her future but alter the lives of others as well.
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At 97 pages, Starla’s Christmas Conundrum was a whirlwind. There was a strong theme of Christian ethics and spiritual learning which I deeply appreciated. With no info dumping of backstory, the reader is basically thrown directly into the action.
One bit did slow down the reading and give you a moment to catch your breath when a chapter was spent describing the cabin Starla was staying in. Since I’ve been to Gatlinburg several times and had the luxury of staying in a cabin there, I will say the description was spot on and took me back so I could see once again the cabin where we stayed. It is a gorgeous location for a story.
Starla counts on her spiritual discernment to keep her from going astray, but not every answer is a clear-cut ‘yes, do this’ or ‘no, don’t do that’ which makes her character relatable.
For the longest time, the story was told from Starla’s perspective in third-person with moments of omnipotent reading. Toward the end, we’re suddenly given a flash of insight from Mason or Janice, but these are not clearly formatted and made the switches confusing until I realized what happened.
Starla’s journaling was my favorite aspect of the book. It’s there that we get true insight into her character and her fears.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Carol E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses.
She is the author of The Beauty Series and The Corandira Station, to name a few of her works. She currently resides in the South with her husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in photography, and being with her much loved critters.
More from Carol
This book started off in an anthology and now is its own ebook. Christmas and romance go well together, and so I set forth to create a book that could meet that challenge. When I started thinking about writing this, it made me want to use one of my favorite locations as the main setting for this book. When you read it, I hope you will feel like you had a mini-trip to that area. (It’s beautiful there!) I also wanted to include writing about things that I’m very involved in or know a great deal about. Music is one of those things. I hope you enjoy Starla and Mason’s story and the things that God brought about in their lives in this book.