I was incredibly excited when a copy of My True Love Gave to Me popped through my door. Firstly because the cover that greets you is beautiful and secondly due to the amazing authors whose short stories are included.
Edited by Stephanie Perkins (author of Anna and the French Kiss), My True Love Gave to Me is a festive-themed anthology, featuring short stories written by authors such as Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and David Levithan. Each story is uniquely tailored to the author’s individual style so whilst they may not be writing in their usual style, their original stamp is still evident.
The stories all fit well together and stood out on their own. I think there’s a distinct lack of Christmas novels, and what sets My True Love Gave to Me apart is that it is a combination of lots of different traditions and customs. I loved reading about each one because each story offered something different.
My favourite story by far was Stephanie Perkins’, which I will be reading over and over again. It touched my heart! Other notable favourites include Jenny Han’s, Kelly Link’s and Ally Carter’s.
I think, though, that the story that wowed me the most was the one written by Laini Taylor because it was so different to everything else in the anthology. Taylor created a whole new world in just under 50 pages, which is an incredible talented thing to be able to do. I want more and more of her story!
I have no doubt that many people will buy My True Love Gave to Me solely based on the design. It has a cover I could marry, a beautiful built-in bookmark, and the most gorgeous endpapers I’ve ever seen. Each chapter header also has a different graphic – a brilliant inclusion!
My True Love Gave to Me really got me in the holiday spirit, and I especially loved the sharing of different customs – pagan, Jewish and Christian, to name a few. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Helen Maslin24 November, 2014 at 9:59 am
Love this! I haven’t read any other reviews of this book that come right out and say which stories are the best ones. And let’s face it, when the authors are this good – that’s the burning question. Laini Taylor and Stephanie Perkins are two of my favourites, so this book’s definitely going on my Christmas list!
Eden24 November, 2014 at 7:09 pm
This sounds so nice! I literally love all of those authors, so this seems like a great book for me. By the way, I love your photos, I never know how to take a good photo of a book, so I’ll definitely look to you for inspiration! x
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Fari25 November, 2014 at 2:01 am
I can’t wait to read this!! The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS!! It’s so beautiful! 😀 And the PAGES!! ERMAGAWD! <3 Plus, I really wanna reads some short stories by authors I've read and authors I haven't read to see if I WANT to try their books! Glad you loved it, I can't wait to get my own grabby hands on it!! <3 🙂
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Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder25 November, 2014 at 3:03 am
I loved this book, although I was really pissed off with the one written by Kelly Link. But I absolutely loved the stories from Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black and Laini Taylor. Laini’s was just, wow… It’s so different and not very holiday-ish but it’s really, really good. I did not expect that at all because I thought the book was going to be fluffy and light. But I loved it just the same.
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Ebony @ Daring Damsels27 November, 2014 at 4:21 am
I’m not a huge fan of anthologies generally speaking, but this one is a must-have! Definitely on my Christmas wishlist. So glad you enjoyed this one, Lucy – it definitely is a beautiful book! I didn’t know it had stories from all different religions and beliefs until now, and that’s making me look forward to this one even more. Thanks for a wonderful review. 🙂
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Georgia Stencel28 November, 2014 at 8:18 am
I really love the review Lucy! I found it really interesting and it has now persuaded me to go out and buy this book! 😀 I have never been a huge fan anthologies but this novel seems really well written! Well done Lucy! 🙂
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Jess Hearts Books28 November, 2014 at 6:18 pm
I’m so glad this was a winner for you Lucy! I’m finally going to be picking it up very soon and I can’t wait. Very interested to read Laini’s story after reading your review! 🙂
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