“‘I wear the chain I forged in life,’ replied the Ghost. ‘I made it link by link…’” -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Link by Link is a collection of 9 stories of ghosts, spirits, and creatures unnamed, all come to teach lessons we won’t soon forget. From sweet Christmas tales to terrifying holiday hauntings, these stories take a dive into the past in the hopes of creating a better—or at least different—future.
I have always loved A Christmas Carol so when I saw that they were looking for reviewers I just had to get a copy.
Between the Quiet by Candace Robinson
Having never read a story by Candace Robinson before I really enjoyed Between the Quiet and will definitely read more of her books. This story follows in the same footsteps as A Christmas Carol but is more focused on love instead of showing the true meaning of morality and Christmas. I really enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters.
The Spirit of You by Elle Beaumont
This was my first story by Elle Beaumont and I really enjoyed The Spirit of You. I enjoyed the connection and story between the two main characters. It really reminds you how important it is to follow your dreams. After reading The Spirit of You I will definitely be reading more from Elle.
I Saw Her Again by Lauren Emily Whalen
I Saw Her Again had an interesting take on A Christmas Carol although having the main character being visited by three spirits who teach her a lesson. I really liked the message that the story was portraying and I am interested in reading more from Lauren Emily Whalen.
Yesterday’s News by Leslie Rush
This was an interesting story for me to read as I am not really one to read stories based around horror however I did like Yesterday’s News. Yesterday’s News combines aspects of A Christmas Carol and more current ideas of horror. It definitely used A Christmas Carol as a starting point. After reading this story I will be looking into more of Leslie Rush’s books.
Paw Prints by Kristin Jacques
I really enjoyed this story though did get a little bit confusing and liked the characters. This story was definitely creative and will be reading some more from Kristin Jacques in the future.
Coffee Talk by M. Dalto
This is was one that again a little out of my comfort zone but ended up enjoying the romance side of the story. The characters were interesting as well. I am curious to read more from M. Dalto.
Bound By What by Jess Moore
This was more of a traditional retelling that I really enjoyed but also has some twists to it. The characters were amazing and will be reading more from Jess Moore.
Charing Cross by Pam S. Dunn
I also enjoy a detective story and it definitely had aspects from a Dickens’ story. The mystery spin and the characters were great. I will definitely read more from Pam S. Dunn.
The Recipe for Cornbread by C Vonzale Lewis
To me this story didn’t really have much connection to a Dickens’ story but did have a couple of references. It had some great characters though. I am curious to see what other stories C Vonzale Lewis has written
Overall I really enjoyed Link by Link: An Anthology of Haunted Holidays and I have definitely found some more authors to read.