A Lila Review: Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings by Nell Iris

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Christmas is coming, and young couple Casey and Ellis are very much in love. Unfortunately, they’re also the definition of dirt poor, and they don’t have the money for nonessentials like decorations. Or a turkey. Or gifts. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma and Ellis’s estrangement from his family, all they have is each other.

When Ellis finds the saddest-looking Christmas tree south of the Mason-Dixon Line thrown away outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Life is still a struggle, but wealth isn’t always measured in money, and what seems worthless to others is often invaluable to the people who love it.

Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings is a cute holiday surprise. I loved the characters and how easy it was to feel their love for each other. In a couple of pages we experienced their loss, their needs, and their hope.

It’s kind of sad and at the same time, it gives the reader a sense of righteousness. It shows how little is needed to have a joyful holiday and how life only gives you what you can handle.

Happiness is apparent and I wanted more; more details,  more story, more love. For such a short story, it leaves a good impression and a smile on your lips.

The cover by Written Ink Design is simple and somehow matches the story. It’s a bit amateurish but it follows the JMS style.

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Book Details:
ebook, 46 pages
ISBN: 9781646561681
Published: December 7, 2019, by JMS Books
Edition Language: English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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