30 December 2009

Christmas on Wherever Island eBook Review

eBook: Christmas on Wherever Island
Authoress: Amber Polo
Length: 60 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Adult Fiction | Magical Realism
Current cost: $3.00

What they say: "Marti Bell is facing the prospect of a very unmerry Christmas. Reluctantly, leaving her married lover she travels toward ice, snow, and judgmental family until a magic Santa sends her to a surprise destination in the warm waters of the Caribbean."

My mini review: Marti is never enough. She is not enough for her married lover to leave his wife and she is not enough for her family who believes she should be married with children. So when her flight gets delayed and her mother tells her they are going to start Christmas with out her Marti finally decides enough is enough.

With a little magic and a lot of courage she walks up to the airport counter and requests a flight to "wherever" there is better weather.

Plot: Dreamy
Story: Quick

My review: I loved Marti. She's that character that I think many of us can see ourselves in. The one who longs to be what every one wants her to be but can't. Then she finds her self on a beautiful secluded island with a sexy man (Cliff) who unbeknownst to her has had a crush on her all along.
  • Will Marti be able to let go of her affections for her married boyfriend and let someone good love her?
  • Will Cliff have the courage to pursue and woo Marti?
  • Or will the island magic give them both the little nudge they need?
My rating: 5 stars; I loved this read. It was short, sweet, and lovely. A great Christmas escape.

My favorite part: The break-up scene.
My least favorite part: Much like the ocean this story of romance at sea is at times slightly choppy. However, don't allow that to detour you. This is one of my favorite holiday reads. I just wish it was a bit longer.

Kiddie-o-meter: Infidelity and sex are frankly mentioned making this tale best suited for older teens and adults.
Adult-o-meter: Adults will love the escape from a traditional Christmas. Who hasn't wondered what it would be like to leave it all behind and drink an island cocktail with a Santa in cut off shorts?


The authoress offers this amazing recipe on her web site:
Marti and Cliff's Magic Cake!
Size: Fills 1 4x8 loaf pan and 1 9” tube pan

2 cups sifted all purpose flour

Reserve 1 cup, re-sift the remainder with:
1 t cinnamon
1 t. ground cloves
1 t. allspice
1 t. nutmeg
¼ t. mace
½ t. salt
¾ t. baking soda
Use some of the mixture to coat:
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup citrus peel/citron
1 cup candied cherries
1 cup figs
1 cup nuts (your choice)
1 10 oz can crushed pineapple
1 cups of sugar
Until thickened about 30 minutes. Stir frequently.
Do not burn. Cool.
When cool stir in:
½ cup apricot jam or marmalade
1 cup rum or pineapple juice or combo
Cream ½ lb softened butter with
1 cup sugar
Beat in
6 eggs, one at a time.
Stir in dry ingredients slowly, alternating with pineapple mixture.
Pour over flour coated fruits and nuts and mix well.

Preheat to 275 degrees.
Grease cake pans (line with greased brown paper or foil if you do that)
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Fill pans 1” from top
Bake until a skewer comes out clean - 3 ½ to 5 hours depending on size of pans.
Cool on rack.
  • If you make the cake ahead of time, soak the cheesecloth in rum or pineapple juice and wrap in foil.
  • Freezing also helps blend the flavors.
  • When ready to serve decorate with almond paste or icing.
  • Recipe can be doubled to fill 3 graduated wedding cake pans.

Serve with a dusting of Christmas magic.

Final say: I love and relish my family and in laws but I too must admit that I have from time to time daydreamed about escaping to some deserted place to enjoy the holidays. Have you ever dreamed of such a thing and if so where would you go?


  1. Sounds like a cute, fast read! I would definitely love to spend the holidays somewhere warm and tropical one year, though I wonder if I'd miss all the "traditional" elements I'm used to at home...

  2. Oooh, I love reading about going to exotic places for holidays (especially when it includes romance). I've always dreamed about it too! I would like to go to Cuba and enjoy the hot sun so I could take a break from the cold weather. Hehe :)

  3. Ooh maybe this is a Christmas read for next year but I have to say I don't like the thought of a main character who tries to get her lover to leave his wife.

  4. Sounds like a fun read. Great review!

  5. Sounds like a slightly different variation on a Christmas story....but one that many can enjoy! Hmm...escaping for the holidays and ending up in an exotic locale with your very own hunky sized present.....*daydream*...oops! Sorry...um, I would say I'd go to one of two places....a mountain lodge (all the better to stay warm...), or one of the Hawaiian islands with a large estate all to our, I mean my self.... =0)

  6. Seems like home to me.. Fl weather. Hehe Love it here

  7. Becky: I feel you. The story doesn't delve in to that. She's just a character who is in love with a married man and continues to take the back seat.

    GMR: Nice choices!

    Cleverly: I'm a Florida girl too. What part are you from?

  8. This looks like a great quick holiday read! Great review!

  9. Please, give me that sexy guy in cut off shorts. Though I actually hate sunny places, lol. Great review, and the recipe at the end sounds cute! :)

  10. Good call, Juju - this does sound like a fun one. Your review definitely makes me want to read it, and the recipe is a great bonus! :)

  11. Great review. I've always loved your reviewing style. Sounds like a fun read!

  12. I too love the way you review books :)

    Some day I'll need to read something besides YA :)

  13. The cake looks delicious! I'd go to some tropical island too.

  14. I'm not big on dates but otherwise the cake looks good. The book too! I think I'd go to Venice.

  15. I'd love to spend next Christmas in shorts!