Three French Hens is a collection of short stories based on titles of well-known Christmas carols, ditties and hit singles.
"All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Fang Teeth" - a vampire gets a bit more than he bargained for when prowling the streets in search of food.
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - It's the live final of 'Va Va Voom', the hit singing contest show. Girl group The Angels are certain they're going to win, but then the surprise appearance of someone onstage beside them turns the contest upside down.
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - When time is frozen, time traveller Darcy is surprised to find herself face to face with the real Santa Claus. Unable to pass up the opportunity, she invites the legend into her home for some drinks and food but very soon regrets her actions.
(British spelling, Revised edition)
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Living in Scottish lowlands. Wish I could grow my own TARDIS.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Three French Hens: A Christmas Collection contains 3 short stories. 1. All I Want For Christmas Are My Two Fang Teeth; A story about a vampire stalking an elderly woman. It was cute and quirky. I liked the twist ending & the way things turned around in the story. Somewhat unexpected. Although I am a little tired of anyone writing a vampire story these days referencing Twilight. 2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; This story is about a singing competition, resembling the X Factor. I would have liked a little more originality. The twist at the end was cool, but I think most people may see whats coming. 3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; In this one a young lady is home alone on Christmas Eve. When she goes out for a smoke, something odd takes place. I didn't care for this story at all. I thought the plot was idiotic, and the ending was just nonsense. Sorry it just didn't appeal to me. All in all, I give this collection a 2. It may have been a 3 or 3 1/2 if not for that last story. There also were many typos in the text that need to be cleaned up abit.
Could have been entertaining reading if the stories had been better proofread and edited.
I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for reading and reviewing it. As the name states, this is a collection of three short tales with a Christmas them, each based on a popular Christmas carols. The book is a quick and entertaining read. The first story about a vampire preying on the elderly is fairly forgettable. However, the second story, which has a very different ending to a televised singing competition, has a much better twist to it and a satisfying ending. The third story packs the greatest impact. The main character, Darcy, has a meet up with Santa which changes her view of the stereotypes of the jolly, fat, bearded character. Darcy is a real character with foibles and problems. It makes her relatable and I wanted to read more about her. The major problem with this book was that it required some serious editing. There were many instances of incorrect spelling, duplicated words, and poor grammar, sufficient to detract from my enjoyment of the stories. Also, it suffered from some choppy sentences, and some poorly worded ones which again, stood out from the story and made my reading experience unsatisfying. That said, I would still read from this author in the future. The character of Darcy will reappear in the author’s forthcoming Time-Travelling Assassins series, and I am willing to give those books a try. I am hoping that the editing issues will be resolved in future books.