My True Love Gave to Me is the best short story collection I've read in a long time. It features twelve holiday stories, and I really do mean holiday. They aren't just using that word as a substitute for Christmas. Although to be fair, most of them are Christmas stories: Let's say 9.5 out of 12. One is New Year's, One is Solstice (with a splash of Christmas), One is Hanukkah (with a splash of Christmas), and then there's Krampuslauf. If you don't like Christmas, this won't be the short story collection for you, but if you enjoy Christmas and want a dash of other holidays thrown in, this is perfect.
While I enjoyed all the stories, by far my favorite was "It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown" by Stephanie Perkins. I'm not exactly surprised because I loved all of her books so far too, but I expected Rainbow Rowell's "Midnights" to top my list because I adore her novels. Perkins beat Rowell out by a few heart-clenchingly adorable moments.
My least favorite story was probably "Krampuslauf" by Holly Black or "The Lady and the Fox" by Kelly Link. It's not that they're bad stories, I just felt a little lost and confused by them. Admittedly a few of the others are distinct in their weirdness, but these tow just felt like a bit of a let down in the awesomeness of the rest of the collection.
I would definitely recommend this book to every one who wants a little more holiday spirit in their life.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
To anyone who celebrates anything else, I hope it's enjoyable, and to everybody else, Happy December 25th!!
To be completely honest, I probably would have given this a 4.5, but I don't do half cupcakes, so it got upgraded. :)