The wait list for this book at my library seems to be inversely related to the reviews here on Goodreads. Sure it is much shorter than your regular KH book and is not historical fiction, but that does not mean it is missing that KH magic. This is a fairy tale -- actually a fable as noted on the cover. And it is a holiday title. Does it have that holiday magic? I definitely say it does. The first part goes on a bit long, but then you hit part two and "Bang." Stuff starts really happening. For me it is not quite up to the storytelling we have seen from Richard Paul Evans, but is most certainly a book I would recommend for holiday reading, even consider it as a gift. A PG read (infidelity witnessed early on).