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Posted November 3, 2012
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some good some bad
The first and third stories in this book were fairly good. On the other hand had for a Christmas book I found the second story very depressing. All in all it was a good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2012
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Posted December 5, 2012
A Winter Wonderland Two people at crossroads each spending their
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Two people at crossroads each spending their Christmas holiday at a ski resort hoping to make a final decision as to which direction their life should take. When they accidentally run into each other sparks fly – and not the type you’d imagine.
Review: I usually LOVE these Fern Michaels Christmas novellas. I wait all year for them. This one, though, fell short for me. It was fun and sweet but the ending was to abrupt and not as definitive as is typical.
Author: Fern Michaels
Ages: 16+ (No foul language & only some chaste kissing)
The Joy of Christmas
It’s almost been three years since Iris’s life was shattered on Christmas morning. Iris’s refusal to acknowledge her mother’s deathbed wish has caused her to become only a shell of the daughter she’d once been. Unable to deal with the guilt of what she’d done, Iris left — she left her family and the man she was to marry. Can she once again find the Joy of Christmas?
Review: This book took forever to read! While it was a good book it was just too emotional and lacking in Christmas feeling for me to love it.
Author: Holly Chamberlin
The Christmas Thief
When a huge party books the the hotel where Elizabeth works she watches her Christmas vacation in Maine with her family fly away. Will this party have a devestating effect on gopher career, as well?
Review: It may have started slow but it finished well
Author: Leslie Meier
The Christmas Collector
Jenna in the best at her job. She grew up with a borderline hoarder and knows just where to draw the line — she collects nothing — and her job as an estate salesperson is perfect for her. She refuses to see the sentimental value in anything – until a shoebox full of secrets upends Jenna’s otherwise orderly life.
Review: I loved it! The hardest part of reading this book is that I couldn’t hug Jenna or Estelle. This kept me up, as I couldn’t put it down until it was finished… and then they were still on my mind.
Author: Kristina McMorris
Posted November 26, 2012
It's a good read
*A Winter Wonderland*
I found it to be a nice story, which I liked, but a little different from what I expected. The description of the story did happen, it just wasn't the way Angelica, an off-off Broadway actress, and Parker North, a trauma surgeon, actually met. To me it seemed as if part of the story was missing. It goes from Angelica not wanting to have anything to do with Parker, to them complicating how they were going to make their relationship work with her being in New York and him in Colorado. I felt that the story seemed to be rushed to get to the end, I wish that it could have been longer.
*The Joy of Christmas*
I wish I was able to connect to Iris’ character but I found it hard to do. I do feel really sorry for her because she loved her mother so much and her mother died on Christmas Eve. She comes off as being hateful and resentful at times. She tends to say mean and ill-spirited things and then immediately knows she shouldn’t have said those things.
Bonnie, Iris’ mother was sick most of Iris’ entire life. Bonnie would get better and then have another relapse. Bonnie made a dying request of Iris about a month before she passed away. Iris refused to grant her mother her dying wish, thinking it would keep her alive. Shortly after her mother’s death, Iris turned her back on anyone and anything which reminded her of her mother and any semblance of happiness.
With the help of her surrogate mother, Bess, her good friend, Alec, and her mother’s spirit, Iris is finally able to come to grips with the past and put it behind her for a better and brighter future.
*The Christmas Thief *
Since I had never heard of Leslie Meier before reading this book, I was surprised to find a Christmas mystery in this anthology. If you are a fan of Ms. Meier, then you already know the name Lucy Stone. The Christmas Thief is a short story about Lucy’s daughter, Elizabeth.
I loved that the book kept me guessing up until the very end. If you are new to reading Leslie Meier, like I am, this is a good book to get you started on. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
*The Christmas Collector*
This is another one of those books that could have taken place anytime of the year. The message behind the story has nothing to do with Christmas, the holiday spirit, good will towards man, blah, blah, blah. The Christmas Collector is more about realizing there isn’t anything wrong with a person having possessions that they hold dear and cherish. It’s a story about being proud of your past and the accomplishments you’ve made; even when those accomplishments at one point in time are frowned upon. This is a story of lost love and being able to realize that you shouldn’t conform to the way people or society tells you that you should. The Christmas Collector is a story of first love and taking chances, even when those chances could lead to heartache.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “In different ways, we all have voids to fill. Holidays, for a lot of people, can bring those feelings out even more. The best thing we can do is to fill our lives with things that matter, like...turning a favorite hobby into a job, or finding a person you’re crazy about. Even if none of those things come with guarantees.”
While this is my least favorite book out of the four in this anthology, I’m glad that I read it for the message it conveyed.
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Posted December 28, 2012
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