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Posted December 5, 2012
A must read for the Christmas season every year
Read it out loud with your spouse or a group of your girlfriends. It has it all - bad boys, suspense, lost and found love, scenes to make you laugh, true friendship, misunderstanding, people who never give up on you,and spice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2012
Posted January 11, 2012
Hang on, its an amazing ride!
What an amazing book! You won't believe that it was written by three different authors. These authors have done the impossible, crafted a cohesive book, encompassing 3 (and more!) separate stories, that still reads like it was written by a single skilled storyteller. Sam, Stan and Kevin started out as three boys alone, held together by their "outsider" status. The only adult who believed in them was George, or so they thought. When fate brings them all together for Georges wedding, well, things get really interesting! A group of merry, senior Santa's, a huge snowstorm and a few short days craft together 3 happy endings. Each man finds something really special, and not just Love. I thoroughly enjoyed all the twists, turns and sparkin' heat along the way. You will fall into this story and not surface until the last page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2011
The Season for Love
'Twas the Night by Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen & Kate Holmes This book was so much more than I expected. First it is like an anthology but not. There are three stories but they are intertwined with each other. Each author writes a chapter with her couple. There is Sam Merrick, Kevin ¿JD¿ Wilder & Stan Kijewski. They are heading for a wedding in Snowdon, Maine. George, the man who believed in three orphan boys and helped them find their way in life, is getting married and they are his best men. They are stranded because of snow storms closing the East down. But the Santa Brigade, a bus with all kinds of crazy retired folks who bring gifts and entertain at homeless shelters, is running and can pick the men up along the way. Sam Merrick is a Blue Angel but he is no longer content in his life. Fourteen years ago he left Snowdon and Reba Anderson. When he finds that Reba is on the bus and is single, he goes all out to win her back. And he has plenty of help from the Seniors on the bus. Kevin Wilder began as a cop and now he is PI and bounty hunter. He stopped by a town where his next job was to find Cassandra Lee Brandt, she had jumped town on a subpena. He finds an odd Amish woman and when he figures out she is Cassandra, he handcuffs her and takes her on the bus. The Seniors don't let him get around to dropping her off at the sheriff's though. And it ends up Cassandra, known as Callie, is much more than Kevin had ever imagined. Stan Kijewski was quite the football star, until a car accident took that life from him. As he heads to the wedding he has to stop and get some forester friend of George. He pictures a female Paul Bunyan but Dana Freeman is anything but. Tall, beautiful and white gold hair, and oblivious to all his charms that usually have women dropping by his feet. With her ice cold blue eyes she could freeze him, or is it just a facade? The story is more than just their romances. It is about the homeless, the young children with parents who are addicts and more, and how the trip on the Santa Brigade changes the lives of these six travelers. **Language and sexual situations **Received through NetGalley for review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2011
Posted January 17, 2011
Fantastic Read - A Best Book
A story about the holiday season has never been as hilarious as when these three authors conspired to write a romance and came up with a hit that almost defies description - an anthology that isn't.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I got the biggest kick out of how these three talented ladies wrote this story. It reads as one well put together romance but each author told about their hero and heroine and ran with it while following a single story arc. I am a huge fan of Sandra Hill but I have to tell you, I thought it was going to be easy picking out her unique style and sense of fun and silliness, and it wasn't. I couldn't do it. Ms. Jensen and Ms. Holmes obviously have the same funny bone because I could not stop laughing and grinning throughout the entire book and it didn't matter that I couldn't tell who wrote what - it was seamless and wonderful.
My first hint that this book was going to be special for me was the wedding announcement. Imagine my surprise that it was being 'held' at a church which went by the name of one I attended - another one up in the mountains in an out of the way locale. I thought that was cool. The next is the format. Each chapter is a countdown to the date of that wedding. It was a genius touch. It just goes to show that amazing things can happen in the course of a day's time.
First a reader will meet Navy Commander Samuel Merrick, a man who comes across as a bit of a Scrooge. Readers will feel for him because although he's a man to be respected and reckoned with now, he has a back story that will pull the heart strings of any romance reader. The dialogue and repartee is witty, clever and has a natural flow to it. He blew his chance at love the first time around due to his youthful choices and he's about to get a second chance. Mr. Smooth makes a lot of silly moves and I had a ball watching him court his very skittish miss.
The glue that is tying the entire book together is one man, Mr. George Garrison. He stood by three young troubled boys in their youth and this book celebrates what an early positive influence can have on the men they become.
I love the line about the constipated dog and how it segues into the Santa Brigade, the central story arc. It's a bunch of senior citizens who travel by bus bringing cheer to people all over. The bus driver is a hoot and I still can't get over the name the men call her and I can't even mention it here. I enjoyed how the book almost from the get-go was peppered with colorful and vibrant secondary characters that are like the sprinkles and decorations on my favorite holiday cakes. Even though there are a lot of names and characters, I got to know who was who after a time and I felt like I was on the bus with the guys as they fell in love amidst chaos and snow.
Speaking of which, Sam's first and only love is Reba Anderson and she's on that bus. She herself has some unresolved issues from when she was younger but they get put to rest in a spectacular fashion during the course of Sam's courting her. She certainly didn't make it easy on the poor guy and I adored her for it.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Posted December 25, 2010
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