For years, Nana Vancy Bashalde Salo believed that she'd cursed her own family with bad weddings. Now that the curse is broken, she s bored. Her best friends, the Silver Bells, convince her to try her hand at matchmaking. And Nana has just the person in mind: Salo Construction's new office manager, Eve Allen.
Eve is coming out of a bad relationship and longs for a little quiet and order. That's definitely not in the cards with Nana Vancy around. And it's even less possible when Nana tries to hook her up with TC Potter, a boy who broke her heart in kindergarten when he told her there was no Santa Claus, and then broke it again in ninth grade when he stood her up for a dance. Eve's heart is still healing from her last bad relationship she doesn t need it broken by TC for a third time.
Freelance writer TC Potter makes his living writing articles about Every American Man. His life was pretty much perfect until he was named one of America s most eligible bachelors last year. He's spent the last twelve months hiding out from women who'd like to de-bachelor him. Now he's finally met someone he d really like to date, but Eve isn't interested. Maybe with a Hungarian grandmother s help, and a little Christmas magic, he can convince her that they have something too special to ignore.
About the Author
Award-winning author Holly Jacobs has written more than forty books. The first book in her Everything But... series, Everything But a Groom, was named one of 2008's Best Romances by Booklist. Her books have won numerous other industry awards.
Everything But a Christmas Eve is her eighth book for AVALON, and the fourth in the series. Everything But a Wedding, Everything But a Bride, Everything But a Groom, as well as her WLVH Romance series, including Pickup Lines, Lovehandles, Night Calls, and Laugh Lines are also available.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Erie, Pennsylvania Hungarian expatriate Nana Vancy Salo has spent a lifetime fighting the Salo Family Wedding Curse that haunted her descendents whenever one of her blood relatives was about to marry. However, the curse has been broken and all of her grandchildren happily married. Instead of resting and enjoying life, she feels lost with no purpose. Nana Vancy tells her Silver Bells friends Isabel Henning and Annabelle Connor that she is bored though she is elated the curse has ended as she feared she would never see that day. Annabelle suggests Vancy become a matchmaker as she shown a propensity with her grandchildren (see Everything But a Groom, Everything But a Bride and Everything But a Wedding). Liking the idea, she thought she would try matching up her husband's office manager Eve Allen and next door neighbor TC Potter with plans of wedding bells for Christmas. After interrogating a bewildered Eve, she invites her to a family holiday dinner in which TC Potter is also invited after the hostess interrogated him re his status and learns of their past connections in kindergarten and high school. This is a wonderful Christmas surprise (and not just for the confirmed bachelor who finds love with his Christmas Eve) as Holly Jacobs spins beyond the tale of the Salo Curse into a new matchmaking direction for Nana and the Silver Bells. Fans will enjoy this lighthearted frolic as the three BFFs orchestrate the Twelve Days of Christmas. Harriet Klausner
I've loved Holly Jacobs work since she her days writing as Holly Fuhrmann. In EVERYTHING BUT A CHRISTMAS EVE, Nana Vancy Bashalde Salo is bored. She's played matchmaker to every one in her family. To keep herself busy, Nana Vancy opts to create a romance between her husband's new office manager, Eve Allen, and her neighbor TC Potter. Eve hates Christmas. TC spends his time dodging the attentions of women. Ever since TC made it onto the list of most eligible bachelors, he's gained too much attention. With a little help from Nana Vancy, the pair might just encounter a spark of interest that neither can ignore. The plot in EVERYTHING BUT A CHRISTMAS EVE isn't unique, but Holly Jacobs still pulls off a tender, romantic story. Characters come to life on the pages and make you want to see how things turn out. Given that, my one big issue with Avalon Romances is the price. In this economy, I know of few people who can seriously afford to spend $24 on a hardcover romance. It's only 176 pages, so it's a quick read and entertaining, but the price tag, for me, outweighs the story within.