Secret Santa

Secret Santa

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Secret Santa 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
Great disappointment. I love a good Christmas story, unfortunately this book didn’t have them. Usually in an anthology you get some stories better than others. I wasn’t thrilled with any of them, even Fern Michael’s offering.
jbrooxd More than 1 year ago
I felt the first story was the weakest of the four. It seemed hard to believe, to me. The other three were very enjoyable. Mild language, mild romance. A really nice collection of stories. If you aren't familiar with these authors, as I wasn't, you might discover some other books you want to try!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
SECRET SANTA by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, and Cindy Myers is an interesting collection of Christmas stories. Four talented authors have put together four interesting stories. Filled with Christmas spirit, miracles, mayhem, murder, mystery, and love. Each story is set in a different area, such as Ireland, Texas, Colorado, and in a Mall. For a sure to cheer you up, pick up "Secret Santa". Heartwarming stories of the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for a cute, sweet, holiday read, than I would recommend "Secret Santa",it is a great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Secret Santa Author: Fern Michaels, Laura Levine, Marie Bostwick, Cindy Myers Published: Kensington Books / Zebra Pages: 307 Genre: Romance Sub-Genre: Holidays, Christmas, Contemporary Fiction ASIN: B00CSX8U68 ISBN: 9781420121452 Language : Clean Sensual Level: Non-Offensive, Innocent Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Fern Michael's "Mister Christmas" Attorney Claire O'Brien is looking forward to spending Christmas With her family when a cantankerous client demands she come to Ireland immediately to revise his will. Upon arrival she meets resistance from his very attractive nephew. Marie Bostwick's "The Yellow Rose of Christmas" Velvet is a woman who no longer believes or looks for romance. Then she finds that she has a secret admirer. An Admirer who has promised to reveal their identity to Velvet at the ball. Did Velvet give up too soon? Laura Levine's "Nightmare in Elf Street" - Jamie Austen's job as Santa's elf may not have been her dream job, but it was a job. Yet when the hateful Santa turns up dead Jamie becomes the lead suspect. Will Jamie be spending the rest of her Christmas behind bars? Cindy Myers' "No Room at the Inn" - Barb and Jimmy along with a young family looking for work and a truck driver find themselves stranded at a fishing camp when a blizzard closes the roads. With no way to go onto their destinations they cope with the weather and personal problems as they wait for the roads to clear. My least favorite surprisingly to me was Fern Michaels’ "Mister Christmas" I felt it would have been a much more effective story if it had been filled out more and turned out as a novel. The premise was good and I happen to love Fern Michaels' style and was looking forward to reading this book for the very reason that she was one of the authors in the anthology. I would gladly by the book if she decides to extend the story and fix it so it is not as rushed or feel so forced. My favorite was Cindy Myers' "No Room at the Inn" this wonderful story brought the Christmas Spirit to the forefront for the holidays. It flowed with ease and the characters felt like they were someone you might meet in your own life. The plot was believable and I enjoyed the story from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Myers and the other authors that I had not read before. I continue to read any and all of Ms. Michaels. Other than this short I have never been disappointed. Pick up a copy Of Secret Santa if you are looking for a feel good story. It will warm your heart and provide hours of pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh. Cool look though! ( oof! My 16 lbs cat decided to sit on me. He looks like me here in rp)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hahaha laughs i bet the kitty is cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good easy read holiday storirs
GHott More than 1 year ago
Mister Christmas Claire knows when she’s being set up but sometimes there is just nothing you can do about it. What is she supposed to tell her best client? “No, Sir, I’m not flying from California to Ireland the week before Christmas because I don’t believe you when you claim to be dying”? Sure, That’s gonna fly. But Claire definitely didn’t expect to meet Mister Christmas or to have her dreams come true… Review: I greatly enjoyed this book. It was very Christmassy & a bit thrilling even though the romance was a bit quick and fanciful for me. Author: Fern Michaels Grade: B+ Ages: 16+ The Yellow Rose of Christmas When sixty-four year maiden Velvet Tudmore begins receiving roses and notes from a secret admirer she thinks it’s a prank but as they continue she finally begins to see men as something other than worthless. Will her hopes be dashed or will her dreams come true? Review: I didn’t love this. It took a lot for me to get through the set-up of Velvet’s feelings toward men. It ended well and was well written but isn’t for one who dislikes gender discrimination. Author: Marie Bostwick Grade: B Ages: There’s no steam but I can’t honestly recommend this as it’s written. Nightmare on Elf Street What was I thinking? Honestly! I went in for an interview as an ad exec and ended up with a job as an elf & the promise of a second interview. I had no idea what was in store for me or I never would have thought that was a good deal! Especially when Santa is found deal and I’m the elf with the motive! Review: WOW. We completely switched genres again! This set is making my head spin! ;) It was cute but sometimes difficult for me to follow. Author: Laura Levine Grade: C Ages: 15+ Room at the Inn Socialite Barbara Stanowski is stuck in a rural cabin in the middle of nowhere in the midst of a blizzard with her husband, Jimmy and a few others and realizing that maybe her life isn’t as full as she’d always thought. Review: This was absolutely my favorite of all of the novellas. It’s less of a romance and more a women’s fiction but it was so very real & just a perfect ending. Side note: In this they participate in the tradition of Las Posadas. (“Las Posadas is a procession that takes place for the nine nights before Christmas, ending on Christmas Eve,” Elena said. “It is done in memory of the holy family’s journey to Jerusalem, and their search for a place for Mary to give birth to Jesus. The procession goes from house to house in the neighborhood, singing and praying. At each door they ask for shelter, but are turned away. At the last house, they’re welcomed in for more songs and praying and food and fellowship.”) To me this is one of the most special traditions & I’d love to be a part of it one day! Author: Cindy Myers Grade: A Ages: 16+ More… Source: Zebra Books via Netgalley Overall Grade: B+
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“Deck Your Bookshelf With This Heart-Tugging Anthology ” In Fern Michaels’ “Mister Christmas”, we meet Claire O’Brien who had made plans to spend Christmas with her family in Telluride, Colorado. That is—until she gets a frazzled phone call from wealthy curmudgeon/client Donald Flynn, who demands she fly to Ireland immediately as he is on his deathbed! Despite her fear of flying, Claire begrudgingly makes the trip—and is greeted by not only his friendly staff, but strange circumstances within the castle walls, not to mention, Donald’s outspoken, hunky Nephew, Quinn Connor! The adventures awaiting Claire will tug at your heartstrings and bring the true meaning of Christmas alive, as only Fern can do. If you have read Marie Bostwick’s “Between Heaven and Texas”, then you are well acquainted with the Tudmore women (If you haven’t, do ask Santa for a copy). Happily, we travel back to Too Much, Texas, where we find Velvet Tudmore doing what she does best—teaching others about the history of Too Much and what a stalwart soul prized ancestor Flagadine Tudmore was. Miss Velvet is an inspiration to all, but she keeps her charms hidden, having never married or been in a romance. Imagine how her heart fluttered when a yellow rose was delivered from a secret admirer! I loved this tale which just reinforced the notion that you’re never too old to fall in love. Laura Levine’s “Nightmare on Elf Street” will have you donning your sleuthing cap and forgetting about Holiday wrapping when you meet up with a frazzled Jaine Austen. It’s not bad enough that money is low, debts are high, with no advertising jobs in sight—but spoiled feline, Prozac is being less than cooperative as the “Cover Cat” for Jaine’s Christmas cards. Neighbor, Lance comes to partial rescue with an interview appointment at the ritzy/trendy new mall in town, where she is offered a chance to write their advertising, but only if she agrees to don an unflattering elf outfit and work at “Santa Land” for the holiday season. She reluctantly agrees and quickly discovers she’s not sure which she despises more, her costume complete with horizontal striped tights, or sarcastic, drunken Santa/Scotty—but she may not be the only one. When she finally gives up trying to capture a cutesy shot of Prozac (cat food on a candy cane??),she trudges off to a professional pet photographer, not far from her workplace—only to have a “Feline fiasco” occur, and with the pandemonium, a crime is committed. Being fingered as a suspect, Jaine goes into sleuthing mode, with many surprises in store for her. If you have followed Jaine and Prozac’s adventures in the past, you’ll truly enjoy this one. With Cindy Myers’ “Room at the Inn”, we find Barbara and Jimmy leaving their cozy home in Houston, traveling to Eureka, Colorado, to spend Christmas with Barbara’s best friend, Maggie. However, Mother Nature has other plans as they get caught in a blizzard and the highway is closed. With assistance from the highway patrol. Barbara, Jimmy, truck driver Reuben and the Rodrieguez family take shelter in sparsely appointed fishing cabins owned by a crotchety soul named Mae. Little by little the group learns a lot about each other, volumes about themselves and more importantly, that “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” This is a tender tale of love, caring, sharing and the promise of a brighter tomorrow—an adaptation of a tale as old as time itself. Deck your bookshelf with this heart-tugging anthology. It will bring joy to your heart! Nancy Narma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 1st and ladt were good. The2nd boring The third ok
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Next res. Sorry.
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