SECRET SANTA by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine & Cindy Myers
(Thursday, December 19, 2013)
Reviewer: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
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.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
“Deck Your Bookshelf With This Heart-Tugging Anthology ”
(Friday, November 22, 2013)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma
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!
(Tuesday, October 29, 2013)
Secret Santa by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, Cindy Myers
I wanted to read this book because of the many author's included about the same theme.
4 good books for the price of 1!!
Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels
Claire O'Brien was summoned to fly to Ireland from CA via NY because Donald Flynn was on his deathbed and she was in charge of his finances.
She would then travel to her brothers in CO and she had the girls gifts packed with her. That was the plan...and nothing went according to the plan...
Once she gets back to the US she does head for CO and many life's becomes threatened...The only one who can save the day would be Mr. Christmas...
The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick
Too Much, TX and Miss Velvet Tudrmore has had the honor of sharing how the town started and telling others of the history from years past and how women founded the town.
The new history teacher, Mr. Delacorte has an idea to help Velvet out by having his honor students conduct the senior interviews - thus saving her money from the budget and giving the students the experience...
Postal worker has found the yellow rose and $2 to have it delivered to Ms. Velvet at the historical society and nobody knows who the giver is...
It's just a few days before Thanksgiving and everybody in town is at the store to buy last minute items when Velvet is approached by many wanting to know who sent her a dozen roses. Things really escalate when the rumors start.
And to top that off nobody knows who the single rose is from....
Love all the talk about quilting and that career choice.
So much activity going on in town for the holidays...
Velvet thinks she knows who the admirer is and her sister knows for sure and doesn't want to disappoint her so she comes up with an idea so her sister won't be disappointed...
Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine
Jaine Austen is an out of work freelance advertising writer and she went to apply for a copy edit job and got the elf wearing costume instead. Well she really needed the money anyways.
The Santa, Scotty is a drunk but the other Santa is Barney and they have chats about Shakespeare.
Loved hearing about the Tiny Tim project-so worthwhile.
Mishaps at the mall with her cat lead to the Santa being killed...
She's hot on the trial of who she thinks killed Scotty..
Room at the Inn by Cindy Myers
Barb Stanowski and her husband Jim were headed to Eureka when the roads were closed due to the heavy snow fall. With the thread of avalanches they were in their car for the night.
Patrol came around the took them to the local summer cabins instead. She is not thrilled but Jim is making the best of the situation and she thought he'd be totally upset over the inconvenience.
She never thought Jim after 21 years married, would quit his job and go with the invention he and Michael had made-a golf ball recyclers.
She forms a bond with the woman and her family in the next cabin over and she wants to help with the boys gifts as they will be stranded there. The mother is knitting hats and scarves and the husband is carving small animals.
Mae the owner of the cabins is happy to get extra state money for the use of the cabins and she's a loner. She quilts during the long winter months, others would be drinking.
Love how they all come together to make it special for the kids....
Didn't realize that this was part of a series from the author that I've read part of the series already. What a treat!
I received this book from The Kennsington Books and Net Galley in exchange for my honest review