The Most Wonderful Time
Fern Michaels and Others
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What goes better with mistletoe and merriment than the sweet beginnings of romance?
“Christmas Passed” by Fern Michaels
Three years after her husband’s death, Brandy Heyers still finds that celebrating the holidays without him is anything but jolly. Then handsome widower Ryan Rogers shows her that moving on is possible, and her frozen heart begins to melt…
“A Glory Junction Christmas” by Stacy Finz
When Hannah Baldwin hears her ex is getting remarried, she’s ready to give up on Christmas, not to mention love. But the best gifts come in unexpected packages, and old friend Josh Garner is just the man to convince her that the coming New Year is going to be the happiest yet…
“Moonshine and Mistletoe” by Sarah Title
A holiday fling is all Emma Fallader expects when she meets gorgeous fiddler Abe Tate at her friend’s wedding—but after just days together, it isn’t all she wants. Can the spirit of the season work its special magic for two people separated by more than miles?
“An Apple Valley Christmas” by Shirlee McCoy
Now that her beloved dad is gone, Emma Baily is facing the holidays alone—until her ex, Jack McAllister, shows up to help her close her father’s estate. After four years apart, only the magic of Christmas will show Emma that joy is a gift meant to be shared…
As with any anthology, some were better than others, but overall this set really hit the holiday spot.
Christmas Passed is a sad story that finds a twisty way to turn happy. Brandy is severely depressed after her husband dies and her children are paying the price. It's almost as if they've lost both parents instead of one. But Ryan sneaks into her life and helps her find the bright spots, one at a time. A very touching romance that just might make your cry.
A Glory Junction Christmas is a fun read. Hannah's ex is getting re-married and it seems like she's the only one in town not invited to the wedding. Christmas just isn't as much fun when you feel like you're being left behind and left out. Josh is determined to see her happy and smile again. A sweet romance, but it didn't stand out as much as some of the others in this collection.
Moonshine and Mistletoe is my favorite of the collection, by far. The whole situation that Emma and Abe find themselves in was perfect. It doesn't hurt that she's a librarian and he's a musician. The perfect pair in my mind. I can't even pick a favorite part, because I loved all of them so much! Great mix of humor, a little excitement, and the sweetest couple ever.
An Apple Valley Christmas is another sad starting one, and it takes awhile to turn around. I loved the history of Emma's house. The house is almost a character in the story on its own. A little different than some of the stories I've read. I really enjoyed the way it turned both of our characters around and slid them together.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
A fantastic anthology of holiday stories that are perfect when you need to sit back and relax during the hectic season. These stories are from some of the best contemporary authors around and they are sure to leave you with a smile.
Christmas Passed by Fern Michaels - 5 stars - an emotional story of a woman and her teenage children struggling with the lose of their husband and father. It's been three years but moving on is always hard. This story shows us that you don't have to give up the love you once had to find a new love and happiness.
A Glory Junction Christmas by Stacy Finz - 5 stars - The whole town of Glory Junction seems to be gearing up for the planned nuptials of Hannah Baldwin's ex husband. Well everyone but her. She wishes him well but being involved would just be - well- weird. Add to that the fact that Josh Garner, the one man that seems to hate her is back in town and Hannah's holidays are looking pretty bleak. Or maybe, just maybe, this could turn out to be the best Christmas of her life!
Moonshine and Mistletoe by Sarah Title - 4 stars - this is a fun story of a group of friends going to Just North of Nowhere West Virginia for a friends wedding. While there Emma Fallader meets Abe Tate and what was suppose to be a fling quickly turns into a yearning for so much more. Will these two take a chance??
An Apple Valley Christmas by Shirlee McCoy - 5 stars - after 4 years of caring for her mean spirited father, Emma Bailey is free to live her own life. Even though she had plenty of siblings she was the only one at the old man's funeral. She'll be facing the holiday season alone. That is until Jack McAllister, her brother's best friend and her ex, shows up to make sure Emma is holding up ok. Can Jack be able help Emma see the beauty in life and the joy of the season??