Wishes for Christmas
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New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels brings together the beloved heroines from two celebrated series—the Sisterhood and the Godmothers—for a holiday to remember…
This Christmas, instead of finding and punishing bad guys, all Maggie Spritzer wants is to bring a little more joy to the world—especially to a beloved teacher from her past. And as the Sisterhood unites to find her, they learn that no holiday treat is as fulfilling as giving to others…
Meanwhile, with a little help from the other Godmothers, Toots Loudenberry is preparing for Charleston’s annual holiday showcase of historic homes. But when the Godmothers sense trouble with one of the decorators, they must tackle a mystery and hope for a happy ending…
When Sisters and Godmothers unite, the result is a warm and wonderful holiday—with a special touch of magic…
brings forward the theme of ‘better to give than to receive
Three stories all centered around the holiday are the backbone of this collection, two that are series-specific (one from Sisterhood and one from Godmothers) and one that mixes the two groups in an unexpected yet thoroughly heartwarming way. While I’ve not read more current titles by Fern Michaels, I’m familiar with the women of the Sisterhood, and this was a nice introduction to the characters from the Godmothers series. While working nicely without having current information on the women featured in this title (and Michaels does give a bit of background information) isn’t necessary, it does whet my appetite to go back and read earlier titles in both series.
In the first story, And The Angels Sing, the women of the sisterhood are banding together to help one of their own during the season. Maggie has carried around a burden of guilt from her childhood, and the former teacher that her very young self couldn’t help disappeared without a word. Deciding to pool their not inconsiderable resources into the search and redeem mission, the friendship and support that these women offer one another is heartwarming.
Quickly this transitions into a story of the Godmothers, Naughty or Nice, and Toots is center stage. Oh I loved Toots’ interior monologue, her ability to thumb her nose at convention and the rather rigid social mores of Charleston. When a design assistant for her daughter’s home becomes the center of the story as she and her three children are struggling to make ends meet with her husband deployed, and incommunicado for months. Between the spats with Toots and others, the struggles of Charlotte and the wonderful descriptions, this story leads to a wonderful series of moments.
Then two worlds collide (or collude- you pick) with A Golden Tree. Holly is running her family’s inn for the first Christmas after her mother’s death, without her very pregnant and uber capable best friend and assistant. With her Grandfather’s recent move to a lauded (and exclusive) assisted living facility, she’s in need of help. And she hires on Gannon to get through the holidays, not knowing that he and his Grandfather (her grandfather’s new bestie) own a competing inn. In pop Annie and Myra from the Sisterhood, as they have recruited Toots and Sophie to solve a tiny (but very dangerous) mystery at the Haven, the assisted living facility. Clever and fun, the hijinks soon ensue as the two newbies to the investigation break things wide open.
A lovely Christmas feel that brings forward the theme of ‘better to give than to receive’ runs through each story, and while the characters have plenty of life and personality, and all was neatly presented with their full force forward, there are quirks and kinks galore to be explored, and now I will do just that by grabbing all the titles I have missed from these two series.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Interesting book broke into 3 short stories