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Thursday, December 1, 2011

That Holiday Feeling by Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, & Robyn Carr

Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber

In this classic story, Debbie brings those Manning men and Manning sisters home for a mistletoe marriage when a single dad finally says "I do."

The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods

Will bachelor Trace Franklin become a groom-to-be by Christmastime? He sure will ... if Savannah Holiday's aunt Mae as anything to do with it.

Under the Christmas Tree (Virgin River #8) by Robyn Carr

When the folks of Virgin River discover a box of adorable puppies under the town's Christmas tree they call on local vet Nathaniel Jensen for help. But it's his budding romance with Annie McCarty that really has tongues --- and tails --- wagging!

FYI: Since this is an anthology I will be talking about each novella/short story separately.

Silver Bells:
I really enjoyed this sweet story. As you can probably tell from my past reviews I love me some Debbie Macomber especially when it comes to her holiday stories. She just has that little something special in her books that make them magical. I really liked Carrie, I thought she was sweet and since I haven't yet read Debbie Macomber's Manning Men series so I was glad that she didn't delve too much into the series. I thought Carrie was very sweet but I wasn't as big of a fan of Philip her love interest. I did love his daughter Mackenzie though and found her to be adorable! I also liked the band of characters that live in their apartment. I found that Philip was arrogant and annoying. But I did like how they all had their happily ever after. Plus it had a Christmas story.

The Perfect Holiday:
Hannah and her mother Savannah have recently made the over from Florida to Vermont to take over Savannah's Aunt Mae's B&B after her passing. Savannah is on her own since divorcing her husband the year before and now she has the weight of the B&B on her shoulders. Due to the move her Christmas with her daughter is going to be present-less but filled with love just the two of them. That is until Trace Franklin the CEO of Franklin toys and long time friend of Aunt Mae follows her wishes and spends his holiday at the B& the same time Savannah and Hannah are there. It seems as though Mae is doing a little matchmaking of her own from beyond the grave. After Mae's bringing them close together how could Trace and Savannah not fall in love during the season of giving, hope, and joy.
This was the first time that I've read anything by Sherryl Woods and I wasn't disappointed. I really enjoyed her writing and I'm looking forward to reading more by her in the near future.

Under the Christmas Tree (Virgin River #8)
I have been a fan of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series since I started reading them at the beginning this year. This however was my first time in Virgin River at Christmas. I loved the story. There was love, Christmas time and abandoned puppies. I liked the way the relationship developed between Nate and Annie but I wish Nate wasn't so juvenile. I don't want to give Virgin River away to readers because I think this is one of the best series I've ever read. The way Robyn weaves her story is magical and real. Every time I read something by her I feel uplifted.

All in all I recommend this book to anyone. It's a great holiday anthology for those who love sweet romances.



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