Published by Zebra on October 25th 2016
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
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…
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME collection of stories was a real pleasure to read. There’s a perfect combination of sweet and sexy and each story had me smiling and in the festive spirit while I read them. It’s a great introduction to authors you might not have heard of before, and who I am sure you will want to add to your list of authors that you want to read more from.
CHRISTMAS PAST by Fern Michaels is a feel good story with such sweetness it will either make you want to grab the sick bucket, or like me, make you smile and put you into the festive spirit.
Brandy lost her husband 3 years ago, and is a mess. She barely functions, and then it’s only because she has two teenage children to look after. She hates Christmas because it was around then that her Christmas loving husband died. To even think of enjoying the festive season after his death is an anathema to her. Her children are rebelling, her house is a mess, and her funds are running out. Her best friend comes to the rescue though and tells her of a part time job that she would love. Necessity makes her take it and from there many changes start to occur for her.
Ryan lost his wife 6 years ago. He has an eight year old daughter and she has more than helped him through his grief process. He’s been going to a grief counselling group in the local library for years and it’s there that he meets Brandy. Shockingly, for the first time since her husband died, Brandy feels attracted to a man. Can Ryan help her move past her grief, and perhaps be the new man in her life.
A GLORY JUNCTION CHRISTMAS by Stacy Finz
Where the previous book in this anthology was sweet, sweet, sweet, this book was hot hot hot.
Hannah Baldwin’s ex is getting re-married, and although she is well and truly over it, it still sucks that all the preparations for the event are in her face 24/7. She hasn’t got a boyfriend, hasn’t really been interested in one either. Her marriage was hard work and she’s been enjoying some time just for herself.
Josh is Hannah’s ex’s best friend. The whole time they were dating, Josh made it known that he didn’t like her. Most likely he was jealous because he didn’t have his best mate to himself all the time. It annoyed Hannah a lot especially as there was a time before she even met her ex, that she quite fancied Josh. Anyway not long after the couple married, Josh joined the army. He was severely injured and has had to come home.
When the two of them meet there are definite sparks of attraction there and it isn’t too long before they act on them. Sadly Josh is still coming to terms with his ‘disability’ and Hannah can’t cope with an angry boyfriend, she had a hard enough time with her angry husband. They decide maybe it’s best if they just stay friends. Is that going to be possible? Can they sort through their emotional baggage and be more?
MOONSHINE AND MISTLETOE by Sarah Title
What a great story this one it. My very first book with a gay wedding. Also a book with an ending that I absolutely wasn’t expecting.
It’s setting is in a little ol’ town that most people need to escape in order to make something of themselves. Abe, a musician has moved away in order to become famous in Nashville, but so far it just isn’t happening. Emma is a certified Librarian, she loves all things books and she lives in big smoke. She has spent more time studying to be a Librarian including now writing a dissertation, than she has being an actual grass roots librarian.
Abe’s cousin Daniel, and his boyfriend, Emma’s friend, Kevin are getting married. The event is what introduces the couple. Sparks fly between them, but they both need to focus on their careers, which means they both need to fight their attraction. Can they keep away from each other? We know for a fact neither of them want to change their futures.
AN APPLE VALLEY CHRISTMAS by Shirlee McCoy
An enjoyable short story that makes you smile when our hard done by heroine finally gets some light in her life. It’s a lovely feel good story with a little bit of Christmas magic thrown in and it’s the perfect book to end this collection.
Emma has been living with and looking after her father for the last 4 years when he was suffering from dementia. He was never an easy man to even like, and during his illness he was even worse. A stroke finally took his life, and the story begins at the cemetery just after the burial. Emma is one of 10 children, and not one of the others attended their father’s funeral. None of them liked him, and weren’t going to be hypocrites by making any effort to attend. Adam, one of her siblings would have attended if he could have, but he is in the army and abroad. He hated the idea of Emma being on her own, so arranged for his best friend to go to the funeral and then to stay with Emma at the house to help her settle things. She wants to sell all the antiques in the house, then the house itself.
Jack MaCallister is in the business of antiques. He is the best one to help Emma sell everything, and to help her sort out selling the house. He is also Adam’s best friend, and Emma’s ex boyfriend from many years ago. They had mutually agreed to split up, but both secretly wished in hindsight that they hadn’t. You can imagine Emma’s shock when Jack turns up at the cemetery, late, but at least he was there. There first meeting wasn’t a comfortable one and that was before Emma even realised what Adam had asked Jack to do for her!
Will she accept Jack’s help, will old feelings come to the fore, and can they both fight them, should they even try?
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.