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Secret Santa (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Oktober 2013


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HASH(0xa1c62ee8) von 5 Sternen Fun Holiday Stories 3. November 2013
Von J. Dieterle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I love reading holiday stories this time of year and collections like this one are a great way to do that as well as a great way to discover authors I haven't read before.

I found the first story, "Mister Christmas" to be the weakest of the four. There were elements that would have made a great novel if the parts could have been developed more fully. In the short story, they just felt random, disjointed and implausible. The other three stories were great holiday pieces. I have already added titles from Laura Levine and Cindy Myers to my wish lists because I enjoyed the characters and descriptions of the series to which these short stories refer.

I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher in order to review it.
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HASH(0x9dc542dc) von 5 Sternen Three out of four for a heartwarming Christmas 2. November 2013
Von D. Salvagin, La Deetda Reads - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
(the following descriptions are from Amazon)"Mister Christmas" (by Fern Michaels) –
A week before Christmas, attorney Claire O'Brien is summoned to Ireland to change her wealthy client's will--only to encounter resistance from his handsome nephew. Will Claire be forced to spend the holidays up close and personal with her irresistible Irish nemesis?

Deet’s review: This started out terrific and quickly became the most disjointed story I’ve yet to read by an accomplished author. We are given a hilarious start with a hunky guy and an Irish castle. If the story had stayed there and not gone off to a hostage situation in Colorado and then a Cookie contest I think it would have been fine. Any one of these scenarios would have made for a good story, but throwing them all into one was not a good idea.
Deet’s rating: 2
Sexy rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 4

"The Yellow Rose of Christmas" (by Marie Bostwick) –
Though Miss Velvet Tudmore wrote off romance years ago, rumour has it she has a secret admirer. And when her surprise suitor promises to reveal himself at the annual Christmas ball in Too Much, Texas, Velvet starts to wonder: is it ever too late to find love?
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This was a cute story of love and romance, or the promise of romance in the over 60’s set. Violet is a spinster experiencing the first thrill of a secret admirer but is all as it appears? This has a small town, down home vibe that works with the plot beautifully.
Deet;s rating: 3.5
Sexy Rating: 0
Christmasy feeling: 4

"Nightmare on Elf Street" (by Laura Levine) - Aside from the mortifying costume, how bad can a gig as a mall Santa's elf be? Jaine Austen finds out when she's teamed up with the Santa from Hell. But things go from bad to worse when he's found murdered on the job--and Jaine is a suspect. Now all she wants for Christmas is to find the real killer...
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A fun, laugh out loud story of a “Bad Santa” with touches of Dickens and a murder, all that, but not a romance. This is a story that ties in with author Laura Levine’s Jaine Austen mystery series. I really liked it but I was expecting a romance and was disappointed.
Deet’s Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 5

" Room at the Inn" (by Cindy Myers) - When a Rocky Mountain blizzard forces Barb and her husband to spend Christmas in a remote Colorado cabin with their fellow travellers, Barb struggles to cope - especially when her husband reveals troubling news. But sometimes a holiday shake-up is all a woman needs to discover what she's truly made of...
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This was a nice story of a long married couple stranded by a blizzard two days before Christmas with several fellow travelers. It was a well developed plot and a heartwarming story. I think this one is my favorite even though there was no romance. It certainly brought the meaning of Christmas alive.
Deet’s Rating: 4.5
Sexy Rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 5

Deet’s overview: The last three stories were very well done and had a nice dose of Christmasy feel to them. I was expecting romance and only the first two were actually in some way romantic. As with many anthologies, there can be some outstanding stories and some duds. As long as you are not expecting romance I recommend this book for the last three stories.
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HASH(0x9eb8c888) von 5 Sternen Three Quarters of These Stories are Great 20. Dezember 2013
Von Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This book consists of four novels set at Christmas time, each around 100 pages. I enjoyed three of the stories greatly.

"Mister Christmas" by Fern Michaels starts things off. It features a corporate lawyer, Claire O'Brien, who is called to Ireland by one of her important clients just days before Christmas. He only does it to get Claire to meet his nephew, and despite the mutual anger about how they were manipulated, it works and the two fall in love. This story was the shortest, and it couldn't be over fast enough. What little conflict there was was forced, awkward, and came out of no where. The hero was just a fantasy guy, and I was rolling my eyes the entire time.

Fortunately, the other three stores are better.

"The Yellow Rose of Christmas" by Marie Bostwick takes us to a small Texas town in the 1980's as spinster Velvet Tudmore thinks she's found love when she receives yellow roses and a few notes. Is it the new history teacher in town? She sure hopes so. But will another woman use this to make Velvet look bad? This was a cute romance with characters I really enjoyed. Realistic? Maybe not, but I enjoyed it so much I didn't care.

"Nightmare on Elf Street" by Laura Levine is the reason I picked up this book. I love her Jaine Austen mysteries, and this one features Jaine playing elf to a very nasty Santa at the mall. It's hardly a surprise when the Santa is killed, but Jaine has to solve the crime so she doesn't miss her annual trip to her parents' house in Florida. The laughs and clues were plentiful, and I loved this book just like I knew I would. It does feel out of place in this anthology, but I didn't care since it is the reason I bought it.

"Room at the Inn" by Cindy Myers wraps things up. More about a woman at a cross roads than a romance, it features Barb. Barb and her husband Jim get stranded by a Colorado snow storm and are forced to spend Christmas with strangers. As if that weren't bad enough, Jim drops a bombshell on Barb. Can she make the best out of a bad situation, accept what Jim has shared, and find her place in the world? While it started a little slowly, I found I enjoyed this story. The characters were good and I could feel the cold.

If you are interested in any of these last three writers, pick up this book. Just skip the first story, and you'll be fine.
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HASH(0x9eb8b4c8) von 5 Sternen "Deck Your Bookshelf With This Heart-Tugging Anthology " 22. November 2013
Von Nancy Narma - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
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!
Nancy Narma
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HASH(0x9eb8b660) von 5 Sternen Secret Santa 5. November 2013
Von Faye M - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Secret Santa was an unusual, yet fitting combination of Christmas stories. Although each contained a central theme of love and Christmas Spirit, each was unique in itself.
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