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H Texas Velvet starts to wonder is it ever too late to find loveVelvet is sixty four and has never been in any ind of relationship She doesn t have a very high opinion of the men in her small town She runs the local historical society and prides herself on her ability to pass on the history of their town When a new history teacher is hired for the high school she is smitten by the handsome and intelligent Thaddeus DelacorteShortly after his arrival she begins receiving a yellow rose a day from an unknown source Convinced that Mr Delacorte is her secret admirer Velvet begins to take interest in her appearance and makes changes that surprise everyone in town When her admirer promises to reveal himself at the ball Velvet has high hopes for a happy outcomeI liked seeing the changes that Velvet made She started out as pretty uptight definitely the epitome of the old maid It was amazing to see what a difference a bit of attention made to the way she saw herself I loved seeing the new confidence she had in herselfThe Christmas Ball was excellent and I loved seeing what happened with Velvet and the yellow roses It was all very sweet Even better was the day after the ball and the visitor that Velvet hadNightmare on Elf Street by Laura LevineAside 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 His Pregnant Christmas Princess killerStory of Jaine as she works as a mall elf in order to get an advertising job for the same mall One of the Santas is a sweet older man and one is a young out of work actor with a majorly bad attitude Scotty hatesids flirts with the good looking moms and nannies drinks teuila like it s water and bad mouths everyone So it s no real surprise when he ends up deadJaine is an amateur sleuth and sets to work trying to figure out who the murderer is She works her way through all the people who have reason to want him dead including herself until she stumbles on the guilty partyThis story reminded me of Stephanie Plum but not nearly as much fun Not sure why it was included in this anthology other than the Christmas theme as the others are romancesRoom at the Inn by Cindy MyersWhen a Rocky Mountain blizzard forces Barb and her husband to spend Christmas in a remote Colorado cabin with their fellow travelers 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 ofGood story Not so much a romance as Barb and Jim reconnecting On a trip to Colorado to spend Christmas with friends they are caught in a blizzard that closes the roads Along with several other travelers they are taken to some fishing cabins to wait out the stormBarb starts out as Through the Language Glass kind of whiny They re stuck in a cabin instead of being with their friends All she can really think about it what she is missing She s a bit frustrated with her husband who seems to be taking it all in stride It gets worse when he breaks the news that he s uit his well paying job to start a business with their college dropout son She s upset that he didn t discuss it with her first and can t help thinking about the changes it will meanBarb also can t help being a bit jealous that Jim has had this dream and is now pursuing it She doesn t have anything like that in her life She grew up poor determined to make a better life which she did by marrying well She has spent her life trying to be the perfect wife and mother But doesn t see where anything she has done has made things better for anyoneWhile stuck in the cabin Barb finds herself making friends with the owner of the cabins and getting tonow the other travelers Her ability to talk to people brings them together to help make a better Christmas for them all In the process she learns about herself and what she really can 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 illerRoom at the Inn by Cindy MyersWhen a Rocky Mountain blizzard forces Barb and her husband to spend Christmas in a remote Colorado cabin with their fellow travelers 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.
Ed together by theme that theme is Christmas I bought this book because I truly enjoy Laura Levine s Jaine Austen series and was delighted in another one of Jaine s zany adventures as woman sleuth this one taking place during the Christmas seasonThis story was definitely entertaining for this series fan I rate it five stars Jaine never fails to delight meTwo of the other stories were romance stories which is not a favourite genre of mine I found the offerings by Fern Michaels and Marie Bostwick charming but I would not seek out their books I rate each story three starsThe last story by Cindy Myers was very disappointing It may have intended to be similar to those provided by Michaels and Bostwick but fails far short of the mark The premise of several strangers stuck in a snow storm over Christmas and gathering to celebrate was boring This story could have used a heavier editor s pen There are glaring errors The heroine Barbara Stanowski was referred erroneously as Barbie Sue Bowman instead of the previously established Barbie Sue Brown when story events referred to her past before her marriage As second character Reuben was also called Moe without an explanation for this name changeI rate Myers s contribution one star I now I shall never seek another one of her stories or books againI wish this collection would have included stories similar to that of Laura Levine this Jaine Austen adventure was the highlight of the collection for me Mister Christmas by Fern MichaelsA 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 Enjoyable story though because of its length the events were rather rushed Claire is a lawyer for a big firm in California The week before Christmas she gets a call from one of her biggest clients He says he is dying and needs her to come to Ireland immediately to make changes to his will She suspects that he is lying but postpones her plans to be with her family for the holiday and rushes off to Ireland There she discovers that he is perfectly healthy but is attempting to engineer a relationship between her and his nephew uinn In spite of her immediate attraction to him she is furious and determined to leave immediatelyThough their initial meeting was a bit rocky I enjoyed seeing Claire and uinn together When Claire arrived she was tired jet lagged and pretty pissed off about what she discovered uinn s behavior was a bit on the silly side using his sense of humor to jerk her chain a bit But he completely agrees with Claire s feelings about what has been done to them both He goes out of his way to help Claire make it back to her family for the holidays Spending all that time together as they return to the States has a uick connection developing between them They spend that time getting to Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, know each otheruinn takes care of Claire doing allinds of things to make her trip go easier He also gets involved in helping a young woman that she met on the plane going to Ireland making Claire realize just how nice a guy he is They fall for each other uite uicklyThere were some funny moments and some really sweet ones Claire s fear of flying gets her in some trouble involving alcohol and some wardrobe issues The whole airport scene is pretty funny Later on uinn s innate indness shows as he helps Claire make a huge difference in the young woman s life There s also an encounter with danger that has them realizing what is important in lifeThis story is connected to stories in previous holiday anthologies making it possible to check in on those other characters and see how they are doingThe Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie BostwickThough Miss Velvet Tud 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 Muc. Rie BostwickThough Miss Velvet Tud wrote off romance years ago rumor 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 Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura LevineAside 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.
Four Christmas time stories Enjoyed Nightmare on Elf Street which ties in nicely with author Laura Levine s Jaine Austen mystery series SECRET SANTA by Fern Michaels Marie Bostwick Laura Levine and Cindy Myers is an interesting collection of Christmas stories Four talented authors have put together four interesting stories Filled with Christmas spirit miracles mayhem murder mystery and love Each story is set in a different area such as Ireland Texas Colorado and in a Mall For a sure to cheer you up pick up Secret Santa Heartwarming stories of the Christmas spirit If you are looking for a cute sweet holiday read than I would recommend Secret Santait is a great read Received for an honest review from the publisherRATING 4HEAT RATING SWEETREVIEWED BY AprilR Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More Book contained 4 shorter stories Mister Christmas 255 An ok short story minus the awkward and rushed hostage situation Would ve been a 3 otherwise The Yellow Rose of Christmas 455 Adorable Nightmare on Elf Street 35 Entertaining Room at the Inn 355 Would ve been a 4 with proper editing name mistakes I only read Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine I loved that short story It was very entertaining and ept me guessing until the end Four Christmas novels two romance one mystery and one chick lit I bought it for Laura Levine s mystery novella featuring her sleuth Jaine Austen I loved it as always Two of the other stories were enjoyable but Fern Michaels s contribution was just plain bad on all frontsRead my full review at Carstairs Considers I enjoyed 2 out of the four stories it s a nice read Secret Santa is an anthology of four short Christmas stories Three of these I thoroughly enjoyed and were all light and enjoyable Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels RATING 35 STARSThirty four year old Claire O Brien is a high powered lawyer in Los Angeles and has spent her adult life climbing the corporate ladder This year she is determined to spend the Christmas Holiday with her family in Colorado That is until her very rich and elderly client in Ireland demands he is on his death bed and she fly over to him and take care of matters immediately Little did she Sanctuary know he had ulterior motives to getting her to Ireland It seems his nephew is single and he has decided Claire is the perfect match for him There was one particular hilarious scene involving a broken heel an airport and a little too much to drink More than anything Claire O Brien wanted to be loved And she would accept nothing less This was a cute story and I did enjoy it It would be every girl s dream to jet off to a huge Irish Castle and meet a dashing single man there The flow of the story for me seemed a little choppy and I never felt connected or invested in the characters though Still it was a short fun read The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick DNFI never dnf a book always trying to find something good in them Sadly I couldn t find it hereNightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine RATING 4 STARS I was feeling a little discouraged by now and contemplated uitting the whole book I am so very glad I didn t This one was hilarious and I loved it I have never read anything by Laura Levine and was surprised in such a good wayJaine Austen is a freelance writer but not doing much writing She accepts a gig as an elf for the mall Santa Claus at a ritzy mall hoping that it will lead to a future writing gig Well If she thought I was theind of person who would sacrifice my dignity and self r I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewI always love stories by Fern Michael Especially her Christmas ones Therefore I new that her story in this collection would be one I would like I was right I also enjoyed the other stories by the rest of the authors This collection is perfect to cuddle up by the fireplace during the winter time I chose an overall rating for the book but I also rated each individual contribution in this reviewThe four short stories are ti. Christmas is the time for miracles mayhem and holiday romance in these wonderful stories from four of today's most beloved authorsMister Christmas by Fern MichaelsA 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 The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Ma.
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Fern Michaels isn’t a person I’m not sure she’s an entity either since an entity is something with separate existence Fern Michaels® is what I DO Me Mary Ruth Kuczkir Growing up in Hastings Pennsylvania I was called Ruth I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day To this day family and friends call me Dink a name my father gave me when I