That Holiday Feeling: Silver Bells\The Perfect Holiday\Under the Christmas Tree Mass Market Paperback – Sep 29 2009
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About the Author
Debbie Macomber is one of today’s leading voices in women’s fiction. A regular on every major bestseller list with more than 140 million copies of her books in print, Debbie’s popularity is worldwide with her books translated into twenty-three languages. Debbie and her husband,Wayne, are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of eight grandchildren. They live in Washington State and winter in Florida.
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3 1/2 stars
A follow-up to one of the Manning stories (The Manning Brides: Marriage Of Inconvenience\Stand-In Wife). Carrie Weston is the stepdaughter of Jason Manning and is now all grown up. She finds herself on the other end of the same situation as Jason and her mother were in years ago with a meddling teenager trying to play matchmaker.
Typical Macomber. Nothing special in this one. Seemed a little too much like all her others. The kids play a big role in this one like many of her other books.
The Perfect Christmas by Sherryl Woods
A sweet, yet predictable story. Savannah is a single mom who inherits an Inn in Vermont from her Aunt Mae. Trace is a workaholic who was close friends with Mae and promised to spend Christmas at her Inn even after her death.
Another story where a kid plays a very big part in the romance, which can get a little tiresome, but still cute.
Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr (Virgin River)
Similar to "A Virgin River Christmas" in style. Two new characters (Annie McKenzie & Nate Jensen) meet and find romance over a litter of puppies. Jack, Preacher, and a couple of the kids (Christopher & David) play small roles in the book, so we get to meet up with some old favorites. Annie and Nate are both great characters and have great chemistry. It was the perfect length for a Christmas anthology.
"The Perfect Holiday" by Sherryl Woods. Aunt Mae decides Trace is the perfect holiday present for her single niece Savannah. She expects them to be engaged by Christmas.
"Under the Christmas" Tree by Robyn Carr. Hairstylist Annie stops to admire a Virgin River Christmas tree only to find eight newborn puppies underneath it. Obviously abandoned, Annie finds the town `s vet Nathaniel to help with the dogs.
These are three warm holiday romances starring wonderful lead protagonists.
The first story is Silver Bells written by Debbie Macomber and first released in 1996. Mackenzie Lark is a teenager living with her father after her parents divorce and she is convinced that her father needs to get back in the game and start dating again. And Mackenzie has the perfect idea of who it should be and sets out to make it happen! Unfortunately Philip has no desire to date again and is horrified at his daughter's matchmaking attempts. Carrie Weston is attractive and single and even lives in the same apartment building, but is put off by Philips cold demeanor. Mackenzie is determined though that this will be the best Christmas ever and that love will win out in the end!
Second we have The Perfect Holiday first released in 2002 by Sherryl Woods. This is a story about a woman named Savannah and her young daughter Hannah who are enjoying their first snowfall ever since moving from Florida to Vermont. Savannah has inherited an old Victorian B&B from her great aunt Mae and is determined to make a go of it. But apparently Aunt Mae wanted to make sure that Savannah and Hannah had an extra special Christmas so she invites handsome, single Trace Franklin to spend the holiday at the B&B too. She knows these two people belong together and she is depending on the power of love and a little holiday magic to take care of the rest.
Last but not least we have Under The Christmas Tree which is the newest release having first come out in 2009. Carr takes us back to Virgin River for a quick visit where Jack and his son David find a box of newborn puppies under the town Christmas tree. Having just arrived in town for a visit, Annie McCarty is determined to make sure that all the puppies survive and find good homes. When handsome and single vet Nate Jensen shows up to see about the puppies, Annie decides that this trip to Virgin River is going to turn out even better than she planned and Nate is suddenly disappointed that his plans for the holiday don't include staying at home for Christmas. Even though it's cold outside, both of their hearts just got a whole lot warmer!
These are three good stories, all with appealing characters and filled with all the holiday touches like snow, cookies, puppies and the joy in finding someone new that puts the magic in Christmas. Under the Christmas Tree was my favorite, but I am a big Virgin River fan and I can happily recommend all three stories!
Two of them are new to me. They introduced me to new characters, while the Robyn Carr story was a happy re-read about old friends from her Virgin River series. All three have good characters who are enticed by an immediate mutual attraction, preparing a reader for their rapid growth into a strong relationship.
I consider this compendium a keeper; I will look forward to reading it again next Christmas season.