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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Book Reviews - Last Minute Holiday recommendations!

Well, the big day is almost here, and as usual, I'm waaayyy behind in everything!  But I wanted to share these last minute holiday reads that have tickled my reading fancy this month!  (Plus, nobody ever said you can't read a good Christmas story after Christmas, did they?)

First up - the always lovely, always looked-forward-to Christmas offering from Debbie Macomber. 

This year, instead of her usual Christmas angel stories, Debbie wraps up her Cedar Cove series with "1225 Christmas Tree Lane."  And it is a wonderful story, that not only highlights one last new family, but always brings closure to the rest of the residents of Cedar Cove.  I'm sorry to see this series ending, but look forward to what Debbie will have to offer in the future! 

Next - a lovely anthology from Fern Michaels, Elizabeth Bass, Rosalind Noonan, and Nan Rossiter.

Four holiday tales that are guaranteed to brighten your day!  And the best part - you can sit down and read these short stories during your breaks in cooking, wrapping, cleaning ... well, you get the idea!

Here's a little bit about each story:

"Making Spirits Bright" by Fern Michaels
Melanie McLaughlin desperately wants to adopt two orphaned siblings and give them a real home for Christmas. A just-for-the-holiday marriage to Bryce Landry fits her plan perfectly. . .until unexpected sparks have Melanie dreaming of forever by his side. . .

"Runaway Christmas" by Elizabeth Bass  (My personal favorite story in this book!)
A glass of wine, lounging in pajamas, and catching up on movies—that's Heidi Bogue's idea of a perfect Christmas. Until her thirteen-year-old niece makes a surprise visit—and a snowstorm turns Heidi's café into a community refuge. Now one handsome cop is giving Heidi plenty more reasons to celebrate. . .

"Home For Christmas" by Rosalind Noonan
Jo Truman needs a replacement Santa for her gift shop's Christmas Eve party. She'll do whatever it takes to convince lonely soldier Sam Norwood that he's perfect for the part. . .and that the season for love is always.

"Christmas On Cape Cod" by Nan Rossiter
Maddie Carlson would do anything for her best friend. And helping Asa Coleman babysit a rambunctious puppy Christmas Eve night is her one chance to help the troubled teacher put his past to rest. . .and give the sweetest gift of all.

And last, but not least - a western holiday tale!

My husband introduced me to the writings of William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone, and I'm so glad he did. Although "A Lone Star Christmas" brings in several characters from previous books, I was easily able to catch onto the many different characters and their relationships to one another in this story.  Full of drama, suspense, and even romance, I absolutely loved this tale of the old West, and will be looking forward to reading more of the Johnstone family's work in the future!

Here's a little more about the book:

Smoke Jensen, Matt Jensen, Falcon And Duff Maccallister—Together For The First Time
They just wanted to get home for Christmas. . .but fate had other plans.

It's December 1890. A Texas rancher named Big Jim Conyers has a deal with Scottish-born, Wyoming cattleman named Duff MacAllister. Along with Smoke and Matt Jensen, the party bears down on Dodge, Kansas, to make a cattle drive back to Forth Worth. But before they can get out of Dodge, guns go off and a rich man's son is killed.

Soon the drive turns into a deadly pursuit, then a staggering series of clashes with bloodthirsty Indians and trigger-happy rustlers. And the worst is yet to come—the party rides into a devastating blizzard, a storm so fierce that their very survival is at stake.

From America's greatest Western author, here is an epic tale of the unforgiving American frontier and how, amidst fierce storms of man and nature, miracles can still happen.

Ok, that wraps up my Christmas Book Reviews for this year!  I hope that you were able to find something fun to read among the many selections I offered up!  It was a lot of fun picking out the titles to review this year, and I appreciate all the comments that you've left on the various reviews!

Happy Reading, Ya'll!

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