Review: A Christmas To Remember Anthology

A Christmas To Remember Anthology by Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon, and Marilyn Pappano
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher:   Hachette Book Group
Pages: 272
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review
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Jill ShalvisDream a Little Dream: Melissa has kept every man at a safe distance-especially firefighter Ian, a sexy friend with sexy benefits. But Ian secretly longs for more. Luckily, ’tis the season for giving love a chance . .

Kristen AshleyEvery Year: Holidays don’t come easy for Shy and his brother, Landon. But with the magic of Christmas, along with a little help from Tabby and her family, the Cage brothers are about to get the gift of a lifetime . . .

Hope RamsaySilent Night: Down on her luck and evicted from her apartment, single mother Maryanne hopes to start over in Last Chance. When the snow begins to fall, it looks like her baby might literally spend Christmas Eve in a manger. And Maryanne might celebrate the holiday with a handsome stranger.

Molly CannonHave Yourself a Messy Little Christmas: Lincoln is a bachelor who’s set in his ways-until a professional organizer dressed up as Mrs. Claus changes his life, one tip at a time. . .

Marilyn PappanoA Family for Christmas: War widow Ilena doesn’t mind spending Christmas alone. But when a new doctor blows into town with the winter wind, will she get her secret Christmas wish?

 

Review:  I was introduced to three of these authors via this anthology, and I loved the stories so much I’ve already added their other books to my TBR list!

I LOVED Jill Shalvis’ story Dream a Little Dream.  What woman wouldn’t love a smokin’ hot fireman who has given his heart to a woman and doesn’t stray from the path of wanting her?  Ian has problems of his own, but he wants nothing more than to give Melissa the life and love she deserves.  Melissa has some lessons to learn about love and faithfulness, and what the answers bring to her stun her, and give her a newfound love and sense of worth.

I’ve not read any of Kristen Ashley’s books, but this short story, Every Year, makes me want to delve into this band of bikers and read more about them.  So ditto from the above story, only this time it’s smokin’ hot bikers!   The main couple are already in love, but this is a sweet story about two men whose childhoods were ripped away from them, and how they find happiness at the hardest time of the year: Christmas.

Hope Ramsay’s story, Silent Night, was very different.  I did struggle a little trying to get my head wrapped around a man who falls for the young mother in just one night, but hey, at Christmas, miracles DO happen!  Single mother Maryanne has to learn to trust someone, and she definitely finds that in her ideal of the boy next door.

Molly Cannon’s Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas is a riot.  What a fun idea to bring a Mrs. Claus to organize the hunky Lincoln’s home, but to also bring him some sorely needed Christmas cheer.  I love Molly Cannon’s stories anyway, and this just goes to show what great characters she comes up with!

Marilyn Pappano’s A Family for Christmas is definitely a story that brought tears to my eyes.  I felt such empathy for these war widows – and thanked God I wasn’t left a war widow myself when my husband served in Iraq.  But never fear!  Ms. Pappano delivered a happy ending with her tale of one widow who doesn’t let this first Christmas without her husband be a sad one, even though some days it’s a struggle.

 

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