by Alexis Morgan, JoAnn Ross, Luann McLane, Susan Donovan
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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‘Tis the season to fall in love in these four small towns.
In “Christmas in Shelter Bay,” New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross returns to Shelter Bay, where Kelli has long tried to keep her feelings for her friend Cole a secret. But when the local matchmakers conspire to send them to a secluded lakeside cabin, the two friends soon discover that a little love will keep them warm.
TV producer Nathaniel Ravelle knows the Bayberry Island mermaid legend is a joke— how could a statue grant a wish for true love? But when a Christmas Nor’easter lands him in close quarters with local Annie Parker, they see magic at work in matters of the heart in New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan’s “A Seaside Christmas.”
In LuAnn McLane’s “Mistletoe on Main Street,” Clint isn’t sure how to rekindle his romance with high school sweetheart Ava—until his father bows out of playing Santa at the annual Cricket Creek holiday parade and Clint gets the chance to make this Christmas one to remember.
And in Alexis Morgan’s “The Christmas Gift”, business is booming at Bridey Roke’s pastry shop. Everyone in town stops in to sample her holiday treats. But in her spare moments, she’s perfecting a special recipe to charm the handsome new neighbor—who has his own surprise gift for her come Christmas Eve!
Christmas on Main Street offers a delightful collection of romances that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit from authors JoAnn Ross, Susan Donovan, Luann McLane and Alexis Morgan. From second-chance romances to magical legends I was swept away as I met each couple and celebrated the magic of Christmas. Mini review: enchanting, romantic and full of holiday magic.
Christmas in Shelter Bay– Cole is home from services and must make a decision about recommitting. Kelli has been in love with her brother’s best friend Cole since she was five. With a little magic, and some interference by the local matchmakers these too might just find love for the holidays. The two have a history, and I love that she secretly pined for him, and he looked but never touched obeying the “no sister” rule between friends. This was delightful from the sea side setting to Kelli’s holiday sweaters.
A Seaside Christmas– takes place on Bayberry Island where a mermaid legend says that the statue in the square can help you find true love. When a Nor’easter blows Nathaniel onto Annie’s doorstep these lonely souls may just find a little magic. This was laced with humor, from Annie’s career to the ladies of the town. Close your eyes and believe in the power of the legend and love.
Mistletoe on Main Street– is a second chance love in Cricket Creek. It is the type of small town everyone dreams of living in. The romance was sweet between Ava and Clint. This had moments of humor, growth and inspiration. Ava made me giggle from page one. While the ending felt a little rushed, it left me with a happy feeling.
The Christmas Gift– a cupcake shop is at the center of this tale and I can still smell the coffee and cinnamon. Seth and Bridley’s tale was delightful. I adored Seth and his shy mannerism. The town was magical and side characters sparked my interesting. This is also a foodie tale prepare to drool over cupcakes and tortes. This was perhaps my favorite romance in the collection, and I would love to revisit this town again.
Christmas on Main Street is the perfect bedside read for the holiday season. Each night you can read a tale and drift off to sleep with magical, romantic thoughts. I truly enjoyed these heart-warming, feel good tales.
Four cups of Christmas coffee out of five
Oh, these sound lovely! I enjoy short stories sometimes – a nice break while I have tea, or just before bedtime. Or as a palate cleanser between longer books. And several of these are authors I enjoy.
I do the same thing Lark, cleanse between heavier reads, and yes enjoy several of these authors too 🙂
Looks like I need to add another book to my ever growing TBR list! Thanks for the wonderful review.
these were enjoyable escapes..perfect for the season 🙂
I actually enjoy short christmas stories then I do most others. Christmas on Main Street sounds very exciting. I do love most of the authors in it!
I was familiar with most of these authors too making it enjoyable, it is so nice to find another holiday read addict like me. I still have a few left to read before the holiday, but I am deep into some other reviews right now 🙂
Ooh these sound wonderful! I’m trying to do more holiday reading as we get into the season. I especially think I’d like The Christmas Gift, because I can’t resist any foodie descriptions. Romance + cupcakes & tortes? Yes please! 🙂
I love foodie books too Lauren!
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This does sound like perfect bedtime holiday reading…and a great chance to sample some authors that one might not ordinarily seek out!
Exactly! thanks Melissa 🙂
Sounds like the perfect Christmas read! Can’t wait until the holidays so I can snuggle up in front of the fireplace with the lighting from the Christmas tree and a cup of hot tea. 🙂
sounds perfect Lotte!
I saw a few Christmas theme novels scheduled (on audio) for release on December, I have to check to see if this is one of them. I have to get some audiobooks lined up for our Christmas trip and this sounds like something worth adding.
Thanks Kimba 🙂
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
You must read Sleigh Bells in the Snow or err listen to it!
This christmas anthology sounds wonderful! I love getting in to the Christmas spirit with magical, and romantic stories! Christmas in Shelter Bay sounds great. I love the whole brothers little sister falling in love with his best friend trope. Wonderful Review Kim 🙂
Yeah that one was wonderfully sweet.
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It’s getting chilly in my neck of the woods and these are perfect companions. I started listening to Christmas songs and you know how some of those are so sappy I want to cut myself with a butter knife. There’s nothing like a feel good romance to neutralize that LOL
Ooo I get the same way my friend!
I agree with the others, these do sounds like great bedtime holiday reads! I am glad you are enjoying them Kim!
These sound like wonderful holiday romances. Glad you enjoy them all.
thanks Jenea, and thanks for commenting while I was on mini-break 🙂
I enjoyed this too. I think my favorite was Mistletoe on Main Street or Christmas in Shelter Bay. A Seaside Christmas made me laugh.
I loved those too 🙂
Kimba, I LOVE holiday Anthologies, I love the holidays but am usually too rushed and crazy with all my need to do things that I don’t have time to enjoy full length holiday novels and anthologies give me a mini novel and holiday romance anthologies, Priceless 😉
these are perfect for busy..you can read one in an evening 🙂
This sounds like a perfect holiday read. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and as my holiday season starts later I might get to read this one. Great review, Kim 🙂
I enjoyed these, and with reviewing I had to bump my reading up a littler earlier..LOL
This book sounds like perfect bedtime reading. I have been reading lots of dystopian books, and I need something more happy for bedtime reading.
This was a fun one, and the tales are short enough that you could read one at night before bed.