Judith D Collins
When the Snow Falls
By: Fern Michaels, Nancy Bush, Rosanna Chiofalo, Lin Stepp
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: 10/07/2014
My Rating: 4 Stars
Something’s in the air this holiday season, and it could be the beginning of a wonderful Christmas romance…
“Candy Canes and Cupid” by Fern Michaels
All private investigator Hannah Ray wants for Christmas is a quiet day at her Florida beachfront condo. When her biggest client insists she join him on a Colorado ski trip, she has little choice—but what she finds on her arrival could melt the coldest heart…
“White Hot Christmas” by Nancy Bush
Aspiring PI Jane Kelly likes to pretend she’s a bah-humbug kind of girl, but she’s had mistletoe on the brain ever since she shared a kiss with her boss, Dwayne. Before she can hope for a repeat performance, Jane must solve a kidnapping that’s as twisted as a candy cane—and not nearly as sweet.
“Seven Days of Christmas” by Rosanna Chiofalo
Five years ago, Bianca Simone received a wonderful early Christmas gift from her boyfriend, Mark—a week amid the stunning Alpine scenery of Innsbruck, Austria. Now she’s back under very different circumstances, but Mark has one more special gift in mind…
“A Smoky Mountain Gift” by Lin Stepp
Veda Trent is back in Townsend to fill in as temporary manager of the Crafts Co-op, but she’s not planning to stay. Though the mountain town is small, it holds lots of unsettling memories. Yet the wind can change, bringing with it new opportunities—and the chance to create the kind of Christmas Veda has always longed for.
A special thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Get ready for some early Christmas magical holiday spirit, with When the Snow Falls, four heartwarming novellas, each from different parts of the country, filled with humor, mischief, and tantalizing romance, from four talented authors, tied up neatly for a special holiday gift!
“Candy Canes and Cupid” by Fern Michaels It has been so long since I have read Fern Michaels, which goes back years, so reading her story was like going home. Ironically, since I am a South Florida gal, we do not get too excited about Christmas, due to the nice tropical weather (I am normally at the beach with a book)--heavenly. So, could relate to this story. We Floridians live through the eyes of a book to be transported to places like Telluride, Colorado with snow, skiing, and fireplaces. A fun story.
“White Hot Christmas” by Nancy Bush brings a little mystery and romance, while working on a case with PI Jane Kelly (she is back) and some old high school friends, and of course there is her boss Dwayne, and some special kisses.. Be on the lookout for “Wicked Ways”, a story she is co-writing with sister, Lisa Jackson (Colony Series).
“Seven Days of Christmas” by Rosanna Chiofalo. I have not had the opportunity of reading this author, so gave me a chance to sample her writing, taking readers to the stunning Alpine snow-capped mountains of Innsbruck, Austria for a heartwarming story of Mark and Bianca of loss and love. The power of miracles, with new friends, ghosts, guardian angels, and Santa. Stay tuned for Chiofalo’s third stand alone, Stella Mia, coming January, 2015, a love story set against the beautiful Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.
“A Smoky Mountain Gift” by Lin Stepp was of course the main reason I wanted to read the book, as a faithful follower, having loved her last book “Down by the River” with lovable Grace at age 49 opening a B&B and meeting ladies’ man Jack.
Set in the same town of Townsend, a small mountain town, Veda is returning from living in St Augustine, FL (I formerly lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL which is nearby, so love the historic charm of the city and all the antiquing), as her shop closed, so she is here to help out temporarily as Crafts Co-op manager.
She definitely does not want to stay in this town, with memories of her past, of an ex-boyfriend since he married someone else. However, she has some surprises and unexpected romance waiting for a special Smoky Mountain southern Christmas.
Always good to catch up with Jack and Grace and their two daughters with all of the holiday festivities at the Mimosa Inn from Down by the River. I am looking forward to reading an ARC of Makin’ Miracles by Stepp, coming January 2015, set in the charming downtown Gatlinburg, TN!
Highly recommend this collection of short stories, for some magical Christmas charm, with tidbits of new upcoming releases for January, 2015!