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New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels headlines this quartet of seasonal talesIn the air, there s a feeling of Christmas so settle into your coziest armchair and enjoy four captivating tales that will make your holidays merry and bright Silver Bells by Fern MichaelsFor years, movie star Amy Lee wondered what it would be like to leave her shallow Hollywood life and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania This Christmas, she plans to find out And Hank Anders, her high school boyfriend, is now ready to give her a welcome she ll never forget Dear Santa by JoAnn RossMystery author Holly Berry s SUV has broken down in the little hamlet of Santa s Village, Washington Holly hates the holidays that is until lodge owner Gabriel O Halloran and his five year old daughter rekindle her belief in passion, magic, and Christmas wishes Christmas Past by Mary BurtonPhotographer Nicole Piper just received a very unwelcome Christmas gift a letter that holds clues to an elusive killer s identity Uncovering the truth means enlisting homicide detective David Ayden s help, and embarking on a road trip that will take them both into the heart of danger and desire A Mulberry Park Christmas by Judy DuarteEvery Christmas, the folks living on Sugar Plum Lane pull out all the stops when decorating After a bitter breakup, Alyssa Ridgeway s heart just isn t in it this year But running into her first love, James Mac MacGregor, fills her with memories of the tender Christmas kiss they once shared Should probably be called Fifty Shades of Grey Silver Bells.orSex Under the Christmas Tree Not really my style and I found myself fast forwarding through the graphic sex scenes Silly me I thought these were going to be Christmas stories. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Silver Bells By Fern Michaels 9 10 I really loved the story It truely was a christmas miracle I m so happy that Mandy Hank fell in love.Dear Santaby JoAnn Ross 9 10 Adorable and full of love Wonderful Christmas read.Christmas Past by Mary Burton 7 10 It was a good novel Had some suspense and mystery The part I liked best from the story was the ending It didn t have the christmas feel to it.A Mulberry Park Christmas by Judy Duarte 8 10 A great novel The beginning was a little Silver Bells By Fern Michaels 9 10 I really loved the story It truely was a christmas miracle I m so happy that Mandy Hank fell in love.Dear Santaby JoAnn Ross 9 10 Adorable and full of love Wonderful Christmas read.Christmas Past by Mary Burton 7 10 It was a good novel Had some suspense and mystery The part I liked best from the story was the ending It didn t have the christmas feel to it.A Mulberry Park Christmas by Judy Duarte 8 10 A great novel The beginning was a little slow, but it picked up by the end of the novel Sweet and full of love So this was my first time reading Fern Michaels and I didn t read the other stories in this book , and I m not a fan Maybe she s better in full length novels, but this novella had too much going on, it was too fast paced, and the romance was so forced and fake I didn t even finish the story By the time the characters kissed my reaction was ew, no, stop that So, yeah Just gonna not recommend reading this. Silver Bells by Fern Michaels, JoAnn Ross, Mary Burton, and Judy Duarte is a sweet and heartfelt collection of four novellas.The first one depicted a woman who has grown tired of her high celebrity life and coming back home Once there, she feelslike her old self and maybe finding a love, too.Second tale, was about a woman writer who lost her belief in Christmas She gets lost and ends up in the most Christmassy town that has ever existed There she meets a sexy as hell man, divorced, and Silver Bells by Fern Michaels, JoAnn Ross, Mary Burton, and Judy Duarte is a sweet and heartfelt collection of four novellas.The first one depicted a woman who has grown tired of her high celebrity life and coming back home Once there, she feelslike her old self and maybe finding a love, too.Second tale, was about a woman writer who lost her belief in Christmas She gets lost and ends up in the most Christmassy town that has ever existed There she meets a sexy as hell man, divorced, and is raising his daughter Maybe, she ll find both a renewed hope in Christmas and in love.Third story was about a woman whose husband was abusive slash obsessive over her She finally left him, started a new life with her child, and gets involved into a dangerous situation That s where her friend who is a cop comes in to save the woman he cares deeply aboutonly she has to find the courage to be brave enough to love him back.The last tale involves another woman but one who suffered heartbreak and betrayal from her husband She has two kids and moved into her father s house There is a nasty mean old man next door who seems to be grumpy and ridiculous to both her and her kids And to add into the complications, her old romance flame lives nearby Making it impossible to ignore their attraction Overall, these stories were believable, funny, and interesting I was hooked Each story had a great Christmas tale filled with hope, laughter, and love Friendships and romantic entanglements were formed as well I enjoyed following each of the characters as their journeys unfolded I recommend Silver Bells to readers everywhere Don t waste your time Only finished so I could say I hated it. SILVER BELLS Amanda Leigh s parents died and her aunt came and took her to California to live She grew up and became an actress and went by the name of Abby Lee She was getting tired of her life and decided to return to her childhood home She found out that the first boy who had ever kissed her was home for Christmas and still unmarried Hank had come home to visit and his brother s wife left him with her dog and twin boys after he arrived at the house He didn t know what to do The next mo SILVER BELLS Amanda Leigh s parents died and her aunt came and took her to California to live She grew up and became an actress and went by the name of Abby Lee She was getting tired of her life and decided to return to her childhood home She found out that the first boy who had ever kissed her was home for Christmas and still unmarried Hank had come home to visit and his brother s wife left him with her dog and twin boys after he arrived at the house He didn t know what to do The next morning he hired a male nanny He found out just how burned out Alice was He also found out that his brother in the Army couldn t come home from Iraq for Christmas Ben s dog escaped and went to Mandy s place He went to get the dog back, found out Mandy had come home and discovered he was still in love with her He had almost married once but his fiancee had left him at the altar Mandy knew she was where she belonged and agreed to marry Hank She would live in New York with Hank, who was an engineer who owned company there They got ready for Christmas together and decorated the house of a neighbor and teacher that had died the night she came home Alice came back home on Christmas Eve She had been staying at the home of a friend that had asked her to watch her place while she traveled for the holidays She saw the retired teacher s decorated house and wanted to contribute Alice went up into the attic and got some silver bells that the deceased neighbor had given to Ben when he was a boy Hank wondered where the set was that he had been given and Alice told him where they were, also in the attic He went to see Mandy to see if she might still have her set Mandy answered the door with her set in her hands They all went to the house and rang the Silver Bells at midnight.DEAR SANTA Holly Berry was a mystery writer traveling out of Seattle She had gotten lost using her GPS and ended up in stranded in a snow storm after swerving to miss a deer She found herself being rescued by an ex Marine, Gabriel O Halloran He had been in Iraq just the previous year He had planned to leave home for good but after being in the war decided that home wasn t so bad after all Holly thought she had entered a nightmare when she found out that she was headed for a place called Santa s Village She had hated Christmas ever since she was 7 when a mugger had killed her father while he was out shopping on Christmas Eve in Manhattan Her mother had gone into a clinical depression and things were never the same after that Her mother had packed everything up and moved them to LA She had lived in Seattle for the past 6 months Holly soon found herself at the Ho Ho Ho Inn owned by Gabe who lived there with his daughter it was her daughter s wish to have a mother for Christmas 5 yr old Emma thought Holly was sent to her by Santa Holly was given a guest cabin to stay in while her car was repaired She didn t know that the mechanic had been told to take his time fixing the car because Gabe wanted her to stay so he could get to know her better Holly found herself losing the writer s block that had influenced her to leave Seattle and she stayed up late writing a mystery story based on her experience of being lost and rescued Holly soon found out that Emma s mother had left Gabe for her boss who didn t want any children, especially one that wasn t biologically his Gabe s wife had left Emma with Gabe s parents until he got out of the Marines He came back home to raise his daughter with the help of his family who lived in this town Holly found herself falling in love with Gabe and learning to believe in Christmas and Santa all over again She was given a note by a man in town who Emma believed was Santa Claus The note mentioned answering her Christmas letter a bit late because she had wished for a happy family when she was younger She was being given one now in Gabe and Emma Gabe asked Holly to stay with him, marry him and be Emma s mom This would answer Emma s wish to Santa too CHRISTMAS PAST Nicole Piper had met and married Richard Braxton in San Francisco He turned out to be a violent man After three years of abuse, Nicole had fled across the country to get away She had found out she was pregnant and Beth was now 11 months old Richard had tracked her down and his attempt to get her to come back had gotten him killed Nicole had dated the homicide detective, David Ayden, for a short time David s wife had died and he had 2 teenage boys He was older than Nicole but they got along well He had kissed her one night and Nicole knew he wanted to bethan friends but Nicole wasn t ready to get into a relationship just yet The timing was off Nicole was a photographer and was getting ready to have her work put on display in a gallery showing Nicole had recently received a DVD from her dead husband telling her that he knew who had killed the woman who had helped her escape from him She could go see an attorney in California and the evidence to convict her murderer would be given to her David found out and went with her to see the California attorney They were given photos of the crime scene taken by the killer The attorney also made a phone call telling the killer that the pictures had been delivered to Christina Braxton, Nicole s former name She was now his target Richard had paid him to kill her before his death David and Nicole had stayed in town too late to return home so they ended up getting a motel room and spending the night together Nicole had told him that she was ready to have sex with him and David didn t object He wanted to marry her but would take as much as she offered The killer, Denny Smith, decided to pay a call on the attorney before he went to kill Nicole Charlotte Wellington had pulled herself out of a life of being poor when she became an attorney She didn t want to die at the hands of Mr Smith She got away but found herself trapped in her office bathroom Denny left to go after Nicole but Charlotte didn t give up even after being shot by Denny She got out in time to warn David who watched the man take Nicole hold a gun to her side Nicole hit him in an attempt to get away and David shot Denny in the shoulder Denny then shot David in the chest but he had on a bullet proof vest David took another shot at Denny and killed him Nicole and David returned home after all the paperwork had been completed Nicole just wanted to see Beth and get comfort from her It was a few days later that she went to see David and told him that she was ready to have a relationship with him if he was still interested He told her that he wanted to marry her and she said, yes.A MULBERRY PARK CHRISTMAS Mac McGuire was fixing up a house that a friend had left him when he died Mac was a cop in another city and on vacation An elderly neighbor had come by to complain about an angel being stolen from the nativity scene in his yard He was blaming the new neighbors boy He wanted Mac to go talk to him and get his angel back Mac reluctantly agreed The neighbor just happened to be an old girlfriend, Jullian Grant Jillian had two children with her now ex husband, Jared Jillian had left Jared after finding out about one of his affairs She decided to pack up and move back home into the house her father had left her Both she and Mac had not yet decorated their houses for Christmas Jillian because of lack of money and Mac because he was getting the house ready to sell Mac saw the attitude of the children and knew that something needed to be done to help them out Mac decided to take the time to get to know her children and Jillian once again Mac had fallen for Jillian when he was younger and they had dated for 3 months He knew a relationship with her was too good to be true because she had come from a loving family while he grew up in a rundown apartment building That had been the first and only time Mac had fallen in love Mac took the kids out for ice cream one day in December and they ended up at a park They found a stray dog and took him home He cleaned up nicely but kept going back to Mr Iverson s house They found out later that the dog had belonged to Mr Iverson but had run away when his wife had passed away No one knew what happened to the dog and they couldn t find him Mac convinced the children to return the dog to Mr Iverson Mr Iverson had not liked the kids moving into the neighborhood but things were smoothed over when they returned the dog Jared had called and his daughter told him about Mac coming to visit them She told him about him being a policeman Both she and her brother were excited about Mac for the attention he was giving them They also like the stories he told them about his work Jillian s daughter eventually admitted to having accidentally broken the angel too She had hidden it, hoping that no one would really care all that much She told Mac and thought he was the best person in the whole world when she found out he wouldn t arrest her They all worked on the angel and glued it back together as best they could They returned the angel to Mr Iverson and invited him to have Christmas dinner with him This went a long way to changing his attitude towards them moving back home and becoming his neighbors Mac had learned from a resentful Tommy that his father was on a cruise with his new family Jared surprised them all by showing up to talk with Jillian Mac left Jillian and the kids to go back and work on the house somewhen Jared showed up Mac was surprised at how he felt He felt like he was loosing Jillian all over again and it hurt It surprised Mac when Jillian came to see him and told him that she had discovered that she had never really stopped loving him She wanted him back in her life He knew that they would work things out between them They went to a town Christmas event and Mac found another stray dog to take home to the family This would replace the dog they gave back to Mr Iverson Mac decided that they would make the world a better place by doing good things, one at a time Not great I don t like Fern Michaels, so I just skimmed her story, so I ll admit I can t really give it a fair assessment.Joann Ross s story was well written, but I totally lost interest when the hero, 10 minutes after meeting the heroine, is wishing he had a condom in his pocket so they could pull the car over to the side of the road and go at it Are you kidding me Mary Burton s was good for the suspense aspect of the story, but the romance was rather rushed I don t like the friends with be Not great I don t like Fern Michaels, so I just skimmed her story, so I ll admit I can t really give it a fair assessment.Joann Ross s story was well written, but I totally lost interest when the hero, 10 minutes after meeting the heroine, is wishing he had a condom in his pocket so they could pull the car over to the side of the road and go at it Are you kidding me Mary Burton s was good for the suspense aspect of the story, but the romance was rather rushed I don t like the friends with benefits theme, so this one didn t click with me on the romance angle.Judy Duarte s story was the best one of this collection One thing that was really annoying is that the back cover lists the heroine s name as Alyssa Ridgeway, when her name is actually Jillian Grant That s not even close I think this story suffered from the page restriction I never really felt the chemistry between the two characters It was an okay story, just not one I d bother rereading A cute book with short sweet stories I loved the stories I wish they were each full books A nice easy read to get me through this cold weather. It was hard to rate this book because it s actually 4 short stories Two of them I really liked and the other two were so so The plots were a little too predictable Man and woman meet fall in love super fast have sex right away with lots of details in the so so stories and live happily ever after.