Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review - All I Want For Christmas by Samantha March, Laura Chapman and Cat Lavoie

Making Christmas by Laura Chapman
While settling into a new career in a new community, Ivy is determined not to let the holiday season pass her by. Enter the grownup advent calendar: twenty-four days of festivities to celebrate Christmas. What begins as a bit of fun turns into a mission to spread cheer when she meets Everett. After learning about his bad Christmas attitude, she invites him to join her quest. Despite his initial reservations, Everett quickly gets caught up in the spirit of the calendar. But when new feelings surface and are impossible to ignore, Everett’s inner curmudgeon threatens to put a damper on the whole experience.

Nine Ladies Dancing by Cat Lavoie
Casey Ellis is the last person who should be planning her office’s holiday party. Convinced she’s plagued with chronic Christmas bad luck, Casey isn’t interested in tempting fate. But when putting on a party planner hat seems like a good way to get closer to her longtime crush, Casey takes charge—and braces for impact.
When things start to fall apart—just like Casey knew they would—will she run and hide, or will she learn that bad luck can sometimes turn out to be Christmas magic in disguise?

The Christmas Surprise by Samantha March
Juliette Mabry is a happily married stay-at-home wife and mother...until there appears to be trouble brewing in her nearly ten-year marriage. Juliette takes it upon herself to find out if her husband is up to no good, but does she want to know the truth? Everything is revealed on Christmas, and Juliette is in for her biggest Christmas surprise.

What Happens at Midnight by Laura Chapman
Romantic comedy junkie Natalie lives out those fantasies in real life three New Year's Eves in a row when fate throws her together with the same handsome stranger. A heartbreaking turn of events leaves her swearing off of love, forevers, and the holidays (bah humbug). That is until the mystery man from her past reappears years later. Over a holiday season, Natalie struggles to reconcile the whimsical notions of her past with the practical sensibilities she has worked so hard to develop. With the countdown to a new year looming, she must decide whether or not she is willing to give happily ever after another shot.

Making Christmas by Laura Chapman
I enjoyed this story of Ivy and Everett from beginning to end.  The concept of celebrating the Christmas spirit every day from December 1st through December 25th sounds truly magical!
I may actually institute something like this with my kids this year!
They had the almost fairy tale romance - set-up from from meeting in a coffee shop one random day and starting this adventure together.  Little by little letting guards down and each feeling a spark.  Little does Ivy know, Everett has not had the easiest love life in the past and this could hinder her thoughts of maybe dating happily ever after with him? I will not give away each and every detail (not that wouldn't be fun would it?) but I will say that Laura does not disappoint.
Grab a glass of wine, sit by the fire and read and fall in love with Ivy and Everett.

Nine Ladies Dancing by Cat Lavoie
Will this be the office party to remember or will it be the office party from hell?
Well Casey took this job on to impress Quinn and I believe she is regretting it from the day she said yes.
She thought putting this party would be easy, well think again.  Now mind you this is an ALL DAY party, that's a lot of pressure for one person!
What will they eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?  Where will the food come from?  Who will be the DJ (no one is a fan of Tyler :( )  This party is a lot of pressure for one person!
Jane is trying to be the merry match making elf of the season (my name for her) and she pushes Casey to actually talk to Quinn...great in one way and not so great in another...I won't ruin the details for ya, def. must read to believe!
The ending truly is the best and I couldn't have been smiling more if I tried!  A must read for the holidays!

The Christmas Surprise by Samantha March 
What a story!  I couldn't put it down.  Right when I thought I knew what was going to happen things change and that happened over and over.
I was working and reading this, thank goodness it was a slow day because I kept going back to it.
Juliette is your typical stay at home mom and her husband supports the family with his amazing job.
One day she over hears some lady's gossiping about someone...a woman who is being cheated on by her husband...and her mind starts to go in 100 different directions!
Is it her husband?  Was he telling the truth about having to work late?  Was his business trip for real?
She can't catch a break, just when she gets one rumor under control she heats another and the process starts all over again!
She can't lose her family, and to make it worse it's the holiday season!  She decides to not confront her husband till after the holidays...Could you hold it together for that long? 
A definite page turner for the holiday season!

What Happens At Midnight by Laura Chapman 
My heart almost stopped...I wasn't sure I could make it to the end but I survived.  
LOVED this story!  It had the right amount of romance, suspense, sadness and holiday cheer all rolled into an amazing short story.
Natalie loves romance and all things romance especially romantic comedies!  Then on New Year's she stumbles into a ROM COM of her own.  She meets Rob and she is smitten to say the least.  But...neither is ready to commit and date but they plan to meet again one day...
Then one day something happens and that all changes...I wish I could say but I do not want to ruin integral parts of this amazing story.
Life happens for both Natalie and Rob, some good things and lots of not so good things.
Can the magic of the Holiday and New Year help them connect or will that connection be lost forever?
You will not be disappointed!

We are going to go with one of Natalie's favorite drinks, a Gin and Tonic!  Enjoy!
I will rate this set of amazing Holiday Short stories 5 wine glasses, I LOVED every single story!  Cheers!


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