Monday, November 22, 2010

Book Review: A Holiday Of Love

A Holiday of Love
Author: Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Jill Barnett, Arnette Lamb
Title: A Holiday Of Love
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Publish Date: 2005
Rating: 4 stars
Book Blurb: In New York City in the late 1800s, a beautiful but clumsy angel turns a lonely man's life around.... In medieval Scotland, the intrigues of a Christmas Mass imperil two Highland lovers....In Regency London, a world-weary lord receives an outrageous proposal....And in modern-day Colorado, a clever twelve-year-old plays matchmaker for his bighearted but impractical mother.

Review: This is another anthology of short Christmas stories. It was hit or miss though in good stories

Jude Deveraux opened it with Change Of Heart, which was absolutely adorable. A twelve year old genius finds love for his mother so that he could go away to school. I loved Eli and I liked the billionaire, Frank Taggert, who he befriended years ago and is now trying to fix his mother up with. Sadly, his mom, Miranda was a bit to wishy washy

Judith McNaught's Miracles came next. The hero in this story appears in a few of her other earlier books. It has been years since I read Whitney, My Love or Until You, so I didn't really remember him. I did feel that this story wasn't developed enough. I wanted to learn more about the characters. Juliana was so sweet and spunky and her relationship with her grandmother was wonderful, but I wanted more. I definitely wanted more with Nicki

Jill Barnett's Daniel and the Angel was the best story of the bunch. The story is set in the 1800s in NYC. Lillian is an angel who can't seem to get it right, and she gets cast out of heaven for breaking the pearly gates. If she wants to get back to Heaven she needs to perform a miracle on earth. (That's something she was never able to do in Heaven).

Daniel is a cool unfeeling millionaire. He believes money can buy everything.

Watching their love grow was just so sweet. This was truly the most perfect holiday story.

The last story was Arnette Lamb's Hark The Herald. To be perfectly honest, I remember very little about this story. Elizabeth Gordon was the herald for the Scottish King. I found it too hard to get into this story, because the holiday had little to do with it, and again, it left me wanting more background, particularly Randolf McQueen. This story would have benefited from being a novel rather than less than 100.


Lover of Romance said...

Great Review, I like reading from these authors, and I just love christmas anthology, so I will have to look this one up for the Season!!!

....Petty Witter said...

Not usually a fan of anthologies, perhaps I ought to give this book a chance. You never know it could well be the one to change my mind.

Thanks for a great review, if you'd like to see my 2nd choice of book for this challenge please feel free to visit me anytime.

Wakela Runen said...

Interesting review. I know that this is a book that I will be skipping though since I don't like Jude Deveraux.

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