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Sometimes love needs a little help from Mother Nature—and what better time than the holidays to let it snow . . . and snow . . . and snow . . .   STARRY NIGHT * Fern Michaels As the host of a radio program for the lovelorn in Chicago, Jessie Richmond is surprisingly lonely, especially with the holidays approaching. So she decides to make the trek to her uncle’s bookstore in Sometimes love needs a little help from Mother Nature—and what better time than the holidays to let it snow . . . and snow . . . and snow . . .   STARRY NIGHT * Fern Michaels As the host of a radio program for the lovelorn in Chicago, Jessie Richmond is surprisingly lonely, especially with the holidays approaching. So she decides to make the trek to her uncle’s bookstore in rural New York state and hold a speed dating event—only to find herself snowed in—with one very special single . . .   MISTLETOE AND MIMOSAS * Tara Sheets After years of hard work, real estate agent Layla Gentry has her dream home on Pine Cove Island. She’s perfectly content to be on her own. Until her childhood nemesis, Sebastian, comes to town. When a snowstorm and a stranded kitten bring them together on Christmas Eve, Layla discovers he’s all grown up—and she may have one more dream left . . .   MISSING CHRISTMAS * Kate Clayborn It’s all work and no play for two longtime friends-turned-business-partners Kristen and Jasper—until an unexpected kiss turns things personal. Will it mean the end of something, or the beginning? With a major contract in the balance, Christmas around the corner, and a lot of unspoken feelings, it may take an unpredictable blizzard in New England to seal the deal . . .


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Sometimes love needs a little help from Mother Nature—and what better time than the holidays to let it snow . . . and snow . . . and snow . . .   STARRY NIGHT * Fern Michaels As the host of a radio program for the lovelorn in Chicago, Jessie Richmond is surprisingly lonely, especially with the holidays approaching. So she decides to make the trek to her uncle’s bookstore in Sometimes love needs a little help from Mother Nature—and what better time than the holidays to let it snow . . . and snow . . . and snow . . .   STARRY NIGHT * Fern Michaels As the host of a radio program for the lovelorn in Chicago, Jessie Richmond is surprisingly lonely, especially with the holidays approaching. So she decides to make the trek to her uncle’s bookstore in rural New York state and hold a speed dating event—only to find herself snowed in—with one very special single . . .   MISTLETOE AND MIMOSAS * Tara Sheets After years of hard work, real estate agent Layla Gentry has her dream home on Pine Cove Island. She’s perfectly content to be on her own. Until her childhood nemesis, Sebastian, comes to town. When a snowstorm and a stranded kitten bring them together on Christmas Eve, Layla discovers he’s all grown up—and she may have one more dream left . . .   MISSING CHRISTMAS * Kate Clayborn It’s all work and no play for two longtime friends-turned-business-partners Kristen and Jasper—until an unexpected kiss turns things personal. Will it mean the end of something, or the beginning? With a major contract in the balance, Christmas around the corner, and a lot of unspoken feelings, it may take an unpredictable blizzard in New England to seal the deal . . .

30 review for A Snowy Little Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Very cute! A collection of novellas featuring Christmas stories. A bookseller’s niece inherits his store in Philadelphia, but her life is in a different city. As she readies the place for sale, she meets new friends, sets up charity sales, and speed dating events! This was cute and Christmasy. We also had the story of second chance romance with high school enemies (and a swoony vet and a rescue cat!) And to finish things off, business partners who become friends to lovers when they get snowed in Very cute! A collection of novellas featuring Christmas stories. A bookseller’s niece inherits his store in Philadelphia, but her life is in a different city. As she readies the place for sale, she meets new friends, sets up charity sales, and speed dating events! This was cute and Christmasy. We also had the story of second chance romance with high school enemies (and a swoony vet and a rescue cat!) And to finish things off, business partners who become friends to lovers when they get snowed in over Christmas. This one had some really cute stories! Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  2. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    Pre-reading bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2C2GuNgFzM/ C review (overall): https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/r... Starry Night by Fern Michaels: DNF Mistletoe and Mimosas by Tara Sheets: C- Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn: A

  3. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    I am going to be honest and admit that I read this anthology strictly for the Kate Clayborn novella. I was not disappointed. The premise of two best friends and colleagues who have so much mutual respect for the other that they absolutely refuse to address the fact they are stupid in love with each other was so splendidly well done. The juxtaposition of a grumpy who doesn't like Christmas for very valid reasons and the sunflower who does love Christmas coming together over some baked holiday coo I am going to be honest and admit that I read this anthology strictly for the Kate Clayborn novella. I was not disappointed. The premise of two best friends and colleagues who have so much mutual respect for the other that they absolutely refuse to address the fact they are stupid in love with each other was so splendidly well done. The juxtaposition of a grumpy who doesn't like Christmas for very valid reasons and the sunflower who does love Christmas coming together over some baked holiday cookies and sweet love making under the holiday lights is my perfect Christmas romance story. The end. *I received a free copy in exchange for a fair review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖

    STARRY NIGHT * Fern Michaels •I struggled to connect with the characters since the very beginning. The writing style was more of telling than showing and since this is a novella that made it difficult to enjoy it. In a novella the author has to go "straight to the point" and it didn't feel like that here. MISTLETOE AND MIMOSAS * Tara Sheets •I was reluctant to read it since the very beginning because from the synopsis I thought they were enemies when they were children but it was STARRY NIGHT * Fern Michaels •I struggled to connect with the characters since the very beginning. The writing style was more of telling than showing and since this is a novella that made it difficult to enjoy it. In a novella the author has to go "straight to the point" and it didn't feel like that here. MISTLETOE AND MIMOSAS * Tara Sheets •I was reluctant to read it since the very beginning because from the synopsis I thought they were enemies when they were children but it was more like he bullied her. I hate that trope because I was bullied at school and it was awful, so it's a trope that reminds me things I would rather forget. Anyways back to the book I felt Sebastian genuinely changed and he was a kind man, and he was good to Layla but I would have liked if they talked more about the past because Layla kept saying that he "made her feel miserable" but she never said exactly what he did, it seemed that he and his friends made fun of her because she was poor. I would have liked the story except for that detail, and I found problematic the fact that in the present he told her that he was always fascinated by her. In the end Sebastian was mean to her because he had problems in his own home. He apologized and they had closure and in the end this was a story about forgiveness and how much a person can change. I mean Sebastian wasn't that bad, he was just a silly teenager when they were younger. But as I said before I was bullied at school so it hits close to home and it left a bittersweet in my mouth. I liked them as a couple in the present but I hated the past that they had together. If they were just nemesis I would have liked it more. And Last but not least: MISSING CHRISTMAS * Kate Clayborn Well, I'm a fan of Kate's "Best of luck" book and when I saw on Twitter that this novella had the trope "forced proximity" (there's only one bed!!), "friends to lovers" and we add mutual pinning to the mix, I KNEW I HAD to read this book. . I was not disappointed. You know that feeling when you love and enjoy a book so much that you don't even know how to put it in words? Well, that's how I feel right now. Jasper and Kris were so good together, I loved them, I'm not a fan of the first POV narrative but Kate's writing is so good and she does it so effortlessly that you can't help but love it. I don't want to sound cheesy but I felt it in my heart🥺 when you finish a good book and it's that bittersweet feeling a mix of "this was so good, I LOVED IT" and "I never wanted it to end" 🥺 I ended it with tears in my eyes. So beautiful🥺💕 a MUST read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (the naptime writer)

    I received a complimentary copy of this anthology from Netgalley but all opinions provided are my own. My biggest snow story experience? When I was 11 or 12, two of my cousins, my siblings, and I got snowed in at my divorced dad and his then girlfriend’s house for several days. By the end of it, my dad was threatening to rent a helicopter to get us returned home. Because of this (despite this?), I can really respect a snowed-in story, especially of the let’s-fall-in-love-while-the-sn I received a complimentary copy of this anthology from Netgalley but all opinions provided are my own. My biggest snow story experience? When I was 11 or 12, two of my cousins, my siblings, and I got snowed in at my divorced dad and his then girlfriend’s house for several days. By the end of it, my dad was threatening to rent a helicopter to get us returned home. Because of this (despite this?), I can really respect a snowed-in story, especially of the let’s-fall-in-love-while-the-snow-falls variety. It just seems to work on an elemental level: the vibrancy of the colors, the isolation, the cocoon effect. Everything’s reduced to the people you’re with really, whether it’s the family starting to grate on your nerves or a potential love interest, like in the A Snowy Little Christmas anthology. I was so excited to get a copy of this anthology, mainly because Kate Clayborn’s included and I could happily read her books all the time. They’re lovely. In the end, I loved Clayborn’s novella—as I had expected I would—I really enjoyed the one written by Tara Sheets, and found the first novella in the collection, written by Fern Michaels, to be not quite my preference. I’ve never read a book by Fern Michaels before, and I didn’t have an idea of what to expect. Starry Night, her anthology contribution, follows Jessie, an advertising exec & secret relationship-advice radio host, as she repeatedly travels to the Croton-on-Hudson bookstore her uncle gave her to schedule renovations, relocate the books, etc. There, she finds the close-knit community she’s never had before and meets single dad and contractor Evan. I had some trouble relating to the characters in this one. On one hand, the leads are mature and sophisticated; on the other, they come across as not very approachable and often old-fashioned to me. I also had difficulty with the story itself: it seems to use more telling vs. showing, and the romance is subdued and pretty vague, even in its conclusion. Tara Sheets’s Mistletoe and Mimosas, the second novella in the collection, adorably pairs Layla, the heroine, with the long-remorseful man who was complicit in the bullying she experienced at high school. Both leads are admirable: Layla’s made a successful life for herself and is aware of her worth; Sebastian is very sorry for how he treated Layla in high school and determined to meet the challenge of showing her that. This snowed-in story is sweet and gentle, and Sheets features enough intriguing characters from her other works that I'm planning on reading more. My favorite story in the collection, Kate Clayborn’s Missing Christmas, picks up with characters introduced in her debut novel, Beginner’s Luck. Kristen and Jasper are co-workers and very close friends, and while both have secret feelings for the other, neither wants to destroy what they have on the slim chance that they could have something more. But luckily for us, Kristen and Jasper get snowed in at a one-bed cabin. Clayborn’s a master at subtlety; I love the little touches and observations her characters make. Everything feels so important, so critical, because Clayborn makes the reader feel the leads’s yearning. Missing Christmas is the steamiest story in the anthology and the relationship between Kristen and Jasper has the most depth. Their HEA feels totally believable to me given how thoughtfully Clayborn portrays the history of their close relationship. This novella gives me major feels. All things considered, A Snowy Little Christmas is a delightful holiday offering comprised of three novellas with vastly different styles and steam levels. There’s good romance representation here, but the flip side is that like me, you might find yourself adoring one story, liking one, and struggling with another. 3.5 stars out of 5.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Em Wittmann

    This is mostly a review of the Clayborn novella (4.5 stars) with a brief note about why. I requested A Snowy Little Christmas because Kate Clayborn's name is attached to it. That's the only reason. I love her writing. Anthologies are a great way to try new authors, and every time I find a new author to love, I'm stoked. So. I had zero knowledge about the stories (aside from the holiday theme), high hopes for the Clayborn & vague thoughts about finding a new author to binge and follow. [spoiler alert: This is mostly a review of the Clayborn novella (4.5 stars) with a brief note about why. I requested A Snowy Little Christmas because Kate Clayborn's name is attached to it. That's the only reason. I love her writing. Anthologies are a great way to try new authors, and every time I find a new author to love, I'm stoked. So. I had zero knowledge about the stories (aside from the holiday theme), high hopes for the Clayborn & vague thoughts about finding a new author to binge and follow. [spoiler alert: this didn't happen] Starry Night, Fern Michaels DNF I struggled with the third person point of view right from the start, and the story didn't grab my attention. Approximately five pages in, I realized this story wasn't going to work for me. I DNF'd it. ....decision time... After a false start, I just decided to skip ahead to "the good part." Friends, I knew that would be the Kate Clayborn novella. I loved the Chance of a Lifetime series, and discovering Missing Christmas was another story in that universe was an unexpected, awesome bonus. Missing Christmas, Kate Clayborn 4.5 stars The first book in the Chance of a Lifetime series, Beginner's Luck, is still my favorite. I loved Ben, I loved Kit...and I hoped the author would revisit Jasper. Ben's best friend played a significant role in the story, and his actions had major repercussions on the relationship between the principal characters. But by the end of the novel, it was still hard to tell if Jasper was a bad guy or simply desperate and dumb. Turns out he was desperate, and because of it, he did a dumb thing. And it nearly cost him his relationship with Ben...and with the third partner in their fledgeling business, Kristen. But because he's a good guy who made a terrible decision, she forgave him. Oh, and also because she's in love with him. Missing Christmas is a delightful and romantic friends to lovers story, with a heaping dose of 'snowed in with one bed,' thrown in for good measure. Jasper and Kristen are brilliant at business, but failures at love. These two - business partners who spend LOTS of time together - carry a torch for one another for entirely TOO LONG, pretending they don't 'like' like each other. After an unexpected, passionate kiss at the end of a long business day, sexy feelings turn into incredible awkward feelings. And true to form, they both retreat and try to pretend the kiss never happened. Fortunately, a road trip provides them with one last chance to get it right, and the journey - literally and figuratively - is a treat. Missing Christmas is the perfect blend of angst and romance, featuring two principals you can’t help but love and root for. It’s one holiday gift you should go ahead and unwrap straight away. Bonus points for the Ben & Kit cameo! Mistletoe and Mimosas by Tara Sheet I haven’t read it. Yet.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I may go back and read the others later, but I only bought this for the Kate Clayborn story. And I liked it! Definitely not my favorite of her stuff, I don't think novella is her best length at this point, just because I didn't feel connected enough to Jasper's issues? Maybe it would have helped if I had reread the book with Ben first. But nothing she writes is bad and this was good to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gale

    This anthology has two authors I know and one who is new to me. Starry Night by Fern Michaels was fun. Jessie Richmond doesn’t, let say, advertise that she is a radio show host for the lovelorn when she returns to her uncle’s bookstore. She meets up with Evan Becker and his son Connor and her plans to get in/get out of town are disrupted. They make a cute couple and their road to an HEA has some pitfalls but ultimately, their story has a happy ending. In Mistletoe and Mimosas, Tara Sh This anthology has two authors I know and one who is new to me. Starry Night by Fern Michaels was fun. Jessie Richmond doesn’t, let say, advertise that she is a radio show host for the lovelorn when she returns to her uncle’s bookstore. She meets up with Evan Becker and his son Connor and her plans to get in/get out of town are disrupted. They make a cute couple and their road to an HEA has some pitfalls but ultimately, their story has a happy ending. In Mistletoe and Mimosas, Tara Sheets’ story brings us Layla Gentry and Sebastian Harrington. Their bumps in the road to an HEA involve differing class, leftover feelings from high school, but ultimately, they find not only how to work together but how to make a relationship between them work. In Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn, Kristen and Jasper are friends – who make a choice to live and work as best friends – but there’s a little, tiny problem that crops up: both of them really want to take it to the next level with the other but are afraid they will lose their close friendship if they do. Ah, lover’s angst! Good grouping of stories.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    3.5 ⭐ Two words: HALLMARK MOVIES. If you are a fan of those feel-good, heartwarming Hallmark holiday movies, then this book of three romances are for you. Cheers to my first holiday romance book of the year—this has set the mood! Of the three, Kate Clayborn’s was my favorite, which makes me all the more excited to read her upcoming novel, Love Lettering. After a single kiss between two friends (and business partners), Kristen and Jasper have second thoughts. Business before pleasure, 3.5 ⭐️ Two words: HALLMARK MOVIES. If you are a fan of those feel-good, heartwarming Hallmark holiday movies, then this book of three romances are for you. Cheers to my first holiday romance book of the year—this has set the mood! Of the three, Kate Clayborn’s was my favorite, which makes me all the more excited to read her upcoming novel, Love Lettering. After a single kiss between two friends (and business partners), Kristen and Jasper have second thoughts. Business before pleasure, right? Until they’re stranded in Boston in the middle of a snowstorm while on a trip to meet with a client days before Christmas. Written in alternating points of view, this charming romance couldn’t be any more fun to read. Get the fire going, make a mug of your delicious hot beverage of choice, and read this underneath a cozy blanket. Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    I'll admit I wanted to read this Christmas anthology because of Fern Michaels being a contributing author. However, the novella I ended up liking the best was by Kate Clayborn. I had never heard of her before, but her novella that was told from the dual point of view was different enough to really catch and grab my attention. The story line of two business partners who have been fighting their attraction to each other was fun, quirky and so much fun. I especially enjoyed the male character's exp I'll admit I wanted to read this Christmas anthology because of Fern Michaels being a contributing author. However, the novella I ended up liking the best was by Kate Clayborn. I had never heard of her before, but her novella that was told from the dual point of view was different enough to really catch and grab my attention. The story line of two business partners who have been fighting their attraction to each other was fun, quirky and so much fun. I especially enjoyed the male character's expression of his feelings. I love Christmas anthologies because you can complete a story in a short amount of time and get the feel good out of it before you have to put it down and do something else. This anthology was very enjoyable because all three stories had a "stranded in the snow with someone of the opposite sex" theme going for it. That is one of my favorite. This was definitely worth reading! I was given a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Short

    Three stories revolving around Christmas sounded like a win win situation to get me in mood for the upcoming holiday season. Each story had their share of romance and heartwarming moments. So 🤔 3 different authors, each writing compelling Christmas stories. I found myself feeling meh about one story, loving one story and liking one story. Starry Night 3⭐ Mistletoe & Mimosas 4⭐ Missing Christmas 3.5⭐ Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and authors for the opportunity to read and review th Three stories revolving around Christmas sounded like a win win situation to get me in mood for the upcoming holiday season. Each story had their share of romance and heartwarming moments. So 🤔 3 different authors, each writing compelling Christmas stories. I found myself feeling meh about one story, loving one story and liking one story. Starry Night 3⭐️ Mistletoe & Mimosas 4⭐️ Missing Christmas 3.5⭐️ Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and authors for the opportunity to read and review the arc of these novellas in exchange for my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Naylor Toris

    Sweetness! I loved how the three novellas carried the same tone and built on its innocent romance feel. There is no filler, no questionable motives, just some realistic roadblocks, lovely language and connections and feel-good endings to each. A wonderful choice for when you want a light read that delivers warmth. I wasn't familiar with Clayborn's work but will now look for it. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the free book file in exchange for a review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    nick

    STARRY NIGHT - 3.5 stars MISTLETOE & MIMOSAS - 4 stars MISSING CHRISTMAS - 4 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brittani

    full disclosure I just read the Kate Clayborn story and it was beautiful

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This set of stories were a delight! Prior to this book, I had not heard of Tara Sheets and Kate Clayborn but now I'm going to have to add them to my list of must read authors! I feel like all the romance tropes were covered here - new love, enemies to lovers, and friends to lovers. I enjoyed them all pretty equally. Kate's was a bit more steamy than others but all were pretty closed door. So if you want a feel good, light, and easy PG-13 romance set around Christmas time, definitely pick this up This set of stories were a delight! Prior to this book, I had not heard of Tara Sheets and Kate Clayborn but now I'm going to have to add them to my list of must read authors! I feel like all the romance tropes were covered here - new love, enemies to lovers, and friends to lovers. I enjoyed them all pretty equally. Kate's was a bit more steamy than others but all were pretty closed door. So if you want a feel good, light, and easy PG-13 romance set around Christmas time, definitely pick this up! Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review. Out 10/15/19.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    I have only read Kate Clayborn's story and absolutely loved it. Jasper is a side character from Beginner's Luck and we didn't see him in a carry favourable light there. I was glad to see there is so much more to his character which explains his intense reaction to Ben getting together with Kit. Friends to lovers, snowed in during Christmas, lots of pinning ❤❤❤

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Skip the First Story and Read the Rest - 3.5 Stars Summary: Don’t waste your time with the first story. However, the second and third stories are quite delightful and make reading this holiday anthology worth it. Each story review is below. Novella 1: Starry Night by Fern Michaels 2 Stars, and that's being generous This story seemed disjointed and I had a hard time staying with it. The premise is good but the follow-through was lacking and no risks were taken. Jessie's Skip the First Story and Read the Rest - 3.5 Stars Summary: Don’t waste your time with the first story. However, the second and third stories are quite delightful and make reading this holiday anthology worth it. Each story review is below. Novella 1: Starry Night by Fern Michaels 2 Stars, and that's being generous This story seemed disjointed and I had a hard time staying with it. The premise is good but the follow-through was lacking and no risks were taken. Jessie's uncle and aunt decide to retire and move elsewhere and her uncle just ups and gives Jessie his bookstore so that she can sell it and buy her own house. Jessie already has two jobs, one in marketing and the other as a secret identity radio personality Dr Richie who gives advice to the lovelorn. Now she has the bookstore. She begins the process of clearing out the store and making renovations in order to put it on the market. Evan is the contractor she contacts and they have a brief instant connection. However, there was way too much detail about inconsequential things. I now know more about her wardrobe, renovation, and food choices than I do about what Jessie and Evan actually looked like. I'm thinking less time should have been spent on technical detail and more time on building that romance...otherwise this is just a story about Jessie, Her Bookstore, Her Secret Job, and the Guy she thinks is Cute. There also appears to be more dialogue between Jessie and her friends and coworkers than between Jessie and Evan. There doesn't seem to be any natural progression of attraction. At chapter 13 out of 15 chapters, we still know next to nothing about Evan. The longest conversation Jessie and Evan have is at the end of the story, and it's mostly just Jessie talking. Everything gets wrapped up neatly with no prior warning that these decisions were heading this direction. Seems like the ending is more HFN. Novella 2: Mistletoe and Mimosas by Tara Sheets 4 Stars I liked this cute second chance romance that often made me giggle. Layla is a real estate agent and has everything she needs, including fostering a kitten she didn't know she wanted (Toonces). He's a veterinarian who needs to buy a house, and there's your double meet cute. Layla and Sebastian were attracted to each other in high school, but came from different backgrounds. His family was rich and he had snooty snotty friends who bordered on obnoxious, and she was poor and lived in a trailer home. His parents were affluent but fought constantly and often put their kids in the middle. Layla was raised only by her Mom, who had to take on more than one job to make ends meet, but they were happy. However, there are unresolved hurts in their pasts that they must get through before she can begin to address her feelings for him and hope for something more. And there's even a moral to the story during the wrap up. Love it. This is a mostly clean romance, with some steamy kissing but nothing more sexy than that, although there's some innuendo coupled with humorous situations. Whenever they are in the same room together, you always have a sense of their connection. It's almost tangible. You get a sense of HEA. Novella 3: Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn 4 Stars I enjoyed this sweet, touching and sometimes steamy holiday romance, written in alternating first person. Although it’s part of a series, this novella is a standalone and I had no trouble following the characters. Kristen and Jasper have a recruiting firm that's trying to stay afloat. They’ve been best friends for the past six years, and each wants more but is afraid to mess up the friendship as well as their working partnership. But then one of them finally messes with the status quo. What's more important? The job or each other? With a little help from the Christmas season and a few friends for support, a happily ever after is just a snowball's throw away. Although steamy, there are no explicit sex scenes, no graphic sex language - they just get to the condom unwrapping, then move onto the next morning. A few euphemisms and generalities, and you get the idea. My copy was provided in advance from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dot & Needle

    I quite like the forced proximity trope that each of these novella have in common so I was pretty excited to read this book. The authors’ success was varied and my enjoyment was across the board with this anthology. Starry Night by Fern Michaels The heroine has been feeling increasingly isolated even in the hustle and bustle of her life and she decides to spend the holidays in the country closing up the bookstore left to her by her uncle. The hero is the contractor whom she hires to help wi I quite like the forced proximity trope that each of these novella have in common so I was pretty excited to read this book. The authors’ success was varied and my enjoyment was across the board with this anthology. Starry Night by Fern Michaels The heroine has been feeling increasingly isolated even in the hustle and bustle of her life and she decides to spend the holidays in the country closing up the bookstore left to her by her uncle. The hero is the contractor whom she hires to help with renovations before she can sell. This is probably the weakest story of the three. There was a huge info dump about the heroine and her life without much emotion attached to it, with the same happening when we meet hero. The heroine catalogs how attractive he is and his various attributes, but it felt pretty clinical and I ended up not caring about either character. After a few chapters of telling and not showing, I ended up skimming this book. Mistletoe and Mimosa by Tara Sheets The heroine in this book has pulled herself up from humble beginnings and made a good life as a successful real estate agent. Then, one day her high school nemesis, the hero, returns to town and she keeps bumping into him. I really enjoyed this author’s writing style and the characters were engaging. The push and pull of their interactions was convincing and the cute kitty and strategically placed mistletoe drawing the protagonists together was a nice touch. However, I felt that the story did not suit a novella format as there was quite a few unresolved issues stemming from the hero being a bully towards the heroine in their youth. I would have liked to see the hero make proper reparations to the heroine and how they deal with his co-bullies. Because of these issues, their coming together felt rushed and not quite convincing. Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn The characters from this novella are new business partners in a headhunting firm and have worked together previously for six years. Right before Christmas, one of their most important recruits wants to pull of a crucial contract and they go haring off together to try to save the deal. This was my favourite novella of the bunch! The author has a real knack in attaching emotion to even the mundane and I could feel how much the hero secretly pined for the heroine. Unbeknownst to him, the heroine has also harboured feeling for him for a long time but feels that she needs to hide it. GAH! The secret yearning between the characters made my heart happy and having the grinchy hero determined to save Christmas for the heroine was just the cherry on top. Overall, this was a pretty good anthology as I enjoyed two out of the three novellas. I would recommend this just for Kate Clayborn’s contribution as it definitely ended the anthology on a high for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dot & Needle

    I quite like the forced proximity trope that each of these novella have in common so I was pretty excited to read this book. The authors’ success was varied and my enjoyment was across the board with this anthology. Starry Night by Fern Michaels The heroine has been feeling increasingly isolated even in the hustle and bustle of her life and she decides to spend the holidays in the country closing up the bookstore left to her by her uncle. The hero is the contractor whom she hires to help wi I quite like the forced proximity trope that each of these novella have in common so I was pretty excited to read this book. The authors’ success was varied and my enjoyment was across the board with this anthology. Starry Night by Fern Michaels The heroine has been feeling increasingly isolated even in the hustle and bustle of her life and she decides to spend the holidays in the country closing up the bookstore left to her by her uncle. The hero is the contractor whom she hires to help with renovations before she can sell. This is probably the weakest story of the three. There was a huge info dump about the heroine and her life without much emotion attached to it, with the same happening when we meet hero. The heroine catalogs how attractive he is and his various attributes, but it felt pretty clinical and I ended up not caring about either character. After a few chapters of telling and not showing, I ended up skimming this book. Mistletoe and Mimosa by Tara Sheets The heroine in this book has pulled herself up from humble beginnings and made a good life as a successful real estate agent. Then, one day her high school nemesis, the hero, returns to town and she keeps bumping into him. I really enjoyed this author’s writing style and the characters were engaging. The push and pull of their interactions was convincing and the cute kitty and strategically placed mistletoe drawing the protagonists together was a nice touch. However, I felt that the story did not suit a novella format as there was quite a few unresolved issues stemming from the hero being a bully towards the heroine in their youth. I would have liked to see the hero make proper reparations to the heroine and how they deal with his co-bullies. Because of these issues, their coming together felt rushed and not quite convincing. Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn The characters from this novella are new business partners in a headhunting firm and have worked together previously for six years. Right before Christmas, one of their most important recruits wants to pull of a crucial contract and they go haring off together to try to save the deal. This was my favourite novella of the bunch! The author has a real knack in attaching emotion to even the mundane and I could feel how much the hero secretly pined for the heroine. Unbeknownst to him, the heroine has also harboured feeling for him for a long time but feels that she needs to hide it. GAH! The secret yearning between the characters made my heart happy and having the grinchy hero determined to save Christmas for the heroine was just the cherry on top. Overall, this was a pretty good anthology as I enjoyed two out of the three novellas. I would recommend this just for Kate Clayborn’s contribution as it definitely ended the anthology on a high for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tena

    Honestly, I wanted to read this book because the first novella was from Fern Michaels. Plus the stories are all about Christmas so win win!! And I wan’t wrong about the Fern Michaels story. Starry Night was definitely my favorite of the three novellas. Jessie Richmond must clear out and sell her Uncle’s beloved bookstore right before the Holiday Season. The descriptions of the characters and setting makes me want to move to rural New York. (GASPI Did this southern girl just say that!) Fern Micha Honestly, I wanted to read this book because the first novella was from Fern Michaels. Plus the stories are all about Christmas so win win!! And I wan’t wrong about the Fern Michaels story. Starry Night was definitely my favorite of the three novellas. Jessie Richmond must clear out and sell her Uncle’s beloved bookstore right before the Holiday Season. The descriptions of the characters and setting makes me want to move to rural New York. (GASPI Did this southern girl just say that!) Fern Michaels has a way of character development that makes me think these are real people and she has just changed their names. The story is fun and Christmasy and snowy, plus the sparks that fly between a couple of characters will keep a Yule log burning for awhile! Mistletoe and Mimosas by Tara Sheets was surprisingly enjoyable. I say that because I am not familiar with Tara Sheets and the story was a little more serious. Sheets develops a story around past hurts that are sometimes misunderstood. The forgiveness them is strong in the plot line. We deal with high school bullying and families that aren’t always what they seem to the outside world. Because the story is written during the Holiday season the plot is definitely kinder and gentler than it could have been. All in all, I did enjoy the story and will definitely add more Books by Tara Sheets to my library. Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn was disappointing. I felt like the story started in the middle of the book. I had no clue who the characters were, what was going on or even what the story was about. Little clues were given the further I read but I just couldn’t get interested. Sorry. I voluntarily received a copy of this book from Netgalley.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madm007

    Truly enjoyed "Missing Christmas" by Kate Clayborn 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A clean, dual POV that flowed rather well. Friends to and business owners to lovers, what a mess that could be, at least according to Jasper. I felt so bad for him, he truly had no way to understand commitment, forever or unconditional love. Kristen however, is all sunshine and rainbows, bubbly personality. It's why they run such a successful business. They get stranded and a lot of thoughts and feelings get revealed--and none of the Truly enjoyed "Missing Christmas" by Kate Clayborn 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A clean, dual POV that flowed rather well. Friends to and business owners to lovers, what a mess that could be, at least according to Jasper. I felt so bad for him, he truly had no way to understand commitment, forever or unconditional love. Kristen however, is all sunshine and rainbows, bubbly personality. It's why they run such a successful business. They get stranded and a lot of thoughts and feelings get revealed--and none of them to do with business. There's even an epilogue as they make new Christmas traditions--HEA here! Really enjoyed "Mistletoe and Mimosas" by Tara Sheets 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Clean Romance--easy read, Layla and Sebastian, poor girl, rich boy way back in high school. All is not always as it looks from the outside, when these two finally get stranded at Seb's vet clinic, much is revealed. Layla's foster kitty, Toonces, unwittingly played a part in all this, which made for a bit of tense reading, but furbabies are always bonus in books for me. There was a bit of humor throughout, but one line, very memorable, coming out of little Charlie “Then he’s taking her to pound town for dessert.” Big LOL here! I could've used a more finished HEA, felt like it just stopped too fast considering it's a Christmas Romance, an epilogue would've been good here too. An okay read "Starry Night" by Fern Michaels 3 ⭐⭐⭐ This was a good Christmas story. Smalltown togetherness and lots to do with all the townspeople participating. Descriptions were good, but I felt no romance here. I like it to be more visible, with a defined HEA.

  22. 4 out of 5

    natalie

    Okay. I honestly only requested this ARC for Kate's story because I heard there was a n only one bed situation! And it's set in the chance of a lifetime universe with some side characters from book 1. I loved that story most of all! Jasper and Kris were just soooo great and the feelings. swooon. they're friends and they work together and they kiss! Which leads to feels city and all the complex emotions that involves. Kate's grasp on human emotions is so masterful. She captures alot between Jaspe Okay. I honestly only requested this ARC for Kate's story because I heard there was a n only one bed situation! And it's set in the chance of a lifetime universe with some side characters from book 1. I loved that story most of all! Jasper and Kris were just soooo great and the feelings. swooon. they're friends and they work together and they kiss! Which leads to feels city and all the complex emotions that involves. Kate's grasp on human emotions is so masterful. She captures alot between Jasper and Kris with this novella. Their fears of what the kiss means for them working together. Why Jasper doesn't like Christmas so much. how much he cares about Kris, enough to try to recreate her family Christmas for her when they get stranded because of a blizzard. That is one heck of a sweet gesture. And it just works so well because it's not generic at all. And is tailor made for his LI! That to me makes the difference between a just okay read and a great read! It's all about the gesture. it doesn't have to be something grand and over the top but it has to work for the other person. My second fave story is the one by Tara Sheets, set in her Pine Cove Island universe. It was sweet too. i have to admit I didn't finish the first story, because I felt like all the details were too info dumpy and bogged the story down. The premise was interesting but ultimately the story itself didnt grab me. But I did enjoy the other two which were quick little wintery reads.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    A Snowy Little Christmas is an anthology with three novellas written by Fern Michael, Tara Sheets and Kate Clayborn. All involve the holidays and snow making for a magical collection. Fern Michaels is a well known romance writer so her story, Starry Night is a headliner. It is a story of finding yourself in a place you never expected to love but do. The trip from urban to rural works for this story even if it is not my favorite of the three. Mistletoe and Mimosas by Tara Sheets is why A Snowy Little Christmas is an anthology with three novellas written by Fern Michael, Tara Sheets and Kate Clayborn. All involve the holidays and snow making for a magical collection. Fern Michaels is a well known romance writer so her story, Starry Night is a headliner. It is a story of finding yourself in a place you never expected to love but do. The trip from urban to rural works for this story even if it is not my favorite of the three. Mistletoe and Mimosas by Tara Sheets is why I was interested in this anthology. Having read some of the Holloway Girls books I wanted to read more by this author. This story did not disappoint. On Pine Cove Island. Layla and Sebastian not only made peace from high school bullying events but also find a real attraction to each other. This is an author to read with her endearing characters in this unique community. Kate Clayborn is a newer author for me but Missing Christmas is quite an enjoyable story. This story may be my real find since I was impressed with how well-done it is. Of course, it didn’t hurt that “friends to lovers” is one of my favorite tropes. An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    Starry Night by Fern Michaels Jessie Richmond has a marketing job by day with a lovelorn talk show host job by night. She lives in CPhiladelphia and generally enjoys her life but when her uncle moves to Florida and tells her that she can have his book store in rural New York, Jessie suddenly has a life change that she's dealing with. Also a change? Working with contractor Ethan is getting her a bit flustered. And when the speed dating event she's putting on is snowed in, it's time for some roman Starry Night by Fern Michaels Jessie Richmond has a marketing job by day with a lovelorn talk show host job by night. She lives in CPhiladelphia and generally enjoys her life but when her uncle moves to Florida and tells her that she can have his book store in rural New York, Jessie suddenly has a life change that she's dealing with. Also a change? Working with contractor Ethan is getting her a bit flustered. And when the speed dating event she's putting on is snowed in, it's time for some romance. A nice romance starter- it hints that romance might happen. 3.5 stars. Mistletoe and Mimosas by Tara Sheets Layla used to be the poor girl in town. Sebastian is not and he throws her off by being very nice one day and rude the next. Now Layla is a fancy pants real estate agent and Sebastian has moved back to town and is in need of a house so their paths cross again. This story was okay but I never really warmed to Layla who was sort of more of the focus. The actual story was nice but I wish that there had bee more character development. Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn Kristen and Jasper have worked together for five years. It is understood that there will be no romance between them in order to keep their company going. But Jasper has always loved Kristen. And this Christmas, while trying to save their company, they are snowed in together and... welll. This is a romance so... My favorit of the three stories, I liked that Jasper and Kristen knew each other well enough to respect and love each other even before the relationship began. Four stars Three stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Since this was an anthology, I'm going to review each story and give it a separate rating: Starry Night - Fern Michaels I thought this was super clunky and really light on the romance. The two MC's didn't even kiss at the end! It was weird and overly descriptive in places where it didn't really need to be. Did not love. 2 stars; Mistletoe and Mimosas - Tara Sheets This was pretty decent actually and cute. I liked the enemie/>Starry I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Since this was an anthology, I'm going to review each story and give it a separate rating: Starry Night - Fern Michaels I thought this was super clunky and really light on the romance. The two MC's didn't even kiss at the end! It was weird and overly descriptive in places where it didn't really need to be. Did not love. 2 stars; Mistletoe and Mimosas - Tara Sheets This was pretty decent actually and cute. I liked the enemies to lovers trope and I liked the heroine quite a bit and once I got background on the hero, he grew on me as well. 4 stars; Missing Christmas - Kate Clayborn LOVED this one the best. Honestly, mainly just requested this title for the story by this author because I've loved her debut series. Loved the characters, the build up of the romance, the sweet way he tried to bring Christmas to her under the circumstances. And I love a good story where one characters is pining after the other one and this one was great because both characters were essentially pining after the other one secetly. 5 stars;

  26. 5 out of 5

    Claire McWhorter

    I only picked this up because of Kate Clayborn’s novella, Missing Christmas, which was absolutely perfect. Jasper & Kristen have both been in love with each other for a long time, but because they work together, neither wants to screw things up. However, they get snowed in on a business trip, and the rest is history. I love a good forced proximity story, plus this one had the beloved “only one bed” trope. What mire could we want? Plus Ben & Kit from Beginner’s Luck make an appearance. Mi I only picked this up because of Kate Clayborn’s novella, Missing Christmas, which was absolutely perfect. Jasper & Kristen have both been in love with each other for a long time, but because they work together, neither wants to screw things up. However, they get snowed in on a business trip, and the rest is history. I love a good forced proximity story, plus this one had the beloved “only one bed” trope. What mire could we want? Plus Ben & Kit from Beginner’s Luck make an appearance. Missing Christmas is definitely a perfect Christmas novella. 5 stars. I did read the other two stories. Really did not care for Fern Michaels’ Starry Night. It was meh, probably only 1.5 stars for me. I just did not like the writing or the protagonist Jessie. Then Tara Sheets’ Mistletoe and Mimosas was okay; I didn’t love it, but I also didn’t hate it. Probably 3 stars. So overall, this was just a 3 star read for me. But I can’t recommend Jasper & Kristen’s story enough. Pick this up for them if nothing else.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    Starry Night and Mistletoe and Mimosas were fun, warm, holiday treats. I enjoy novellas so I can savor one at a time and not feel like I am pressed for time. In Starry Night, Jessie is a spirited career woman who finds hidden treasures in the bookstore her uncle gifted to her. Some parts of story felt a little rushed, but it all come together nicely in a feel-good way. Mistletoe and Mimosas was probably my favorite of the three. Layla and Sebastian remind me a little of a modern-day Elizabeth an Starry Night and Mistletoe and Mimosas were fun, warm, holiday treats. I enjoy novellas so I can savor one at a time and not feel like I am pressed for time. In Starry Night, Jessie is a spirited career woman who finds hidden treasures in the bookstore her uncle gifted to her. Some parts of story felt a little rushed, but it all come together nicely in a feel-good way. Mistletoe and Mimosas was probably my favorite of the three. Layla and Sebastian remind me a little of a modern-day Elizabeth and Darcy with the joys of the holiday season. Missing Christmas felt a little out of place for this collection of stories. The first two stories were generally clean reads, so I was surprised when the details in this last story were not in the same category of clean romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    Starry Night and Mistletoe and Mimosas were fun, warm, holiday treats. I enjoy novellas so I can savor one at a time and not feel like I am pressed for time. In Starry Night, Jessie is a spirited career woman who finds hidden treasures in the bookstore her uncle gifted to her. Some parts of story felt a little rushed, but it all come together nicely in a feel-good way. Mistletoe and Mimosas was probably my favorite of the three. Layla and Sebastian remind me a little of a modern-day Elizabeth an Starry Night and Mistletoe and Mimosas were fun, warm, holiday treats. I enjoy novellas so I can savor one at a time and not feel like I am pressed for time. In Starry Night, Jessie is a spirited career woman who finds hidden treasures in the bookstore her uncle gifted to her. Some parts of story felt a little rushed, but it all come together nicely in a feel-good way. Mistletoe and Mimosas was probably my favorite of the three. Layla and Sebastian remind me a little of a modern-day Elizabeth and Darcy with the joys of the holiday season. Missing Christmas felt a little out of place for this collection of stories. The first two stories were generally clean reads, so I was surprised when the details in this last story were not in the same category of clean romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    I'm not sure if it's me or what but I'm finding more and more the use of foul language, immediate bedroom scenes with hot steamy sex but little romance and just utter fillers that lead me to not truly appreciate the writers work had these items been excluded. I'm not sure why I keep reading these fab new novels that are written well but then add in the middle of the story the above items and ruin the moment. Truly can we not talk about body parts like hard cocks , nipples, and the like I'm not sure if it's me or what but I'm finding more and more the use of foul language, immediate bedroom scenes with hot steamy sex but little romance and just utter fillers that lead me to not truly appreciate the writers work had these items been excluded. I'm not sure why I keep reading these fab new novels that are written well but then add in the middle of the story the above items and ruin the moment. Truly can we not talk about body parts like hard cocks , nipples, and the like in books that are meant to be about the Christmas spirit and the relationships we form? I'm just not feeling the spirit in this one but perhaps you might feel differently and you might've grown up in this new norm era but I'm old school and really get turned off by it. Thank you to Fern, the publisher, NetGalley for these novellas in this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All three stories were delightful. The common theme of being snowed in was obvious in each. The three writers have very different styles and reveal their characters and plots at different paces. Each may appeal to unique styles of readers and together they appeal across the spectrum. From Michaels slower pace to Sheets nostalgia and healing finished with Clayborn's appeal to let go of rigid rules and reveal true emotions, I received an electronic ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All three stories were delightful. The common theme of being snowed in was obvious in each. The three writers have very different styles and reveal their characters and plots at different paces. Each may appeal to unique styles of readers and together they appeal across the spectrum. From Michaels slower pace to Sheets nostalgia and healing finished with Clayborn's appeal to let go of rigid rules and reveal true emotions, readers are wrapped in the joy of the Christmas season and brought in to the lives in the three settings.

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