I really enjoyed this read really get you into the festive spirit that’s for sure! Every story takes you on incredible journeys and are filled with emotions. You will find yourself getting lost in them they just reel you in and keep your interwst throughout. Some of them are shorter then others but they still pack a hell of punch and the authors do an amazing job of writing captivating brilliant stories! I honestly couldnt pull myself away i just kept reading until i reached the very end!
Love, Christmas – Movies You Love ( The Holiday Series Book 2)
By Mimi Barbour and Leanne Banks
Rated 4 stars
Filled with stories by these authors as well.: Joan Reeves, Mona Risk, Rebecca York, Jacquie Biggar, Alicia Street, Nancy Radke, Katy Walters, Stephanie Queen, Aileen Fish, Rachelle Ayala, Dani Haviland, Traci Hall, Taylor Lee, Donna Fasano, Cynthia Cooke, Susan Jean Ricci, Tamara Ferguson, Suzanne Jenkins, Natalie Ann, Ev Bishop, Alyssa Bailey, Stacy Eaton, Jen Talty, Melinda De Ross
Rated 4 stars
This is a nice collection of stories that have a couple themes running through them all. Christmas and Christmas Movies. If you enjoy either of those or both….this could be the collection for you. Here is just a small random selection of the stories.
Jingle With my Princess
By Mona Risk
Talk about instant attraction! Wow! I loved how open Charlene is…not afraid to shower him with affection. Very nice! Problem is she live most of her life across the pond. He in the US. How can they come together?
Scott has been burned before by a princess but there is just something about Princess Charlene that he can’t resist. Too bad he brought his current lover along on the business trip. Not only that but he is there to help his ex-fiancé and her husband (a Prince) who stole her from him. Now what to do? Can he put his feelings aside for his Ex? Can he move forward?
Can She Get Home for Christmas
by Rebecca York
On a snowy night all it took was a small accident and Samantha’s night was changed forever. This is a quick read with a ton of action. With a backdrop themes of danger and christmas. This kept my interest.
Miracle on Christmas Tree Street
By Alicia Street
Well this is just an enjoyable story! I loved all of it. It’s sweet and has the mystery of Christmas. Even though it’s a short story I didn’t feel rushed or cheated while reading. I didn’t feel thrown into the middle of a story. This has a nice beginning middle and end. I chuckled at the name of Hannah’s business partner….very creative!
The Holiday (Christmas) by Nancy Radke
House swapping! What a neat idea for a story! That leaves all kinds of possibilities available. This one involved smugglers, and stalker and a sunken sailboat. That made the story lively and interesting.
Love Letters from a Snowman
By Katy Walters
This is a sweet sweet story. It’s set back in the time of Lords, Barons and Governess’. Surprisingly there was a bit of magic back then as well. This started off with a bang. I loved all the characters and the story flowed very nicely. Definitely a good read.
The Polar Express by Dani Haviland
This is a typical story of a couple stuck in a cabin. But this has the added twist of being in Alaska! The characters were sweet and the story was good. My only issue was I felt the relationship was rushed. It seemed to go from hate to friendship to relationship (which is the right order) but most of the story was the first two then the last was after 1 kiss. Then the end. I know I know short story so things happen faster. Anyway I enjoyed the meeting and the information of living where she does with just the dogs.
The Ref-er-ee by Taylor Lee
Troubled marriage, troubles teen and an possibly absent Christmas. Aly and Logan have moves up in the world with the security business. While business boomed with relationship went downhill. Dylan/Nick uses the Christmas season to get himself some presents….by stealing them. This Christmas will change for the Starr family and Dylan.
This is a nice story that seemed complete. Good characters and teenagers that seems so realistic. Not to mention the troubled marriage…losing feelings over the year I’m sure happens more than not.
Boyfriends Wanted for Christmas
By Melinda De Ross
Ha haha! This story is a great one! Poor Andrea is looking for a boyfriend for Christmas. Oh and she only has 7 days to find one! Let’s just say hilarity ensues.
This story flows very nicely and easily kept my interest. There is funny times along with sweet times. The characters were great! Her parents included.
This one is a favorite.
Love Christmas:2- Movies You Love
It is that time of year! We get to pull out the cozy blankets and warm up by the fires with a good book. These novels are the perfect ones to do so with! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading every single one just yet but look forward to doing so as the season continues to unfold. I have however read several already and just had to come leave a little review to start because, well there is 26 stories guys! I won’t get this finished till almost in time for the season to finish and I want everyone to go get this before the Holidays are too close to being over so we all can enjoy!
With all that said… This was such an imaginative spin on your favorite Holiday movies. There is 26 stories by 26 different authors. Each author has chosen one and fine tuned it into a modern way that will be sure to keep you entertained well throughout the season. There is something for everyone, from “It’s A Wonderful Life” to “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Right now I am reading “Love, Actually” (By the Sea) which is written by Traci Hall. She was a new author to me and I am loving it. “Love Actually” is one of my favorite Holiday movies so I was excited to see that was one of the movies that was used as an inspiration. I have also enjoyed several other stories from authors that I have previously read before, like Tamara Ferguson, Mimi Barbour, and Stephanie Queen. I can’t wait to find out what else is in store for the rest of the novels to come, and I just might have to re-read a few of those I have finished! Thanks for the wonderful reads ladies! Happy Holiday’s!
Books and authors featured:
A Wonderful Life By: Mimi Barbour
A Royal White Christmas By: Leanne Banks
Brianna’s Season For Miracles By: Joan Reeves
Jingle With My Princess By: Mona Risk
Can She Get Home For Christmas By: Rebecca York
Mistletoe Inn By: Jacquie Biggar
A Miracle On Christmas Tree Street By: Alicia Street
The Holiday (Christmas) By: Nancy Radke
Love Letters From A Snowman Katy Walters
Holiday Affair By: Stephanie Queen
Almost Christmas in Connecticut By: Aileen Fish
A Christmas Creek Carol By: Rachelle Ayala
The Polar XPress By: Dani Haviland
Love Actually (By The Sea) By: Traci E. Hall
The Ref-er-ee By: Taylor Lee
Her Mr. Miracle By: Donna Fasano
A Christmas to Remember By: Cynthia Cooke
A Joyous Holiday Inn By: Susan Jean Ricci
Two Hearts Home for Christmas By: Tamara Ferguson
Christmas With the Clouds By: Suzanne Jenkins
How Gavin Stole Christmas By: Natalie Ann
A Sharla Brown Christmas By: Ev Bishop
In the Spirit of Christmas By: Alyssa Bailey
Finding Love on Christmas Vacation By: Stacy Eaton
A Christmas Getaway By: Jen Talty
Boyfriend Wanted for Christmas By: Melinda De Ross
I love a good Christmas collection- especially when you get a mix of authors you have read over and over, and some that are new to you. So far, I’ve read a couple stories in this collection-
A wonderful life gave a similar feel to the classic. A man who feels hopeless, being given a purpose, a way to help, a chance at love, and even a miracle? There’s a mystery that needs solving and some bad guys to deal with, too.
A royal white Christmas is cute and short, two people from opposite sides of the world just happening to be staying in the same area for Christmas. It was a feel good holiday story.
Holiday Affair really captured me. Lucas is kind of mysterious and has so many more layers than what we see in this novella. I feel like I would read multiple books about this couple!
Two Hearts Home For Christmas is a second chance romance that I loved. It goes right along with all this author’s series, which I am a big fan of. Nancy and John have a bit of that magic that makes love last a lifetime. These stories touch my heart.
Love, Christmas – Movies You Love (The Holiday Series Book 2) by Various Authors
When you just want to get lost in romance this is the anthology for you. I love the fact that there
are so many authors and a wide variation of stories. I like the fact that there are so many new authors as well. I know that this is a group of books that I will be able to read again and again.
I would like to highlight my three favorite stories starting with my most favorite A Royal White Christmas by by Leanne Banks. This was such a sweet romance. It is the typical love at first sight that just grabs your heartstrings and has you routing for the girl to get her guy. I like how the author kept the air of mystery surrounding Brice till just near the end.
The instant chemistry between Brice and Holly is endearing. Sometimes the typical mushy romance is just what one needs and this book totally filled that need for me. I really like how the author was able to make Brice make Brice accessible and not your typical royal. I found that the author had a nice writing style and a very creative way of bringing the characters to life. I definitely will be reading this one again and again.
My second favorite was Jingle with my Princess by Mona Risk. This book had quite a complex plot to it. There were parts of the past of the characters that really played a big part to the whole story line. The past between Amy, Paul and Scott really created the people that they had become. I like that Scott really gets to get through his hurts of the past.
The chemistry that develops between Scott and Charlene is quite refreshing. The fact that she is the balm that heals his wounds and helps him to come to terms with his past is the best part. The fact that in the end Scott and Paul sort their differences and Paul realizes that there is no reason to be jealous really added a realism to this story. I was really drawn to Charlene’s character as I felt I could relate to her in some ways. I like how she was able to see through Scott’s faults and checked the facts before she threw away her chance with Scott. She was able to see that Amy although her sister in law had a flawed view and by taking a look from the outside she saw that in fact Scott was misunderstood and I was ever so glad when she gave him a chance. I will definitely be reading this book again and again as well.
My third favorite was Her Mr. Miracle by Donna Fasano. This is another one of those you can’t always be prepared for the love bug stories. I like how the author is able to bring the characters to life. I really got into this story as if it was happening to me.
The complexity between Ronnie and Adam is quite refreshing. She has her complex life she is trying to escape from and he has his own problems to deal with. It’s a two peas in a pod sentiment. They are totally made for one another. I like how the author brings in just enough drama to the story line . There is a point just at the end where I was just banging my head cause you knew that Adam would make things more complex than they should have been and I could feel my heart drop as I am sure Ronnie’s would have. Then getting to near the end when in typical guy fashion he almost makes a complete mess of it all but alas the day is saved. I know that again this is another
book I will read again and again.
There were so many books in this collection and I know that I will enjoy them all again and again. This is the perfect set for the cold long nights ahead not just for Christmas. I am so glad that this has many new authors for me and that it is a varied collection of story themes. This is a definite must read!
Love Christmas (Movies You Love 2) by Various Authors. This is a wonderful collection of books all situated around Christmas. They range from short to medium length books. A few of my favorites were A Wonderful Life by Mimi Barbour. Its the story of Noel Bradford who has hit a rough patch in life and almost takes his own life. While he is in the town where his family’s company is he meets a girl named Mary who runs a non profit called “In Need of Help”. Another favorite was A Royal White Christmas by Leanne Banks, the story of Holly Lawrence and Brice who is a Prince in training. They meet over Holly’s brothers lost dog and sparks fly. I also really liked Brianna’s Season for Miracles by Joan Reeves. Its the story of a girl named Brianna and her father she feels like she’s disappointed her whole life. She goes home for Christmas and falls in love with one of her dads workers all while trying to reconcile with her father. These books are so good and full of Christmas spirit. Just the right books to get you in the Holiday mood.
Love, Christmas- Movies You Love. This book is an anthology that has 26 amazing stories and authors in it. Quite a few of the authors involved I have read and fell in love with, while I was super excited to read more of their work, I was also excited to become acquainted with some new ones.
A Royal White Christmas by Leanne Banks.
Two total strangers from two totally different worlds, come together and just click. Holly and Brice care about and help each other out from their first meeting. Will Holly be able to accept that Brice is in his way to rule a country.
Brianna’s Season for Miracles by Joan Reeves.
Brianna hasn’t been home in about a year. Sure she misses it but it only holds not so good memories. When her father summons her home, she knows that she doesn’t have a choice but to go. When she first sees Daniel, she knows that the entire situation is a bad idea. When she finds out exactly why he is at the ranch, she leaves. She is extremely hurt but will she be able to forgive Daniel and listen to his explanation?
This Anthology will have you falling in love with the holidays and love all over again. All of these books give you enough to fall in love also. I highly recommend these books and these fabulous authors.
Featuring books by Mimi Barbour, Leanne Banks, Joan Reeves, Mona Risk, Rebecca York, Jacquie Biggar, Alicia Street, Nancy Radke, Katy Walters, Stephanie Queen, Aileen Fish, Rachelle Ayala, Dani Haviland, Traci. E. Hall, Taylor Lee, Donna Fasano, Cynthia Cooke, Susan Jean Ricci, Tamara Ferguson, Suzanne Jenkins, Natalie Ann, Ev Bishop, Alyssa Bailey, Stacy Eaton, Jen Talty and Melinda De Ross
This anthology is a wonderful collection of stories that will have in the holiday spirit straight away. There are stories about classic romance, stories full of suspense, stories of loss and finding new love and much, much more in this box set. I love anthologies as it allows me to read stories by authors that are new to me and also some of my favourite authors. I loved all of the stories but particularly enjoyed the following three (all new to me authors too!)
A Royal White Christmas – Leanne Banks
This is definitely one of those stories you want to be longer! I was so swept up in Brice and Holly’s story. I loved how they met and the connection that they had. There was such a sweet and genuine romance between them – they were both really lovely characters.
Can She Get Home For Christmas? – Rebecca York
This was a great suspense story! I loved all the little twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I think that they author did a great job with creating such tension in a story so short! I loved Sam and Jax, I kind of got a little paranormal feel about this story too.
Christmas With the Clouds – Suzanne Jenkins
This was a really emotional story and the author did a great job of getting all of those emotions across. I thought that Tracy was such a strong character and I loved the friendship she built up with Elizabeth. Jasmine was a little cutie too. A touching story about loss and finding love again.
Overall I thought that this was a wonderful anthology, all beautifully written and entertaining. This is definitely worthy of the 5 stars I give it.
Love, Christmas – Movies You Love (The Holiday Series #2)
by Mimi Barbour, Leanne Banks, Joan Reeves, Mona Risk, Rebecca York, Jacquie Biggar, Alicia Street, Nancy Radke, Katy Walters, Stephanie Queen, Aileen Fish, Rachelle Ayala, Dani Haviland, Traci Hall, Taylor Lee, Donna Fasano, Cynthia Cooke, Susan Jean Ricci, Tamara Ferguson, Suzanne Jenkins, Natalie Ann, Ev Bishop, Alyssa Bailey, Stacy Eaton, Jen Talty, Melinda De Ross
Love, Christmas – Movies You love is a boxed set anthology of 26 Christmas stories based on movies. Each story is unique in its own way and will have you either laughing, crying, or sitting at the edge of of your seat in suspense. All the stories are great but three stories stood out to me: Finding Love On Christmas Vacation by Stacy Eaton, A Christmas Creek Carol by
Rachelle Ayala and A Christmas Getaway by Jen Talty.
Finding Love on Christmas Vacation by Stacy Eaton is the story of Lucy, which spends every Christmas with her father, Charlie, at his cabin. This year she will spend it without her father, since is has passed away and she will be spreading his ashes on the lake as per his final request. Her father always spoke of a friend that always stayed in the neighboring cabin, his name is Maverick. Have you ever fallen in love with someone before you meet them? Maverick did,he was in love with Lucy by the stories and pictures her father always shared with Maverick through the years. He finally has his chance to meet her and the connection is instant between the two. This is a quick, holiday romance that you will truly enjoy the same way I did.
A Christmas Creek Carol by Rachelle Ayala is the story of Ebony and Blaze. Ebony is a writer that is back in Christmas Creek for the holidays to write her next story. Blaze is in the military and visiting his father for the holiday but also to see Ebony. Blaze will go to any lengths to make Ebony realize that they are meant to be together. Will Ebony finish writing her story and will Blaze finally be with Ebony? You will have to read to find out.
A Christmas Getaway by Jen Talty is the story about Olivia and Ryder. Olivia always takes her son Noah away for the holidays, since his dad was a Navy Pilot that was killed before he was born. Ryder is a Navy Seal that has book a cabin at a resort for the holidays. What are the odds that two people can book the same cabin at the same time? Well it happens to Olivia and Ryder and this is how the two meet. Ryder, like Olivia & Noah, has suffered an immense loss when his wife and sons were murdered the day after Christmas. Both have shared loss and they both can help each other through the pain of loss of your significant other. This story completely gutted me but also made me smile on how these two strangers can fall in love in the midst of pain.
I truly enjoyed reading all the stories in this anthology. It had me jonesing for the holidays to get here. I highly recommend this anthology and read each one so you can find your favorites.
Love, Christmas – Movies You Love (The Holiday Series #2) by Various Authors, was a light heart, sweet, cheesy, slighly thillerish, good feels read that just put me in the mood to be ready for, the upcoming holidays.
This anthology is a little different then your normal hallmark like Christmas collection. This as the title says, is based off favorite movies classic, some updated, some a little bent, but all have that cheesy, good feel spirit that I love.
Being as there are 26 stories, I have yet to read them all, I will, I just want to space them out until that glitty month is upon us. But I have read enough to where I need to tell you that, this book is worth your time and energy. And I’m going to tell you my first impressions, from the first story, and one more that I quite loved.
A Wonderful Life by Mimi Barbour; pulled me in right away. The guardian angel, Noel, and Mary. It was strongly impactful, especially that opening scene. With a little divine help, sometimes things just fall into place, and for Noel, if he had done what he had intended, things for Mary would have been hell, and she, would have, even be possibly died. The power of choice is strong in that first story and it hit home a little too close.
The other story I’m going to touch on is the fourth story, Can She Get Home for Christmas? by Rebecca York. Again another story that starts with a bang. That opening in the snow, the dark and the storm. Growing up in Northern Newfoundland, I know snow storms, so I knew the panic Sam was in, and I felt the cold. I like the paranormal elements, the mystery, and the little bit of a thriller. It topped off this story and made it stand out.
Overall this anthology isn’t just stories about Christmas, it has many different elements, a good mixing of genres, and of course an amazing assortment of very talented authors. You’re getting a little bit of everything, and I truly believe there is a story in here for everyone, even if you don’t like holiday themed books. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will find an engrossing read, and fall head over heels for this magical collection.