Monday, December 12, 2016

Review - A Heartwarming Holiday box set

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
A Heartwarming Holiday: 15 Connected Sweet Holiday Romances by various authors

Overall star rating --- 4 stars

About the book:
Book 1: Once Upon a Holiday - Three former college roommates start a business to bring the magic of the holidays to everyone in Christmas Town.
     Novella 1: Once Upon a Thanksgiving by Anna Adams- 5
     Novella 2: Once Upon a Christmas by Anna J Stewart- 5
     Novella 3: Once Upon a New Year’s Eve by Melinda Curtis -
Book 2: Holiday Heroes - Three former Navy SEALs come together to restore an outdated resort.
     Novella 1: Thankfully Yours by Leigh Riker
     Novella 2: Cooking Up Christmas by Tara Randel
     Novella 3: Countdown to Romance by Cari Lynn Webb
Book 3: 24 North Pole Lane - Romance is being delivered to 24 North Pole Lane this holiday season.
     Novella 1: Hers by Thanksgiving by Carol Ross
     Novella 2: Peace, Love, and Baby Joy by Amy Vastine
     Novella 3: Never Say Never on New Year’s by Cheryl Harper
Book 4: Magic Moments - Three different times, three different stories. They all bring magic to Christmas Town.
     Novella 1: Christmas Past by Tara Taylor Quinn
     Novella 2: It Only Happens in Christmas Town by Shirley Hailstock
     Novella 3: The Magic Stocking by Liz Flaherty
Book 5: Nutcracker Sweethearts by Dana Mentink, Roz Denny Fox, & Amie Denman:
As the stage production of the Nutcracker unfolds in Christmas Town, three couples find love with the help of a little holiday magic!
     Novella 1: Thanksgiving Duet by Dana Mentink
     Novella 2: Christmas Curtain Call by Roz Denny Fox
     Novella 3: Set for New Year’s by Amie Denman

Book creation ratings --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 24
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The Christmas Quotient --- 5
** The scale runs from 1-7 trees, and rates Christmassyness. **

The review --
When I first checked this out on Amazon, it said it had only 30 pages, and I thought, 'What?'. But that was incorrect. It is 5 books made up of 3 different novellas, written by Harlequin romance authors. It is a very long box set, so you will definitely get your money's worth. Some novellas I like better than others, but they were all solid 3 stars and up on all the individual novellas. Not a clunker in this set at all.

I think my favorite was the first and second books. The others were good too, but I enjoyed the first and second ones best. I must admit, that around the middle, I did get a little bored and did some skimming through. But the box set winds up with a strong finish. Like I said, there isn't a book in the set that I would rate under 3 stars, which is rare in a box set.

A very well written, well formatted box set with a central theme around the town of Christmas Town Maine. A box set that I highly recommend.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Christmas romance
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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