Making Spirits Bright

Fern Michaels, Elizabeth Bass, Rosalind Noonan, and Nan Rossiter. Kensington/Zebra, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-1-4201-0836-1
This swoon-worthy collection of novellas hits the holiday sweet spot. In Michaels’s title story, singleton Melanie McLaughlin dreams of adopting far more than she frets about her empty love life, but everything comes together when she’s offered two children orphaned by a terrible car crash and twinkle-eyed Bryce Landry steals her heart along with his offer to give the kids “the best Christmas ever.” Elizabeth Bass cooks up a tear-jerker in “Runaway Christmas” as spunky Texas teen Erica, trying to get back on track after her mother’s death, decides to spend Christmas with a family friend in Brooklyn. Rosalind Noonan’s “Home for Christmas,” a tale of a single mother falling for a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan, is sure to tug the heartstrings. Nan Rossiter’s “Christmas on Cape Cod” delivers a dog-lover’s dream. Readers will gladly steal a few moments from gift-wrapping to savor these holiday treats. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/2011
Release date: 11/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
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