THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING
THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING (3) by Brenda Novak, Kathleen O’Brien & Karina Bliss: These authors serve up pleasant Christmas stories sure to warm the heart with nicely defined characters. However, they are a bit predictable, though Bliss’ story shines. In Novak’s “A Dundee Christmas,” Cierra Santos is stranded in Dundee, Idaho, as an illegal alien after the man she promised to marry dies. Former football player Ken Holbrook gives her a job and decides to keep her for his own. In “We Need a Little Christmas,” Annie Browning is trying to put on a Joyland Christmas show by herself after her boss and mentor, Duke, ends up in the hospital. She gets a holiday miracle in the form of Duke’s estranged grandson, Nathaniel, who shows up to see his grandfather and ends up helping out in O’Brien’s tale. And in Bliss’ “Kiss Me, Santa,” Mike Ward learns to live again after the tragic death of his wife years earlier when his neighbor, Erica Owens, and her son, Will, badger him into decorating his house for the holidays.