A WINTER WONDERLAND
Like most anthologies, this is a fast-paced read. The first entry, “A Winter Wonderland,” ends rather abruptly, but the rest of the stories get progressively better. The best one is the last, which will remind readers of the movie Letters to Juliet — a romantic tale of long-lost love. Together, the stories make a wonderful collection for an afternoon by the fire.
In “A Winter Wonderland,” by Michaels, two people from very different walks of life both take time off to reevaluate their future, helping each other realize their destiny. Chamberlin’s “Joy of Christmas” has Iris Karr still struggling with guilt after failing to honor her mother’s dying wish and marry her sweetheart, Ben. When a familiar face asks her to come home for the holidays, the two have a chance to reunite. A detective piece, “The Christmas Thief” by Meier features Elizabeth, a concierge at a ritzy hotel, and Chris, who is accused of a jewel heist at the hotel. Lastly, “The Christmas Collector,” by McMorris, is a heartwarming story about estate liquidator Jenna Matthews and her client’s handsome grandson, who helps her find the true heart of the holiday spirit. (ZEBRA, Nov., 471 pp., $7.99)