Small Town Christmas by Jill Shalvis, Hope Ramsay & Katie Lane
(part of the series: Lucky Harbor #2.5, Last Chance #3.5, Deep in the Heart of Texas #2.5)
Published: November 1, 2011 by Forever
Received: Purchased e-book from B&N
Three heartwarming holiday stories
to prove that love is the greatest gift of all
Kissing Santa Claus
NASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?
I'll Be Home for Christmas
After ignoring the advice of Miz Miriam Randall, local matchmaker, Annie Roberts expects another hum drum holiday in Last Chance, South Carolina. But when a stray cat arrives in the arms of Army sergeant Matt Jasper, a calico named Holly just may be the best matchmaker of all.
O Little Town of Bramble
All Ethan Miller wants for Christmas is to celebrate in Bramble, Texas, with family and friends. But when his childhood neighbor, Samantha Henderson, comes home for the holiday, Ethan realizes that the girl-next-door could be the girl of his dreams. [goodreads]
To continue with my Christmastime reading, I recently picked up this three short stories in one titled Small Town Christmas. Since I'm a fan of Jill Shalvis, of course I had to read another story by her, and with it I got a bonus of two other stories from authors I had not read before. If you're looking for quick, easy-going adult contemporary story set around Christmastime then I highly recommend picking up this e-book!
The first story is titled, Kissing Santa Claus. Jill Shalvis brought back a familiar character who had a secondary role in one of her previous stories told in the Lucky Harbor series. I was thrilled to be back in this lovely town, discovering two characters who's flames had not quite burned out. Logan and Sandy were hot! hot! hot! Though the time frame is definitely a quick one, you don't feel rushed at all. Shalvis gives us enough back story to understand the tension and appreciate the smoldering outcome. I was definitely pleased with this story and adore anything set in Lucky Harbor!
The second story, I'll Be Home for Christmas was a nice balance of what it means to find a home for the holidays and the importance of sharing it with the ones you love. Of course this story came with an unforgettable small town, filled with a cast of colorful characters. It definitely left me wanting to know more about this series, Last Chance, and the stories that have come from within. The sincerity in this Christmas story warmed my heart and reminded me how important love can be during the holidays.
The final story in this Christmas e-book is O Little Town of Bramble, set in west Texas. This story is about two characters who shared a past growing up, and are now reunited in the town of Bramble for the holidays. Sam is the small-town girl next door who wanted to get out of Bramble and make something of herself. After obtaining her degree in veterinarian science, she's come home to mend old wounds, but finds surprises she wasn't expecting. Ethan grew up as a farm boy, looking after animals has always been his passion, but when Sam resurfaces in town his passion ignites elsewhere. I enjoyed this small town setting of west Texas and joyful characters who inhabited it. It was definitely a nice addition to this collection of Christmas short stories.
Hopefully readers will find something in each of these holiday stories. Whether you're in need of a feel-good holiday tale, or something with a bit more romance, I definitely recommend adding this e-book to your holiday reading time.