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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Review: The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree
A Holiday Anthology by Roz Denny Fox, Ann DeFee, and Tanya Michaels

Roz Denny Fox, Ann DeFee, and Tanya Michaels have teamed up to bring us some early holiday cheer in the anthology The Perfect Tree. In this group of stories, we find different characters, each in search of the perfect tree and, more importantly, forever love.

In Noelle and the Wise Man, Roz Denny Fox introduces us to Noelle and Camden, who own adjoining Christmas tree farms. Camden is every woman's dream-- sensitive, understanding, and drop-dead gorgeous. To watch the misunderstandings that Noelle goes through when it comes to Camden's actions made me want to alternately slap her and tell her it would be okay. The central conflict...should she tell him about the perfect tree or not... is understandable only if you remember her relationship, or lack of it, with the previous owner. But, that didn't stop this reviewer from tearing up at the last chapter where they decide what to do with the perfect tree.

Ann Defee brings us One Magic Christmas,in which miracles and magic still really do happen. How else could you explain two star-crossed lovers being stranded together in a blizzard, years after they had been torn apart? And by a stranger who may be Santa, or may be a ghost. Ann takes all these delightfully strange situations, mixes in a couple of fighting siblings and a delightful toddler called M&M and you have the recipe for a delightful Christmas novella.

I have to admit that Tanner and Baum by Tanya Michaels is my favorite novella in the collection. Tanya brings us a flawed hero, Tanner, who comes to realize he made a huge mistake when he left his home town and, more importantly, Lilah Baum. The trials he goes through as he tries to win back her trust are believable and heart-rending. The reader feels his sincerity and understands Lilah's pain and distrust, but cheers Tanner on much like the townspeople in the small town of Mistletoe.

I'll be definitely considering this book when I search for stocking stuffers for my romance-loving friends.



Reviewed by Rose

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