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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Love and Silver Bells

Love and Silver Bells, an anthology by Polly McCrillis, Billie Warren Chai, Diane Davis White, Rebecca Andrews
Publisher: Highland Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Camellia


A time of love. A time of miracles. A time when children visit Santa and dreams come true. A time when they can come true for adults, too. If only they will believe.

Sleigh bells...jingle bells...silver bells.

Love and Silver Bells - what a magical combination.

LOVE AND SILVER BELLS is a contemporary romance anthology to be enjoyed at any season – not just at Christmas time. It gives the reader hope for “bruised and confused hearts” and for love-hungry bodies and souls. The stories in this book bring joy!

Act II, Scene 1” is a second chance story. Act I of Leah’s life ended sadly as did Dalton Bream’s. Leah, a medical transcriber and one-time actress, meets Dalton, a renovation architect, at the community theater as rehearsals for “A Christmas Carol” are in progress.

Dalton, even though disillusioned by a long-gone, faithless fiancé, reaches out to Leah who is still fragile from the death of her husband. Together they find contentment and rightness but not before overcoming some obstacles.

A Commander Under the Tree” by Billie Warren Chai is about two mature people who have experienced traumatic emotional upheavals. But each of them recognizes a special connection when they meet. Neither Commander Eric Scott nor engineer Fiona Ross expect to find someone with whom they want to make a permanent commitment.

The secondary characters play important roles in the unfolding of this story about romantic love and about never-ending friendships. Fiona’s little son Joey and his friend Morgan are a joy. This is fun time reading.

A Home for Christmas” by Diane Davis White brings Jud Brown, a rancher, and Olivia Strong, a feed storeowner, together first as adversaries. Hardworking Olivia struggles to take care of her three little brothers, Adam, Cabel, and Hunter with diminishing funds while Jud struggles to keep the family ranch operating in the black while taking care of his grandfather who has Alzheimer’s.

Even though, some of the happenings stretch the imagination, the romantic and family love makes this a story to remember. One can almost see and feel the joy of Adam, Cabel, and Hunter as they enjoy Christmas at the ranch.

A Soldier’s Heart” by Rebecca Andrews is full of intrigue and action. Lt. Priscilla Ashby, a decorated pilot and sniper, who suffers with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, is assigned to protect Gov. Mason Taggart, the son of U.S. President. Mason is in grave danger until a leak in the inner circle can be found and eliminated.

Both Priscilla and Mason are forced into a situation out of their comfort zones. Isolated and not happy with the roles they must play, they strike sparks off each other – sparks that give life to love.

Theirs is a tumultuous, edgy love story that touches the emotions on so many levels. GOOD READING!