REVIEW ´ DOCTORIO.US × Fern MichaelsWhew I just don t know where to begin WITH THIS HOLIDAY TRAIN WRECK SPIRIT OF THE SEASONDO this holiday train wreck Spirit of the SeasonDo start simply with the spelling errors and glaring editing misses Do I begin with being introduced to the lovely Granny Anna only to see her family laugh inappropriately exhibit no eal grief and constantly behave and speak sourly unappreciativeSpirit of the Season is almost schizophrenic in the way moods emotions and conversations jump all over the place One minute there are fond memories the next moment that which evoked the memories are a selfish inconvenienceIt s hard to like a book when I dislike the main character and I took an instant dislike to Joy For a successful business woman she vacillates between the tantrums and babbling of a 3 yr old acting like a 14 yr old and sounding like an immature petulant over entitled brat even when talking to herself And I m getting a dog or cat as soon as possible So there The dialog between most of the characters is forced and unnatural evenespecially between mother and daughter and certainly between the love interests GagI had to laugh because Fern Michaels seems to want to give a nod to just about every social justice cause she could think of women s shelters adopted dog one little afterthought mention of faith I m a believer too I know many people are not too hip on faith these days but I just say a little prayer and hope they ll understand and my favorite end sarcasm the one that had me olling with laughter the environment with this gem She sneezed Okay if you all don t mind I think I deserve a five minute break to go outside and shake the flour from my clothes She went to the end of the lawn walking toward the edge of the property that led to the iver She leaned into the bag and brushed the flour from her shirt into it Same with her apron though she brushed her jeans off with her hand She didn t want to give anyone the impression she wasn t hypervigilant when it came to caring for the environment I ve ead some Fern Michaels stories that I ve eally enjoyed Spirit of the Season is not one of them unless the intent was for incredulous laughter of disbelief I also wonder if Ms Michaels is being paid oyalties for her blatant and far too many snooty brand name mentions Train wreck indeed The writing is awful the conversations are unnatural and the main character is superficial and vacuous 1 star for inadvertently making my laugh with head shaking incredulity 35 5 starsAuthor Fern Michaels is a ueen of spinning good yarns and this one is as delightful as they come It s a perfect holiday ead as it focuses on the time of All Saints Day through Christmas Eve and incorporates the frenetic energy as well as the wonder and
"Magic Of The Season It "of the season It a charming and elaxing ead as you put your feet up after a long day of holiday preparations Grab feet up after a long day of holiday preparations Grab cup of cocoa a soft blanket and settle in for a cozy evening of eadingAlthough the book opens with a sorrowful loss it uickly eases into a story of hope Anna Rose Huntley the matriarch of the family and owner of the Heart Soul Bed Breakfast is excited and busily making the holiday preparations for her beloved guests But seeing her way to Christmas was not meant to be In her will she leaves the unning of the BB to her granddaughter Joy the strong highly driven business owner of Simply Joy nail polish company How is Joy supposed to un a North Carolina BB while she s operatin. Christmas is a time for emembering loved ones past and present In this new novel by New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels the holidays are also the time to discover a future that like the perfect gift is as satisfying as it is surprising Joy Preston misses her beloved late grandmother dearly But when she learns the terms of Nana's will she's shocked and than a little irked Joy moved to Colorado years ago and is now CEO of a successful nail polish company Her life an. G her international business back in Denver Why didn t Nana leave it to her own daughter who already lives there What was she thinking With the help of Anna s faithful employees and Joy s mother somehow all the holiday preparations fall into place BUT NOT WITHOUT THEIR DRAMA JOY IS ON A not without their drama Joy is on a learning curve for this BB business But her Nana s attractive and young attorney Will provides Joy with simple diversions which help Joy keep her balance There s a spark between these two which is obvious to others yet which Joy denies
will all the charms of spruce city ncall the charms of Spruce City NC enough for Joy to keep Heart Soul BB in the family Only time will tellFern Michaels does a superb job of world building in her books We feel the charm of small town Spruce City as its esidents make evening strolls through its historic district eyeing the Christmas light wonderland We also sense the small town claustrophobia as everyone appears to know everybody else s business The character development is excellent and ealistic My only criticism is that the ending felt ather ushed None the less I certainly enjoyed this story and look forward to eading many by this wonderful storytellerI am grateful to author Fern Michaels and Kensington Publishing Corp for having provided a free e copy of this book Their generosity however has not influenced this eview the words of which are mine alone Look I need something to latch onto with a book Maybe the writing isn t the best but there s a character you can t help but love or maybe the characters are all dicks but the writing is wonderful Or there s a wacky friend or a eally interesting set up Something ANYTHINGSpirit of the Season could have worked as the premise is workable Workaholic is called home to a smalltown when a family member dies and now has to put down oots in order to keep something important in the family Been done loads of times I liked Joy having a nail polish business In theory Nothing we ever see from Joy supports the theory later thrown about by the dude with the sexy voice we e supposed to swoon over because Joy does after freaking out about the thought that maybe her mother is interested in this guy and the whiplash I got from that switch never went away that Joy has a hand in naming any of the colors anything even emotely interesting Seriously Joy is terribly named because she sucks the joy from all things She grumbles about just about everything which is fine at the start of the story but when she blows up at someone she considers to be like an aunt though never actually put that way always her Nana s other daughter or like a sister to Joy s mother for asking a easonable uestion it s fine because Izzie deserved it Somehow Joy s ude to Izzie a LOT she snaps or jokes about being the boss even though Izzie and Elizabeth Joy s mother clearly un the place and Joy has no interest in actually learning a blessed thing in egards to unning the BB annnnnnnd it s always handwaved away She snaps at the smallest things and I think we e supposed to sympathize with her but she doesn t actually appear to be grieving and I ve gotta say that taking your frustrations out on people who are probably having an even harder time with a
"Death Than You Are Is "than you are is awful and we e never actually given a eason to feel much of anything for her The dialog is basically people talking at one another and the conversations never feel eal they. D career are in Denver How can Nana have expected her to give that up even temporarily to take over a bed and breakfast in North Carolina for six monthsYet there's no denying Heart and Soul's charm especially at holiday time The BB is always elaborately decorated for the season with themed guest ooms and dazzling lawn displays created for the annual Parade of Homes competition The entire town takes part in the festivities and soon Joy too is joining in the gingerbread house
"4 Full Years Maybe I "full years Maybe I overlook this complete lack of ealism if there d been something entertaining going on but no NoJust no I haven t ead any other books by Fern Michaels and this one was a struggle to finish I don t normally give books poor atings or bad eviews because I don t finish them if I truly dislike them This book is one that I stuck with because I kept h Info Dumps and More UnpleasantnessAs an avid omance eader I had heard of this author "but I had never ead her work When I ead the description of the book at " I had never ead her work When I ead the description of the book at book eview site last year yes I am a little behind in my eading the paranormal aspect intrigued me Unfortunately however I ultimately felt disappointed by the paranormal aspect as well as the book in generalAs I write this we are having a delightfully cool and ainy late spring day after a week of hot temperatures so digging into Christmas books that needed eviewing seemed perfect But every one I have ead today has had the same major fault Each book Has Had A Prodigious Information had a prodigious information or multiple dumps I hate this in stories in general but literally eading three in a ow today as I cozied up under a blanket with a lovely cup of hot tea is frankly a bit much It seems particularly egregious in this book as the entire first 6% is what I would consider an information dump An author of this standing should know how to integrate the backstory into the main plot itself without having to esort to information dumps I thought the first section with the grandmother was bad enough but once we met Joy the same thing happened again UghOther than that this is a elatively straight up omance with a few small town uirks like the cutthroat holiday competitions which got to be a little much Sadly I thought that the paranormal aspect where people come to the inn at Christmas hoping to get in touch with departed loved ones became a elatively minor plot point even though it would seem that it should be well integrated as the title appears to come from and it is described as an integral part of the story in the book s description For what should be a pleasant small town Christmas omance I thought there was too much profanity I am never a fan of that in books All in all I found myself disappointed with this bookI eceived a free copy of this book but that did not affect my eview. Ontest and letting her eservations melt awayThere's another special eason for Heart and Soul's popularity Rumor has it that during holiday season guests can be eunited with the spirit of a loved one who's passed on Joy's skeptical yet she feels her beloved Nana's influence all around her perhaps even indulging in a little matchmaking between Joy and handsome estate attorney Will DrakeA special homecoming and the glow of new beginnings will combine to make the holiday magica.