There’s nothing more festive than a winter romance, and in these heartwarming stories, love is a gift that can take you by surprise . . .
“The 24 Days of Christmas” by Linda Lael Miller
A matchbox advent calendar first brought Frank Raynor and Addie Hutton together. But that was years ago. There’s no way the miracles of Christmas—and the magic of true love—could possibly be hidden under one of its tiny flaps. Or could they?
“Christmas Angel” by Kat Martin
When Angel Summers’s first love, Josh Coltrane, joined the Army, she vowed to hate him forever. But now he’s back in Savannah for the holidays—wishing for a miracle that could heal both their hearts.
“The Christmas Carousel” by Mary Carter
Single mom Georgia Bradley can’t afford to fight the developers who want to tear down her beloved Rhode Island auction house—especially Adam Cavalier. But when she receives a mysterious gift, Adam becomes intrigued with its origin—and with Georgia . . .
“A Rose in Winter” by Laura Florand
Allegra Caldrone knew the rule never to talk to strangers. But on a cold winter night in Provence, she breaks that rule—and more—with an irresistible man. Raoul Rosier seems thrillingly dangerous, yet why does Allegra feel so safe with him—even when she believes he’s a thief?
Bestseller Miller (Big Sky Wedding) anchors an enjoyable holiday collection with plenty of Christmas cheer but limited sparkle. In Carter's busy "The Christmas Carousel," auction house owner Georgia refuses to sell her property to handsome investor Adam. But Adam is more than he seems, and a mysterious Christmas gift that arrives for Georgia gives her a chance to reconsider. Florand's "A Rose in Winter" is the steamiest entry: when American Ph.D. candidate Allegra decides to stay in Provence over the holidays, she connects in and out of bed with Raoul, an alpha male with a heart. Miller's "The 24 Days of Christmas" brings Addie back to her hometown of Pine Crossing and her ex-fianc , Frank; their romantic reunion is upstaged by their family responsibilities. Martin's Reconstruction-era "Christmas Angel" is a historical oddball among contemporaries, but it stands out more for its tight story and intense romance, in which Southern belle Angel reunites with Joshua, her former love turned Union army doctor. The novellas' diversity makes for a satisfying, if not stellar, anthology.