|All three by Ballatine Books|
I started with Starry Night, right after Halloween. This actually worked out well, because Starry Night went through Thanksgiving up to New Years and so I did not feel bad for crowding out Thanksgiving. I like her stories set in the Alaskan wilderness and this was a cute story of a reporter and her struggle to interview a reclusive author. Carrie is sick of society gossip and batting her eyes at people at grand cultural events. She wants to be a serious reporter and asks for a bigger story and what she gets is Finn Dalton. Finn's first book become an instant bestseller, something he did not expect and it came with people wanting to invade his privacy. Since he lives in Alaska he feels safe that he will not have to be bothered, until Carrie appears. Carrie brings with her not just her charm and tenacity, but a present meant to heal the rift between Finn and his mother. When Carrie is stuck in Alaska for a few extra days, she grows to care for Finn and must decide if she is going to shatter the privacy he wants for a story that could make her career or if she will follow her heart and possibly be stuck in the society column. This was sweet romance with a satisfying ending. 3.5 cups of cocoa.
Next came Mr. Miracle. I love the Mrs. Miracle books and movies, particularly the first book and the second movie. Mr. Miracle was not quite on par with Mrs. Miracle, but the movie has not premiered yet, so that may change my views. I love the premise of it, Harry Mills is an angel sent to teach a class and help make Addie's and Erich's lives a little happier. He is supposed to help get the two of them to like each other and help heal rifts in both of their lives, but he is still getting used to his new human body. Addie is one of his students, but all of his students touch his heart in different ways, and another teacher wants to be more than just a person he helps and he does not know how to rebuke her advances. Thankfully for Harry, he has Celeste, an angel on Earth many years, to guide him in human ways and to remind him about what is expected of angels. Addie and Erich are more complicated, because Addie had a crush on Erich when she was younger and Erich was very mean to her. Addie is also recovering from losing her dad, who she had not been on good terms with for years and who she felt was disappointed in her for not graduating high school. Addie is taking the class, so that she can finally graduate and go into the medical field. Erich is trying to recover from a heart break. When Erich breaks both of his wrists, Addie steps up to take care of him, so that their widowed mothers can go on a long awaited cruise. If the two of them can give up the past and continue to mature, than a Christmas miracle is not out of the question. There is a huge cast here and the book is a little too short, but I am sure we are going to see several sequels as Harry helps all of the students and a few faculty with learning the spirit of Christmas. Overall, I think the series will improve with each installment. 3.5 cups of cocoa.
There's Something about Christmas, I did end up liking this one as well. Emma Collins wants to have more exciting news stories and is tired of writing obituaries. She convinces her boss to allow her an actually article and he agrees, if she will interview three finalists of a national fruitcake competition. The one catch is that she has to fly to the ladies' homes with Oliver Hamilton, a cocky pilot who has a small plane. Oliver does have a cute dog and is handsome himself, too bad he lacks the personality to tempt her. Emma thinks this is just a stepping stone in her career, but little does she know that the three women will teach her valuable life lessons and that Oliver just might steal her heart. The storyline was really cute and I loved how Emma enjoyed her interviews and the recipes would tempt anyone into waiting to try fruitcake. I was never really convinced into liking Emma and Oliver's relationship until the end, and then it seemed like they deserved each other. I think the dogs are what convinced me. 3.5 cups of cocoa.