ABOUT THE BOOK:
Three holiday-themed romances by Karen Rose Smith:
THE DAD WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS
Contemporary romance/marriage of convenience/Christmas
Faith had a crush on Nick in high school. But they ran in different crowds and he married a beautiful
Now Nick was back at least overnight and stranded by a snow storm. He owns a toy store
But is it convenient? Or does the past interfere too much?
Christmas is a time of love and forgiveness. Maybe Faith and Nick can find the spirit of Christmas together.
TOYS AND BABY WISHES
Joshua Flannigan owns successful toy stores and is protective of the aunt who raised him. When he returns from a backpacking trip to find his aunt's new "friend" Alexandra Kittredge helping her make major life changes, he's suspicious of Lexa's motives. After all, she looks more like a model than a job counselor!
Soon Josh realizes Lexa's sincerity and compassion for others runs her life. Protective of her younger sister who is pregnant, Lexa intends to adopt
On Christmas Eve, Lexa and Josh find a lifetime of happiness can be just a jingle bell away!
WISH ON THE MOON
Mitch loves and respects Laura's father as he never could his own. His dad was a drunkard and a gambler who
Mitch is prepared to dislike Ray's rebellious daughter because of the pain she caused Ray. But when he meets her, her self-confidence and the love she feels for her daughter throw him for a loop. In
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Holiday Forever-Afters Boxed Set: Three Christmas Romances by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Holiday Forever-Afters Boxed Set: Three Christmas Romances by Karen Rose Smith is a 2016 publication.
This box set features three emotional and heartfelt novellas all centered around the holiday season.
THE DAD WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS:
This story features big hearted Faith Hewitt, foster mom to
But, the marriage is one of convenience… or is it?
This story is all about trust, true love, and family. Nick rediscovers the holiday spirit as struggles with his desire to make his marriage real and become Jakie’s father in earnest.
Faith is warm and shy, suffering from a little tiny lack of self-confidence when it comes to Nick especially since his real motives in marrying her are unclear, and he compartmentalizes certain areas of his life.
The road is a little rocky to begin with, but ultimately this couple is able to put their misconceptions and misunderstandings behind them when passion ignites between them.
This story is a little
TOYS AND BABY WISHES:
When Joshua discovers his aunt is making a huge move, he is immediately suspicious and blames the beautiful social worker, Lexa, for putting ideas in his aunt’s head. But, once he starts getting to know Lexa, he discovers her life is complicated and she harbors a deeply painful secret, one that could change things between them once the truth comes out.
This story was heartbreaking, and I admit to feeling very frustrated by Lexa and for Lexa. Sometimes Joshua could seem a little bossy, and his unsolicited advice
Of the three stories in this anthology, this one got to me because of the deep family issues and the huge disappointments that Lexa endured. But, the adversity was what made the ending so wonderful!!!
WISH ON THE MOON:
Laura is blindsided by the arrival of her father’s business partner, Mitch, on her doorstep bearing the shocking news that father was in the hospital after having a heart attack and was set to have surgery.
If that weren’t bad enough, Mitch lectures Laura and does not hide his disdain toward her due to her father’s having disowned her. Mitch is firmly in her father’s corner, but he doesn’t know the whole story.
But, Laura is not the only one with severed or damaged family relationships. Mitch has a brother with a gambling problem who has come to Mitch asking for money.
Family is often messy and complicated, and sometimes we only hear one side of a story and draw conclusions without having all the facts. Mitch and Laura are attracted to each other, but they will have to work out their family issues and learn to trust each other before they could ever build a life together.
This story was the perfect story to draw the trilogy to a close. The story hits on all the emotions we struggle the hardest with. Trust and forgiveness being the chief among them. It is also important to admit to mistakes, to apologize, and to listen to each other, something every character in this story had to learn.
I enjoyed all three of these short stories. Each story featured hot romance, family elements, and heartwarming holiday sentiments.
Every story was solid and all of them will appeal to contemporary romance lovers of all stripes.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.
In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.
She returned to teaching for a
She has written for Meteor/Kismet, Kensington, Silhouette and Harlequin. Readers can contact Karen through her website, on Facebook (Karen Rose