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I'll Be Home for Christmas
Linda Lael Miller et al.
432 pages
September 2006
rated 5 of 5 possible stars
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Sarah Wagner is a newly anointed stepmother whose husband dies in a tragic accident. Sarah is left penniless and returns to her hometown of Bent Tree, California with her stepdaughter, to an aunt who left her on the doorstep of a boarding house years ago. Sarah meets sexy widower Joe Courtland in this Christmas story of hope and renewal.

In Julie Leto's all-too-short Christmas story, Isabel Ruiz is a PR executive who needs to thaw out more than the Christmas turkey before the holiday arrives. Spencer Burke is head of a charitable organization and needs help with his frigid exterior before the TV cameras pounce on the organization's holiday gala. Can Isabel do the unthinkable and melt the ice from around this guy's heart before it's too late?

Hailey Miller is in love with the wrong twin! Will she discover where her heart really lies in time for the holiday? Thomas MacCormack has been in love with the housekeeper's daughter since forever, but she can't see past his brother's practiced good looks. Will Hailey fall in love with her one true prince in time for Christmas?

Russian spy Grigori Nyekovic is sent to New York to recover one of the Faberge eggs. He brings along his daughter because the holiday is just around the corner, hiring a bodyguard to protect his only child. But it's his heart that needs protecting when Raquel Durant is on the case. When the egg is stolen, will Raquel manage to save the day, or will more than just the egg be shattered?

This anthology from Pocket Books is invigorating. I read it in April, and now I cannot wait for the magic of the Christmas season. The stories are alive in their characters and dialogue. I normally don't like anthologies because the tales are too short, but I liked this one; I would love to see the stories become their own books.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Megan Duncan, 2007

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