“A Love Rewritten” by Esmerelda Bishop
When Gabrielle wakes up and she’s not
in bed, it only takes a few minutes for her to realize that
she’s woken up in another time. Not only that, but she’s
woken up in the middle of her romance novel with the hero
thinking she is the heroine. But will the story play out as
she’s read it, or will it change now that she’s in the
middle of it?
“A Love Rewritten” is an interesting
twist on the story of a woman falling in love with her
novel. Although we knew how Gabrielle felt about the hero,
it would have been nice to see a little more of their
“Mistletoe Magic” by Lanie Fuller
A wish granting mistletoe is the answer
to Hannah’s problem. But will she remember her nightmare in
time to prevent it from coming true?
“Mistletoe Magic” is a story that makes
one thankful for what we have in life and not to take things
for granted. I enjoyed the interaction between the hero and
“High Maintenance” by Jamie Hill
A ski vacation is almost cut short when
Deidre collides with a tree and finds herself stuck inside
the resort. What a good thing the maintenance man is so cute
and attentive; she could use a distraction from what has
become a very boring vacation.
“High Maintenance” is a cute romance. I
would have enjoyed more of a developing relationship, more
insight to the emotions of the characters.
“Letting Go” by Ava Rose Johnson
Six months can feel like six years,
especially with the tragic loss of a baby. When Grace asked
John to give her time and space, she hadn’t realized how far
apart they had become. John’s request for them to try and
fix their marriage leaves her stunned and hopeful, but also
guilty because it is her fault that they grew so far apart
in the first place. Will they be able to overcome their
fears and hurts or will the tragedy be too much?
“Letting Go” is a touching tale of a
woman who, in trying to protect herself from hurt, hurts the
one she loves the most. John is a wonderful hero and almost
too good for Grace, but the two make a wonderful couple and
the story is heartwarming.
“Solstice Night” by Lyra Marlowe
Liesel is on the run. Again. She
doesn’t want to be a pawn, to be used for her powers, but
that is exactly what someone has in mind. And the bounty
hunter he’s sent after her is desperate for money. The
hunter has much pain in his past, possibly too much to allow
him to feel sympathy for the healer. Or can she heal even a
“Sostice Night” is an intriguing story.
Liesel is a kind, generous woman who would see harm to
herself before it would come to others. In helping a total
stranger, she risks everything, but she wouldn’t have it any
“A Winter’s Gift” by Kim Rees
Dumped again, Siobhan runs home for
comfort and sympathy. That she’d rather not run into her
friend Ethan is understandable. He is almost gleeful that
she’s been dumped. Again. But in his attempt to cheer her up
for her birthday, perhaps he can show her just what was
wrong with all her failed relationships, and how to make one
In “A Winter’s Gift”
Siobhan and Ethan strike sparks from the start and it only
gets better. Ethan is a wonderfully written hero and I love
the way he sets out to cheer up and capture Siobhan.
“Einmal nach a Modresnach” by Emily
Sophie is on holiday with other female
family members, and her grandmother’s cute male nurse.
David tells Sophie about dreams and Modranicht, and gives
her hope that she had thought impossible.
“Einmal Nach a Modresnach” is a story
that brings hope to the reader. I wish there had been more
to this story, at least in the explanation about Sophie’s
baby to David if nothing else. The premise was wonderful and
I’d love to see this story written more thoroughly.
“Sugar Baby” by Fiona Shinn
Julia might be twenty-nine, but she’s
not too old to find a man. Unfortunately, she’s in a small
town where everyone knows everyone, and she has given up
hope of finding someone. But then a new man arrives in town,
and she thinks that he might be as interested in her as she
is in him.
“Sugar Baby” is a story about a lonely
woman meeting a gorgeous newcomer to town. This is not a
romance, more like a meeting of two compatible people. While
an enjoyable read at first, it ended too quickly and left me
wondering where the rest of the story was.
In an anthology of this size, it is no surprise that some of
the stories were shorter and left me unsatisfied, but a few
of the stories were very well written, leaving me satisfied
with the Dream by the Fire: Winter Magic