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Making Spirits Bright

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  419 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Secret wishes, sweet surprises, and gifts straight from the heart. Delight in this season's most joyous presents with these four sparkling tales. . ."Making Spirits Bright" by Fern Michaels

Melanie McLaughlin desperately wants to adopt two orphaned siblings and give them a real home for Christmas. A just-for-the-holiday marriage to Bryce Landry fits her plan perfectly. . .u...more
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Published October 25th 2011 by Zebra Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nancy Narma
"Sugar, Spice & Romance Sprinkled with Mistletoe”

I have always enjoyed Ms. Michaels’ novels, and now, three literary stars join her in this volume—Elizabeth Bass, Nan Rossiter and Rosalind Noonan. With Fern Michaels’ “Making Spirits Bright”, we are introduced to wealthy graphics Designer Melanie McLaughlin
who, even though she seems to have it all, condo, car, her own business, plus friends and “Fur-Family”, lacks 2 precious items in her life—a special someone (that is until she is reunited...more
Four contemporary Christmas-themed novellas.

Typical of the genre in many ways. I found the first, by the headliner Fern Michaels, to be badly written and to have annoying characters. The other three varied in quality but were, without exception, better than the Michaels in almost every respect.

Not my favorite in the genre (anthologized Christmas novellas) by any stretch of the imagination. I'm only vaguely interested in reading any of these authors again, which is my test for one of these. Oh w...more
The Fern Michaels story was awful, basically a commercial for the Navigator & Uggs. The important part of the story was on 3 pages at the very end.

2nd story was depressing.

The 3rd & 4th were nice.

Sorry would not spend the money on this book.
Like 4 mini Fa-la-la-la Lifetime holiday movies packaged up and sent to my Kindle in book form. :)
Lucy Dosch
Making Spirits Bright by Fern Micheals. Melanie and Bryce had known each other as casual acquaintances. After seeing each other again at a Christmas party, they start dating and begin to fall in love. Melanie has just begun the paperwork to become an adoptive parent when she begins seeing Bryce so she doesn’t even mention it to him. She is told they can’t complete her paperwork until they meet her husband. She is devastated since she doesn’t have one. When two young siblings need an emergency fo...more
Nancy S
"Making Spirits Bright" is four individual stories by Fern Michaels, Elizabeth Bass, Rosalind Noonan and Nan Rossiter. Each story takes place during the Christmas season, but this is a good book that I would read any time of the year.

The four stories will make you laugh and make you cry. Each story is a “make you feel good, I can’t help but smile” with a “few tears mixed in” experience. We share in the many different ways of finding love and happiness found in each story. This book is a true wi...more
Patricia Solla
Interesting Christmas anthology. Four stories in one book. The first story about a single young woman who decides she wants to adopt a child. It's Christmas time and she's not sure about the man who wants to be involved in her life. Celebrating Christmas and adopting are where the romance gets involved. The story lies in what happens. The second story is about a young girl who has lost her mother and though the family didn't celebrate Christmas the year before because of her mother's death she w...more
“Making Spirits Bright” is an anthology of four Christmas-inspired love stories. The first story by Fern Michaels from which the anthology draws its name is about a Colorado ski bunny heiress named Melanie with a heart-of-gold. Single, with plenty of money to spend on the people she cares about, Melanie decides that time is ticking, she’s not getting any younger, and she has the financial resources to adopt a child. She doesn’t expect things to move quite-so-quickly, however, and her desire to a...more
Making Spirits Bright, Fern Michaels
Melanie is a successful business woman. She owns her condo, has a two lovable pets and great friends. There is one thing missing though. Love and family. Melanie is an only child and although she still has her parents, she doesn't have a family, other than Odie and Clovis. Friends Grace and Max along with baby Ella and Grace's brother Bryce will be visiting Stephanie and the girls. This is the perfect opportunity to do a little matchmaking and ask Melanie over...more
Romancing the Book
Curl up by the fireplace and escape with four delightful Christmas stories. Finding love, starting a family, second chances and most of all enjoying the holiday season are major themes in each story.

Making Spirits Bright by Fern Michaels

Melanie McLaughlin runs a successful business and lives with her two beloved pets Odie and Clovis. While watching her best friend’s girls, Amanda and Ashley, Melanie starts to feel the pangs of not having a family of her own. After some soul searching, Melanie d...more
Making Spirits Bright by Fern Michaels

Melanie McLaughlin is a single lady living with her three year old dog Odie and her newly adopted cat, Clovis. Melanie loves spending time with her best friend Stephanie's daughters Amanda and Ashley. Melanie longs to have children of her own and begins looking into adoption as a single parent, thus begins an adventure of love. Will Melanie be approved for adoption? Will Melanie find a special person to love?

This is a story of believing in yourself and belie...more
Marcia Berg Haskell
""Making Spirits Bright" by Fern Michaels

Melanie McLaughlin desperately wants to adopt two orphaned siblings and give them a real home for Christmas. A just-for-the-holiday marriage to Bryce Landry fits her plan perfectly. . .until unexpected sparks have Melanie dreaming of forever by his side. . .

"Runaway Christmas" by Elizabeth Bass

A glass of wine, lounging in pajamas, and catching up on movies—that's Heidi Bogue's idea of a perfect Christmas. Until her thirteen-year-old niece makes a surprise...more
Making Spirits Bright was a pretty good story. A great happy season read. I really enjoyed reading it and it was emotionally varied. The characters were good and I totally was egging on Carla when she was 'talking' to Olga. (The name is completely appropriate) This is a great pick-up quick read and sweet and great for the winter holiday or any time. Runaway Christmas was pretty good too. I liked the events, never knew what was next *sigh*, but it kept me on my toes. I liked the characters and th...more
Each of the stories in this book is very special in it's own way. The first story by Fern Michaels starts the book of wonderfully and really does put you in the Christmas Spirit. Melanie is a Career woman who decides she wants children but does not have a husband to provide her with any, so she decides to adopt.
After she's finished applying to adopt she meets a very wonderful man.

I found this story not only sweet but intriguing. It's a real Christmas Time Fairytale. It's a little far-fetched in...more
Julie Barrett
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT Fern Michaels; Elizabeth Bass; Rosalind Noonan; Nan Rossiter

4 stories for the price of one, you can't go wrong!

Making Spirits Bright by Ferm Micahels
This is just one story out of 4 in this Christmas book. This tale is of a woman that shuts down her PC during the holidays so you can devote
her whole time to the holidays and friends and fmaily. She cares for the little girls down the street and attends parties that arise suddenly.
She also meets up with her friends brother and...more
Making Spirits Bright from Fern Michaels was such a joy! I had a hard time putting it down!

Runaway Christmas was much of the same with the exception it started slow. I was slightly worried by the slow start but it redeemed itself thereafter. Great holiday tale of stranded travelers and the redeeming spirit!

Home for Christmas was such a touching tale of the acceptance and finding love again. Very true to real life and the consequences of war and life in general. Very much enjoyed reading this.

Combination of four different books all taking place around the Christmas season.

MakingSpirits Bright - Melanie McLaughlin adopts two siblings who were orphaned.

Runaway Christmas - Heidi plans on closing her cafe and spending a quiet Christmas alone until her 13 year old niece show up and a snowstorm and electric failure turns her cafe into a town refuge.

Home for Christmas - Sam Norwood returns from the war with his injuries and runs into Joanne truman who he has always had a thing for.

The Nan Rossiter story continues the journey of characters from her book THE GIN AND CHOWDER CLUB. A lovely Christmas story set on Cape Cod.
Natalie Wipf
i'm on the fence. the first story was cute but all of a sudden it was over. kinda left me feeling like there needed to be another chapter to kinda wrap up the story. the next story lost me a few chapters in. i admit i didn't finish the story/book and that's so not like me... on to a new book now...
I enjoyed all the stories, with all their Christmas spirit. In the first one, I liked the way that Melanie decided to go ahead and adopt, rather than waiting to find the "perfect" man - and then found the perfect man for her anyway. In the second one, I loved the way that Heidi kept her cafe open and created a refuge for the stormbound. In the third story, I mostly liked Jo, though I thought she was following one child care "expert" a little too closely. In the fourth, Maddie was a real sweethea...more
I like these holiday books where multiple authors come together in order to find new authors to read. I wasn't too impressed with the story by Nan Rossiter, as it was unclear what led up to the events in the story. There was a link to read more by her, but it seemed too sad - not my interest. I very much enjoyed the story by Rosalind Noonan where a town was saved from commercialism. As a farmer's daughter, I love these stories every time.
Very much enjoyed these short stories until the last one, which I was very disappointed to find out (at the end) was a follow up to a full length novel by the same author. The short story felt like something was missing, and apparently it was. However, the first three stories are definitely worth reading as fun and light hearted Christmas reads.
Just finished the Elizabeth Bass story, liked it pretty well. Just couldn't seem to get into the Fern Michaels story.

The family tree in "Runaway Christmas" took a few pages for me to straighten out. A lot of stepfamilies and ex-stepfamilies going around. A lot more characters than I'm used to in Christmas romance anthologies. Overall it was pretty good though.
Marianne Stehr
What is better than a Christmas story right around the holidays written by such talented authors. These are stories that are quick and easy reads with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Certainly a good, quick read for those cold days inside when you need a little Christmas magic, whether it is the holiday season or not.
Just - The romance reader
A feel good holiday read. I started super early with my holiday reading this year and this was a perfect start. Making Spirits Bright is comprised of 3 Christmas novellas and other than Michaels they are all authors new to me. I thoroughly enjoyed all 4 novellas but Runaway Christmas was probably my favorite.
Melanie McLaughlin desperately wants to adopt two orphaned siblings and give them a real home for Christmas. A just-for-the-holiday marriage to Bryce Landry fits her plan perfectly. . .until unexpected sparks have Melanie dreaming of forever by his side. . . The perfect Christmas realtime story. 4 stars.
I enjoyed the first story, by Fern Michael's. The couple didn't jump into bed, which I appreciate. All of the stories were good. A nice change for some of the darker things I have been reading. Godd Christmas stories. Nice families. They still had problems. Sweet love stories.
I liked that this was 4 books in one. Overall, the book is good.

The last one in this book, Christmas On Cape Cod, is a follow up to The Gin & Chowder Club by Nan Parson Rossiter. Had I known this I would have read it first, then read Christmas On Cape Cod.
A delightful and warm-hearted read for Christmas with 4 short stories written by gifted writers. Ms Rossiter even shares her recipe for her traditional glug and New England clam chowder upon request if you check out her website.
Denise Koopman
I liked the book but I really don't like to read a book that has multiple stories in it and this is one of those books.I feel like everything is squeezed into a very short story.I like more info than a little.It was ok though.
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