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A Very Holly Christmas: An Exclusive Short Story (Holly #2)

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Shelia Roberts is back with the hilarious short follow up to On Strike For Christmas. This short story will bring you right back to the spirited town of Holly, one year after the big strike! For even more Christmas (this time with a touch of romance) don’t miss The Nine Lives of Christmas, coming November 2011.
ebook, 19 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Arlene
Nov 29, 2011 Arlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one...
A Very Holly Christmas was too short of a story to really get to know any of the characters and the intended outcome. I actually had to read it twice to understand what it was all about. Good thing it was free, otherwise this would have been a full on rant. Didn’t really care for it and I got nothing out of reading this Christmas tidbit. :/
Cathie
2.5 stars. Grrr, I hate when authors publish a very very very short story and then use half of it to promote their new book.

This was a cute little story (I've heard longer stories told around a campfire) about Christmas decorating that ends in the usual sappy Christmas cheer. It had humor which I love in a story, but also your typical cliche ending of life is good, everything is fine. I think the author probably actually used a napkin to write this mini mini novella on; it takes up just about th
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Frankiejohnny
This book is a one page teaser to get you interested in a different book "On Strike for Christmas". It does have a Start & Finish point, so it is technically a "story". It is well written and I think it would be worth reading Sheila Roberts other works. However, I was a little turned off, since this was soooo short. (It ends at location 77 of 250... so most of book is a sample of her book "Nine Lives of Christmas". That sample is just chapter 1 and is not a complete story.) Anyways... well w ...more
Kristina Lucero
I got this short story for free on Amazon through a promotion that is currently running.

Sometimes with short stories you pick up one and while reading it you have a feeling like you are missing something. That was the case with this read. While the story was cute and definitely Christmas theme I was so distracted by the lost feeling that it was difficult for me to get through the 19 pages. On Strike for Christmas, the novel that short story follows, is 394 pages long and that explains a lot.

Whil
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Stacie
Jan 16, 2012 Stacie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This is basically a chapter long and gives a VERY BRIEF synoposis of the characters in Holly after ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS. Note this is a FREE Kindle download so you aren't out anything to read it. If you do the Kindle download, be sure to click your next page tab rather than click on the "Begin Reading" icon. It jumped ahead to a chapter from another book about a cat named Ambrose and a fireman named Zach.

It was a little too short for what I was hoping for. It seemed that it would have made m
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
I have to say I was very disappointed in this short story. It wasn't even really a short story, it was more like a blurb! There was no story to it. No character development, no real setting and no plot. AND... honestly when I came to "The End" I thought the story was just saying the end, I thought there was more! I flipped forward, then back, the forward, then back again, and thought "Wow!, That's really it?!"
Mary
Dec 16, 2011 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think it's a lead in to Sheila Roberts' new book The Nine Lives of Christmas (which I hope to read). More a preview instead of an actual short story, in my opinion. It was (is still?) a Kindle freebie.
Janet
Dec 29, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing
It was a great book but a very short story. It let me wanting to know more.
Pragya
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Another one I picked up for a short, quick read for Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon but I didn’t realize it was THAT short! It ended before it even began. I think this was meant as a little quickie by the side in collaboration with another book. So reading this on its own doesn’t really make much sense.

But had it been a murder mystery instead of romance, I might have liked it better. Lol. Yeah yeah, I know expecting murder in a Christmas-y read. But well, wouldn’t that
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Susan
Apr 30, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this, unaware that it was just a "bridge" between two books. So short it was forgetful and I don't really care to look up the other two books.

If there had just been a little more "meat" to the story, maybe......
Jen - ReadingwithPugs
Way too short. What was the point of this??
Andra Weis
A VERY short short story. Cute and enjoyable.
Donna
Cute little story showing the differences in how people feel about Christmas. It is possible to change or revert maybe would be the better way of saying it. We all have different ways of addressing the spirit of season and joining with the families. Our couples experience some off that change and gives us a glimpse of the love that comes out of it. A little short but a great idea.
Sandra
May 23, 2014 Sandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
nothing really happened
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Jan 15, 2012 TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey rated it did not like it
Shelves: nook, 2012
Shelia Roberts is back with the hilarious short follow up to On Strike For Christmas. This short story will bring you right back to the spirited town of Holly, one year after the big strike! For even more Christmas (this time with a touch of romance) don’t miss The Nine Lives of Christmas, coming November 2011.

Review - Short and to the point. It wasn't that great.
Jacquelyn Smith
Joy was kind of worried about Bob, after reading his new mystery titled, Frustrated husband plots to murder wife at family's christmas gathering. After she started a strike last year that led to a life changing epiphany for Bob.

Was the whole I have changed thing an acted, or did he really change ?

This was too cute for words.
Merry Christmas
Iris
Dec 11, 2011 Iris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can't even call it a short story. It tells you absolutely nothing about any of the characters. As a matter of fact it kind of just looked like the morning after (or in this case the year after) of a Lifetime Channel movie I say on Thanksgiving weekend where all the women in one small town go on strike for the holidays.
Tiffany
Dec 06, 2011 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book while it says that it is a short story is not. Beware...this book holds two chapters from books that Sheila Roberts has written. One including the thoughts of a cat. No joke. So...don't be misled...like I was.
KyBunnies
Nov 16, 2011 KyBunnies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like animals.
Recommended to KyBunnies by: Amazon.com
This was a fast short read. I enjoyed the book until I got to the end and I felt like the author forgot something. That is why I have rated this as 4 star's and not 5. This was a free book in the Kindle store.
Eileen Carter
Cute

Told in the perspective of a cat, this short story is just that...short. really a small glimpse into what could become another story. Very entertaining.
Cathie
May 07, 2014 Cathie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Sheila's books!!!

I want more of this story!!! I want to know how the people that were involved in the strike ended up! Please write more Sheila!!!
Miley the Book Junkie Reads . . .
I found this to be a major disappointment. I felt as if I was thrown in the deep end and told to swim without the benefit of a lesson. Things just did not make sense to me.
Lillie
A very short story with a lot of characters and confusing things that apparently you would understand only if you had read previous books in the series. But it hard a cute ending.
Jenn
Jul 07, 2013 Jenn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
About 5 minutes long. Most of the book is actually a preview of the next one. Not worth reading unless you've read the book before it, although not sure it's worth it even then.
Lea
Dec 01, 2013 Lea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, this is about five pages and seems to be one year later after 'On Strike for Christmas.' It was nice to have a follow up but was so short it was barely worth reading.
Michelle
I loved On Strike for Christmas. I was hoping that this was going to be a "regular length" book. Otherwise I liked it ok...hope she goes ahead and does a whole book!
Janet Stites
while it was cute, frankly there were too many charachters and therefore left a lot unexplained and unfinished. But as a FREE short story - it was a fairly good read.
Tina Wilson
Mar 06, 2012 Tina Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
neat little twist near the middle that made it very interesting. would have liked to have read this as a full length novel. it had my attention right away.
Gail
Jan 30, 2012 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: on one
Recommended to Gail by: Amazon
Shelves: novels, kindle
I usually enjoy regency romances, but I like the author to have done some research on customs and manners of the times. These were terrible.
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s ...more
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