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The Delaney Christmas Carol (The Delaneys #14)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  601 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
This Christmas, celebrate the joys of the season with a trio of exquisitely crafted, richly romantic tales by three of the brightest stars in contemporary fiction—bestselling authors Kay Hooper, Iris Johansen, and Fayrene Preston. Filled with passion, drama, and a touch of magic, this festive gathering of classic stories—available for the first time in ten years—tells abou ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 672 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Random House Large Print (first published January 1st 1992)
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Oct 22, 2015 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xmas
The Delaneys series has three authors rotating writing books. I read The Delaney Christmas Carol first, and was fine. For it, each author wrote a story - one past, one present, one future - of the same family line, the Delaneys. (The second story has one scene describing everyone present as if we should know them, but that didn't harm the story for me).

Each story starts early/mid December and ends with Christmas. As the foreword tells us, this family has a mirror, gifted by gypsies long ago, tha
Nov 23, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I like all three stories in the book I was a little lost with figuring out who the characters where in the Present and Future stories. There was a huge gap in the years that these stories took place and that caused a little confusion in the beginning of the stories. Also the first story by Iris Johansen was better than the other two, just my own personal opinion. I am a true Iris Johansen fan and have read almost all of her books, still trying to catch up with a few since I just began read ...more
I guess 2.5* on average (i know it doesn't quite add up, but indulge me!:) )


I found this story entirely too short to explain what was going on with the magic mirror and conflict at the end. We don't get a clear idea of what the mirror actually does... And what's with the insta-love?! They meet one day, he blackmails her into sleeping with him the same night, and they are in love the next morning?! Also, who was the person wanting to kill him?! Totally didn't get that... Otherwise, it h
Anna Mcfadden
Sep 15, 2015 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book takes a look at 3 different relationships in the Delaney family. They all find love where the least inspect it. This book is from the past, the present, and the future. I read the book before but didn't remember until I got to certain parts and it was great to read again
Diane Wachter
PB-B @ 1992, 12/98. Three stories, written by 3 authors connecting 3 different generations of the same family by using a "Magical Mirror". Okay.
Christmas Past, Iris Johansen,
Christmas Present, Fayrene Preston
Christmas Future, Kay Hooper
Paula Schumm
I listened to the audiobook from the library. The Delaney family owns a magic mirror from Ireland that shows more than just a Delaney reflection. With Christmas past, present, and future, this one was okay. Recommended as a mindless Christmas read.
Dec 06, 2009 Farrah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
I was a little disappointed; it’s not that I thought it was bad, it’s just that only one of the three stories really caught my attention. I wanted more adventure and/or action to draw something emotional out of me. Of the three stories within the anthology, Christmas Past by Iris Johansen was probably the only one that affected me. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m more into historical romance than contemporary or if it’s because I found the main characters more powerful than the others.The magic ...more
Samantha Smith
Dec 23, 2012 Samantha Smith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was three books in one. Three well known romance authors got together to write this book which contains "Christmas Past", "Christmas Present" and "Christmas Future". While I respect the challenge these authors faced as they tried to create one uniform book written by three different authors. They did a pretty good job of writing a cohesive book and tying all the stories together. The problem I have is that each story was just okay. I kept waiting for one of the stories to really grab m ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little too romance novel for me, but not bad.
Jan 20, 2013 Becca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"I made a mistake with this selection. I was looking for a Christmas book for December and picked this, as it came in three parts, past, present and future, each written by a different author about the same family. What I didn't realize is that these must be romance writers. At any rate, the moderately interesting story read like the cover of a romance, heaving breasts, swollen manhood, and all. I did enjoy the descriptions of the grand Christmas decorations, the vast ranch home, and the clothin ...more
I'll start by saying I have issue with sex scenes in Christmas books. Christmas, however, was merely a blip on the radar of this book. I was drawn to this book because of Iris Johansen and her Christmas Past portion did not disappoint. I had a hard time getting through Christmas Present and almost stopped reading. Not that it was bad; it just didn't hold my interest. I'm glad I kept reading because it is a good book, but no one compares to Iris. She rocks and I loved her portion of the book.
Jan 18, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. It had mystery, romance, and some paranormal activity. It takes place around a big house in Arizona, a ranch, a magic mirror given as a gift to the Delaney family by an Indian tribe, and different family members in the past, present, and future. It was great to follow the family and the mirror as years passed, and events unfold around Christmas time.It was a new concept and I loved it. I would own this an read it no matter what time of the year. Just enchanting....
Joan  2
Jan 02, 2012 Joan 2 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My last Christmas fling of 2011! It was a good choice too! This was three separate stories by three authors. The stories were related, by some connection to the Delaney family. One took place in the past, one the present, and one the future. Very clever! All were of the romance genre, and may I say very hot romance! Not my usual fare, but nice for a change!
Dec 31, 2007 Sherri rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers
Shelves: completed
I really enjoyed this book. It was like reading 3 books in one. There was a past, present and future section in this book. There were 3 different stories but about the Delaney family members. The story takes place on their ranch in Arizona, near Tuscon. All three stories had good endings, which I like. I would definitely recommend this book.
Jul 02, 2011 Saadia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting stories about the Delaney family across the centuries and the Killara homestead at Christmas time. Each story centers around the family's magic mirror and the young couple which discovers everlasting love at Christmas. Explicit sexual scenes!

I remember reading this book when I was younger and had to pick it up at a recent book sale. It's just as I remembered. All three stories are good but not great. Definitely a fun read during the holiday season.
Dec 08, 2010 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has three separate Christmas stories, written by three authors, but about the same family. One story takes place in 1800's, one in the present, and the final one in the distant future.
Aug 01, 2009 Persephone rated it did not like it
Shelves: unable-to-finish
Good Lord. Didn't even make it through the second chapter before being defeated by the overwrought, cliched prose. "Her nostrils were assaulted by..." Puh-lease.
Dec 24, 2013 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed the past, present and future of the Delaneys!
Dec 28, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had 3 seperate stories in it, first 2 were great, 3rd not so much but overall was a good holiday book!
Anne Totoro
I tried to read a few Christmas books this year...this book has 3 stories by 3 different authors about the same family.
Jan 03, 2009 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Three stories (past, present and future). I liked the "past", but the others were only so-so.
The first story was good.
The second story was ok.
The third story was terrible.
Dec 18, 2015 Moshi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads, festive
3.5 stars. Didn't like the last story and too romancy for my liking.
I enjoyed this trilogy of Christmas romances- Past, Present & Future.
Margaret L2010
Book has three stories Christmas Past, Present, Future
May 15, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It was just ehh. I really can't say more than that.
Feb 20, 2009 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit rushed, but a fun story about 3 generations.
Mary G.
Apr 11, 2011 Mary G. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A fun and fluffy romantic Christmas read.
May 26, 2010 Joann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good as romances go. No fan of romances.
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