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This Christmas

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The holidays can sometimes make or break a relationship. Now, in this trio of warm, witty, insightful stories, three very different women face questions of the heart that could change all their Christmases to come. . .

When her husband's job takes him away from home indefinitely, a restless suburban wife and mother must confront Christmas alone--and decide whether she's bet
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Zebra (first published November 1st 2005)
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Sarah Curnow
Enjoyed the first and the third story but could not get into the second at all.
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I had only read one book written by Jane Green prior to this one, but it didn't stop me being very excited to pick this one up! I really enjoyed Green's fun and relaxed style of writing in Jemima J, and was even more impressed with her latest release, The Holiday. I was also impressed with the other two short stories, The Second Wife of Reilly by Jennifer Coburn and Mistletoe and Holly by Liz Ireland.

I am not usually completely taken by short stories, I prefer the depth of a longer novel, but I
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Rio (Lynne)
1.5 Stars
3 short stories by 3 authors. Jane Green's story was readable but, I was looking forward to a more realistic outcome. I enjoy Jane's books, but I felt cheated out of good story telling for a quick release of 3 bad Christmas stories. In this first one, Sarah and Eddie find themselves unhappy in their marriage. They moved to the suburbs, had children, grew fat and fell out of love. (view spoiler)
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Lindsay Steel
I enjoyed both Jane Green and Liz Ireland's story, but I wasn't too keen on the one by Jennifer Coburn. I wouldn't recommend reading this if you are looking for a happy Christmas read as all three stories were quite depressing, even though they did end happily.
Love Fool
Nov 07, 2014 Love Fool rated it really liked it
From New York Times best-selling chick-lit author Green, along with Coburn and Ireland, comes this irresistible Christmas collection of three sweet, sexy holiday stories where romance is the gift that keeps on giving.

I LOVE the holidays, especially Christmas. I am not a huge fan of short stories however, I thought this was done very well. It just gives you the holiday spirit and melts your cold heart. I highly recommend this if you want a good holiday book, to get you in the mood, or to stop yo
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Bev Taylor
Nov 09, 2014 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it
my version was actually called the holiday!

if u had one wish for christmas what would it be?

in holiday by jane green, sarah decides to split - temporarily? - from her husband, eddie, as they seem to be growing apart. h/e they start to find their real selves - perhaps because of having more m time?

in the second wife of reilly by jenifer coburn - she sets out to find a second husband for the first mrs reilly

in mistletoe and holly by liz ireland holly is to find out who she really loves and her
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Justine
Dec 27, 2013 Justine rated it it was ok
I received this as a somewhat unexpected gift for Christmas. I may read the occasional Historical, but the wide field of Contemporary Romance is new to me. These were published in 2005, so they're not even that contemporary anymore, but that's nitpicking. And there's no need to nitpick, they're bad enough in the broad picture. Three novellas, all by different authors, of whom one is probably more famous than the two others, I wouldn't know. They all share a lose Christmas theme and not much else ...more
Pam Engman
Feb 02, 2011 Pam Engman rated it really liked it
This was a good reads book that I won November 15th. It didn't come by mail until late January. I would have rather read during the holidays since all 3 stories are Christmas related.
I enjoyed story 1. I especially liked how Sarah & Eddie each grow and change and make good on mistakes made. I wished the story would have continued a bit more before ending abruptly. Yeah for Eddie for working hard and having faith in their marriage. All in all it was a cute Christmas story.
Book 2 I would have
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Leah
Dec 17, 2012 Leah rated it it was ok
Don't waste your time. I'm not a big fan of short stories. They're just, well... short! By the time you get hooked the story is over. These were generic, predictable "love stories". Here they are in a nut shell. I suppose I'll put spoiler tags for anyone who couldn't guess the outcome after the first two pages...

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Cindy
Dec 18, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
3 contemporary Christmas stories. None of which have ANY sex.

Jane Green - 4 stars. WOW! This starts out as a sad story. Married couple who used to be madly in love, now... not so much. He gets transfered to Chicago & she thinks it's a sign to seperate. As they spend time apart, they both begin to take stock of their relationship. Can it be saved? You've got to read the story (but would I give it 4 stars if they can't?).

Jennifer Coburn - a reluctant 3 stars. I really didn't want to like th
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Carrie
Dec 21, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok
Ok, so this is a book with three short stories. And again, I'm not a huge fan of the short story--just to quick to wrap up stories for me. I decided to rate these individually.

"Vacation" by Jane Green:

This is the one I looked foward to the most, because I really like Jane Green. Unfortunately, I only give it three stars. It was an ok story, but there was virtually no ending--it wrapped up in like 2 paragraphs and I was confused--as though I was missing pages. It was almost like the author was gi
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Jessorella
I received this book as a gift last Christmas, and being that it was too late to read it by then, I thought it would be perfect to read now in the run-up to this year's seasonal festivities.

Well, meh…

This book contains three short stories, all focusing on relationships around the Christmas period. The first story is by Jane Green and it involves a married couple going through difficulties during the "holiday season", as the Americans call it. It explored an interesting theme about marriage over
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Cindy
Feb 26, 2011 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book is a compilation of three short stories by three different authors, all focused on very different events in women's lives at Christmas. They are all clever, humorous depictions of emotional dilemmas which seem like they might be best serialized in a woman's magazine. The book is an entertaining, light read, but certainly not terribly impressive nor memorable. It would probably make an appropriate gift for a female friend, as many women could relate to the situations described: disappoi ...more
Teresa
Jun 10, 2015 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first short story from Jane Green, always do enjoy her books and a great message given not to let yourself go! The second one by Jennifer Coburn was useless, such a shame that story had to be put in a book with the other two. Story line was unbelievably stupid and unreal. The third one by Liz Ireland was my favourite, thoroughly enjoyed story three and what a lovely ending.
Dimitra-Vanessa Bouna
Nov 24, 2015 Dimitra-Vanessa Bouna rated it it was ok
0 character development (why are these characters the way they are?)... 0 depth, much cliche which results in eye-rolling on your part, seriously only got through it for the holiday theme. The second story was quite incredulous but luckily came together in the end. Till I got there though it was like reading (witnessing) a train wreck.
Dianna
Feb 03, 2011 Dianna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book is three novellas by three different authors. I got through the first, "Vacation," and while I wouldn't hold it up as a standard of great writing, I got through it and even liked how it made me appreciate my family more. I wasn't impressed by the author's use of profanity, though.

Unfortunately, I made it only partway through "The Second Wife of Reilly" before I put down the book, and I'm not going to pick it up again. I have no desire to read female locker room–type talk, nor the exce
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Sam
Oct 02, 2013 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book comprises three different seasonal stories by different authors. The first story "Holiday" by Jane Green is a great read regarding a relationship between husband and wife and what their combined life means to each other when they are together and when apart. It deals with how reliant you become and how you can take each other for granted.

The second called "The Second Wife Of Reilly" by Jennifer Coburn did nothing for me. I found the story line silly - so much so that reading two third
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Devon
Mar 16, 2014 Devon rated it really liked it
I am not a big fan of short story collections, I have read quite a few in the past and have never been too impressed with any of them but for some reason I still feel compelled to purchase them in hope that "this one will be different". Well `THIS CHRISTMAS' was definitely different! This is the best short story collection that I have ever read hands down. Each story put a smile on my face and kept me totally enthralled. I like that there were only three stories to this collection so I was able ...more
Mary Pessaran
Mar 01, 2014 Mary Pessaran rated it it was amazing
Love this collection of Christmas stories. Have read and re-read them. It's now a Christmas tradition. Because each is a novella, it's the perfect collection for the busy Christmas season. Read a little, shop a little, wrap presents a little, read a little. Fun.
Deb
Oct 08, 2015 Deb rated it liked it
A light bit of fluff, which was exactly what I needed after my last book and before I started my new one. A palate cleanser you could call it. I didn't read the middle story, (I was in kind of a hurry after my new book arrived), but I liked the first and third.
Naomi
Sep 06, 2014 Naomi rated it did not like it
Disappointing. I semi-enjoyed the first story, had to force myself to read the second, and couldn't get past the first chapter of the third. Apologies to the authors but one good book would have been better than this collection.
Georgine
Nov 26, 2015 Georgine rated it liked it
this book was three stories by three different authors
Vacation by Jane Green was an interesting story
The Second wife of Reilly by Jennifer Coburn I did not much care for
Mistletoe and Holly by Liz Ireland was a good story
Glenda Gurney
To be honest, absolutely loved 1st book. Thought 2nd book was quite weird, gave up I'm afraid half way through, but 3rd book recovered it. First book by Jane Green was my favourite though of the three
Cassie Mcadams
Nov 16, 2015 Cassie Mcadams rated it liked it
I would rate this 2.5 stars if I could but I can't so I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt because I picked this up specifically to read Jane Green's story. which is exactly what I did and I wasn't very satisfied with the ending. Sarah and Eddie got married 9 years ago and have gotten to the point where they feel old and out of love so they have a separation period. that part of the book is pretty good the characters become related but the ending (pardon my French) is just shit! its so rus ...more
Stephanie Haefner
Dec 27, 2009 Stephanie Haefner rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Only read the first story in the book- Vacation. It was just okay. The point of view was extremely distracting- third person omniscient...a lot of head hopping going on. I only cared about the main characters opinions and her husband...not what everyone else thought. Then at the end, the climax to the story...a scene ends...next scene, the entire climax is over. The writer basically skipped over the resolution!!! I wanted to know what happened!!!!! I was left wondering how they solved their prob ...more
Janine
Dec 20, 2015 Janine rated it really liked it
Loved Green & Irelands books, I found the middle book unrealistic. Great short stories for December when there is a lot to do and not a lot of time to read
Gabriela
Readable, but nothing to write home about. The cover had me all giddy and excited but it didn't go much deeper than that. Good time filler.
Trudy
Dec 22, 2015 Trudy rated it really liked it
The three novelas contained in This Christmas were all quite charming and entertaining: a very enjoyable seasonable read.
Lydia
Dec 21, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it
Some pleasant and different stories, not the common, obvious romantic reads. Worth reading for Christmas Spirit.
Arj
Jan 14, 2016 Arj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first story's okay, the second, I didn't like it that much, the third was heartfelt.
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  • Santa Maybe
  • Once upon a Christmas
  • All I Want for Christmas
  • Last Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland
  • With Love at Christmas
  • Jingle All The Way
  • The Naughty List
  • The Xmas Factor
  • Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
  • Home for Christmas
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Mistletoe in Manhattan
  • Mistletoe and Mayhem
  • So This Is Christmas (Includes: The Protectors, #19)
  • Sweet Inspiration (Klaus Brothers, #1)
  • A Winter Flame
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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