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Secret Santa (A Jaine Austen Mystery #11.5)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  575 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Christmas is the time for miracles, mayhem, and holiday romance in these wonderful stories from four of today's most beloved authors…

"Mister Christmas" by Fern Michaels

A week before Christmas, attorney Claire O'Brien is summoned to Ireland to change her wealthy client's will--only to encounter resistance from his handsome nephew. Will Claire be forced to spend the holidays
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2013)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Secret Santa is an anthology of four short Christmas stories. Three of these I thoroughly enjoyed and were all light and enjoyable.

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Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels RATING 3.5 STARS

Thirty-four year old Claire O’Brien is a high powered lawyer in Los Angeles and has spent her adult life climbing the corporate ladder. This year she is determined to spend the Christmas Holiday with her family in Colorado. That is, until her very rich and elderly client in Ireland demands he is on his death bed and
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels

A week before Christmas, attorney Claire O'Brien is summoned to Ireland to change her wealthy client's will--only to encounter resistance from his handsome nephew. Will Claire be forced to spend the holidays up close and personal with her irresistible Irish nemesis?

Enjoyable story, though because of its length the events were rather rushed. Claire is a lawyer for a big firm in California. The week before Christmas she gets a call from one of her biggest clients.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned-shelf
I enjoyed 2 out of the four stories it's a nice read
William Land
I chose an overall rating for the book, but I also rated each individual contribution in this review.

The four short stories are tied together by theme - that theme is Christmas.

I bought this book because I truly enjoy Laura Levine's Jaine Austen series and was delighted in another one of Jaine's zany adventures as woman sleuth; this one taking place during the Christmas season.

This story was definitely entertaining for this series fan - I rate it five stars! Jaine never fails to delight me!

My Book Addiction and More MBA
SECRET SANTA by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, and Cindy Myers is an interesting collection of Christmas stories. Four talented authors have put together four interesting stories. Filled with Christmas spirit, miracles, mayhem, murder, mystery, and love. Each story is set in a different area, such as Ireland, Texas, Colorado, and in a Mall. For a sure to cheer you up, pick up "Secret Santa". Heartwarming stories of the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for a cute, sweet, holiday ...more
Mark Baker
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, mystery
Four Christmas novels - two romance, one mystery, and one chick lit. I bought it for Laura Levine's mystery novella featuring her sleuth Jaine Austen. I loved it as always. Two of the other stories were enjoyable, but Fern Michaels's contribution was just plain bad on all fronts.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
**I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I always love stories by Fern Michael. Especially her Christmas ones. Therefore, I new that her story in this collection would be one I would like. I was right.

I also enjoyed the other stories by the rest of the authors. This collection is perfect to cuddle up by the fireplace during the winter time.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Four Christmas time stories. Enjoyed Nightmare on Elf Street which ties in nicely with author Laura Levine’s Jaine Austen mystery series.
Lauren Neumann
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I only read "Nightmare on Elf Street" by Laura Levine. I loved that short story. It was very entertaining and kept me guessing until the end.
Julie Barrett
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Secret Santa by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, Cindy Myers
I wanted to read this book because of the many author's included about the same theme.
4 good books for the price of 1!!
Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels
Claire O'Brien was summoned to fly to Ireland from CA via NY because Donald Flynn was on his deathbed and she was in charge of his finances.
She would then travel to her brothers in CO and she had the girls gifts packed with her. That was the plan...and nothing went according
Nancy Narma
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Deck Your Bookshelf With This Heart-Tugging Anthology ”

In Fern Michaels’ “Mister Christmas”, we meet Claire O’Brien who had made plans to spend Christmas with her family in Telluride, Colorado. That is—until she gets a frazzled phone call from wealthy curmudgeon/client Donald Flynn, who demands she fly to Ireland immediately as he is on his deathbed! Despite her fear of flying, Claire begrudgingly makes the trip—and is greeted by not only his friendly staff, but strange circumstances within the
DelAnne Frazee
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Secret Santa
Author: Fern Michaels, Laura Levine, Marie Bostwick, Cindy Myers
Published: Kensington Books / Zebra
Pages: 307
Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre: Holidays, Christmas, Contemporary Fiction
ISBN: 9781420121452
Language : Clean
Sensual Level: Non-Offensive, Innocent
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

Fern Michael's "Mister Christmas" Attorney Claire O'Brien is looking forward to spending Christmas With her family when a cantankerous client demands she come to Ireland im
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
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Gina Hott
Mister Christmas
Claire knows when she’s being set up but sometimes there is just nothing you can do about it. What is she supposed to tell her best client? “No, Sir, I’m not flying from California to Ireland the week before Christmas because I don’t believe you when you claim to be dying”? Sure, That’s gonna fly.
But Claire definitely didn’t expect to meet Mister Christmas or to have her dreams come true…
Review: I greatly enjoyed this book. It was very Christmassy & a bit thrilling even thoug
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it

I always love the books that come out during the holidays, the Christmas ones are my favorite though. This book is called Secret Santa and has four different stories by four different authors. I have only ever read books by two of the authors and that is why I requested to read it, but I have to say other than one great story I was sadly disappointed.

Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels: I have read numerous books by this author and it has been hit or miss for each book of her's I have read. This
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
• "Mister Christmas" by Fern Michaels
A week before Christmas, attorney Claire O'Brien is summoned to Ireland to change her wealthy client's will—her client owns a castle, and wants his heir and nephew to settle down with Claire… neither are willing to be manipulated… but on their long flight back to the states, the do connect… he joins her family celebration – in the snow…
Author threw in odd things… her getting drunk, and throwing up in bathroom at airport, looking a mess getting on and off pla
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 2 stars
General: This was a collection of Christmas stories. The tie between them all is Christmas, not a genre so bear that in mind as you are reading them. I think the book as a whole was a bad idea. While the description behind each story sounded wonderful to me, the stories felt like they had been thrown together overnight. The grammar was fine but the stories themselves did not display a lot of the quali
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of four Christmas stories written by four authors. The first by Fern Michaels is about a woman summoned to Ireland by her client. Thinking that he is dying, she cancels her Christmas plans and flies to Ireland only to find that he is alive and well and only wants her to meet his nephew. She angrily makes plans to return home and the nephew flies her only to find that they are attracted to each other and plan to spend Christmas together. The second story is by Marie Bostwick ...more
Tony Parsons
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mister Christmas: Fern Michaels

Claire O'Brien (attorney, 34) has made plans to spend Christmas with her family in Telluride, CO. But a week before Christmas, she has to head to Ireland to change her wealthy client Donald Flynn (Alzheimer’s) will. The story she heard was he is going to die. It looks like it was just a set up. His handsome nephew Quinn Connor is not too keen on the idea, of her looking into the will. Claire & Quinn had met in LA at a cocktail party at the law firm Visco, Walsh
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought these stories were wonderful. Not only did they satisfy my christmas and holiday story needs, they were all different in some way from what I'm used to seeing.

The first story--"Mister Christmas" by Fern Michaels--was my least favorite. Somehow the trope of "scheming to bring them together" didn't work for me, at least not in the space of this novella.

"The Yellow Rose of Christmas" by Marie Bostwick was my favorite. It was a tender and touching story about the secret admirer of Miss Vel
Jane Night
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I only read Nightmare on Elf Street and my rating and comments only have to do with that story. I believe this Jaine Austen story is the last one I needed to read to have read all that currently exist. Yay!

I am a fan of the series and this story was pretty typical of the series except more compact. It was missing the stories of Jaine’s parents which are some of the best parts of the series and I absolutely missed them in this book.

Lance, Jaine’s best friend was a jerk in this book. Sometimes he
Mary Beth
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Well, I am not overly fond of short story anthologies. One of the reasons is because sometimes it feels like they just throw whatever will fit into the book. That is how I felt about this one. I started off from the beginning with the story by Fern Michaels and I must say I was immediately disappointed. Mister Christmas was the most rushed and truncated feeling story I have probably ever read. It felt like it was originally a much longer story and she just used the action parts for this short st ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, the cover is misleading. This wasn't a Christmas-themed dog book. I did originally find out (prior to reading) that it was going to be a collection of short stories, though I didn't know that when I added this book to my "to read" list.

The opening tale, "Mister Christmas" seemed choppy, unrealistic and the events seemed rushed. I did appreciate the story of Kelly, at least. Apparently this submission is a "slice of life" from another series and most readers probably recognize the characte
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
The problem with anthologies is that one bad story can ruin the whole thing. I will say I really enjoyed Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine. It was a great story with a lovely bit of mayhem.
Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels seemed really rushed to me I know they supposed to be short stories but I have read many that are not as rushed as this one seemed.
The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick. This is the one that was the hardest for me and I will be honest I did not finish it. I just
Patricia Solla
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
An odd collection of Christmas themed stories. Mr. Christmas by Fern Michaels was good. Could have had a little more meat in the storyline but was enjoyable. The Yellow Rose of Texas by Marie Bostwick was the best of the group. This is a little bit more of her quilting series storyline. The reader is introduced to more of the Texas side of the series. Nightmare on Elf Street was definitely not to my taste (shades of the disaster written by Fern Michaels several years ago!). The reader really doe ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Perfect book to read on a cold cold winter day (with a big mug of hot chocolate)! Four short Christmas stories by four wonderful talented authors: Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels, read how Claire was set up by a major client; The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick, read how Miss Velvet discovered who her secret admirer is; Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine, read how Jaine solved the murder of Scotty, one of the mall's Santa Claus; Room at the Inn by Cindy Myers, get into the Chri ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book had four different Christmas stories in it...they were all really good but my favorite was Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine. First time reading that author and I am going to go and find copies of her other books....the story by Cindy Meyers (first time reading her too) it made me cry....going to try and find her other book too. The Irish story by Fern Michaels was really good there was one other author and I don't remember her name. I gave the book to my mom to read s ...more
Maria Ulery
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well I just looked at some of the reviews and am shocked at the low * some have given this book. They are all wonderful and I have to say I had only read 1 fern michaels novella and I have read Marie bostwick before but the other 2 I have never read before and what I treat I liked then all very much! What do you expect from a Christmas Themed book? Maybe some romance, some good Christian morales and values, Santa and Jesus and a little food and good cheer? Well I recommend this book if you like ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I was going to review each story separately but in all honesty they were all equally boring. There was no true connection between any of the characters. There was no real feel of the holidays either.

I just couldn’t get into these stories and I love the holiday stories when they come out. I’m sorry I just couldn’t enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Fern Michaels isn’t a person. I’m not sure she’s an entity either since an entity is something with separate existence. Fern Michaels® is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I ...more
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“You know what? From now on, I think I’m going to call you Mister Christmas.” 5 likes
“She blinked once, then twice, and yet again, sure what she viewed was just another part of this fantasy world that she had stepped into when her feet touched the green grass of Ireland.” 4 likes
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