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Spirit of the Season

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  671 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Christmas is a time for remembering loved ones past and present. In this new novel by New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels, the holidays are also the time to discover a future that, like the perfect gift, is as satisfying as it is surprising . . .

Joy Preston misses her beloved late grandmother dearly. But when she learns the terms of Nana’s will, she’s shocked
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Kensington
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Kate Baxter
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
3.5 / 5 stars
Author Fern Michaels is a queen of spinning good yarns and this one is as delightful as they come. It's a perfect holiday read as it focuses on the time of All Saints' Day through Christmas Eve and incorporates the frenetic energy as well as the wonder and magic of the season. It's a charming and relaxing read as you put your feet up after a long day of holiday preparations. Grab a cup of cocoa, a soft blanket and settle in for a cozy evening of reading.

Although the book opens with
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Goodreads and Fern Michaels for the advanced copy of Spirit Of The Season. So ill start with the things I loved about this book- I really enjoyed hearing about the Bed And Breakfast house decor, and the small parts about spirits. Liked reading about the strong relationship between three generations and the woman who those three thought of as family. Believable characters, and cute romantic storyline. Was happy that the romance part didn’t immediately end up in the bedroom like so many ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Whew! I just don't know where to begin with this holiday train wreck, Spirit of the Season.

Do I start simply with the spelling errors and glaring editing misses? Do I begin with being introduced to the lovely Granny Anna, only to see her family laugh inappropriately, exhibit no real grief and constantly behave and speak sourly unappreciative?

Spirit of the Season is almost schizophrenic in the way moods, emotions and conversations jump all over the place. One minute there are fond memories the
Heart wrenching beginning with a heart warming ending. Everything falls into place just as it should, from the first page to the very last. Picture perfect for the holidays. 5/5 stars
Renee (The B-Roll)
This cute book follows the story of Joy Preston, owner and operator of a very successful fingernail polish business headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Just before the holiday season, Joy finds out that her beloved Nana has died of a heart attack and she was listed as the person to inherit the cozy and quaint B&B her Nana ran in her hometown of Spruce City, North Carolina. Joy returns to her hometown and with the help of her mother and her Nana's loyal friend and employee Izzie, the three ...more
Ilene Harris
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Spirit of the Season”. Joy Preston just moved to Colorado a year ago and is now CEO of a successful nail polish company. Her life and career are in Denver when in the middle of the night she receives a phone call that her grandmother and owner of a successful B&B died and she is needed to come home and help straighten things out for at least 6 months. It is the height of the busiest holiday season. It just so happens ‘The Heart and Soul B&B’ is in a very small town in North Carolina ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not going to lie, this had me crying in the beginning. However, as we moved forward and reached North Carolina, I was good. This book was warm, cozy, well written. I mean, come now, it’s a Christmas Tale about family, starting over, loss, disappointment and changes in one’s attitude. The characters are relatable. The atmosphere was cozy and I could envision myself living there. I personally could see this as a Hallmark Movie. Loved it, appreciate the opportunity to have read it in advance and it ...more
Paige Turner
An average Christmas cozy with a predictable ending, which is fine because it was what I was expecting. However, my rating is actually 1.5 stars due to the annoying main character, Joy Preston. I found her to be totally unlikable. Although she has some redeeming qualities, such as her generosity and love of animals, she was basically a tool who was a bit too full of herself and I found myself not caring for her at all. I am surprised the author would make her main character, in a Christmas book ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
Look, I need something to latch onto with a book. Maybe the writing isn't the best but there's a character you can't help but love, or maybe the characters are all dicks but the writing is wonderful. Or there's a wacky friend, or a really interesting set-up. Something. ANYTHING.

Spirit of the Season could have worked as the premise is workable. Workaholic is called home to a smalltown when a family member dies and now has to put down roots in order to keep something important in the family. Been
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joy Preston is a successful businesswoman, who owns her own company, Simply Joy, that makes and sells nail polish. When her beloved grandmother dies suddenly of a hear attack, Joy discovers that she must stay in her grandmother’s pride and joy, the Heart and Soul B&B, for six months, running it, or it will be sold to the state. With her life and career in Denver, Joy hesitates to move to North Carolina, even for six short months. Joy’s mother still lives close to the B&B, so can help Joy ...more
Jan Fore
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spirit of the Season
Fern Michaels
September 24, 2019

Simpy Joy is the company that Joy Preston founded when she graduated from college in Colorado. She had been daydreaming one day, staring at her beautiful fingernails. She decided that the best thing to do would be to produce nail polish, make it every color under the rainbow. Give the colors names that are fun and totally wild. From there her company took off. Her friends Haley and Jessica brought their talents of graphic design and web
Ileana Renfroe
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spirit of the Season is the kind of book you read curled up next to a fire.

Description: Christmas is a time for remembering loved ones past and present. In this new novel by New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels, the holidays are also the time to discover a future that, like the perfect gift, is as satisfying as it is surprising. Joy Preston misses her beloved late grandmother dearly. But when she learns the terms of Nana’s will, she’s shocked—and more than a little irked. Joy moved
Ann-Maree Howarth
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I have had the please of reading Fern Michaels before this book to which I have really enjoyed. Unfortunately, this one did not hit the same level for me. In the beginning, there was too much repeat information given that was not necessary to the plot it felt like just a word count filler. But as I read further along the flow of the story was much better. I was like reading a Hallmark Christmas movie with all the fairy lights and Christmas drama.

The story was more about family than romance as
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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I have enjoyed Fern Michaels’ books for years now, but I absolutely adore her Christmas tales as they add that special magic of the holiday season along with her stellar storytelling skills into a book I will re-read each Christmas – and SPIRIT OF THE SEASON is going toward the top of that re-read shelf for me.

Joy’s story starts out with sadness that soon turns into confusion, determination, and a different look at life as she comes to Spruce City, North Carolina to
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fern Michaels gives us a great read for the holiday season with Spirit of the Season. This one will definitely put you in the holiday spirit while you are reading it. The characters are all very likeable and make you feel a part of the story as you read it.

Joy had a special connection with her grandmother, so when she passes and leaves her the rights to her Bed and Breakfast, Joy thinks she has it made. Come to find out, her grandmother put a twist on her owning the Bed and Breakfast and she
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas is a time for remembering loved ones past and present.
In this new novel by New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels, the holidays are also the time to discover a future that, like the perfect gift, is as satisfying as it is surprising.

Joy Preston misses her beloved late grandmother dearly. But when she learns the terms of Nana’s will, she’s shocked—and more than a little irked. Nana knew how much her life in Colorado means to Joy so why saddle her with the Heart and Soul
Donna Hines
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
For many the Spirit of the Season is all year round. Having gratitude, loving one another, sharing in the joy's of family gatherings, helping others in need.
Fern Michaels truly is a gem as she's able to capture the heart, mind, and soul of every reader in a professional and authentic way.
I admired these characters as they were flawed yet real. Joy is our main gal who was quite close to her grandmother. When she learns of her passing and her will giving her exclusive rights to her bed and
Jennifer Fischer
Dec 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read any other books by Fern Michaels and this one was a struggle to finish. I don’t normally give books poor ratings or bad reviews because I don’t finish them if I truly dislike them. This book is one that I stuck with because I kept hoping the story would get better or that there would be some kind of big plot twist, but that never happened. By the time I realized the problem was in the writing style, I figured I may as well finish. I can appreciate “feel good, Hallmark movie style” ...more
Terrie Case
Oct 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Read this Christmas book merely for putting you in the holiday spirit.

This book is a nice Christmas read but do not expect any type of difficulty or challenge that the characters must overcome before they can be together. Joy owns a nail polish company that operates online. Her friends would move from Colorado if she chose to move, and her Nana’s will state that she must stay at and run the Heart and Hope bread and breakfast for six months.

Joy meets Will when he informs her of the contents in
Becky Tatar
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Joy is running a successful cosmetics company in Colorado, when she receives news of her grandmother's death in North Carolina. Her grandmother ran an award winning B&B. After the funeral, Joy is aghast to find out her grandmother left a provision in her will requiring Joy to stay and run the B&B for 6 months, with the Christmas season coming up. However, with help from Izzy, who was her grandmother's assistant, and Joy's mom, Elizabeth, Joy works through Thanksgiving, the complete ...more
Carol Brite
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of the this book Kensington Publishing. I was very excited to begin reading my first holiday book for the season. The story is about Joy who is asked to run her grandmother's bed and breakfast for six months after the death of her grandmother. I have to say the beginning had me in tears, but soon I was smiling at the hectic preparations for the holiday. This was a relaxing read, and I really enjoyed reading it. I liked the romance between Joy and Will. Although it developed fast, I ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, christmas
Joy Preston has a very successful nail polish business in Denver and hopes to make it her home forever. However, she is called home after her beloved Nana dies and Joy finds herself in charge of her grandmother's also very successful, B&B. And, her grandmother's will says she must run the business locally for six months before she can turn it over to anyone else or it will be sold to the state.

Through Elizabeth, Joy's mother and her grandmother's best friend, Lizzie, Joy learns that she can
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for a sweet Christmas story, this will fulfil that desire. Joy is left with a family-run B&B when her Nana unexpectedly dies. A successful self-made businesswoman, now torn between honoring her Nana and pursuing her own dreams. I really enjoyed accompanying Joy as she returned to her roots and found that her perspective had matured with age. Of course, Will Drake had a hand in influencing her opinion, but that is part of the sweetness. A small-town tale sure to capture your ...more
Judy Adams
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it. This is a true Christmas novel. It fills your mind with the smells, the decorations, the work involved in preparing something like this. Although it’s at a B&B and it’s done on a bigger scale, you just want to join in and help. Joys grandmother passes away and Joy needs to take over running the business. She has her own successful nail polish company, the colours are named so you can imagine them on your finger nails. Joy decides to help out a women’s shelter when she realizes who ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
First of all I want to thank Goodreads Giveaways and Kensington Publishing for providing the perfect holiday novel by Fern Michaels entitled “Spirit of Christmas’. Reading this novel will really put you into the holiday spirit and it’s that time of year now. It takes place in Spruce City, NC......such a charming locale for the B&B that is the star of the book. The characters are a special group and you’ll discover that you like all of them. It’s a sweet romance with a happy ending. Also an ...more
Linda George
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
In Fern Michael's Spirit of the Season heroine Joy Preston finds out that you can go home again. She is the successful business owner of Simply Joy's, a company that creates fantastic fingernail polish, located in Colorado. When her grandmother dies and stipulates in her will that for her B & B Heart and Soul to remain in the family, Joy will have to run it for six months. Joy is shocked that her beloved grandmother would ask her to give up her business. Then she meets her grandmother's ...more
Terry Hammoutene
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
When her Grandmother dies Joy is summoned back to the B&B that her grandmother owns. She learns of the terms of the will she doesn't understand why her grandmother does this to her. She has her own business to run and a life to get back to. What she does learn though will change the way she looks at things, how she does things, and what she is missing. The spirit of the season is upon them and Joy is feeling it with her whole heart.

This was a story that makes you think about life. Take a
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
I look forward to Fern Michael’s Christmas stories and I enjoyed this one. I loved the setting of the small town B & B, and the family that runs it. This book celebrates the activities of the Christmas season, and I liked the “giving” aspect of the story. It was entertaining watching Joy cope with the stipulations of her grandmother’s will, and the author allowed her character to grow and mature all throughout the story. The only drawback to this book for me was the use of some moderate ...more
Ann Green
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, love a Christmas read from Fern Michaels! Since I still miss my own grandmother, I immediately bonded with Joy and her Mom as they struggle with Nana's passing and the running of her special B&B, "Heart and Soul". Although she loves the North Carolina town where she grew up, Joy has moved on to Colorado and operates a successful nail polish company there. When Nana's will stipulates she run the B&B for 6 months after her death, what will happen next? Mix up a batch of ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joy isn't thrilled to find out her Nana left her the family B and B in their hometown. Her nail polish business is located in Colorado. She agrees to the stipulations and moves home for 6 months as required by the terms if the will.

Add in a handsome lawyer, ghostly spirits, eccentric guests, dedicated employees, adversarial B and B owners/operators, and nosy friends and you've got a perfect Christmas story. It's a feel good holiday story of love, laughter and happily ever after!

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