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A New York Times Bestseller

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 o
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Kensington
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Clwseattle
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 ne
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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
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Nicole
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
Marian
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
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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
Abby Russo
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 as cheesy as a Christmas novel can get, yet still really enjoyable.
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
🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕
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 ladie ...more
Jamie Jack
May 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Info Dumps and More Unpleasantness.

As an avid romance reader, I had heard of this author, but I had never read her work. When I read the description of the book at a book review site last year (yes, I am a little behind in my reading!), the paranormal aspect intrigued me. Unfortunately, however, I ultimately felt disappointed by the paranormal aspect as well as the book in general.

As I write this, we are having a delightfully cool and rainy late spring day after a week of hot temperatures, so di
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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 where there ...more
The Views of Heather U
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
Nancy
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
While I disagree with one Audible reviewer calling this the "worst book ever written," it was a disappointing read. It stretched credibility beyond what I'm willing to concede. The story read like a stream of consciousness, with a seemingly unending parade of silly questions floating in Joy's head.
Other than a bit of research on nail polish marketing, the author didn't have to stretch at all to write this story.
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Karen Bayer
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Perfect script for a Hallmark movie!
Linda Smatzny
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice holiday romance story. It is a feel good book from beginning to end. The book was a quick easy read.
Tammie Tackett
it was ok but it didn't feel like christmas to me ...more
Diana Brown
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sisters-bookclub
21/2 stars I usually love Fern Michaels novels and was disappointed in Spirit of the season. This was my Christmas selection for the Sisters Book club and I chose it over another book. I think I made a mistake. I didn’t like Joy at all. The book starts around Thanksgiving which lasts most of the book; another disappointment. Joy comes home when her Grandmother passes away and leaves her B&B to her on the proviso that she lives there for 6 months. She isn’t happy as she has her own life and busin ...more
Mary Ivanov
Dec 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow....that was a disaster. I’ve never read any of her other books, so hard to gage, but how did this book get published? It was lazy, very lazy and perhaps the writer was in a rush so didn’t even try. The whole this was one big snooze fest, literally nothing happened. There was no story whatsoever. Flat characters, unrealistic events (he proposed after 2 mediocre described dates??). The dialogue, so bad. Like a cheesy commercial...people don’t talk like that in real life! Does this writer even ...more
Kim
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, sweet and festive!
Yvonne
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very sweet story!
Diana Parker
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fern Michaels always delivers for a fast, good read!
Kathy
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 out dur ...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 developm
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Tiffany Anderson
Hmmmm…
For a book that’s titled The Spirit of the Season, this completely missed the mark.

Joy, a business owner of a nail polish company, is called home to her family’s small-town bed and breakfast, when a relative suddenly passes. During the reading of the will, an absurd archaic clause becomes known, placing Joy in a difficult position. Stay in town for 6 months, or the family’s inn will be the legal property of the state. It’s obvious what happens next. The 29-year-old takes ownership of the
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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 t
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Melanie
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 ha
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Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

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 t
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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 th
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Vivian Payton
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fern Michaels is a new author for me, and SPIRIT OF THE SEASON is the first book that I’ve read of hers. It’s a warm, cozy and romantic holiday story that pulled me right in from the beginning. Subjects that are discussed are loss, family, love and change.

Joy Preston owns Simply Joy, an extremely successful nail polish business which is very lucrative that she operates in Denver, Colorado. She has quite a nice lifestyle and seems happy until she receives sad news from home about her Nana who own
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Brenda
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 B&B. A
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