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That Holiday Feeling (Those Manning Men #5)

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Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber

In this classic story, Debbie brings those Manning men and Manning sisters home for a mistletoe marriage when a single dad finally says "I do."

The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods

Will bachelor Trace Franklin become a groom-to-be by Christmastime? He sure will ... if Savannah Holiday's aunt Mae as anything to do with it.

Under the Christmas Tre
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Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Mira Books (first published 2009)
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Auntee
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of holiday anthologies; Fans of Virgin River series
This book contains two previously released holiday stories by Debbie Macomber and Sherryl Woods, and a new release from the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. This review is for the Robin Carr story, Under The Christmas Tree.

When Jack Sheridan's young 3 year old son David finds a box of newborn puppies under the town's 30 foot high Christmas tree, the adventure has just begun for 28 year old Annie McKenzie.

Annie's a hairdresser with her own salon in the town of Fortuna, and passing through Virgi
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jenjn79
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
This is the perfect book if you want to read something sweet, simple, festive and romantic. None of the three stories are particularly meaty, but they were fun to read and just all around enjoyable.

The first novella, Silver Bells, by Debbie Macomber is part of her Manning family series as the heroine, Carrie Weston, is the daughter of one of the Mannings. Years ago, as a teenager, she's helped set her mom up with the man she ended up marrying. Now history is repeating itself. A divorced father,
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Beanbag Love
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
The Macomber and Woods stories were pretty lame. I hadn't read anything by either of them before but I was particularly unimpressed with Macomber's contribution. Zero chemistry with that couple. And knowing that it was a story fans of one of her series had asked for (regarding a side character in a past installment) made it even worse. This story is exactly why you should be careful about requesting stories for your favorite side characters. I know I'll still do it -- as will everyone -- but nev ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
Rating is for 'Under the Christmas Tree' by Robyn Carr(Virgin River, #8) only. Never read the others.

I just love this series. This was a great, sweet romantic story that brings us back to Virgin River. A handsome vet falls for a country girl hair-stylist as they work to save eight little abandoned puppies. Nathaniel Jensen was nothing short of yummy, and Annie McCarty was someone I'd very much like to be friends with. These two were great together. I only wish this story was longer as I would h
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Julianna
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Stories
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber - Silver Bells is the final, wrap-up novella for Debbie Macomber's Those Manning Men series. Before I started reading it, I wondered who this story was about as all the Mannings had already found their HEAs. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the heroine is Carrie Weston, the daughter of Charlotte and step-daughter of Jason (Bride on the Loose). In their book, she'd been the meddling, matchmaking teen who brought her mom and step
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Kathrynn
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Virgin River Series
This Christmas anthology contained three short stories:

1. Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber
This was part of a series that I have not read. It was set in Seattle and the main characters were Carrie Weston (from earlier books) and Philip Lark.

Okay, short, feel-good Christmas story. Didn't make me want to rush out and find the earlier books in this series, though.

3 Stars

2. The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods

Another okay, Christmas story. Newly divorced Savannah and her young daughter moved from Flo
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Cherise
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I got this book for the Robyn Carr/Virgin River story. I have never read anything by the other two authors, that I know of, and I really wasn't that impressed.

Romances created in a hundred pages are usually hard for me to believe, and Debbie Maccomber and Sherryl Woods' stories were no exception.

Maybe I am a little more lactose intolerant than most readers, but these stories were smothered in cheese and it was just a little too much for me to digest.

I love Christmas and I love romances, so I w
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Brenda (b)
I enjoyed this anthology. All the stories are set at Christmas time. Since they're short stories, the romances are simple (basic plot of 2 people meet and fall in love) and the relationships happen quickly.

1. Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber -- I had read this story a couple of years ago in another anthology. It's a cute story and the secondary characters are quite colorful.

2. The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods -- I liked the premise of the aunt setting things up before her death so that Savann
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Darcy
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I only read the Robyn Carr story. I loved Nate and Annie. I loved how Annie was very contrary and really made Nate work to win her over. I also loved how Nate was suddenly struck dumb when he realized that he loved Annie. The glimpse into Virgin River with the puppies was fun too,especially when they were at the bar.
FlibBityFLooB
Admittedly, I picked up this anthology for the Robyn Carr story, so I may be a bit biased.

Robyn Carr's story was very enjoyable and a happy little read. I really enjoyed it and could see myself reading it again around the Christmas season as a little pick-me-up during the hectic holiday seasons.

As for the other two stories, I really wasn't impressed. :(

So, I would give 4/5 stars for the Carr story and 2/5 to the other two stories. That is why I am giving the average score for this book a 3/5.
Katie W
I love CLEAN romances. The first story was very predictable and clean, but the second story started into a very descriptive scene and I put the book down. I'm not going to finish it--I don't go for smutty books. And that's always the problem I have with romances--when I try a new author, I never know when they'll write a cute story and something I like and when they'll write something that would be "rated R."
Kathryn
Three fun stories from three fun authors. Enjoyed them.
Cyndi
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
short and sweet. nice little tale.
Jennette
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Of this collection I have read Silver Bells By Debbie Macomber and Under the Christmas Tree By Robyn Carr. I pick this up to read Under the Christmas Tree as I am reading my way through the Virgin River Series. It was cute story about what I expect from these sorts or Christmas collections. Nice little falling in love story with puppies- who doesn’t like puppies? It is less involved than the typical Virgin River story but I expected that as it is just about a hundred pages. I was not disappointe ...more
Jodi
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2014-read
I read this for the Virgin River story by Robyn Carr which was completely adorable. It starts with a three year old who crawls under a giant outdoor Christmas tree and pulls out a "bupie" otherwise known as a puppy, only days old. Turns out there are 8 of them. Annie is a farmer's daughter turned hairstylist who knows her way around puppies. Jack, owner of Virgin River's Jack's Bar, calls for the vet but it's no longer Old Doc Dempsey but rather his son, new and improved. Annie was royally screw ...more
Sue
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review for RC's Under the Christmas Tree, may double back to read the rest but I'm on a roll with Virgin River and wanted to keep to the timeline.

Solid 4.5 for what it was a Christmas Novella, if you don't have kids in your Christmas novella, puppies will do in a pinch.

Just an overall comment on the series, the women and men of this series have big hearts. The setting and that constant is what makes a reader keep coming back for more. You think, really people can be that good even when they face
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Mary
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Now is the time of year when I started stepping away from all the beach reads of my spring and summer months and heading toward the Christmas books on the shelves. I can always count on some of my favorite authors having some holiday-themed stories to help me get excited about this special season.

While at the store the other day, I came across this gem, and I was immediately excited about it because it contained one of my favorite authors of the past many years, Debbie Macomber, along with two a
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Lawana
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robin-carr
Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber

In this classic story, Debbie brings those Manning men and Manning sisters home for a mistletoe marriage when a single dad finally says "I do."

The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods

Will bachelor Trace Franklin become a groom-to-be by Christmastime? He sure will ... if Savannah Holiday's aunt Mae as anything to do with it.

Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr

When the folks of Virgin River discover a box of adorable puppies under the town's Christmas tree they call on
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Lynnette
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book of 3 quick read Christmas stories (around 100 pages or so per story) I really enjoyed the first two - Silver bells by Debbie macomber and the perfect holiday by Sheryl woods. What you would expect from these authors. The 3rd story under the Christmas tree by Robyn Carr should have been great as it had all the ingredients I like in a good romance but somehow just lacked something for me. All in all a really enjoyable read and will definitely read more by D Macomber in the fu ...more
MountainKat
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
I read this because, yes, I am that OCD (anal, whatever...), about reading series in order and I wanted to move on to the next book in the Virgin River series. But I didn't read the Debbie Macomber novella, because I had only read two of her Manning Family books and, well, you know....

I enjoyed the two stories I read, they were definitely worth the time. (I just wish I had actually found the time during the holidays!) Both were nice simple holiday stories.
Joy
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm taking a break from the dark mystery I'm reading - so, Robyn Carr. And Debbie Macomber with Sherryl Woods. All 3 novellas are cute and fun. Reading this book mindlessly is good, because you want to be able to ignore that the only story with a reasonable character arc is Robyn Carr's "Under the Christmas Tree". Oh, and Carr includes a litter of puppies, which adds to her story's appeal. :-)
Dee
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rating is for 'Under the Christmas Tree' by Robyn Carr (Virgin River, #8) only.

Two-haiku review:

Abandoned puppies
She and vet take care of them
Find love at Christmas

Perfect novella
With developed characters
And very nice plot

Originally read Jan. 2013
Re-read Dec. 2013
Melissa
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed all 3 stories in this book, I thought All 3 were heartwarming and charming. This was the first story by Robyn Carr that I have read, and I plan to read the rest in the Virgin River series. Great book!
and I gave it 5 stars.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Dee
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Robyn Carr novella only. It was ok, not a bad read but very quick about a couple of minor characters of Virgin River.
Venessa
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
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June
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christmas romance requests
Probably a 3.5, but good for what it is.

Enjoyed the first story of a single divorced mother taking over her aunt's inn and her aunt's matchmaking from the grave.

Also enjoyed the second of a single divorced father being won over by the matchmaking of his daughter and the oddball characters in the apartment building.

The third story was the least strong for me, but maybe because I found it a bit to romantic and unbelievable.
Rachel Brand
Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber
I've only read a few of Macomber's books, and most of them have actually been Christmas stories. This one made me remember how much I enjoy her writing. It was a really sweet romance, fuelled by a matchmaking daughter, and I thoroughly enjoyed it...up until the ending. The novella skipped forward to an epilogue at a really odd moment, and I felt like there should have been at least one more chapter in the novella, perhaps a situation where the hero and heroine had
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Marianne
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
That Holiday Feeling is an omnibus of three novels: Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber, The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods and Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr.
Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber is the last of the Manning Family series and features Charlotte Manning’s daughter Carrie Weston, now 26 and living in an apartment in Seattle. She runs into new residents Mackenzie Lark and her single dad, Phillip, in the elevator. The apartment block’s resident fortune teller, Madame Frederick, has a
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Ana

This review was originally posted on Read Me Away.

This book was an anthology of Christmas stories. More specifically, a story of Christmas romance stories featuring snow, hot drinks, families, match-making, and all that usual stuff you find in Christmas romance stories. It was a cute bunch of stories, though they didn't really captivate me, I think this is a good book to read if you want something fluffy while enjoying your hot chocolate. Also it gets pretty sexy at some bits. Not too graphic, b
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Marina
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
I give this book an overall of 4 stars. Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber I give 3 stars on the story alone, 3.5 stars on the story within the Those Manning Men series.The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods I give 4 stars.Good characters and sweet story. Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr I give 4.5 stars.I was engaged with the story from the first page.Great characters and setting.Fast read.
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Those Manning Men (4 books)
  • Marriage of Inconvenience (Those Manning Men, #1)
  • Stand-In Wife
  • Bride on the Loose (Kesempatan Kedua) (Those Manning Man, #3)
  • Same Time, Next Year

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