Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Holiday Magic” as Want to Read:
Holiday Magic
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Holiday Magic

(Cedar Key #2.5)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  883 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Mistletoe, magic, twinkling lights, and stolen kisses. . . Experience all the wonders of the holiday season with these four irresistible stories. . .

"Holiday Magic" by Fern Michaels

Ski shop manager Stephanie Marshall is counting on a holiday bonus so she can put a down payment on a home for herself and her daughters. But her handsome boss, Eddie O'Brien, has his own Chris
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2010)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Holiday Magic, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Holiday Magic

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.57  · 
Rating details
 ·  883 ratings  ·  99 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Holiday Magic
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: december-2019
A Very Merry Christmas by Cathy Lamb 4 stars

A Very Maui Christmas by Mary Carter 4 stars

A Cedar Key Christmas by Terri Dulong 4 stars

Holiday Magic by Fern Michaels
1 star.

I really enjoyed 3 out of 4 stories in this book but Fern Michaels..


Her story is absolute trash.

Stephanie Marshall is trying to put her life back together after leaving her abusive husband. He beat and belittled her for years but now he's in jail and she is working at a ski shop and trying to raise her two
Nov 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love the idea of holiday 'themed' novellas. That there will be some magical holiday details, a heart warming story, and some cheer...

It's for these reasons that I picked up this book - and while I don't believe I've read any the authors featured previously, the blurbs + cover art was enough to have me take a chance on this. Lesson learned. From now on, I'll only try novellas if I know and LOVE one or more authors.

Story #1: Abused woman working at ski resort gets fired by her verbally abusive
Denisa Arsene
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I give 2 stars just because it is about Christmas. Poor qriting... Anyways, if you want just to read something really easy about Christmas, go for it.
Sandra Deaconu
What did l just read?!
Dec 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Holiday Magic by Fern Michaels

I haven’t read a story by Fern Michaels in years and after reading this novella, I’m wondering what has happened to her writing over the course of years. Holiday Magic, lacks the romance and allure that I want―no need in my story. Stephanie Marshall is a domestic abuse survivor. After suffering years of abuse from her ex-husband and fighting to get away, she is putting the pieces of her life back together. The one thing that she wants is to provide a loving and nurt
Patricia Solla
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: pbs, books-i-own
This was an oddly named anthology of stories set at Christmas time. Am still trying to find where the magic is found. The story by Fern Michaels is really odd in the romance department. The story by Cathy Lamb is very Christmas involved and enjoyable. Mary Carter's story is a sort of holiday celebration overload but I really liked the Adult christmas village. Terri DuLong's Cedar Key Christmas emphasizes the giving/helping nature of the town. ...more
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-book
My star rating is for Terri DuLong's story - you can read my review here

I would rate the rest of the book 2.5 - 3 stars. I just couldn't warm up to the other stories. I liked Terri DuLong's story because it fit into a series I enjoy (the Cedar Key series).
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked the stories in this order:

A Very Merry Christmas
A Very Maui Christmas
A Cedar Creek Christmas
Holiday Magic

The last two are the last two of my favorites because I didn't like the male leads as much as in the first two books. All were easy reads and enjoyable.
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Holiday Magic
A CEDAR KEY CHRISTMAS by Terri Dulong and loved the storyline
and characters of course the setting of Cedar Key goes without

Four stories in this Christmas Anthologies. Two stories I really enjoyed (A Very Merry Christmas and A very Maui Christmas) bookended by two that were decidedly meh (Holiday Magic and A Cedar Key Christmas). With both Holiday Magic and A Cedar Key Christmas, there was too much story built up around the heroine, or in the Cedar Key the town and a secondary character, and far too little time spent on the relationship between the hero and heroine. Lots of details about side characters, but when it
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This is probably my least favorite book in this series. It wasn't bad, but I had a really hard time with Patrick. He was great in the last book. I really liked him. Then in this book it's like he's a completely different person. It does explain why he was different, but I had a hard time buying it. It doesn't excuse his being a jerk as a boss. You really have to separate the two. Then to find out no one finds out about Stephanie not being at work for 2 weeks. Really? I liked the story, I just ha ...more
Susan Ross
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
The only story I particularly liked was Cathy Lamb’s “A Very Merry Christmas” which had me laughing out loud. However, the reason Meredith held Logan at arm’s length seemed ridiculous to me.

Fern Michaels’ story was boring.

Mary Carter’s story had some funny moments.

Terry Dulong’s story was an okay Christmas Story but failed as a romance.

Based on these stories, the only author I’d read again is Cathy Lamb. However, many of Fern Michaels books are actually top notch. I’ve never read the other autho
Carrie Frank
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I usually love these short Christmas stories and read them as we travel to the various houses for the holidays but these were not my favorite. Each story has a weirder plot than the one before and at the end of each one all I could think was”Really, that’s where this was going”. i would classify these as the really old Hallmark Christmas movies where the plots are weak and you have no clue where they are going.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
a good book. a good motivator for the holidays. Favorite story was story one. loved the ski resort setting and the two young daughters finding the dog in labor, the festive atmosphere of the tree lighting and the very happy ending.
Least favorite story A Very Mauii Christmas. didn't like certain aspects of this story but liked the happy ending.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
"Holiday Magic" and "A Cedar Key Christmas" were decent. The other two, "A Very Merry Christmas" and "A Very Maui Christmas" were not good. They were easy reads for the season but not ones that I would recommend to others for a memorable novel to read. ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
All cute stories that take place around Christmas but some were a little too sad and/or too romantically hot for me. They were good I just prefer clean Christmas stories that warm my heart and remind me of the true meaning of the Christmas season.
Having read all four novellas, Terri DuLong's "A Cedar Key Christmas" was my absolute favorite by far. Just as I expected it would be... In fact that last novella raised my rating from a "3" to a "4." I am anxious to launch back into the Cedar Key series in 2021! ...more
Sue Dooley
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I only read the first story. It was so bad that I can't bring myself to read the others. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Four super cute stories by different authors. Each had a strong female lead character. Each character had a problem to overcome. Each had a happy Christmas ending.
Lisa Van Buskirk
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. Quick read that kept me entertained with the short stories.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
pretty good Harlequin romance type novels (there are 4 different novels by 4 authors), all with Christmas themes.
Linda Buzard-Moffitt
This was a great collection of Holiday Stories. I even found a new Must Read Author. I really enjoyed The Snarky Female Lead, Tara in A Very Maui Christmas by Mary Carter and I also have already downloaded another of her books to read. I borrowed this book from my online library.
Gwen Susanek
There were 4 short stories. They were just ok.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think these were the worst stories I’ve ever read. I didn’t finish them. I thought the second one would be better than the first but I was wrong.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
All the stories but one should be rated a one, but I did enjoy Terri DuLong writing
Susannah Carleton
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
One very good story, one pretty good story, and two so-so ones.
Sandra Munger
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice collection of romance stories. I really liked "A Very Maui Christmas" ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
FAIL😳 FAIL 😵 FAIL 🤬. 5 stars for originality, I was really invested in the characters of each. BUT...

Don't write strong female characters who are made weak and stupid by men. That's not what I want to read. I thought we were reading winter themed romance. Each and every single story ended with a WTF happened thought, fast forward, story cut, WHAT? I get it's a novella, bit these are like full length novels, chopped up for short stories, I've read much better ones, so I know it's possible, intro,
Andrea O'Brien
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Jen
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

There is just something irresistible about Christmas anthologies during the holiday season. So when I saw a copy of Holiday Magic, I just had to pick it up. Too bad it just wasn’t as magical as I’d hoped.

The title of the anthology comes from Fern Michael’s contribution, “Holiday Magic”. This story was about a single mom and her boss. Stephanie is a store manager at a ski resort and Patrick is the r
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Un Crăciun de neuitat
  • Slow Heat in Heaven
  • A Seaside Christmas (Chesapeake Shores, #10)
  • The Christmas Mystery
  • Mulțumesc pentru că te iubesc
  • Suge-o, Ramona!
  • Happily This Christmas (Happily Inc, #6)
  • Merry Ex-Mas (Life in Icicle Falls, #2)
  • Je suis là
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane
  • When First They Met (Rose Harbor, #0.5)
  • Home for Christmas
  • The Silver Boat
  • The Snow Globe
  • Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
  • The Cottage on Juniper Ridge (Life in Icicle Falls, #4)
  • Sa fii roman
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

Cedar Key (6 books)
  • Spinning Forward
  • Casting About
  • Sunrise On Cedar Key
  • Postcards from Cedar Key
  • Secrets On Cedar Key (Cedar Key #5)
  • Farewell to Cedar Key

Related Articles

Do you know who you'll be falling in love with this month? We've got suggestions… Every month, our team takes a look at the new romance books...
15 likes · 4 comments