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Twas the Night

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  641 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
What do a Blue Angels pilot, a bounty hunter and an ex-NFL football player have in common? The three bad-boy bachelors of Snowdon, Maine have to make it to a friend's Christmas Eve wedding on time or die trying! They're willing to risk anything to make that happen-even dashing through the snow in the goofiest bus on Earth, bright red and filled with a bunch of merry, meddl ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Bell Bridge Books
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

All aboard for the Santa Brigade!!

When I requested this book from netgalley, I was expecting your standard holiday anthology. But as I tried to determine which stories were 1, 2, and 3, I was surprised to learn that this was not an anthology at all, but a single story written “round robin” style by 3 authors. I’m glad I didn’t know that upfront because I probably would have passed on it. Why is that, you ask? Well, with an anthology, if you start 1 story and don’t like it – maybe the story itsel
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book written by three different authors. Each author took a character, wrote their romance, passed it on to the next, round-robin style, and then linked them together as one story. Beautifully done, and if I didn’t know better I would have assumed it was written by one person.

The plot centers around three men, Sam, Kevin and Stan, who formed a brotherly bond as young boys after they met in the orphanage where they were raised. Their
Twas The Night was my first experience reading a Round-Robin-style book (a story written collaboratively by a group of authors, each taking a turn writing a chapter). While the writing was good and the story flow was impressive, I have to admit, I'm not a fan of this style of writing. I definitely didn't care for the three different plots, separated by chapters, intwined as one story. I prefer a book's focus to remain on one main couple. That being said, Twas The Night was a fun and enjoyable Ch ...more
I have to admit, I was incredibly reluctant to read and review this one provided by netgalley, after the awful experience I had with another by this author, A Dixie Christmas, which was just dreadful.

I have to admit, though, that I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't dire, even though it managed to fit some pretty God-awful phrases in there ("woman's channel", anyone?). It was kinda fun, kinda fluffy, kinda Christmassy, with a format (three rotating stories by three different authors) which I ac
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Navy Commander, Samuel Merrick Was Stranded In A Philly Airport And It Looked Like He Was Not Going To Make His Mentor's Wedding. George Garrison, The Vet Had Saw Something In Him That No One Else In Snowdone Maine Had Seen Once His Mom Dropped Him Off At The Police Station And Never Looked Back. Lord Knew He Was A Handful, But George Encouraged Him To Be What He Wanted And Now He Was A Part Of The Blue Angels Squad! Not Bad For A No Good Kid That Everyone Bet Would Be A Criminal! At The Home, S ...more
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I just realized why looking up the stats for this book, that it is nearly 9 years old! With the kindle version just having been released, I thought that this book was more recent - but honestly, you couldn't even tell. I think that's definitely the sign of a great author (or authors in this case); when you're book can be so old, and yet still be enjoyable today.

If you read the synopsis of this book, you might think...'Pass!'. That was my first thought as well. It sounded confusing and weird a
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5

Picking up Twas the Night, I expected an anthology of stories. To my delight, although the book is co—written by three authors, the story flows in one seamless narrative.

Each author writes a chapter from their hero/heroine’s point of view. In the beginning I found it a tad jarring to swap from one perspective to another; by a quarter of the way in to the story you hardly notice the voice changes.

The plot revolves around three childhood friends — Sam, Kevin (‘J.D’) and
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
"'Twas the Night" is a light-hearted, feel-good romantic Christmas story which I can see myself reading each year to get me into the Christmas mood. I loved the camaraderie of the characters; it made me want to be on the Santa Brigade bus with them.

When I read that the book was written as a 'round robin' instead of the usual anthology format I wasn't sure how I would like it, but I think it worked out brilliantly. Each author writes from the point of view of a different couple – there are three
Anne OK
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
What do you get when you put three very different couples aboard the Santa Brigade Bus, along with a bunch of senior citizens traveling around playing Santa to the less fortunate while continually fighting a major snowstorm? Well, I certainly got more than I expected! "Twas the Night" was a delightfully fun-filled holiday treat with three separate love stories that will satisfy most romance lovers and a wonderful story to make your holidays complete. Truly an uplifting seasonal gift by three dif ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
Nov 03, 2010 marked it as to-read-ebook  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free
Free eBook! Sandra Hill's website says this will be available for FREE for two weeks in November, so keep an eye out for it. It is an old, reissue book written long ago. It is NOT an anthology, just one book written by three authors. (It is also available now at for those of you who are approved members.)
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review:Twas The Night by Sandra Hill
This was a fun different book. There was three writers writing a chapter at a time about three different men who grew up together at a boys home. They are the best man at a wedding of George a vet who believed in them and mentored them. They were all trying to get back for the Christmas Eve wedding but the east coast was in the middle of hugh winter storm and all the flights were cancelled.
Sam Merrick was stuck in Philadelphia's airport when flights to
Paula  Phillips
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twas the night before Christmas and all was snowed in , not a airplane to be flown in the sky. Our story starts in a way that reminded me of the movie with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn "Four Holidays" mixed with the overall story reminding me of "I'll be Home for Christmas" starring Jonathon Taylor Thomas. In the Twas the Night , it seems like an anthology but it isn't , its a lot like Let it Snow with three stories all interweaving into one. The novel starts with a wedding invitation invi ...more
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twas the Night by Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes, and Trish Jensen, recently reissued by Belle Bridge Books, was originally published in 2001 as Here Comes Santa Claus. I missed it the first time round, and I love Christmas books, so I was delighted when I received an ebook from the publishers through NetGalley.

It’s an interesting book in terms of structure as well as content. It’s not an anthology of individually written novellas but a collaboratively written novel structurally similar to The Unfort
I loved this book. I was expecting an anthology of three stories, but what I got was one story written in a round-robin style with each chapter starring a different hero. All three men - Sam, Kevin and Stan - grew up in Snowdon at an orphanage. Each was a hell-raiser who was put back on the straight and narrow by George, whose wedding they are trying to get to. Their only option, because of a blizzard that has shut down the roads is hitching a ride with the Santa Brigade a group of feisty senior ...more
Julie Barrett
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twas the Night by Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen, and Kate Holmes
Three orphans, Blue Angel pilot, bounty hunter and an ex NFL football player, are all forced to get back to their hometown for the Christmas Eve wedding of their friend. Problem is the world's worse ever blizzard is ongoing. Where there is
a will there is a way.
There are many references to The Waltons throughout the book but there are just as many spicy steamy scenes.
Starts out with Sam being stranded at PA airport. The ultimate goal is
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!! One of the funniest, most delightful holiday stories I have ever read. Three former residents of Snowdon, Maine--a Navy flier now with the Blue Angels, a very successful private investigator, and a former NFL quarterback--all of whom were orphans and were mentored by the man whose wedding they are trying to attend. Trying, because the mother of all winter storms has shut down ALL transportation north, and their only hope of getting to the wedding on time is via the Santa Brigade Bus--a gr ...more
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
FUN book with a nice twist! Everyone is trying to get home to Maine for George's wedding. Who is George??? An ex cop that worked hard to help kids living in homes for troubled and abandoned kids. Three boys in particular who are now successful adults but are still carrying around their childhoods on their shoulders. At any rate.... they are coming from all ends of the country and the weather is not cooperating so.... howelse to get around big snowstorms but to ride on the Santa Brigade bus! Sant ...more
Dani Moore
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! You won't believe that it was written by three different authors. These authors have done the impossible, crafted a cohesive book, encompassing 3 (and more!) separate stories, that still reads like it was written by a single skilled storyteller. Sam, Stan and Kevin started out as three boys alone, held together by their "outsider" status. The only adult who believed in them was George, or so they thought. When fate brings them all together for Georges wedding, well, things ...more
Picked this up as a Kindle freebie and thought it was entertaining. This is not a typical anthology. It's a "round-robin." Each author had a character and wrote from that character's point-of-view in turn, one chapter after another. It was interesting to read knowing that, since each author also had to write in dialog and description of the other leading characters in her own chapters. Keeping each person "in voice" had to be a challenge. I'm not sure they were 100% successful, because I felt li ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
This is not an anthology but written by 3 authors [Trish Jensen, Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes] as a collaborative novel. It is similar in style to 'The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes' if you've read that. Definitely Christmas in theme - not just in setting as many so-called Christmas books are - and it is both heart-warming and hysterically funny. Good read!
Oct 25, 2011 marked it as dnf
bah humbug
A pleasant enough Christmas season story.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Loved this Book!

This book was the perfect book to read at Christmas. It had humor, romance and plenty of fun. I will definitely be reading this one again next year!
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I don't have a ton to say about this book, so I'll keep it short and sweet this time. Haha. I loved the idea of this story. Three macho men hitch a ride home on a big, shiny red bus full of senior citizens dressed as Stantas. On their way home, they make stops at homeless shelters to spread Christmas cheer to those less fortunate. It's definitely a unique storyline! It appears to be an anthology, but it's really one story written
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the format of this "anthology" — really more of a round robin kind of a tale where the three authors of the three pairs of heroes and heroines take turns, chapter by chapter, so that it's really all just one big story with three sets of couples. I actually also like the story set up, the three heroes being best friends from the same hometown, all stuck on the same bus full of Santa Clauses. Really, it was all just one great premise, and I would have given this three
Sam, Kevin and Stan are finally forced to face their demons by returning home for George's wedding, the only person that believed in them when not even they believed in themselves, the only person that never gave up. But their plans complicate when a storm heads their way cancelling their planes, bus routes and most of the roads.
The wish to make it to George's wedding is strong, but when they are faced with the only two options they have, they have to take a moment to think, miss George's weddi
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Twas the Night by Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen & Kate Holmes
This book was so much more than I expected. First it is like an anthology but not. There are three stories but they are intertwined with each other. Each author writes a chapter with her couple. There is Sam Merrick, Kevin “JD” Wilder & Stan Kijewski. They are heading for a wedding in Snowdon, Maine. George, the man who believed in three orphan boys and helped them find their way in life, is getting married and they are his best m
'Twas the Night was everything I expected it to be: light-hearted, fluffy and utterly predictable – in a good way.

The writers describe it a most unsual anthology – in fact so unusual that they refer to it as a non-anthology. Sandra wrote all the chapters from Sam’s point of view; Trish wrote Kevin’s; and Kate wrote Stan’s. This round-robin style of writing works really well, and the different voices blend in well together. If I did not know better I would have thought one author had written the
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It all started four nights before Christmas, when Snowdon’s Three Musketeers tagged along the renowned Santa Brigade (Seniors Welfare Bus) under undesired circumstances. The three best friends (Blue Angels pilot of US Navy, Sam Merrick a.k.a Slick; Private Investigator Kevin Wilder a.k.a JD, and ex-NFL player Stanley Kijewski a.k.a Stan) respectively met their soul mates on their journey to their best friend a.k.a childhood guardian,
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Three friends are returning to their hometown for a wedding. No one feels like going, but they can't miss it. But when the weather get them stuck, the only way to travel for the wedding is with the Santa Brigade.

The Santa Brigade is a basically a bus full of senior citizens doing good things for the poor kids, etc. It isn't exactly what they were thinking for traveling, except if maybe, in that bus, are the women of their dreams.

Each love story i
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