Welcome to my review for Burning Bright the first major house release of Four Chanukah Love Stories by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern and Jennifer Gracen. This contemporary romance anthology from Avon Impulse is a wonderful entrant into the holiday stories that are so prevalent and loved by readers. Please read on for my review, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be the lucky winner of a $25 Gift Card to eBook Seller of Choice.
Each story is so sweet and heartfelt, it was hard to pick a favorite, and every story fairly screamed with feelings of home, family, tradition and hope that are common to ALL Holiday celebrations, no matter the faith belief behind them.
Ben, searching for a new sort of balance and redefining his life in the secular world when it is upended by the very modern-thinking and bubbly Amanda. Miracle by Megan Hart is just a wonderful story of a new relationship as the two learn and enjoy one another.
In A Dose of Gelt by Jennifer Gracen, Shari and Evan have been happily dating for a while, when Evan is overwhelmed by his own prejudices against marriage and his family’s perceived push for him down the aisle. Shari is going to make him atone (as well she should) before resuming his place in her good graces.
Stacey Agdern brings an interesting (and withdrawn) Jon into whirlwind Molly’s life in Home for Chanukah. Focused on his career, Jon is faced with someone who matches him perfectly, and the two seem fated. But Molly’s determination that his house should be more than a place to crash, and his own issues about being “told” how things should be bring an emotional roller coaster to both Jon and Molly.
Rounding out the anthology we have All I Got by K.K. Hendin. I loved Tamar’s voice and her self-deprecating humor as she travels in Tel Aviv for winter break. The love at first sight moments are strong and well played, and the relationship between Tamar and Avi is wonderful, until she has to return to the states.
Overall, this little collection is full of heart, with lots of humor and some emotionally trying moments, bringing much for everyone to enjoy. While occasional words may trip readers up, they are easily translated, and the joy of the holiday and the importance of connections shine through.
Title: Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories
Author: Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern, Jennifer Gracen
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 1 December 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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This December, take a break from dreidel spinning, gelt winning, and latke eating to experience the joy of Chanukah. When you fall in love during the Festival of Lights, the world burns a whole lot brighter.
It’s definitely not love at first sight for Amanda and her cute but mysterious new neighbor, Ben. Can a Chanukah miracle show them that getting off on the wrong foot doesn’t mean they can’t walk the same road?
Lawyers in love, Shari Cohen and Evan Sonntag are happy together. But in a moment of doubt, he pushes her away—then soon realizes he made a huge mistake. To win her back, it might take something like a Chanukah miracle.
When impulsive interior designer Molly Baker-Stein barges into Jon Adelman's apartment and his life intent on planning the best Chanukah party their building has ever seen, neither expects that together they just might discover a Home for Chanukah.
All Tamar expected from her Israel vacation was time to hang out with one of her besties and to act like a tourist, cheesy t-shirt and all, in her two favorite cities. She definitely was not expecting to fall for Avi, a handsome soldier who’s more than she ever dreamed.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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