Saturday, May 16, 2020

Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels - Book Review

Image of a house decorated for Christmas

Spirit of the Season is a Holiday Romance book by Fern Michaels, best-selling author of The Sisterhood Series and The Men of the Sisterhood books. 


Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels book cover
Spirit of the Season - A Holiday Romance Story

Joy Preston grew up in a small town in North Carolina where her grandparents and mother ran a successful Bed and Breakfast called Heart and Soul. In her teens, Joy falls in love with Colorado on a family vacation. Subsequently, she decides to go to collage out there where she majors in Business and Marketing.  While thinking of starting her own company, her marketing professor tells her class that when designing a product the simplest ideas were almost always the most successful. Joy comes up with the idea for a Nail Polish Company and calls it Simply Joy. 

When the story begins it is seven years later and Joy is CEO of her own successful company, which she runs with the help of her two best friends. Their small office is located in Denver, with the product produced in a lab in New York. While working late one night, she gets a call from Izzy, who has worked for her grandmother at the B&B for many years. The news is not good; her grandmother has died of a heart attack.

It is almost Thanksgiving as Joy returns to North Carolina to help her mother & Izzy make arrangements for keeping the B&B running, as it is filled to capacity for the upcoming holidays. This is partly due to the fact that Heart and Soul has a special charm, especially at holiday time, because of how it is always elaborately decorated for the season, with themed guest rooms and dazzling lawn displays. And rumor has it that, during the holidays, guests can be reunited with the spirit of a loved one who has passed on.  

After a private memorial for her grandmother, Joy and her mother meet with estate attorney Will Drake, Joy is shocked to learn that her grandmother's will stipulates that Joy is to take over Heart and Soul and live at the B&B as owner and operator for six months.  Otherwise, the B&B will become the legal property of the state of North Carolina. 

Joy is quite upset and cannot understand why her grandmother would add such a thing to her will.  Though she misses her Nana dearly, Joy has her own company to run and loves living in a big city. She also thoroughly enjoys Colorado's winter sports. She has always been sure she would never live in a small town again where everyone knows everything you do. 

But it IS the holiday season and the B&B is fully booked and decorated, ready to participate in the Parade of Homes competition and gingerbread house contest.  So, since her company can be run from anywhere, Joy decides to stay for the six months to honor her grandmother's wishes.

Add together the Spirit of the Season, handsome attorney Will Drake, and perhaps a little ghostly matchmaking from Joy's beloved Nana, and we have a delightful holiday romance novel. 


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 . . .

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  1. This sounds like a great book for anytime of the year! I know I wouldn't wish to move cross country, from a state that I love, because of a will stipulation. I would imagine that would be very stressful. Good thing she can at least run her own company from a different location. Still, North Carolina and Colorado are very different states. Both have fabulous attributes, but still not the same. You know I would love that touch of romance in the book. Sounds like a fun book to read.

  2. It IS a fun book to read, Mouse. The characters are delightful and the story is light-hearted. Like a Hallmark movie, the ending is predictable, but that makes it a happy read. :)

  3. I'm a sucker for a well written romance novel with a happy ending. Thanks for sharing this one!

    1. You are very welcome, Margaret. Happy endings are always fun, especially romantic ones. :) And I've always enjoyed Fern Michaels' writing.

  4. I do like the characters that Fern Michaels creates so will have to add this one to my reading list when I feel like some romance.

    1. I like her characters too, Lou. I don't often read romance novels, but this one appealed to me when I read the storyline on the jacket. Enjoyed it very much.

  5. I would enjoy this book. I'm not one for romance books, however, anything that centers around the holidays automatically peeks my interest. Thanks for another intro to a new book idea.

    1. I don't often read romance novels either, Barbara, but I do like Fern Michaels' writing and it was the holiday angle that grabbed my attention. :) Thanks for your visit.

  6. Okay I'm another Fern Micheal's fan, so this is going on my reading list too. Thanks for pointing me in this direction. I'm sure to enjoy all of the story from start to finish.

  7. I like books where the protagonist is faced with a life event that shakes things up and brings about the kind of change that is needed (but would not have been normally chosen). Sounds like a book with heart. I don't read much romance, but I do love holiday books and movies. Thanks for the recommendation.


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