Holiday Ever After: An Anthology by Jill Shalvis | Book Review

Holiday Ever After: An Anthology by Jill Shalvis caught my eye because I really liked the cover. It was giving off Hallmark movie cabin vibes. Also — I have had pretty okay luck with anthologies lately. Holiday Ever After is comprised of three of Shalvis’s previously released holiday novellas. There is no framing device to the book, it just contains the three different novellas, which is fine. All seem to have a theme where the love interest is someone from the main character’s past.

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One Snowy Night

The first story in the anthology is One Snowy Night. This story follows Rory and Max. The two live in San Francisco and work in the same building. They know each other from back home in Lake Tahoe. Rory needs to get home to deliver a gift and so Max offers to drive since he’s headed out that way. Along the way there is a massive storm and the two rehash their past in a motel — among other things. Also, there is a doberman named Carl who steals every scene he is in. I would have liked this novella to be even longer — plus more context with a few of the side characters mentioned.

Holiday Wishes

The second story in Holiday Ever After is Holiday Wishes. This story follows Lottie who runs a bed and breakfast that is essentially the family business. There is a joint bachelor and bachelorette party. The best man organizing the whole thing is Sean O’Riley. As it turns out, Lottie and Sean were each other’s firsts. However, Lottie moved away and Sean did not keep in touch. There’s not a whole lot of love between the two. When a storm makes it so the wedding that was scheduled has to be canceled, Sean and Lottie move into action to provide the bride and groom with a last minute wedding at the bed and breakfast. Also, Sean and Lottie reconnect and it turns out that they do still have chemistry.

Mistletoe In Paradise

The final novella is Mistletoe In Paradise. This story follows Hannah and James who were childhood friends. Every year over the Christmas holidays their families would take vacation using the yacht that Hannah’s stepfather runs as a charter business. It has been years since Hannah and James connected. She is a patient advocate at a hospital. He runs an expedition type of business. It would seem they are opposites now. However, that chemistry and pull is still there. Of course, they find their way back to each other while on the yacht together.

On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf, How Much Christmas Spirit Does Holiday Ever After Have?

I would say that Holiday Ever After isn’t really bursting with Christmas spirit. If you wanted a book that would have you ready to trim the tree and wrap presents, this isn’t it. However, the three novellas are sweet and do share the time of year setting. I know I’ll be picking up more from Shalvis, but this wasn’t really my favorite.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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