Review: Christmas on Main Street Anthology

‘Tis the season to fall in love in these four small towns.

In “Christmas in Shelter Bay,” New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross returns to Shelter Bay, where Kelli has long tried to keep her feelings for her friend Cole a secret. But when the local matchmakers conspire to send them to a secluded lakeside cabin, the two friends soon discover that a little love will keep them warm.

TV producer Nathaniel Ravelle knows the Bayberry Island mermaid legend is a joke— how could a statue grant a wish for true love? But when a Christmas Nor’easter lands him in close quarters with local Annie Parker, they see magic at work in matters of the heart in New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan’s “A Seaside Christmas.”

In LuAnn McLane’s “Mistletoe on Main Street,” Clint isn’t sure how to rekindle his romance with high school sweetheart Ava—until his father bows out of playing Santa at the annual Cricket Creek holiday parade and Clint gets the chance to make this Christmas one to remember.

And in Alexis Morgan’s “The Christmas Gift”, business is booming at Bridey Roke’s pastry shop. Everyone in town stops in to sample her holiday treats. But in her spare moments, she’s perfecting a special recipe to charm the handsome new neighbor—who has his own surprise gift for her come Christmas Eve!

“Christmas in Shelter Bay” by JoAnn Ross

I really wasn’t feeling the chemistry in this story. Cole grew up with Kelli’s older brothers. Kelli, being eight years younger, has had a crush on Cole since she was very young and been in love with him for years. Cole is ignorant to her feelings until all of the sudden this Christmas he decides that he wants to pursue here.

I didn’t get the connection, just last year Cole proposed to someone else and now this year all of the sudden he wants Kelli, no preamble or nothing? I have not read the series so I may be missing some things but I just wasn’t feeling Cole and Kelli. Although, I’m glad that Cole finally wised up and Kelli was finally able to have the man of her dreams.

“A Seaside Christmas” by Susan Donovan

Can a bronze mermaid statue guide people to their happily ever afters? Well on Bayberry Island it seems it’s possible. Abe has traveled to Bayberry with the purpose of finding out about “mermaids.” As he gets off the ferry during a terrible ice storm, he slowly makes his way into town and ends up slipping on the ice right in front of Annie’s door. Annie is busy typing away on her latest Captain/mermaid erotica book when she hears a loud noise outside. As she goes to investigate she finds a man unconscious on her doorstep. Is this a Christmas miracle or the work of the Great Mermaid herself?

Susan Donovan is a new author to me and I absolutely loved this story. The dialog and the characters had me laughing out loud and I loved the light-hearted feel of it. The romance was fast and hot and the spirit of Christmas was not far behind. I am well and truly a Susan Donovan fan now and I look forward to reading more about the people and the mermaid legend of Bayberry Island.

“Mistletoe on Main Street” by LuAnn McLane

A short Christmas story where more than one love gets a second chance!Boy meets girl, boy dates girl for two years. Boy gets baseball scholarship and breaks up with girl. Girl pines for boy for 15 years. When boy finally shows back up and wants to rekindle what they had, girl is hesitant. Slowly she lets her guard down and allows him into her heart. Will he break it again or has he truly changed and girl can finally claim the man of her dreams?

“The Christmas Gift” by Alexis Morgan

Bridey has caught the eye of a new man in Snowberry Creek. Seth is friendly but doesn’t talk much and Bridey can’t stop looking his way either as he visits her shop almost daily. Has cupid cast his arrows upon Bridey or will she get her heart broken again by this quiet, mysterious stranger?

I loved this story! After a terrible ex-husband, I’m glad Bridey finally found a good one. Seth is quiet for a reason; he sometimes speaks with a stutter so he often stays silent. Bridey doesn’t see anything but the heart beneath his flannel shirts that endear her closer to him each day. It’s a beautiful happy beginning for these two who couldn’t be more deserving.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.


  1. I love these Christmas Anthologies. I do want to read this one, since I have read Alexis Morgan before. Great review here!! By the way...I love your header. It is awesome.

    1. Thank you! I am totally in love with the header! Not sure who designed it but they are awesome! I love Christmas Anthologies too! All the stories are great! Thanks for stopping by!