Title: Santa Cruise
Author: Fern Michaels
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Page Count: 306
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Fans of Debbie Macomber and Danielle Steel won’t want to miss this enchanting, humorous, and heartwarming novel that takes you on a singles cruise with four lifelong friends who might just find the gift of love this Christmas…
At Ridgewood High, Amy, Frankie, Rachael, and Nina formed a deep bond. Now, fifteen years after leaving school behind, they’re back for a reunion, laughing, reminiscing, and chatting how much has changed—and how much hasn’t. Nina, once the star of every school play, moved to Hollywood and landed a recurring role on a sitcom. Amy, fondly known as “the brains of the operation,” is now a Silicon Valley bioengineer. Outgoing and compassionate, Frankie works for a New York publishing house. Rachael, always the most boy-crazy of the crew, married—mostly to please her parents—but is now divorced. All four are strong, successful, and somehow, still looking for the right partner. But Frankie has an idea to help solve that: a singles cruise for the holidays.
In late December, Amy, Rachael, Frankie, and Nina gather in Miami, ready to board their state-of-the-art cruise ship. The entertainment options are endless, the food is to die for, and the passenger list includes hundreds of eligible men. The highlight of the week will be a magnificent New Year’s Eve celebration with multiple theme parties, dancing, and fireworks. The ladies are happy to give Cupid a helping hand here and there—hanging mistletoe in elevators and cheering each other on through speed-dating events and shore excursions. Holidays—like the path of love itself—don’t always go exactly as planned, but over the course of one festive, unforgettable week, all four will set sail on surprising new adventures.
Santa Cruise by Fern Michaels is a contemporary romance which of course mainly takes place during the Christmas season. The book does say it’s for fans of Debbie Macomber and Danielle Steel but I’d say the style is more on the Danielle Steel side of that comparison.
Amy, Frankie, Rachael, and Nina attended high school together where they became the best of friends but once high school let out the ladies didn’t keep as close of touch as they wanted to. Now attending their reunion the four fall right back into that bond that they once shared.
The four ladies make a plan between them that if all of them are still single come the holiday season they are going to get together again and take a trip. Of course when the time comes they book a cruise to the Caribbean for the four of them and head to Miami to board the cruise ship.
Santa Cruise by Fern Michaels immediately grabbed my attention when I saw it because I am a huge fan of cruising myself so a little virtual vacay cruise sounded lovely. I will say that as far as the cruising element in the story it was pretty spot on too and having been to the areas the ladies visited I was completely there with them in my mind. The story of the friendship between Amy, Frankie, Rachael, and Nina and their lives along with their adventure was on that pulled me right in and I enjoyed overall.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the successful Sisterhood series and the Men of the Sisterhood series and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over 150 best-selling books with 110 million copies in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.
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