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November 18, 2010

Book Review: 'Twas the Night by Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes, Trish Jensen

Authors: Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes, Trish Jensen
Release Date: October 18th, 2010
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Age: Adult
“Christmas or Bust!” What do a Blue Angels pilot, a bounty hunter and an ex-NFL football player have in common? The three bad-boy bachelors of Snowdon, Maine have to make a friend’s Christmas Eve wedding on time or die trying! They’re willing to risk anything to make that happen—even dashing through the snow in the goofiest bus on Earth, bright red and filled with a bunch of merry, meddling senior citizens known as the Santa Brigade. All too soon, these men will have met their matches in three special women: a woman from their past, a forest ranger so hot she ought to be declared a fire hazard, and a woman on the run. Ho, ho, OH!While serving up holiday cheer with the Santa Brigade, the guys will discover ‘tis the season for good will and folly. Wise men or not, they are well and truly caught, which means these roguish St. Nicks are willing to jingle a few bells along the way if that’s what it takes to find what they truly want for Christmas nestled in their beds after the stockings are stuffed and the gifts placed under the tree.
Three friends are returning to their hometown for a wedding. No one feels like going, but they can't miss it. But when the weather get them stuck, the only way to travel for the wedding is with the Santa Brigade.

The Santa Brigade is a basically a bus full of senior citizens doing good things for the poor kids, etc. It isn't exactly what they were thinking for traveling, except if maybe, in that bus, are the women of their dreams.

Each love story is cute and funny. The men, Sam, Stan and Kevin, were very stubborn at the beginning, but as the story unfolds, you learn aspects of their life and the reasons why they are that way.

The women weren't so easy either. Each one of them have their reasons to not be with their man, but obviously love is stronger than anything else.

What I liked most was that each story remind you that love is never easy, not even on Christmas. And that you always have to give something back.

Every character was well developed and each one had a personality. Not only the protagonists, but the other characters too. Sometimes the men were unrealistic, but I think that happens in almost every romance book.

I loved the three couples and the senior people were so funny. It's difficult to combine a love story with seniors, but the authors manage to write something heartwarming, romantic and funny at the same time.

It was amazing how these three authors wrote each one a chapter. If I didn't know this, I would have thought it was only one writer. Each chapter was from the point of view of a couple and it's always interesting to know what the others have in mind.

Overall, 'Twas the Night is a sweet romantic story perfect if you want to read something light to get in the Christmas mood.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.


  1. I've never heard of this book before but it sounds really sweet and I'm always a fan of love stories with well developed characters. Thanks so much for this review Gaby, I'll be looking into this one!

  2. I got this one from NetGalley the other day so I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! Great review :)

  3. This sounds super cute. I just got it for review too - I'm excited to read it now. Lovely review.

  4. Me Three! Looks like there will be quite a few reviews out there of this book! I started my copy tonight but haven't gotten far. I look forward to everyone's reviews!

  5. Another book my library has been unable to get hold of - Amazon here I come. Thanks for a great review, I've enjoyed my visit, it was nice meeting you.

  6. I'm doing the challenge as well, so thought I'd stop by. Love your blog! (my book blog)

  7. That is such a cool way to put a book together! But man, how tough. It's not easy to collaborate on a project because you always have your own ideas about the way you want a book to go! This sounds like such a fun Christmas book! Great review, Gaby!

  8. I just posted my review of this, and agree with you that it was sweet and funny. I wouldn't have thought it had three different authors if I didn't know it either. A great read for this time of year!

  9. Sounds like such a sweet romance for this time of year.

  10. Now that I have my reading for this challenge behind me, I am venturing out to see what others have read.

    I have to say that I have never heard of any of these authors before. But this review definitely has me intrigued.