"A Stockingful of Joy" - Anthology - 2005

 Christmas in June, I know.  I feel it must happen every year, but I can't explain it.  I like anthologies when my attention span is lagging - or I'm actually busy (the case more and more, I'm happy to say...)
For the sake of saving time, I did not finish Susan King's Highland love story - so hard for me to get into medievals...  I read Mary Jo Putney's story first, but found it ho hum.  Thank goodness for Justine Dare's Western story - yes, it was pretty cliche - but I did not care one bit.  I very much enjoyed Jill Barnett's story, which featured not only an unusual setting (Gangs of New York era NYC) but a heroine who is, gasp 40!  That's a really big deal in a genre of 18-year-olds and spinsters at the ripe old age of 24. I'll be on the lookout for more books from Justine Dare and Jill Barnett - and see how they fair when they don't have to invoke the Christmas spirits.