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Winter Nights Hardcover – December 1, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers willing to indulge in fairy-tale endings, relentless holiday goodwill and romance as mushy as Gramma's cornbread stuffing may enjoy these three stories packaged in a holiday volume aimed at the African American romance audience. Ray's "Until Christmas," features a heroine whose career path borders on camp. Accountant Samantha dislikes the "backbiting office atmosphere" and, instead, aspires to the position of housekeeper for a high-school principal and his two sons. Samantha's beauty, unfailing kindness and near-mythic cooking ability ensure a happy ending. In Hailstock's "Kwanzaa Angel," Erin has remained in her hometown after college to purchase her very own department store. Even harder to believe than this feat is her lingering wound at having been stood up 16 years earlier at the prom?and her lasting crush on the cad himself. Perfunctory Kwanzaa rituals strewn throughout explain the title. In "Round Midnight," Hill at least adds some snappy dialogue and prose, both of which are sorely missing from the first two stories. The protagonist, a female psychiatrist, hosts a late-night radio advice show, complete with R&B songs corresponding to the evening's topic. Few readers will buy the shrink's choice of romantic partner, who turns out to be a creep.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Continuing the tradition of a winter holiday trilogy focusing on Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's, three of the Arabesque line's favorite writers join forces to produce a hardcover collection that, despite a few lapses in language, is filled with all the warmth and festivity of the season and will be welcomed by their fans. A widowed high school principal with twin boys hires a beautiful accountant-turned-innkeeper as his housekeeper with predictably romantic results in Francis Ray's "Until Christmas." Shirley Hailstock reunites a small-town department store owner with the man who humiliated her at her junior prom in "Kwanzaa Angel"; and a 35-year-old late-night radio psychologist finds unexpected romance with the station's program director in Donna Hill's very urban "Round Midnight Late Night Talk with Soul." Sensual, romantic, and family-centered, this diverse group of holiday tales will appeal beyond its African American market and should be considered by any library looking for holiday romance anthologies.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Arabesque; First Edition edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575663694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575663692
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,579,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luv2Read on January 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Francis Ray's, "Until Christmas" is a touching novella about a young woman who not only touched the heart of the high school principal, Ethan Rawlings, but Samantha also won the hearts of Ethan's twins, Alan and Alex. Samantha, aka "Sam," was hired as a combination housekeeper, babysitter temporarily, but only until Christmas. At least, that is what Ethan told the twins and Sam, as well as himself. However, it was much too late for all of them to abide by this decision. Each was starved for the other's affections and each had become too attached to give up. The twins, not only saw Sam as their housekeeper/babysitter, but they saw her as a friend. She could play ball and was not afraid of their dog. The twins' affection went deeper still. Although they were in contact with their grandmother, they were still minus a mother figure. Sam with her winning ways, not only because she was a good cook and let them help her in the kitchen, but because it was who she was, had become special to them and they wanted her with them full time. Not only had Sam become special to them and the twins had become special to Sam, but Sam had also affected the twins' dad. Ethan's feelings for Sam were more than that of an employer, more than that of a friend. Somehow, in that short time, Sam had imbedded herself into Ethan's heart. Was he willing to allow a new love interest into his life or was he still shadowed by the deceit and experience of his ex-wife and the deceased mother of his twins. Ethan thought he had a solution to the problem when he reluctantly agreed to keep Sam, "but only until Christmas." However, love does not have a set time to go away. Therefore, until Christmas, turned out to a lifetime of love for Sam, Ethan, Alan and Alex.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this two-thumbs up book by Arabesque's best three authors: Hailstock, Hill, and Ray. In my opinion, from writers of hits like Forever Yours, Break Every Rule, Clara's Promise, and Chances Are; there was no doubt in my mind these three stories would be fantastic, too. Let's just say, I wasn't disappointed!!
First, I read Hill's "Round Midnight" and I simply fell in love with Summer and Tre. They were destined for each other. Of course, around midnight when Tre called the station I cried my little eyes dry. I thought the other stories couldn't get better. Until I read, Hailstock's "Kwanzaa Angel", I admit I was skeptical at first because I'm not into the Kwanzaa thing, but I loved this story about innocent Erin who eventually found her Prince Charming (Raimi Price). Keep hope alive girlfriends, don't give up on that first crush - there's still hope!!! Then, I read Ray's "Until Christmas", let me just say I was no more good after Ethan wrote 'Until Christmas' for Samantha.
In my opinion, whether it's the Christmas season or not you gotta experience this book for yourself. Run don't walk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dera R Williams VINE VOICE on October 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
BET Books makes it's debut with this holiday trilogy fromthree of romance's best writers that will surely bring readers muchcheer. In Until Christmas by Francis Ray, Ethan Rawlings has come back to his small hometown to become the principal of the high school after living in Philadelpia. He is the father of twin eight year-old boys who mean the world to him so he would not trust their care to just anyone. So when Samantha Clak strolls into his office for an interview he is very skeptical. She is young, pretty, and highly educated. But he doesn't count on both his boys and his parents taking to her and decides she can stay until Christmas. But then she begins to feel like family. In Shirley Hailstock's Kwanzaa Angel, Erin Scott encounter a little lost girl in the department store she owns. When she find out the girl's uncl is no other than Raimi Price, the boy who deserted her at the Senior Ball, she is surprised and then flustered when he doesn't remember her. This was the love of her life and now he is back in town to spend the holidays with his sister. Later on that evening on the first night of Kwanzaa (Umoja) at the community cener they meet again. Raimi now knows who she is and is fascinated by Erin. But can she trust her heart to a man that one betrayed her? Dr. Summer Lane has all of the answers on her nightly radio show in Donna Hill's Round Mignight. With R&B music from Anita Baker and the Whispers thrown in with advice about love relationships, the doctor is guilty of not taking her own medicine. Tre Holland, the program director thinks the former psychologist is stuck on herself, but encouaged by his sister he decides to take a chance on asking her out. Summer knows Tre fought againt airing her show so she is leery of him and starting an on-the-job relationship.Read more ›
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By JBarr5 on February 29, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ter Nights by 3 authors:
Until Christmas by Francis Ray
The local principal is looking for a housekeeper for the twins. She used
to hostess at the local bed and breakfast. She is a nuturer and likes it.
Boys get very comfortable with her eating and being with them a lot
to the point where the father has stated she's off duty when he gets home
from work.
As they go through the year end holidays she decorates their house, the
tree and bakes.

Kwanza Angel by Shirley Haystock
At this time of year and specific holiday we learn a little about how
and why it is celebrated. It also brings together a man and woman who
used to date.

Round Midnight by Donna
Summer's got it all, the degrees, the high paying job, expensive car,
expensive place to live and all the money she could ever want or need.
She has no boyfriend and all her friends want to set her up with others
but she won't have any part of it. The radio station decides to do
something different for New Years Eve and her show will just be coming
on just before the year starts. Her show is to give advice to others
who are dating, have a relationship, etc.
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