Holiday Reflections

Author: Cricket Starr, Reese Gabriel

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Release Date: December 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5


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It’s a week before Christmas and the last thing Jesyca needs is for Mark Bristol to try to come back into her life.  She and Mark have had a love-‘em-and-leave-‘em relationship for a very long time.  He loved her and then left to go back to the rodeo.  She’s decided that it will not happen again.  No way.  Her body has a different idea.  In all the ways that count, her body yearns for Mark. 

Mark has decided it’s time to quit the rodeo and move back to town, get married and raise a family.  That can’t happen unless he can convince Jesyca that he’s serious.  She doesn’t believe him.  She can’t afford to because she’s been hurt so many times.  He gives her a pocket mirror and asks her to think about what it would be like if they were together permanently.  Unfortunately, whenever she looks into the mirror, Jesyca sees a picture of Mark wearing a suit and string tie.  She’s the only one who sees that.  Everyone else sees their own reflection in the mirror.

Mark pulls out all the stops to convince her that he’s serious.  He even purchases the bar where she works.  Things get very interesting when she marches into his office to confront him on several issues concerning the staff and, especially, the dress code.



The pocket mirror is about to make an appearance into the future.  John Forge is the commanding officer at Station Twenty-One, a mining operation on Mars.  He’s very happy being there.  The people are like an extended family.  This is important to a man who grew up poor and hungry.  The one thing that would make his life complete would be to have Suzie Shelty as his wife. 

Unfortunately, Suzie thinks his feelings are just lust.  She’s the company morale officer.  It’s her responsibility to make sure that all the single men are sexually satisfied.  Every time John brings up the idea about her belonging only to him, she starts quoting from the morale officer’s handbook.

Suzie grew up in an orphanage and has had to depend on herself all her life.  She loves her job.  It gives her great satisfaction, no pun intended, to make the men happy.

Suzie decides that it would make everyone in the company happy if they celebrated the ancient Earth tradition of Christmas.  She uses her own money to order everything, including gifts.  It’ll be her last act before transferring out of the company.  She feels that it’s time for her to move on.

Fate has other plans.  The pocket mirror finds its way into John’s hands and he gives it to Suzie for Christmas.  In the mirror John saw Suzie dressed as a bride.  Suzie saw John dressed as a groom.  Their celebration coincides with an inspection.  (

The secondary characters in both stories are delightful.  Jesyca’s best friend, Crissy Hamilton, will keep you in stitches.  She comes across as a real ditz but there are some deep emotions hiding inside her.  Hans Drucker appears in REFLECTING THE FUTURE.  He’s very outspoken and a little in love with the station doctor. 

To say anything further about these two stories would give you too much information.  It’s a great holiday read and one that you’ll pull out year after year to re-read.  The stories inside make you believe in fairy tales, true love and all things good in the world. 

HOLIDAY REFLECTIONS is a must read and a keeper.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Nickie Langdon

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