Book Review: Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan

Posted December 18, 2020 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan

I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan
Genres: Paranormal
Published by Pocket Books on November 1, 2003
Pages: 284
Format: eBook
Source: my own shelves

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Also by this author: Air Bound, Rocky Mountain Miracle, Power Game, Earth Bound, Spider Game, "Dark Crime", Judgment Road, Toxic Game, Vengeance Road, Fire Bound, Bound Together, Shadow Warrior, Leopard's Wrath, Wild Cat, Cat's Lair, Vendetta Road, Lethal Game, Desolation Road, Shadow Flight, Magic in the Wind, Oceans of Fire, Dangerous Tides, Leopard's Rage, Reckless Road

Second in the Drake Sisters (Sea Haven and/or Christmas as well) paranormal romance series and revolving around seven sisters with magical talents. Based on the Mendocino coast, the couple focus is on Kate Drake and Matt Granite.

My Take

As usual, Feehan easily pulled me into her cozy story. I just love how supportive the sisters are of each other and of others. It’s a gift that’s returned by the people of Sea Haven.

Feehan uses a third person dual protagonist point-of-view from Kate’s and Matt’s perspectives, giving us insight into what they’re thinking, feeling, and seeing. It’s sometimes fun and sometimes annoying, as they have no idea that they are deeply attracted to each other.

It’s pretty impressive that Matt not only went to Stanford University but was also a US Army Ranger who now works in his family’s contracting business. Busy boy. Wonder what he studied? Yep, that’s sarcasm…gotta wonder why such a talented young man is content with being in a “sleepy” town. Feehan could work on his reasons a bit more.

Hmm, the sisters seem to have a very “deep” connection, as Kate’s sisters remind her not to get too heavy with Matt, lol.

Oh, oh. It’s that generational issue of the kids not listening to their parents and finding out the hard way that they should’ve. Tsk, tsk… ‘Cause I’ve never had that problem…right.

There are connections in Twilight Before Christmas. Between the sisters. The Drakes protecting the people of and in Sea Haven. Sea Havenites watching out for each other and for the Drakes. The underlying connection in the story with the Christmas pageant. That past connection with, well, the past. It does give us some backstory on the founding of Sea Haven. Religion certainly has a lot to answer for.

There’s a good bit of action, yet there’s more of an emphasis on taking us deeper into the sisters’ relationship with each other, their weaknesses, and their own concerns about their gifts. As well as that earlier mention about the push-pull between Kate and Matt.

Matt does have a lot to learn about the Drakes…

The Story

Tired of wandering, Kate has decided to stay home. She’s buying the old mill and renovating it into a bookstore and coffeehouse. Only, an earthquake breaks open an unexpected bit of nasty.

The Characters

The flawless Kate Drake, the second of seven sisters, each gifted with a psychic and magical talent, adores books and living in her imagination. Which makes it perfect that she’s a famous author who makes anyone feel peace even if she does suffer from panic attacks. The shy Hannah is a supermodel with a gift for wind, air, and sea. Abigail‘s bane is her ability to pull truth from anyone. Her gift lies with water. Sarah is the oldest sister and works as a security consultant. She’s engaged to Damon Wilder, a brilliant, retired, scientist (Magic in the Wind, 1). Joely‘s gift is her voice, able to compel others, and a world famous singer. Libby has healing gifts which she uses working for the CDC in third world countries. Elle, the youngest sister with all of their gifts and destined to have seven daughters to carry on the family mantle, is a brilliant physicist. Their parents are roaming the world. The Drake house is amazing, especially with that interactive entryway mosaic floor made by the Drakes’ grandmother and her six sisters.

Matthew Granite, a former Army Ranger who attended Stanford, is a contractor, good with the ladies…except for Kate. Danny Granite, his brother, is dating Trudy Garret, a waitress at the Salt Bar and Grill with a four-year-old son, Davy. Victoria and Harold Granite are their parents.

Sea Haven, California, is…
…a small town, a village practically, on the Mendocino coast. Jonas Harrington, another former Ranger, is the local sheriff who grew up with the Drake sisters. Jackson Deveau, a skilled sniper in the Rangers, is one of Jonas’ deputies. Inez Nelson owns the local grocery store. The Ruttermyer boy, the one with Down Syndrome, is a great example of how the people step up for others.

Old Man Mars owns the fruit stand and hates, I mean “hates”, Christmas. Bruce Harper is having an affair with Sylvia, whose husband, Mason Fredrickson, is not thrilled. The pregnant Letty Harper is not happy either. Janice Carlton needed extra help one night. Gina works at the preschool where Haley and Davy Granite are some of her students. Jeff Burley is was supposed to be in the pageant. Donna runs a gift shop. Jeff Granger has a son, Pete. Tommy Dockins is one of those caught in a landslide.

Back when Sea Haven was founded
Johannes Lynchman, his brother Abram, and Anastasia, who wrote the journal, were some of the early settlers.

The Cover and Title

The cover is a fantastical collage in deep blues with a splash of red, orange, and yellow. A stormy sky is the top half of the cover with an info blurb in white at the very top and the author’s name in a white-outlined red gothic font immediately below it. The bottom half of the cover sees a full moon peeking from beneath the clouds and lightning onto a dark sky that melds into the hills on which the tower of the Drake house stands on the right. Lower, and to the right, is a brightly lit Christmas tree. On the left is the title in a dark-shadowed white in the same font. Between author and title is a testimonial in black with a cloud as background.

The title is the doom that was released, a Twilight Before Christmas.

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