by Fern Michaels
Publication Date September 28, 2021
Published by Kensington Books
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Genres: Contemporary, Family & Relationships, Family & Relationships / Love & Romance, Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / Holidays, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Holiday
At Ridgewood High, Amy, Frankie, Rachael, and Nina formed a deep bond. Now, fifteen years after leaving school behind, they’re back for a reunion, laughing, reminiscing, and chatting how much has changed—and how much hasn’t. Nina, once the star of every school play, moved to Hollywood and landed a recurring role on a sitcom. Amy, fondly known as “the brains of the operation,” is now a Silicon Valley bioengineer. Outgoing and compassionate, Frankie works for a New York publishing house. Rachael, always the most boy-crazy of the crew, married—mostly to please her parents—but is now divorced. All four are strong, successful, and somehow, still looking for the right partner. But Frankie has an idea to help solve that: a singles cruise for the holidays.
In late December, Amy, Rachael, Frankie, and Nina gather in Miami, ready to board their state-of-the-art cruise ship. The entertainment options are endless, the food is to die for, and the passenger list includes hundreds of eligible men. The highlight of the week will be a magnificent New Year’s Eve celebration with multiple theme parties, dancing, and fireworks. The ladies are happy to give Cupid a helping hand here and there—hanging mistletoe in elevators and cheering each other on through speed-dating events and shore excursions. Holidays—like the path of love itself—don’t always go exactly as planned, but over the course of one festive, unforgettable week, all four will set sail on surprising new adventures.
Santa Cruise by Fern Michaels is a fun, holiday book about a group of friends who all go on a singles cruise over the holidays.
Lifelong friends Amy, Frankie, Nina, and Rachael reconnect during a 15-year high school reunion. Their lives have not turned out the way they wanted, so they make a pact, that if they are all still single by the holidays, they’ll go together on a cruise. Well, they all decided to go on the cruise together and enjoy the holidays.
This was a fun book, and the women were all entertaining. Although I enjoyed this book, I wish it was more emotionally satisfying. The women all enjoyed themselves on the cruise, but I didn’t feel like it changed any of them very much, nor did they learn much about themselves. I wanted more character development and an emotional journey for these women. Instead, the author focused more on the cruise ship stops, and activities as well as what the women were wearing to the different activities. There were some love matches, but they seemed to be in the background and not explored as much as I would have liked.
Santa Cruise is a fun light read, but, that’s about all. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.