Holly and Ivy

Holly and Ivy In a heartwarming novel of secret wishes and family lost and found acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels creates a timeless Christmas story to cherish The flames of memory always

  • Title: Holly and Ivy
  • Author: Fern Michaels
  • ISBN: 9781496703170
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a heartwarming novel of secret wishes and family lost and found, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels creates a timeless Christmas story to cherish .The flames of memory always seem to glow a little brighter during the holidays Perhaps that s why this time of year is so difficult for airline heiress Ivy Macintosh, as she faces thoughts of yet aIn a heartwarming novel of secret wishes and family lost and found, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels creates a timeless Christmas story to cherish .The flames of memory always seem to glow a little brighter during the holidays Perhaps that s why this time of year is so difficult for airline heiress Ivy Macintosh, as she faces thoughts of yet another festive season alone Since the plane crash that claimed the lives of her husband and two children eight years ago, she s been submerged in grief.When eleven year old Holly Greenwood knocks on her door, lost and frightened after a forbidden visit to her singing teacher, Ivy s self imposed exile is shattered Holly has an extraordinary voice, and wants nothing than to perform in an upcoming Christmas musical Holly s father, Daniel, doesn t allow music in their home, refusing to give a good reason why just as he refuses to talk about Holly s mother Ivy has no idea how closely she and Daniel are linked by their tragic pasts, yet she s drawn to the warmth she senses beneath his gruff exterior And as Christmas nears, their shared concern for Holly begins to draw Ivy back into the world again and toward a family who may need her just as much as she needs them .

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    1. It took me awhile to get into the first half of the book but once I did, it picked up speed and I enjoyed this book. It was a pretty good read, especially with the holidays coming up :).

    2. Implausible, illogical, and full of plot holes. None of the three main characters, or most of the secondary characters, seemed like actual real people. Audiobook, purchased (then returned to get my credit back) via Audible. Brittany Pressley’s performance was good, given the source material. I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, Square 1, November 1st: Book themes for Calan Gaeaf: Read any of your planned Halloween Bingo books that you didn’t end up reading after all, involving [...]

    3. Holly and Ivy by Fern MichaelsStarts in Pine City, NC Dec 2008 Ivy and John have twins. Her father owns his plane company so they have no problems with air travel.She's just learned her family has died in a crash2016 we find Holly who's involved in school projects. Daniel is her dad and he hates musicals. Her mother had died when she was very young and she's not to bring it up to her father.Story alternates between the two and how they cope with their situations. Ivy blames the pilot. She was st [...]

    4. ** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**This was sweet but also a bit sad - it felt just like a hallmark movie. It took me a while to get into, and I felt like there was some suspension of disbelief required to accept the behaviour of some of the characters, but over all I enjoyed the story.

    5. After eight years of grieving, Ivy begins taking steps to come back to life. A young girl, Holly, knocking on her front door starts Ivy’s return to life. Daniel [Holly’s father] and Ivy have a great deal of history in common. When Daniel starts seeing Ivy, Holly sees her father showing a totally different personality. There are an amazing amount of relationship changes in this book which makes it an exciting story.Quotes I liked from this book: Holly, at breakfast with Ivy and Daniel, says, [...]

    6. This is one of those books you need tissues for, first for the bad, and then for the good.Ivy has what she thinks of as a close to perfect life. Until she doesn't. And one minute changed that for her. And now she has a routine but that has made her a recluse except for her trips to the liquor store. Holly wants to sing and has a beautiful voice, but her father will not allow her to sing or even have a radio. He thinks it's just noise and he doesn't like noise. He also won't tell her anything abo [...]

    7. This is a very light and quick read, suitable for the holiday season. A young woman loses her husband and three year old twins in a devastating plane crash, and as a result, she isolates herself from the world, taking refuge in alcohol and isolation. Eight years later, she meets an eleven year old girl with whom she feels an immediate connection. As events unfold, secrets are shared and new relationships are developed, proceeding as the plot in a Hallmark movie. I loved the cover art for this bo [...]

    8. First Fern Michaels book to have read & a Christmas one (#3 of 12 I committed to reading at the start of 2017). Four stars because it isn't an overtly compelling tale but one which begins with tragedy & only becomes a story of rebirth & forgiveness from that point forward. I like that the conflict in the plot line begins at the outset & the rest is resolution. Only four stars, though, because it is neatly wrapped up a bit too quickly. Nonetheless, this is a different type of holi [...]

    9. A very sad and heartwarming story that gets you thinking about all you are thankful for. The story remains quite depressing for a good part of the story but once the story begins to turn, it really turns into a delightful book! I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

    10. This was a huge disappointment. The story was slow, and the ending was predictable, which normally doesn't bother me. The characters were horrible. The main characters, Ivy and Daniel, abruptly change completely, which was unbelievable. I did like that this took place at Christmas and in North Carolina.

    11. The good: Ivy is wonderfully sympathetic and, TBH, exactly who I would become if I had lost my entire family overnight but still had a house and fabulous wealth, including the part where upon deciding to finally turn her life around, she immediately latches on to the darling preteen girl who randomly turns up on her doorstep, and more or less becomes her guardian angel. I loved everything she said and did, as well as her father and their relationship.I loved Holly too, though I thought some of h [...]

    12. A rarity for Fern Michaels -- no dog as supporting cast in this story. I really liked how one fateful night, where a little girl got mixed up on a walking trail, turned several lives around and reunited old friends. A Christmas miracle, indeed! 8 out of 10.

    13. A lovely Christmas book. Story of a large loss for both our leading man and lady but because of a child, they found each other and happiness was restored Nothing spectacular but good and easy reading. A feel good book. Just what we want at Christmas time.

    14. Holly is eleven years old, and it’s been just she and her father for as long as she can remember. She’s not allowed a radio, computer or the freedom that her friends have, and school is the only time she has to feel ‘normal’, well, as normal as she can. Her father is strict, and she can’t get any information from him about the why…why he won’t tell her about her mother, why he won’t let her sing or play music, why they rarely do anything together. She just wants a mum and to be m [...]

    15. Ivy is an heiress to an airline company. Eight years ago, she lost her husband and two children in a plane crash and, though she has tried, she cannot get her life back on track. One day, eleven-year-old Holly Greenwood knocks on Ivy’s door, alone, lost and scared, after a forbidden visit to her music teacher. Holly’s mother also died in the plane crash that Ivy’s family did. Her father will not discuss Holly’s mother’s death with her and, in his grief, has become an extremely strict f [...]

    16. Holly Greenwood is eleven years old and lives with her father, Daniel. Life is never fun or happy at her home and she really does not know why. Her mom died when she was young and her father is very strict and does not seem to be happy. Luckily Holly has two good friends but that is just not enough as her home life is awful, no music or computers or cell phones for her. Her dad hardly ever cooks so it is a lot of frozen things that are micro waved. Holly is really a good child, much more mature [...]

    17. Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:I’m not a great fan of reading Christmas stories in September, although I seem to have picked up a few books recently that culminate in families getting into the festive spirit; it seems that holiday books are coming out ever earlier, and so I may have little choice in the matter if I’m to keep up with new releases from favourite authors as well as from those new to me. Fern Michaels falls into the latter category, although she has an [...]

    18. Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels would be a moving story anytime of the year, but it makes a rather impactful Christmas story. The book opens in mid-December 2008 with Ivy Macintosh losing her husband and toddler-aged twins in a plane crash. Just when you think this opening couldn’t get more crushing, it’s revealed that the airline is owned by Ivy’s father and Ivy is an executive in the company with what seemed like a bright future ahead of her.Fast forward eight years and Ivy hasn’t been [...]

    19. This is the first book I have ever read by Fern Michaels, and I have struggled a bit with how to review it. On one hand, I thought it was an enjoyable read - a book filled with new beginnings and hope, after someone experiences a great loss. On the other, the main adult characters are in a pretty dark place, and their outlook turns around fairly quickly. I have decided that while some of what happens may not be entirely believable in real life, when I read a book like this, it is an escape from [...]

    20. *** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***Tragic strikes. Devastation ensues. Peace endures.A holiday story of a young girl whose beautiful soulful voice brings two grief stricken souls together in a time of holiday cheer. Holly and Ivy by NY Times bestselling author Fern Michaels is a lighthearted warm romance with all the feels. Airline heiress, Ivy Macintosh lost her family in a tragic accident and for eight years she has closed herself off from the world. 11 year old Holly Gree [...]

    21. Although I am glad I did not read this book before Christmas, I very much enjoyed it. Ivy lost her husband and 3 year old twins in a plane crash and for the last 8 years she has done everything she can not to remember and not to deal with her grief.Holly is an 11 years old motherless child who lives with her father. Dad, Daniel, is very strict and appears cold.Although this is really a story of healing, I was caught up in the relationship between father and daughter. He seems so uncaring, almost [...]

    22. Ivy's father owns an airline businesses and eight years ago one of his planes crashed killing Ivy's husband and children. For all of that time ivy has lived in grief but now her father wants to retire and have Ivy take over the business.Holly is only 11 years old and lives with her father who is very strict, he would not talk about her mother and how she died eight years ago, and will not allow any music in the house or let Holly have anything to do with it. When Holly gets lost after being at a [...]

    23. Even though her husband and 3 year old twins died in a place crash eight years ago, Ivy has refused to move forward. She rarely leaves her home drinking coffee and alcohol to help her get through her days. Her father, the owner of the company that built and flew the plane her family was in, has tried for a very long time to get Ivy to come out of her cocoon.Ivy finally realizes what she is doing to herself when she finds Holly at her door one winter night needing help. When Ivy meets Holly's fat [...]

    24. Quick, easy, and fun little read. I read it while being tortured watching Game 5 of the World Series (Go Astros) because the anxiety of the game was too much for me. Not a book that will leave you feeling breathless or hollering that it should win awards, but still a really solid book worthy of picking up. There were many parts that I skimmed through because I didn't find them relevant to the whole of the story (much of the parts of Holly with her friends) and they felt more like page fillers th [...]

    25. A Macintosh Air fatal crash affected the lives of all the families of its passengers. It is now 8 years later and two of the families live in Pine City but have never met. One is Ivy Macintosh who lost her husband and twin children. The other is Daniel and Holly Greenwood who lost their wife and mother. Holly lives in a very strict home and part of the rules is she is not allowed any type of music. The problem is that Holly loves to sing and she is good. One evening she sneaks out of her friends [...]

    26. I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. First of all, Michaels rarely uses contractions, even in her characters' speech, and it's very disconcerting to have an 11-year-old girl constantly saying "I do not" or I will not." Holly's father was harsh and unreasonable, and then he abruptly did a 180 that was rather unconvincing. Ivy quits drinking heavily with virtually no ill effects. The end of the story wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly for my liking. There were things I liked, like [...]

    27. Ivy has spent the last eight years of her life grieving over the loss of her family in a horrific accident, then late one evening a knock comes on her door changing her life forever. Holly is a young girl of eleven who lives alone with her dad. Her dad is weirdo extraordinaire. He is extremely strict with her, allows no music or singing in the house, pays little attention to Holly other than her basic needs and locks himself in his den every night. Holly is full of life , loves to sing and will [...]

    28. This is the sort of positive, uplifting story you want at the end of a hard day. Ivy's had a horrible time after losing her husband and children in a plane crash. Holly's not sure why her father Daniel is the way he is but she knows she wishes she had a mom. The two meet by chance and together they work through their grief. Daniel too has some growing to do. This isn't a romance, it's a tale of three people coping with tragedy and sorrow and coming out the other side. Thanks to Netgalley for the [...]

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