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WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS
Releasing Oct 27th, 2015
New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels brings together the beloved heroines from two celebrated seriesâthe Sisterhood and the Godmothersâfor a holiday to rememberâ¦
This Christmas, instead of finding and punishing bad guys, all Maggie Spritzer wants is to bring a little more joy to the worldâespecially to a beloved teacher from her past. And as the Sisterhood unites to find her, they learn that no holiday treat is as fulfilling as giving to othersâ¦
Meanwhile, with a little help from the other Godmothers, Toots Loudenberry is preparing for Charlestonâs annual holiday showcase of historic homes. But when the Godmothers sense trouble with one of the decorators, they must tackle a mystery and hope for a happy endingâ¦
When Sisters and Godmothers unite, the result is a warm and wonderful holidayâwith a special touch of magicâ¦
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FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood and Godmothers series, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy-five million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at www.fernmichaels.com
This year, for some reason, I want . . . no, I need to make the angels sing. I want to hear them sing. Does that make sense?â Maggie asked fretfully.
âOf course it makes sense. I think itâs a wonderful idea. Count me in,â Annie said. âNow, you know if you include the boys, the fund would grow substantially higher,â she said slyly. The others agreed as they all started to eat.
âNot so fast,â Myra said. âDear,â she said, addressing Maggie, âdid you forget we have an organization that Abner is in charge of that donates yearly, very generously and very heavily, during the holidays? Any new charity or person is always welcome. I thought we all had agreed to that. Last year alone, we donatedâanonymously, of courseâover one billion dollars, which we confiscated from that monster, Angus Spyder. So, Iâm not quite sure what it is you want us to contribute to, and while I have no problem with that at all, I guess I just donât understand the end result here.â
The women stopped eating long enough to stare at Maggie, waiting to see how she would respond.
âI guess I didnât fully explain, because Iâm not clear in my own mind. Sometimes late at night, when I canât sleep, I think about my life, my childhood, my family and wonder, as I think most people wonder, if I could do things over, what would I do differently? Is there some wrong in my past life that I never made right, for whatever reason? Just think about that for a minute. I have an instance, and Iâve never forgotten it. I donât know if money can or will right that situation, but I want to look into it and try. Itâs not the same as what Abner is doing with Spyderâs money and all those other peopleâs money we helped ourselves to. This is personal. Thatâs the best way I can explain it to you all. Does it make more sense now?â
âWell, yes, dear, it certainly does,â Myra said. âI think you might be on to something. Letâs run this up the flagpole. Now that I understand where youâre going with this, I think we should include the boys in this.â
âI agree,â Isabelle said. The others were quick to agree.
âWe canât call them now. Itâs too late,â Yoko said. âTheyâll be miffed that they werenât included in this luncheon.â
âThen weâll do a repeat tomorrow at my house,â Nikki said. âThatâs when weâll run it up the flagpole, and theyâll never know this was a rehearsal for tomorrow. How about that for sneaky? Do you all agree?â
âWhat are you going to serve?â Kathryn asked, her mind jumping ahead to the menu.
âHow about a little of everything that is takeout?â Nikki laughed.
âWorks for me.â Alexis giggled. Not surprisingly, it worked for everyone.
âSo, letâs get to the dessert, Maggie,â Annie said.
The women talked nonstop as they devoured the peach cobbler, the main topic being that memories, for the most part, were a wonderful thing, be they sad or happy.
âHow much money are we talking about?â Yoko asked. âThe reason I ask is that Harry and I are going to China next month, and that always puts a big dent in our budget.â
âIt doesnât matter how much, Yoko. If itâs fifty dollars, thatâs fine. If itâs two hundred fifty thousand dollars, thatâs fine, too. The point is it has to be our own personal money, whatever we can afford. Gusâs insurance money is just the cherry on top. Iâll be putting my own money in, too. It will all go into one fund, and then, when weâre ready to distribute it to whoever needs it, weâll vote on it. I think thatâs fair. If you all want to keep your amounts secret, thatâs okay, too. We should vote on that tomorrow. In the end, it might not even come down to money. Maybe there is someone out there from our past who needs something other than money. Something we can provide for them that no one else can. That kind of thing.â
âI think this is a wonderful idea,â Myra said. âI canât wait for tomorrow. Thank you so much, Maggie, for bringing this up. Sometimes I think we forget that itâs better to give than to receive. Oh, this is going to be such a wonderful Christmas. The true meaning of it. Truly, truly.â
Annie swiped at her eyes. âMyraâs right. This is just what we all need. Weâve been getting complacent. I agree with Myra. I canât wait till tomorrow.â
Twelve minutes later, right on schedule, Maggieâs kitchen and dining room were back to normal, with just the autumn centerpiece in the middle of the table. A second round of fresh coffee was served as the girls talked nonstop about what was going to transpire the following day.
âItâs going to take a lot of research to track down people from our past,â Isabelle said.
âAnd who better to do that than our four in- trepid reporters, meaning Ted, Dennis, Maggie, and Espinosa?â Nikki chortled.
âWe need a name for this project,â Alexis said.
The group threw out names and titles, but it was Yoko who came up with the one they finally agreed to. Bright Star.
The Sisters all clapped, making their newest project official.