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The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan Seven sisters…
and a legacy of magical secrets.

Bestselling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house-not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

When an earthquake cracks the mill's foundation and reveals a burial crypt, Kate senses that a centuries-old evil has been unleashed…and that it's coming after her. Though Matt vows to guard her from dusk till dawn, Kate knows she will have to summon all of her and her sisters' powers to battle the darkness threatening to destroy both Christmas and the gift of soul-searing passion her hometown hero wants her to keep forever…

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Release Date: November 1, 2003
Back in Print: November 22, 2016
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Publisher: Pocket
Language: English
ISBN: 074347628X


The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan

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Christine FeehanOkay, I have to say it, I LOVE this cover very much and hope all of you do as well. This book is a book of the heart, written with my sisters in mind. I love having ten sisters and when we get together, the good times roll!


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I sent out a out the call for 'sick and twisted' Christmas poetry and received many wonderful poems. This poem was used in the book. Many thanks to Heather and Rose for their dark, twisted minds!

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The Twilight Before Christmas
By Heather King and Rose Brungard

Twas the twilight before Christmas and all through the lands,
Not a thing has occurred that was not of my hand.

The snowglobe he holds has a secret inside,
Where the mist rolls in place of the snow that's outside.

A chill, colder still than the air they will feel,
As I rejoice in release as I slip past the seal

A wreath of holly meant to greet,
Looks much better tossed in the street.

A town dreams of sweet thoughts while nestled in bed,
Until nightmares of me begin to dance in their heads.

The time, it was right, for a present or two,
And the fog on the sand holds a secret, a clue

As lovers meet beneath mistletoe bright,
Terror ignites down below them this night

And the blood runs red on the pristine white snow...
While around all the houses the Christmas lights glow.

A star burns hot in the dead of the night,
As the bell tolls it's now midnight

Beneath the star, that shines so bright,
An act unfolds, to my delight

In the stocking hung with gentle care,
A mystery, I know, is hidden there.

A candle burns with an eerie glow,
As it melts, the wax does flow,

My last gift now, is a special one,
A candy cane for a special son,

He watches and tends and knows the land,
But not enough to evade my hand.

All deeds are now done, forgiveness is mine,
As two people share a love for all time


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in a homey American small town, where the annual community Christmas pageant is the highlight of the year, The Twilight Before Christmas treads ground that may feel unfamiliar at first to fans of Christine Feehan's gothic Dark series (Dark Melody, etc.). But things are not always what they appear. In the hands of this imaginative author, something as harmless as a spell of bad weather-specifically, fog in a village that never has fog-rapidly develops into an evil entity that uses Christmas decorations as deadly weapons to prevent said pageant. It's up to Kate Drake and her six sisters (witches all) to save the festivities and the town, with the help of ex-Army Ranger Matt Granite and a few other heroic hunks. As is typical of Feehan's novels, dark suspense and sensual romance co-exist here in unlikely but perfect harmony.

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Library Journal Review

The people of the small coastal town of Sea Haven have always known that the seven Drake sisters were special; gifted with strange powers and generous to a fault, they are considered the town's "treasures." Now, just as Christmas approaches, the sisters sense a growing danger-strange shadows slink about the family's prescient mosaic floor and slither up the pathway in the Christmas snowglobe-and when Kate discovers a broken seal, ancient and symbol covered, in the old mill, they know that something evil has been unleashed and that they will have to deal with it. Chilling, suspenseful, passionate, and rewarding, this is not your average holiday romance; it will, however, be one to savor and remember. Feehan (Shadow Game) is noted for her Carpathian novels and lives in Northern California.

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Reviewed by Jill M. Smith
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In this heart-pounding release, the amazing Feehan delivers the second story in her saga of the seven mystical Drake sisters. Her abiility to build unique situations and then create a variety of characters ensures that she will be providing extraordinary reading for a long time to come.

Reviewed by Kari Thomas
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Ms. Feehan never disappoints her readers! Her characters come to life instantly, the heroine brave and independent, the hero strong and sexy. Their love heats up the pages with a passion that is soul-deep and forever enduring. This reviewer will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this fascinating series and will definitely recommend them all!

Reviewed by Diane Mason,
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I found Matt and his Katie to be a very likeable couple. They each are successful, good looking people who seem to have it all but deep inside they are full of insecurities. Matt feels he's not good enough for someone like Kate and Kate feels that she doesn't have it in her to be what Matt needs. There are other issues for them to work out, especially Kate with her magical abilities.

Ms. Feehan does a wonderful job blending everything together in such a way that will leave you satisfied but craving more.

Christine Feehan is a master of building worlds with characters so intriguing you won't want to leave them. TWILIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS sizzles so much you will need potholders to pick it up with. The tension, sexual and otherwise will keep you on the edge of your chair. This is one book that you will definitely want to read in one sitting. Once you start you won't be able to stop. I for one can't wait for the next book in the series.

Reviewed by Bee

Twilight Before Christmas is the second story in the Drake Sisters series. All seven sisters will have their stories told and they promise to rival Ms Feehan's Dark series. With her award winning style, she tells a marvelous story of sisters that are a close-knit family who support each other and who give tirelessly to their community. The heroes are willing to stand by their sides, at the same time letting them be the strong independent woman they are. Their challenge is trying to protect them from themselves and the demands of their special gifts. The humor that is written into the dialogue will delight you, the action will keep you turning page after page and the special feelings of family and love will give you a warm glow after you are done. As always with a Feehan novel, you willing be marking your calendar for the next book by this extraordinary storyteller.

Reviewed by Kelley Hartsell

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Is there nothing the incomparable Ms. Feehan can't write? Once again she has proven herself a master of the paranormal romance genre. She is always pushing the envelope with new stories bound to become keepers for all of her fans, as well as to bring in new ones. Her voice is as fresh as ever, proving her imagination is far from tapped out. This book is very different from most of her other works, while still showing strong her trademark voice. ….

The action is well-developed and perfectly paced to keep the reader waiting with baited breath. The anticipation builds, with Kate and her sisters' victory becomes more imperative as the malevolent entity grows in strength, all the while wearing their own strengths down. Events spiral up and around, leading into the ultimate confrontation, which is not quite what the reader is expecting, but guaranteed to please.

This book has it all, with a fiery romance, abundant humor, plenty of action, and a satisfying ending, leaving the reader begging for more. One will be happy to know, the story does not end here… it is only beginning.

Reviewed by Terrie Figueroa
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THE TWILIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a captivating tale of love and forgiveness, and is appropriately set during the season of love. Filled with familial as well as romantic love, the story is at turns romantic and chilling, and even has its moments of amusement. Kate Drake is an engaging character, rather introverted, but with an inner strength that is only bolstered by the love and encouragement of her sisters. Each of the Drake sisters has a special power, and Kate's is that of her voice. She can calm, soothe, and offer peace, love and forgiveness with just her voice. Matt Granite is as practical and down to earth as an ex-army ranger can be. He's also a man with a generous, steadfast heart, and enough courage to make him a true hero. Matt and Kate are both from large families, and their interaction with each other and their various family members adds warmth and dimension to their characterization. Secondary characters are well developed and add to the overall enjoyment of the story; from Inez, the town gossip, to Old Man Mars, Sea Haven's own Scrooge, each adds depth and dimension to the story. Kate's sisters are an integral part of the plot and are well-developed, and although Kate is the most fully fleshed out in this, her story, the others are defined enough to have this reader wanting to read more about them. Sarah Drake, the eldest sister, has had her story told, and it can be found in the LOVER BEWARE anthology. I was delighted to visit with Sarah and her ultra sexy fiancé Damon once again.

THE TWILIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is the second story in the Drake Sisters series, and I certainly hope it won't be the last. As with Christine Feehan's Carpathian series, the Drake Sisters stories introduce new characters that have me dying to read more about them. For a story that's guaranteed to touch your heart as well as send a few chills down your spine, I highly recommend THE TWILIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, a story that reinforces the belief that with love and forgiveness all things are possible.


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