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Pastels and Jingle Bells: Heavenly Bites Novella #1 (A Contemporary Holiday Romance)

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Loved This One!

    Pastels and Jingle Bells is book one in the Heavenly Bites series by Christine S. Feldman and Elaina Lee. I think this is probably the sweetest little novella I have ever read. I was hooked after the first page.

    Trish Ackerly owns a bakery with her friend and business partner, Nadia. Trish is also an artist and has quite a flair for painting Christmas scenes in the window. And that’s what got the attention of Ian Rafferty when he stopped into the store to see if he could hire the artist to paint the windows of his home. The problem is, as soon as Trish saw Ian, she remembered him, and the memories were not good ones.

    It seems as though Ian was quite the bully when they were kids and Trish the recipient of his attention. So Trish decides to take the job to do Ian’s window but with the plan to instead use the opportunity to give him a piece of her mind. She has a lot of pent up anger from the badgering he gave her and she wants to let him know. But as soon as she arrives at his house and meets his little six year old daughter, Kelsey, everything changes. And as she gets to know the now adult Ian and watches him and the way he is with his daughter, well, all thoughts of revenge go out the window!

    I fell in love with little Kelsey. She is hurting from the abandonment of her mother. And it seems as though she would rather paint zombies on the window scene rather than snowmen so they compromise on a fantasy scene. But there is more to the little girl’s pain as well. It seems as though she is also the recipient of some bullying in school. But Trish does her best to win her over and these two together was so darn sweet.

    Trish is falling for both Ian and his daughter but she needs to tell him the truth about who she is. Will Ian still trust her or will he feel deceived?

    This is truly the most wonderful little Christmas story. I felt myself sighing several times throughout. Thank you so much to Christine Feldman for providing me with the opportunity to read this book. I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

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    A sweet heartwarming Christmas romance.

    Reviewed by Kim
    for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

    Christine S. Feldman is becoming one of my favorite authors. She makes me laugh in her books and anytime I talk to her via email.

    When I found out she had a Christmas novella, I couldn’t wait to read it. And after seeing the excerpt of the book where the heroine hid from the hero behind a counter in her bakery, I was definitely sold.

    As kids, Ian Rafferty made Patricia "Trish" Ackerly's life miserable. At twelve-years-old, Ian consistently called Trish names and bullied her. Now, almost twenty years after disappearing out of her life he suddenly is back and offering Trish a job.

    Trish has the brilliant idea to finally put Ian in his place. Only Trish's plan gets blown to smithereens when she gets a look into Ian's life and the man he has become. As always, things are not as they appear.

    Pastels and Jingle Bells is a heartwarming, sweet Christmas romance that will make you laugh and smile and wish it would never end. The only thing missing for me was a puppy or a kitten. I’m definitely looking forward to the other books (Love Lessons and Playing Cupid) in this novella series.

    Favorite quote: "Life's too short to let your past screw up your future."

    Source: Author

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    One Sweet Novella I thought this forty page novella was sweet, a

    One Sweet Novella
    I thought this forty page novella was sweet, a quick read full of second chances and finding the strength to open up and let love in. 
    Let's face it, we all wonder how those people we knew in middle and high school were going to turn out when they got older; we've all wondered how we'll have changed in five, ten, twenty years. But what happens, how you acted when you were a teenager, can have a lasting effect on how people perceive you when you're older. When you've had the chance to grow up and mature, to make a success of yourself. Too many times, people will still remember you as that bully, that dumb jock, that band geek who wore glasses and baggy sweaters. Who doesn't want to change that image of themselves? Who doesn't want a second chance to get rid of the old them?
    For Trish, it's not so simple. It's not so black-and-white. After an almost run-in with an old nemesis from middle school, Trish is determined to get her revenge even though it's been twenty years, give or take a few. ;)
    But when she catches glimpses of the life Ian lives now, she starts to rethink her plans to seduce him and turn his world upside down. He's no longer the bully who used to terrorize her in middle school; he's a wonderful and caring father. As she becomes more involved with Ian and his daughter, Trish starts to care for them. She no longer cares about revenge and making Ian pay for all the things he did to her. And when her identity is revealed, it brings them closer together. 
    I liked the two main characters, as well as the relationship they had with each other and the ones they had with the secondary characters. I thought Ian's and Trish's friendship developed slowly, the kind of relationship that only a novella can give in so few pages. But it was nice watching the two of them interact with each other. And it was nice to see both of them finding the happiness they've been wanting and earning the second chance they deserved. 
    The ending was the sweetest part of the story; it tied up the novella nicely like a ribbon on a Christmas gift. :)

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    Originally published at Rookie Romance. This was a great little

    Originally published at Rookie Romance.

    This was a great little introduction to Christine Feldman's writing. There's a lot of warmth and humour suffused in her writing style, and the characters were all very likable.

    It's short and sweet, and exactly what I was in the mood for. I'm also a sucker for holiday stories, and this is a cute, heart-warming Christmas novella.

    Ian sounds hot, and he's a single father to an adorable little girl. It was so sweet to see that side of him, the father just trying to make Christmas a happy time for his daughter.
    Trish is very relatable and likable, I loved the little scrapes she manages to find herself in- a surprising amount considering the short length of the book! 

    With fun friends and a cute kid thrown in the mix, this was a very sweet romance and I'm looking forward to the rest of the novellas in the series!

    *I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review. Thank you!

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