All I Want for Christmas is You

All I Want for Christmas is You

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by Lisa Mondello
     
 

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Sometimes fate needs a little hand...

Santa Claus is going to have a rough season... Lauren Alexander is raising her daughter alone. Abandoned by her family for her decision to keep her daughter Kristen, she has done a pretty good job for the last six years. Or she thought she had. That's why she is crushed when little Kristen gives up her Christmas wish for…  See more details below

Overview

Sometimes fate needs a little hand...

Santa Claus is going to have a rough season... Lauren Alexander is raising her daughter alone. Abandoned by her family for her decision to keep her daughter Kristen, she has done a pretty good job for the last six years. Or she thought she had. That's why she is crushed when little Kristen gives up her Christmas wish for a toy or goodie and instead asks Santa for a present for her mother. She wants Santa to bring a Daddy. Delivering Daddies isn't Santa's bag.

But this Santa has a plan...

Kyle Preston knows what it is like to be abandoned too. Luckily he found the support of loving adoptive parents and has turned himself into one of the most successful Real Estate developers in town.

Building a house is easy. Building someone's trust is a whole other story. But with a little helping hand, a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.

Excerpt:

"You don't have to be afraid. This will explain it all. I promise you." He smiled warmly and Lauren wanted to trust him if only to believe in simple kindness.

With shaking hands, she took the piece of paper, warm from being in the pocket close to Kyle's body. She held it up straight so that she could see Kyle while reading the words on the paper.

"Dear Santa..." she read out loud, then read the next part silently. "Oh, no," she groaned.

"I know. That's just how I felt."

Lauren shot him a skeptical glance. "How did you get this?"

"Kristen gave it to me."

"That's impossible. Mrs. Hopkins just helped her with it this afternoon and-"
"And she gave it to me in the Mall," Kyle finished for her.

She looked at him quizzically, still trying to comprehend the course of events leading up to his seizure of her daughter's precious note.

"It's not that hard to figure out, Lauren," Kyle said warmly.

His dark eyes gleamed with the light from the lamppost. He wore no hat to protect his head from the falling snow. Now his hair was filled with powdered flakes, matting it down.

His grin was bright and wide as he informed her, "I'm Santa Claus."

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Editorial Reviews

. - C Penn
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU proves a charming novel whether the time be Christmas or summer. With warm characters, an enduring child, and house full of wonderful secondary characters, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS comes highly recommended."
Romantic Times Magazine - Susan Mobley
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU is a warm and wonderful romance just right for the season.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013088450
Publisher:
Lisa Mondello
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Series:
Fate with a Helping Hand
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
116,707
File size:
658 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Mondello has held many jobs in her life but being a published author is the last job she'll ever have. She's not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she'd still be penning stories with paper and pen. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at lisamondello . blogstpot . com

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All I Want for Christmas Is You 3.9 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 83 reviews.
bertie43 More than 1 year ago
Always look for more of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It may sound crazy, but i really loved this book. It's good sometimes to read a story with a happy ending
taojk More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book...great reading and one of those feel good stories especially at the end...just proves that life does have happy endings...I loved it and a great book to read during not just the holiday season but all year long..
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello ebook First edition published 1998 by Neighborhood Press Book 1 of 3 in the Fate With A Helping Hand Series Kyle Preston knows what it is to change his life. Unwanted as a child he was ended up with the Preston's when he was twelve. After years of being unwanted he did what he could to push them away but they had staying power. Now at almost thirty, Kyle is glad they did. He straightened out and even became wealthy. While playing Santa at the Mall he owns, a young girl comes and says all she wants for Christmas is a daddy. For some reason Kyle feels the need to protect this young girl and her lovely mother. Lauren Alexander loves her daughter, Kristen. As a teen Lauren made one mistake that cost her the love of her family but she has her daughter and would not trade her for anything. Kyle helps her when her car don't start after leaving the mall and the next night he finds her at the tree lighting ceremony and has her invited to his parents for dinner the next night before she knows what hit her. The man is good looking and kind but she has learned from Jimmy and her own father, men don't stay around. Kyle has to prove he is different than the men in Lauren's life who have hurt her, and if nothing else he loves a challenge. He has built a big home and now he knows he wants Lauren and Kristen to be part of his family and to live there with him. This story has more to it than the rich Santa Claus meets struggling single mother. Kyle has a past he overcame and Lauren had a past she still needs to deal with. **Sexual situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story! Short but sweet,.about 100 pages. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first that I have read by this author. It is a very good, sweet romance!! What a great book! I have several more of hers on my wish list.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is a sweet story but very simple, and simply written. It didn't hold my attention.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I enjoyed it******special k
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Anonymous 10 months ago
If this is a best selling author than the readers must not have English as their first language since they keep giving it such high marks. Every page or at the most every other page had grammatical errors galore. Present tense and past tense is unfamiliar to this author but I guess it does not matter since she is a best selling author after all. If this is what a best selling author material looks like I wonder what a worse author material will look like. At least it was free.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Always love a good romance story that ends well .
Anonymous 12 months ago
Enjoyed reading, but I would like a little more on the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story but it just didn't give me "the feels" like i thought it would. Lauren is just too focused on the fact that all the men in her life left her. Don't get me wrong, she deserved to have the suspicions she does. It just felt a little too over the top. I loved Kyle. Plain and simple. He was very sweet and sincere and made it very clear on what he wanted. He is very protective of his family and anyone he loves and thats what redeemed this story for me. That and all of the secondary characters.The angst was in all the right places (no love triangle) and the writing was decent but for a few errors here and there. Overall i give it a 3, only because i didn't relate all that much to Lauren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complete novella. No cliffhanger. Approx 124 e-reader pages. Sweet romance with likeable characters. Nice HEA ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
A story about a lady with trust issues and her cute-as-a-button six year old and what happens when they meet a slightly interfering / pushy guy who just wants to do the right thing.  An enjoyable story, just right for a Christmas evening when you want to curl up with a book that isn't full of doom and gloom.
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MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
Ok, the only thing I did not like about this Christmas Story was the cover of the book.   Here's my rant, does it bother anyone besides me that the cover can be beautiful, but not match the characters in the book at all?    Lauren is an ash blonde and Kyle is like viking blonde...a true Nordic in appearance, so why are they displayed as brunettes on the cover.    I never really get this?!?!?! But that was my only dislike.   Because I believe in fiction and even insta love can happen in fiction.   The story happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas and it begins with a little girl giving Santa her Christmas wish and car trouble in the parking lot when the mall has closed.   Being the mall Santa and the CEO of the mall, Kyle Preston is the only one around to help a damsel in distress. This Christmas tale is about a 200 page read, and it moves quickly.   Lauren had raised her daughter without assistance for 6 years and she didn't trust men.   Her own father abandoned her in her hour of need and her baby's father walked away the night the babe was conceived.   Why would she ever allow a man to enter their lives only to be wounded and disappointed when the going got tough and he walked away? Kyle had been abandoned by his father in a court renouncement.   He was eighteen when his parents adopted him and aided him in turning his life around.   He was strong by the adopted parent's love and support and he had learned to trust and love in response.   He recognized himself in the mother and daughter duo he met in the mall.  And he was bound and determined to rescue them.   And then he fell in love. The characters really were believable and Kyle's family was just charming.  It was awesome to see Lauren face her fears and take one step at a time in finding true love.   And it was magical what one little girl received in this delightful tale of Christmas and dreams come true.   This was a real Christmas treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a harlequin type book that's a nice afternoon read but doesn't have a lot of depth.
BergyB More than 1 year ago
What a great feel-good and wanting to have a family story that takes place around Christmas time.
Joey44 More than 1 year ago
Lauren Alexander left home six years ago, just after her baby was born because her parents didn't want her to keep the child since she was unmarried and 18 years old. Lauren has raised Kristen by herself even though it was a struggle for her. She doesn't trust men at all because the father of her baby left once he found out she was pregnant. The other main character is Kyle Preston. He has had a tough life. He lived in foster care and when he was 12 he was finally placed with a family who loved him and adopted him. Kyle started out as a very troubled teenager and got into his fair share of trouble.  But thanks to his father, he turned his life around and became a very successful real estate developer. He is also handsome, well built, good sense of humor and considerate.  So absolutely PERFECT. Just before Christmas Kristen goes to see Santa in the mall.  Santa is Kyle Preston, who owns the mall.  Kristen asks Santa to bring her a Daddy for Christmas.  He explains that all the Daddy's are spoken for this year but once he sees Lauren, he would like to make Kristen's wish come true. All I Want For Christmas is a nice story but I expected more Christmasy stuff to it instead of just taking place at Christmas time. I liked the secondary characters in this novel.  Kyle's family was terrific, especially his parents. The editing could have been better.  It was irritating when Kyle's hair changed from blond to dark and back to blond.  Also Kyle's father's name changed from Will to Wally.
K_Holt More than 1 year ago
I WANTED to love this book, kept giving it one more chance.....but simply could not finish it. It reads like a beginner wrote it, without assistance of an editor (or even a critique group's assistance). The problems were so significant, I simply couldn't look past them enough to enjoy the story. Bottom line-- I've deleted this book from my Nook, and I want my three hours back! If I could get a refund from B&N, I'd do it! I typically give authors two or three tries before I categorically refuse to buy any more of their books. That said, I'm beyond leery of trying any more of Mondello's books; I fear I'm DONE. REASONS WHY ONLY TWO STARS: * BELOW-AVERAGE WRITING QUALITY: -- Heroine was simply TSTL (too stupid to live), all her "bluffing" had very poor motivation, and her motivation to reject the hero really sucked--made her simply unsympathetic. -- head hopping all over the place. Switched point-of-view characters without reason. -- worn-out phrases [i.e., bat out of hell, spill the beans, upset the apple cart, etc., etc., etc.] -- could not care about the hero or heroine because motivations and characterizations were pallid * BOOK HAS 3 COPYRIGHT YEARS, MOST RECENTLY 2011, BUT CONTENT HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED/ MADE CURRENT: --rather than "contemporary", it's set in 1990s. Ick. (no cell phone mention, no booster seat for 6 year old child, "late model" Ford's lights actually stayed on and ran battery down--this doesn't happen today!) * PLOT WEAKNESSES -- story meandered without direction, dragged, and scenes had little to do with direction of the story -- throughout, I found myself wondering if there WAS a plot! -- the "message" of the book that made it inherently a Christmas story was so heavy-handed (trying WAY too hard) it seemed the tale could've happened in any season....and even then, it's contrived. * GRAMMATICAL DISASTERS (this book desperately needs professional editing!) -- frequent misuse of plurals vs possessives: "Daddy's" when the correct use is "daddies", and "winters" when the correct use is "winter's". Why is this a problem? Because it snagged me out of the story. I read for immersion! The sheer number of these grammatical errors was shocking. -- repetitive mentions of the exact same content [i.e., "a quick glance in the rearview (yes, misspelled) mirror showed the little girl had already fallen asleep" then 5 paragraphs later, "she glanced over at Kristen and saw that she was already fast asleep."]