Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses: A feel good Christmas romance novel

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses: A feel good Christmas romance novel

by Jenny Hale

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ISBN-13: 9781910751541
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 10/16/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 27,910
File size: 555 KB

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Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses: A feel good Christmas romance novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
A great festive read whatever the season! Well this story is promoted as a 'feel good festive treat' and it certainly is - I loved it! Abbey is a single Mum, working as a home nurse, but originally had dreams of being an interior designer. The lady she is currently caring for, Caroline Sinclair, encouraged Abbey to decorate her cottage and has now suggested she does a similar job for her grandson, Nicholas Sinclair. The main difference is, he doesn't own a cottage, he has an 'enormous, Georgian-revival style mansion' instead! The payment he's offering her for the task is mind boggling to Abbey but she's wary of letting him down and does keep warning him that she's never done anything like it before. He, however, believes his gran and gives her relatively carte blanche to complete the task in time for his mother, sister and family arriving to celebrate Christmas in his home. He's a workaholic. He doesn't want to do anything except increase the coffers of the business his late father lived - and died - for. Abbey, however, is a serious distraction for him. The story of how she warmed his heart, melting the icy barriers he'd constructed, truly makes this a feel good story and a delightful read at any time of the year! Jenny Hale is a gifted wordsmith, creating complex, believable and easy to relate to characters, bringing them to life within the pages of her novel and taking the reader on a journey alongside them. The story is a real page turner, filled with emotional encounters and having plenty of twists to keep the reader engaged and entertained. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this novel to anyone who believes everyone deserves a chance to live and be loved, a fantastic festive romance that can be enjoyed whatever the season! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful, romantic, Christmas story about 2 people who had given up on their dreams and had become stuck in their lives. Abbey Fuller is a single mom who loves her family. Young son Max often stays with her mom while she works as an in home nurse. Her Grandfather has been diagnosed with parkinsons and is living with her mother. Nick Sinclair lives alone in a huge mansion. He hires Abbey as the nurse for his grandmother, Caroline, who lives in a small cottage on his property. Abbey's dream was always to become an interior designer. When she decorates Caroline's cottage, she loves it and convinces Nick to hire Abbey to decorate his house. When Nick got a divorce his ex-wife took all the furniture and the house is basically empty. Nick is a workaholic who is on the road a lot and when he is home, he is in his office. His family is coming for the holidays, so he needs furniture in the rooms and does not seem to care what they look like. When Abbey begins decorating, the first thing she does is decorate the entryway and the ballroom for Christmas and the magic begins. Can Nick remember his dreams as a child? Can he make time in his life for family? Will Abbey lower her walls to let someone in? Will Max be hurt if she lets Nick get close to him? A romantic read that will make you smile. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
This was a great Christmas story, romantic and clean and delightful. I absolutely loved it. This read was all about what Christmas and family mean! The characters: strong, realistic, likable. There were no grinch like characters, definitely no one that everyone loves to hate. Nick's biggest drawback was being such a successful businessman dedicated to his work, his company and making money, to the exclusion of a private and passionate life. Abbey was passionate about life. She loved her family more than anything and she cared about the people in her life. She was a hard worker, but not at the expense of her loved ones if she had any control over situations. The setting: Christmastime. Hale did an excellent job of describing the mansion and the grounds of the Sinclair property. Comparing Abbey's apartment and life to that of the Sinclairs provided a stark contrast. The plot: flowed smoothly from start to finish and made for an interesting journey as our main characters, Nick and Abbey, realized their mutual attraction and the importance of sharing their lives and dreams. The conflict: two totally different worlds and priorities collide. Can they somehow be turned into one life, redefined with compromise and reordered priorities? The resolution: Let's say, just what the reader wanted! One of the best Christmas romance reads ever!
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
As I read this book, it rang so familiar to me. I realized it is because I recognized a lot of the same themes in this book that were present in the author’s book, A Christmas To Remember, which I read last year. Rich single brooding man, who lacks the Christmas Spirit, hires single attractive woman to be his nanny and she sets out trying to change him. This time, the single parent is the female and this time she’s an in-home nurse who dreams of being an interior decorator. Abbey is hired by Nick to decorate his entire home because his family is descending upon him for the holiday and he’s going to pay her an obscene amount of money to do it. When Nick’s ex-wife left him, she took most of the furnishings with her, so Abbey has her work cut out for her if she hopes to make Nick’s house a home in less than a month. She also has her nursing duties to Nick’s grandmother as well as being a single parent to her son, Max, and helping her mother take care of her grandfather. Even with the similarities of themes between the two books, I liked this story. Abbey and Nick were wonderful characters and I liked how Abbey was able to get under Nick’s skin and how powerless he was to resist her or her son, Max. I especially enjoyed the scenes with Nick and Max and loved how quickly they bonded. Nick is a workaholic but he showed willingness on many occasions to put work aside and spend time with Abbey and Max. I really enjoyed these scenes the best. I loved Max, Abbey’s precocious little boy. My heart ached quite a bit for him missing out on the father-son relationship his school mates enjoyed, but he didn’t act out or misbehave. Instead, he gravitated toward Nick and the next thing I knew, Nick was agreeing to go to Max’s school for father-son day. This book had several Kleenex moments as well as many heartwarming and fun scenes. The author does a wonderful job of capturing the perfect Christmas background that brings her characters together to celebrate the joy and beauty of the Season. As a reader, it gave me the feeling that I was standing in the kitchen with Nick and Abbey sipping hot chocolate or outside helping them build a snowman. Overall, this is a warm-hearted story that reminds me how Christmas can make you believe in miracles and love if you just open your heart to the possibility. I recommend this book as a must-read for anyone who loves Christmas and the joy it can bring. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - 'Middle of the road' Stars. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses is one of those books you pick up, read, and forget as soon as you start something else. I don't mean that disrespectfully, but I just cannot find anything about the story that stood out as particularly new or different. Not a huge issue if the writing and characterizations are sound and engaging. But the rich, reclusive guy and the single mother struggling in all areas of her life trope needs to be done well to pull me in and Nick and Abbey's interactions in the main were all a bit cold and stilted, and the constant comparisons to what Nick had and what Abbey couldn't afford got a bit wearing after the first fifty or so mentions. This is my first read by this author, it hasn't completely put me off reading more from Jenny Hale in the future, but I think I would probably go with something a bit shorter the next time. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses, by Jenny Hale, is the story of Abbey Fuller, a young single mother who has traded her dreams of becoming an interior designer for the steady income her nursing career brings. Abbey did, however, take advantage of an opportunity to help her elderly charge, Caroline Sinclair, decorate her home. Caroline was so pleased that she recommended Abbey to her grandson, Nick. Nick's large, empty home needs a makeover before his family arrives in a month for the Christmas holidays. Money is no object, the designer fee he offers far exceeds her yearly income, and, just perhaps, if he likes her work it could get her other jobs in the future so she could eventually work her way to designing as a career. Nick is all business and does not care what Abbey chooses, just so the job gets done. In memoriam to his late father, Nick has dedicated himself to the escalating success of his father's business and it is his only focus. But once Abbey is around daily, Nick becomes distracted from that focus. As he opens his heart and Abbey learns to trust her instincts, and her son, Max shows Nick the wonders of sock skating on the wood floors and building snowmen, the season begins to take hold and the magic of Christmas shines as bright as the holiday lights. In her fifth novel, and third that is holiday related, Jenny Hale highlights the love of family, the magic of Christmas, and that dreams are to be followed to find your true self. In a very well written story with very likable characters, the reader is made to feel as though actually there witnessing the story unfold. A delightful read, I do recommend this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully heartwarming story that is perfect for the holiday season. Ms Hale is a new to me author but after reading this one, I will be looking for all her books! I loved her writing style, character development, and the pace at which she has the story unfold. In this book we have Nick Sinclair. Rich, handsome, and completely alone. With the single minded determination to make his father's business bigger and better than anyone ever dreamed it could be, having any kind of personal life is out of the question. When he gives in to his grandmother and agrees to have his currently empty home completely decorated for the upcoming holiday season, he hires single mom Abbey Fuller. While she is technically an in-home nurse, her dream is to become an interior designer. Never does he expect to be drawn in to her life or learn how little of a life he really has. This is one I highly recommend!!
debwill74 More than 1 year ago
I received this copy of Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale in exchange for an honest review. I knew Jenny Hale would give us a great book, and I was not disappointed. It is great from start to finish. This is a Christmas tale that would be great to read anytime and anywhere from in front of a toasty fire to poolside.