Ah, the holidays. David Shay can't get enough of the December festivities. He especially enjoys sharing his love of the season with the underprivileged children at his non-profit organization SafePlace for Children and Parents. Hannah Jenkins, on the other hand, turns into a jaded Scrooge every year on Black Friday. As manager of a large retail store, she's seen firsthand how the rampant commercialism of the holiday can bring out the worst in people.
When David's organization is the charity Hannah's boss picks for their annual donation, it falls on her to organize a huge holiday party, whether she likes it or not.
Can a nice Jewish boy—with the help of some Christmas lights, a little girl, and a latke party—teach Hannah the true meaning of the season and guarantee them both a New Year's Eve kiss to remember?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
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Truly Sweet, Holiday Romantic,and a Delightful addition to the series. With Black Friday upon her, Hannah Jenkins is not in the holiday mood this year, but then that seems to be usual for her. Every year, she loses more and more of the Christmas spirit to seeing the commercialism of the season take over. Working retail confirms her belief that the holidays bring out the worst in people not the best, but then her faith in people’s goodness during the holidays began to fade in her youth. So when her assistant manager goes on maternity leave early and her boss informs her the office Christmas party is going to involve a local charity, she’s definitely not in the mood – especially since the charity liaison is a sexy man named David Shay who is far too full of holiday cheer. When he challenges her that he can help her rediscover the true meaning of the holidays and if he wins, she has to kiss him on New Year’s Eve, she takes the bet confident he’ll never win. LIGHTS, LATKES, AND LOVE by Peggy Bird is a blend of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens mixed with every holiday movie you’ve ever enjoyed along with that good feeling, which makes you eager to hear Christmas music playing everywhere. This novella made me smile, laugh on occasion, and even melted this old Scrooge heart a bit. It’s been difficult for me to catch any holiday cheer the past few years because of personal reasons but after reading LIGHTS, LATKES, AND LOVE, even this doubting Thomasina is looking forward to whatever kind of magic the holiday season might bring. I forgot that I’ve seen the good this season can bring to so many people, and even to a little girl who once asked for something she’d been told she couldn’t have, yet Santa made happena anyway. Yes, my darlings, there is a Santa Claus – he lives in the spirit of giving and sharing with a little magical luck thrown in. So, grab yourself a copy of LIGHTS, LATKES, AND LOVE, a Holiday for Romance novella by Peggy Bird and get that magical feeling. It is that time of year after all. I highly recommend this novella to everyone who loves a good holiday story and believes even the smallest miracles are possible in the season of LIGHTS, LATKES, AND LOVE. You'll fall in love with it too. ***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
If you were Hannah Jenkins, you’d hate Christmas too. Even if you once lived in the most magical of places in Portland, and were practically a part of annual festivities. But being store manager of a flagship retail store means that you experience the worst of Christmas as well as anything positive—irate customers, philandering husbands, shortages of employees—and you do it with a smile and prayers that no one else complains about you to the store owner, Simon Austin. And when your boss agrees to partner with a non-profit to gift an enormous party and holiday event to the children and abused parents of Safe Place, you want nothing more than to crawl into a hole and stay there until January 1st—especially after you meet David Shay, the best looking man you’ve seen in years. And the most joyful Christmas-Hannukah-Winter Solstice-Ramadan celebrant ever. Hannah can handle a party for hundreds. She can deal with unsatisfied customers and the pain of a relationship that ended in devastating humiliation. But how can she work with a giddy optimist who loves Christmas and winter holidays as fiercely as she hates them? Readers of Peggy Bird’s Lights, Latkes, and Love will begin this story laughing at Hannah’s justified hatred of a holiday ruined for her by human greed, discourtesy, and selfishness. Then they’ll find themselves rooting even more for David—he of the divine looks and true Christmas spirit, able to find optimism and value in everyone. The characters enchant, Ms. Bird will have you laughing until you cry, and leave you doing a little of both—all in the best possible Christmas tradition! I received an advance review copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.