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Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas | [Bella Andre]

Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas

For Mary Sullivan Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Romance, 2014

The Sullivan siblings have captivated the hearts of listeners worldwide, and this Christmas, New York Times best-selling author Bella Andre shares the love story that started it all...

For Mary Sullivan, Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own.

Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time.

©2013 Oak Press, LLC (P)2013 Oak Press, LLC

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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 12-09-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Emotionally Sweet Read"

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    Quick Holiday Review
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Kissing Under the Mistletoe is exactly the kind of Christmas read I love: sweet, moving, and in this case history of a character (Mary) that I love and adore!

    Story Thoughts: Kissing Under the Mistletoe was a bittersweet read that had me crying both at the beginning and the end. Fans of The Sullivans series already know what is happening in the present day but it was wonderful to get Mary and Jack's love story. In fact, I have to say it is my 2nd favorite in the series. Perhaps it was knowing what their love created already but their instant connection worked for me (that is rare). Their whirlwind romance swept me off me feet and made me swoon. This is a fantastic Christmas read and I would highly recommend it to all fans of The Sullivan series.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated by Eva Kaminsky /Length 7 hrs and 55 mins


    Eva does a great job with The Sullivan series. She has the right emotion for these really deep and moving contemporary romances. I love the extra "emotion" she adds during the "falling in love" time. She also has great timing for the humorous parts.

    Final Thoughts: I recommend Kissing Under the Mistletoe to anyone who has read even just one book in The Sullivan series. Mary's story is to good to pass by.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-03-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "No Depth . . . Too Much Repetition"

    Started out well . . . but I could hardly finish it . . . I like romance as much as the next person, but I can only listen to so much kissing and touchy/feely . . . the story lacks any depth or character development . . . this one is WAY too shallow for my taste . . . if you left out the love making scenes, it would last about five minutes . . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Bristol, TN, United States 10-24-13
    Laura Bristol, TN, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Sullivan Book"
    Where does Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my absolute favorite book of all the series, because it was the first book that really developed the characters. This should have been the 1st book in the series.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Caren 10-16-13
    Caren 10-16-13
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    I have LOVED every book in this series ad listened to them all twice. This book is at the top of the list for sure. The story of Jack and Mary was so incredibly sweet and romantic. To see the beginning of the Sullivan family was wonderful. It just tied in all of the kids stories so wonderfully. Can't say enough how great this book is!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 09-26-13
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "I love this story!!"
    Would you listen to Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas again? Why?

    Yes. Love the romantic between Jack & Mary


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack - he's everyone women's fantasy as a man.


    What does Eva Kaminsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    We need to change the narrator, Eva is okay, but it should have been a different person for Jack & Mary.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Sullivans


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Stevens Harmony, ME, US 03-14-15
    Linda Stevens Harmony, ME, US 03-14-15
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    "Won't Read Another One In This Series"
    Would you try another book from Bella Andre and/or Eva Kaminsky?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bella Andre again?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have one. The main scene/theme was how much Mary & Jack loved each other from the moment they set eyes on each other, and it just dragged on and on and on and on and on ad nauseum.


    Do you think Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It's my understanding that there are other Sullivan stories written by Bella Andre. No follow-up to this one needed as this was one of those "explanatory" books that authors write to "fill in the blanks" for series readers.


    Any additional comments?

    The book could have easily been compressed or abridged down to about an hour and the story line would have been a quick, easy, delightful read. As it was, 7 hrs 55 minutes was way too long and I struggled to listen to the whole book. Just when I was thinking of asking Audible to take it back, the story line would suddenly appear and tweak my interest so I'd continue listening.

    While the author did have some topical story lines, the listener had to suffer through what turned out to be hours of how much Mary and Jack think about each other, love each other, touch each other, etc etc etc. It wasn't a "steamy" novel, it was just excruciatingly long on how much the two main characters loved each other. I'm not even sure why I listened to the whole book because it was very easy for my mind to wander to other things while I was waiting for SOMETHING to happen. Very disappointing. The book synopsis was far more interesting than the book itself.

    While I realize my reading tastes has changed from when I was in my 20s, I still do like to listen to a romantic novel and dream about the happily-ever-afters. This book simply did not have enough substance, either in the characters or in the story line, for my taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine 01-12-15
    Kristine 01-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a Christmas Story"

    I was expecting a Christmas light read. Instead it starts at Christmas and ends with Christmas.
    It's a sweet story. Book lags a bit and over does intimate scenes, they really just drag on and on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-14-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "The story of Mom and Dad Sullivan..."

    I like the Sullivan series so it was nice learning about the parents start. This goes from when they meet to the marriage which is like a month! This listen is sedate compared to the others in the sex department and it was sad knowing that Jack dies young. The narrator as always was great!

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    kimbacaffeinate 12-19-13 Member Since 2014

    Coffee loving blog owner @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Books , audios, coffee and Dr.Who are my addictions

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    "A touching holiday read"
    Would you listen to Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas again? Why?

    Yes, it was a touching romance and perfect for the holiday season


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Mary. She is such a strong character who loves her family. It is easy to see where her children get their sense of drive and strong ethics.


    Have you listened to any of Eva Kaminsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to Eva, and I found her to be warm as she used the right tones to set the tale.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, shed a few tears and swooned over Jack


    Any additional comments?

    Having previously read the novel, it was delighted to experience it on audio

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 11-08-13
    Amanda 11-08-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Love, Love, Love the Sullivan Series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I always prefer the audio version b/c Eva does an outstanding job of portraying all of the Sullivans! I just love listening to her and just love the Sullivans!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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