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An uplifting, beautiful story about never letting go of your dreams, the special magic of a family Christmas...and the rush of falling in love under the mistletoe.

Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything and doesn't regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job, she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be?

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family's festive visit - and money is no object. What he doesn't need is to be distracted from his multimillion-dollar business - even if it is Christmas.

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble....

With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

©2015 Jenny Hale (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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aloof handsome millionaire intrigued by simpleton woman ridden with welfare mentality

"Feel good romance!?!" I kept yelling at my car speakers REALLY BROAD, you told him you didn't know how to eat pasta!?!?! Ohh rich handsome loner millionaire YOU FIND HER LACK OF DINNER TABLE ETIQUETTE CHARMING?

Nope. Can't deal. ✋🏼I tried for 2 days I really did. It was supposed to be a short mushy book club read but ... the over the top welfare mentality was a turn off.

Her questioning his car collection for instance reminded me of note someone shared recently on social media that said:

''A guy looked at the Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the cost of that car. I replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. That's the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something,you put money in people's pockets and give them dignity for their skills''

Anyway, if all that gives you butterflies and charmed vibes, I recommend listening to the performer at 1.25.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed the other Jenny Hale Christmas novel more

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The characters didn't feel believable to me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Hale again?

Yes, as the other book was better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This narrator was not a match for the character. Her tone did not seem to match the dialogue given to the character. A Xe Sands type voice would have been better for this novel.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some renovation/small business mention struggle, but not enough. The premise was interesting.

Any additional comments?

This book should have been right up my alley for Christmas reading, and I was surprised how much it didn't work for me. I do think the narration was a big part of this.

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Unlikely Coupling!

I really wanted to Love this book with its Christmas theme. Not to be. The narrator is a reasonable narrator, however, her acting & voice impressions are not.

Abbey & Nick - a very unlikely couple!

Abbey is a whinging & whining character who has a very distorted welfare mentality. Right from the start, she gives Nick a hard time about his way of life both private & business.

We are expected to believe that a successful wealthy man like Nick would be so easily attracted to such a woman.

Abbey shows no gratitude for what she has got - a loving & supportive family. She is constantly complaining about what is missing in her life, what she is afraid off, lack of money & what her son (who sounds like a 3 year old) is missing out on. A 6 year old needs lots of love, not masses of expensive toys. And,
Who is going to pay $50 for a Baseball card for a 6 year old in the REAL WORLD?

She believes her way of life is real & better compared to those who are well off. She cooks a dinner of her favourite foods for Nick's entire family. The only trouble is, it is high in very unhealthy trans fats & tries to pass it off as a better alternative than Zucchini Spaghetti!!!! She also tries to make us believe that Potato Salad is a dish for the lower class & not a well known salad from around the world, by just as many wealthy people as poor.
It was hard work finishing this audiobook.

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Luciacm

Very sweet listen. Easy to get lost in and feel simple joys. Sometimes so needed in hectic lives.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 12-26-17

Good characters

A young boy and his real world, working mother, melt the frozen heart of a man who thinks he is past saving.

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wonderful and uplifting story

simple, fun and compelling. great book for holidays. enjoyed every minute of it! two thumbs up

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Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses

Wonderful story with lots of surprises. Loved each of the characters, especially Nick and Abby. Made me happy each time their relationship changed and they found happiness in unexpected ways.

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don't waste your time

so disappointed in this. the narrator made it really hard to like the characters. the main character, Abby, was so annoying and clingy... it was too much.

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Great Romantic Escape

Any additional comments?

I loved this cozy escape into a different world that focused relationships, romance, family, and the spirit of Christmas. I would compare this book to the style of Susan Wiggs. It was a great, light read, full of holiday spirit. Perfect to curl up with by the fire (or listen to on your commute with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head).

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Please make a hallmark movie!

This book was absolutely wonderful in all respects! I can't wait to read more books by Jenny Hale.

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  • c brennan
  • 02-04-16

Predicable but an easy listening Christmas read.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Only when you have the time to waste. It was an easy listening Christmas story but incredibly predicable from the start.

If you’ve listened to books by Jenny Hale before, how does this one compare?

No this is the first.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Fenton’s performance?

I found her narration nauseating and I'm surprised I finished the book. Sickly sweet and without real ability to define accents. Therefore everyone sounded the same other than a slightly higher or lower pitched voice!

Did Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses inspire you to do anything?

Determination to finish the book and not press 'mark as finished' before the end!

Any additional comments?

Tried to be fair with the scoring as it was a predicable feel good story for Christmas but unless you have time to waste and a great deal of patience to put up with the narration - don't bother.

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  • sdk
  • 01-11-16

A fun feel good story

Would you listen to Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses again? Why?

No. It was a fun read, but too predictable to read it again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The grandmother

What aspect of Katherine Fenton’s performance might you have changed?

She read the story very slow and I didn't really enjoy how she tried to characterise characters with her voice.

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

Simply feel good and easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I don't think I would listen to another book by Katherine Fenton's.

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  • Leyla
  • 01-20-16

Feel good Christmas tale

A lovely (predictable) feel good Christmas tale that has been beautifully narrated. If you are expecting a twist and turn in the tale then this won't be the book for you. I think the narration added to the overall quality of the story. It's a story that could be shared with all the family.

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  • jmo
  • 01-13-18

struggled to continue

I tried to exchange the book on several occasions due to the narrator but the site was down..and as I had paid my monthly subscription I continued with it. the narrator made the female voices and max very whiny which was very annoying. apart from the narration the story had a nice if predictable ending.

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  • Redvers
  • 07-04-17

Not bad

The story was quite good, sorry Katherine, but I wasn't impressed with the narration, but having said that, I have heard a lot worse