• Kissing Under the Mistletoe

  • San Francisco Sullivans, Book 9
  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (471 ratings)

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Kissing Under the Mistletoe

By: Bella Andre
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
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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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Emotionally Sweet Read

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Quick Holiday Review
Overall Rating: 4.25
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Character Rating: 4.50

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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.

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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.

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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 . . .

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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.

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Words can't describe....

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!

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The capstone on eight novels

I made it through. This last book is a fitting capstone. It brings Mary Sullivan back to where she meets the love of her life Jack. As with all other novels, the romance is fast and takes place within minutes of the opening chapter. It a nice story. The tension in this story is far less in the previous eight books because you know what is going to happen. You are going to need Kleenex to get the Prologue so be forewarned.

I know there are a Sullivan series in Seattle and in New York. But I am going to take a break for a few months and let the series settle. Mary and her family was too perfect. If I go and start the other ones, I can't help but wonder if I'll be let down or angry that I won't hear about the exploits of the San Fran Sullivan. Give this a listen.

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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

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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

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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!

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10 stars!

Loved it - best book in the series! The others were good, but this one......wow!

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Not as good as the others in the series.

The story felt like someone said write a story about Mary and Jack, so that is what Bella Andre did. So it was just an okay story, which Bella put together.