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Jennie Braxton and her two small children are traveling to Philadelphia for Christmas with her family. Car trouble lands them in a magical town called Heaven, PA. Everything about this sweet place seems too good to be true, especially Nick Ryan, a local chef with a heart as big as her own. His sensual smile tempts her from mourning the loss of her husband, to look into the future. Can her dreams of finding happiness again come true, or will her heart hide safely in the past?

©2016 Patricia Wilton (P)2016 Patricia Wilton

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HEAVENLY AND HOT

A HEAVENLY CHRISTMAS is the first book in the series by the same name, but each is to stand on their own. Time will tell.

“You’re in heaven.” Heaven, Pennsylvania! This story is as magical as the Christmas season used as its setting and as peace-inspiring as the name of the town suggests.

I have to admit, with it being a Christmas romance, I was not expecting the heat level that was brought out. I love that the passion between Nick and Jennie built slowly, but make no mistake it burns hot and it definitely has long-lasting warming power.

I also have to admit, I was in a horrible funk this week. I was downright morose facing another holiday without a few people who will watch me celebrate from those rainbow-colored clouds. I wasn’t sure that it was a good time for me to be listening to a happy holiday story. I am glad I “had to” for my blog. While I’m sure a story isn’t always a cure for the blues, it worked for me this time. The turning point for me was when I cried… oh, yes, I believe you will cry too. Tears of sweetness, bittersweet memories, and happiness.

The performance of the voice-actor, Rita Page, is beautifully done. I loved the slight alterations in voice for the different characters, even the dog!

I cannot wait to return to Heaven, PA! I don’t know whose story will be next, but I’m sure it will be amazing. Patrice Wilton has a new fan here!

Note: while I was given this book as a gifted Audible copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.


Title: A HEAVENLY CHRISTMAS
Series: A Heavenly Christmas #1
Narrator: Rita Page
Category /Genre: Contemporary Romance
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Length: 6 hours, 11 minutes
Received from: Patrice Wilton (as an Audiobooks gifted copy)

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A sweet and heartwarming romance filled with hope!

A Heavenly Christmas is the first story in a new series by Patrice Wilton. This story has a unique plot with characters that will become one of your friends and neighbor. This story captured my attention from the very beginning. Patrice Wilton did an outstanding job of writing a romance with a holiday spin that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. It gives you all the good fuzzy feelings that one enjoys in a good romance. I know when I pick up a book by Patrice Wilton I am going to be reading a story that I have not read before and will not be able to put down. She has quickly become one of my go-to authors when I am looking for a good read.

Rita Page does a fantastic job with the narration. She has a clear voice that was easy to follow. She does a great job with the voice inflections.

With her fantastic writing, it is a pleasure to read Patrice Wilton’s books. This was a great book to start the series that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series by Patrice Wilton. I recommend the Heavenly Christmas series to anyone that enjoys getting in the holiday spirit with some romance.

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Sweet romantic read for the holidays

This book was only narrated by Rita Page, who I have not head this narrator before. I enjoyed the story and the infliction that the narrator provided, except for the voice of Nick - the tone used just didn't seem to flow as the rest of the voices in the audiobook. The narrator did provide adequate character distinction even though there was a minimal tonal range. The sound quality was good and no sound effects were used. I enjoyed the convenience of being able to listen to the book but think I would have enjoyed the book more by reading so I can provide my own voices for the characters. A sweet romantic read for the holidays.

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Finding Heaven

Imagine getting into a car accident and waking up to find a handsome man saying you are in Heaven. But you look around and see your daughter's standing beside the car holding a puppy. For a young widow and 2 daughter's this can turn out to be a wonderful Christmas of miracles. I received a complimentary copy and I chose to review voluntarily.

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A compelling Christmas romance!

A Heavenly Christmas, written by Patrice Wilton, is a charming holiday tale. If you stay glued to the Hallmark channel watching feel-good movies during the Christmas season (like I do) then you’ll enjoy this story.

This is the first book I’ve read by Patrice Wilton, and I look forward to reading and listening to Someone To Love, the second book in this series.

The story centers on Jennie Braxton, a widow of one year, and mother of two young girls. She gets in an accident while traveling to Philadelphia to visit her parents for the holidays and is sent to the hospital. Her unexpected encounter with Nick, a kind and interesting chef in a town called Heaven, detours her heart as well as her holiday plans, and rescues her from her grievous past.

I love stories that take place during the holidays. Add a sweet puppy, and a handsome man who knows his way around the kitchen and fills my senses with more than baking scents, and I’m sold!

*The story contains sex, and for those sensitive to slang or cursing, there are choice words throughout.


Audio Narration: Rita Page has a smooth and gentle tone that is kind and inviting. But I feel the inflection is a bit overdone —as if she is reading a bedtime story to a child. Ms. Page’s saccharine sweet narration reminds me of Caroline Ingalls from the television show Little House on the Prairie, and seems out of place when describing the chemistry and sensuality between two adults. The children’s voices are also exaggerated and animated. As I became engrossed in the great storyline, the voices blended in and were not as distracting.

Audio Production Quality: The production quality of this audio book is clear, with no distracting background music, static, or skips.

Overall opinion: A Heavenly Christmas is a compelling story. The writing is filled with warmth, love, and the spirit of Christmas, but the voice narration is bit overacted.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Heartwarming romance with a touch of heat

A feel good, warm romance with a splash of heat. A car accident in the town of Heavenly leads a grieving widow to find hope for a new life. This heartwarming story has great characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Nick is not only the chef at one of the best restaurants in town but he is an all-round nice guy, whose heart becomes unexpectedly captured by Jeanie and her two beautiful daughters. The narrator, Rita Page, did an excellent job of all the different characters voices and brought the beauty and magic of this story to life. This is an enjoyable Christmas romance with a touch of the sensuality.

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A heavenly Christmas listen

What a wonderfully uplifting listen this is. I love stories that give new life to people who need it. This story is a chance meeting of Jenny and Nick when Nick is saving a pup causing Jenny to hit a tree. This unfortunate encounter opens up a brand new world for the two of them. Jenny is still grieving over the unexpected death of her husband earlier in the year and is adjusting to her new life with her two daughters. When Nick comes into the picture, all of her hope and expectations change. Nick is a man who has difficulty with commitments. After a rough childhood, he does not want to have history repeat itself with his life, so chooses not to get married. Will this heavenly encounter change both their lives? This book is full of hope and love. I especially love the way Nick talks to himself, working through his beliefs and where he wants to go with his life. It is refreshing hearing this and seeing that even with the worst of childhoods, the right person can change everything. I also love that he is relentless with not taking no for an answer. I think if he did not pursue the relationship, Jenny would have accepted just going back to her life and trying to move one. There are some wonderful supporting characters in this book, I really liked Jenny's mom. She is a no nonsense woman, and asks for details and tells things like they are. This is a warm and fun holiday romance and I really enjoyed it.

Rita Page has a real warmth in her voice and gives this story the heartwarming feel it deserves. She gives a beautiful performance and I will definitely look for more of her narrations.

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too much sexual inuendos ...thought it was a Christmas story..not two people wanting to get laid

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Sexy older protector and a young sweet not so inno

We first meet Allison in the first installment of Heavenly Christmas. Now we get her story and her journey through much. And we get to see a new character in Ian the new sheriff from the big city. This sexy older man gets to protect the body of one sexy, sweet young thang. There was a clash of the two but this was a sweet romance that happen to be around a heavenly holiday.

Narration did not add to or take away from this story. I just was not impressed with the narration.

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Sweet, with only a little bit of heat.

Rated R

I'm quite a sucker for sweet romances, and this one is definitely full of sugar. On the same level as Hallmark movies, which make the best stories to enjoy during the holiday season. Jennie and Nick are definitely a sweet couple, and their story is the quintessential true-love style romance.

Jennie, a widow with two young daughters, is not looking for a man. Simply a happy holiday at her parent's house. A puppy changes not only her life, but the lives of her girls, and a local restaurant owner, Nick. Without knowing exactly what hit either of them, love swept them up faster than a fresh blanket of snow, covering anything from their past that may keep them apart.

Listening to this book was wonderful, and definitely compared well to watching an actual Hallmark movie. The narrator did a wonderful job, and even with my preference for speeding the book up a few notches, she was clear and gave the story a wonderful sense of character. I especially loved the way she portrayed the little girls - what skill!

I only have one complaint with this book, and it's simply a personal preference. I don't enjoy bedroom scenes, and this one had quite an explicit one. With audiobooks, it's far more difficult to skip scenes like that, than it is with written books. Because it's simply my taste, and was fairly far into the book that was otherwise mostly clean, I only took off half a rose.

This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys this type of story, and I am excited to start the sequel! Many thanks to the author for the chance to listen and review this book.

*I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.

~Rose
@Desert Rose Reviews