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Publisher's Summary

After years away from the North Pole, Kris Kringle happily accepts her Uncle Santa's offer to move back to Christmas Central as head chef. With her young daughter in tow, Kris returns home with two objectives in mind. Goal number one, bring her love of healthy eating and nutritious fare to the North Pole dining service. Goal number two, recover from heartbreak and forget Kyle Masterson, the man who broke her heart. But when Santa hires Kyle as a new co-chef for the holiday season, Kris suddenly realizes that replacing the elves' beloved sugar cookies with carrots is going to be a piece of cake compared to working alongside her ex-fiancé.

©2014 Caroline Mickelson (P)2015 Caroline Mickelson

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Missed the mark

I liked that this was kinda lighthearted. I picked it up bc it was a Christmas read but have to say I didn't relate to the decisions any of the characters made and the situation the story revolves around was kind of absurd. Although there are many Christmas stories and especially movies I do like, unfortunately this wasn't one of them. I respect that it was well written, the characters were mostly interesting, and the performance pretty good.

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Adorable!

What a fun, sweet, and adorable short story! Yes, I know it's summer and this is kind of a Christmas story, but I didn't care. It didn't take away my enjoyment one bit that I wasn't listening in the right season.

This story was short enough I listened to it in one sitting, but still gave me the romance and the feels I needed. Carly Robins did a great job with the narration. The sound quality was good and it was a light and easy listen. I would definitly recommend it if you're looking for a quick and entertaining audio book that will put a smile on your face!

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CHRISTMAS SWEETNESS

THE RETURN OF KRIS KRINGLE is the third book in the Christmas Central series.

What a great short story to put you in the holiday happy mood, no matter what time of year it is. Which is why I listen to or read holiday stories throughout the year – IMHO, we all need to keep that happy frame of mind twelve months of the year.

I am such a hopeless romantic that I was rooting for Kyle to win Kris back before I even heard the first word of this story, just from the blurb.

Poor girl is fighting two losing battles: refusing her heart’s desire (Kyle) and the elves’ sweet-tooth. She might as well face it – rabbits eat carrots, cats chase mice, and elves want sugar. Even her daughter, though loyal, can see what is plain as day.

I highly recommend this story and this series. In fact, I think I’ll go listen to it again now. See you later!

Narration: The narrator is perfect. I loved listening to her voice.

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


Title: THE RETURN OF KRIS KRINGLE
Series: Christmas Central #3
Narrator: Carly Robins
Length: 2 hours 2 minutes
Category /Genre: Romance, Holiday
Recommended for: 14+ due to sexual tension
Listenability: OK
Received from: Caroline Mickelson (as an Audible gifted copy)

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Great Read With My Daughter

What did you love best about The Return of Kris Kringle?

This was a cute, quick story for my daughter and I to listen to at bed time.

What about Carly Robins’s performance did you like?

Carly did an excellent job narrating this book....I could see myself listening to this with my young daughter while traveling to grandma's house for the Christmas holiday

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, my daughter and I listened to this in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Sweet Cheery Read

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Overall: 3.5/5

This is a super sweet Christmas story and was my first for the season. It's a novella and is guaranteed to make you smile. Although Kris tries to pass off roasted vegetables as the epitome of holiday eating, there are still lots of decadent deserts mentioned to make your mouth water. My main issue with this story involves the romantic conflict. It's explained well and is a reasonable conflict. The resolution, however, is lacking.
Although there was a significant hole in the resolution of the story, it was still very enjoyable. I think it would make a great audio story to play during a family car trip.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. This gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Narration: The narration was well-done for this audiobook. The character distinction was clear, for the most part, which made it easy to understand which characters were speaking. The narrator displayed commendable tonal range. Male and female characters were easily differentiated. Younger characters did sound similar to the elves; and I wished Kyle's voice was a bit more masculine. He sometimes sounded like one of the elves.

Production: Sound quality was good. The audio was clear and sound levels were consistent. Pauses between chapters was sufficient.

Overall Experience: Overall this story translated to audio quite well. I don’t think anything was lost in the translation. I enjoyed listening.

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  • Mary
  • Centerville, OH, United States
  • 10-28-17

G Rated Magical Holiday Romance

Personally I wasn't that into this romantic comedy. It was a bit to silly and juvenile for my taste. No steamy hot romance either. Just a nice family rated magical romantic comedy. A good story to listen to on a family car trip with young kids in the car. If that is what you are looking for then this book would be a good choice. The story is also well narrated and preformed.

Single mom and chef Kris Kringle has just broken up with her boyfriend and heads back to her home at the north pole. Santa is her uncle. She plans on revising the elves menu to healthier food choices. Her ex-fiance Kyle has also traveled to the north pole ahead of Kris and has just been hired by Santa to be the north pole's new chef. So now Kris and Kyle are in competition for the chef position and Kyle is far more accommodating to the elves unhealthy food choices.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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An entertaining and comical Christmas romance!

The Return of Kris Kringle is an entertaining well-written novella. I found myself giggling throughout the whole book. The author really knows how to create a story to keep your attention to the very end. It was easy to like the different characters. It was easy to read and follow the story. There was never a dull moment!

Carly Robins did a fantastic job with the narration. She had a clear and crisp voice that was easy to follow. She definitely brought a pleasant listening experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read more by this author. This book is good to listen to or read when you have a few minutes to spare. If you enjoy books set around Christmas time then you need to read this book!

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Cute Christmas story

If you could sum up The Return of Kris Kringle in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, cute, funny.

Which character – as performed by Carly Robins – was your favorite?

I loved all her children and elves, their voices and manner of speaking were cute and naïve. Santa sounded great as well. Kyle was very sweet in romantic scenes, but otherwise he sounded too much like Santa.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments that made me love, but I can't say they moved me.

Any additional comments?

Sweet Christmas story with a touch of humor. The characters were likable and funny. I enjoyed the activities in Christmas Central and the dynamics in Santa's household. Consistent with a Christmas atmosphere, the pair of estranged lovers had their HEA.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Christmas cheer

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What better way to kick off December than a holiday audiobook!!! Caroline Mickelson is a storytelling wonder when it comes to feel good romantic comedies. She does a great job of developing characters and feeding the story to the reader in bits...leaving them wondering and wanting more. She develops characters in a way that makes the reader care about the outcome. This audiobook is perfect to listen to while shopping or wrapping presents or any other holiday task.