I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
Also by this author: Coming Home For Christmas, Summer by the Sea, A Christmas to Remember, The Summer House
Published by Bookouture on 16th October 2015
Genres: Chicklit, Christmas, Love & Romance
Source: from Netgalley
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 multi-million 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?
As you probably know I love Jenny Hale’s Christmas books so when I was looking through my Christmas TBR pile I was surprised to find that I had one sitting there, from 2015!!! I was equally delighted and shocked. So, of course, I had to read it next.
The story follows Abby Fuller. Single mum of Max and nurse to Caroline. Abby is a very likeable character. She is very family orientated and also proud. She wants to give Max everything he deserves but she wants to do it herself through hard work. She doesn’t want to be just handed it.
Max is a cute kid. He’s smart, sweet and fun. I love the sock sliding scenes. He has some funny moments but he also has some really serious ones that made me well up a little.
Nick Sinclair is a workaholic who’s hiding from his feelings. He feels the pressure of keeping his father’s business going and pretty much blocks out the world to do it. Nick to me seemed like a man who was still struggling with the grief of losing his father and didn’t know how to express it. The only thing that made sense to him was to keep the business going. Under that cold exterior is a man with a big heart.
Since Nick’s wife left, he’s not taken the time to make his house feel like a home again. With his family coming for Christmas he needs someone to make it feel warm, cosy and well, lived in. Caroline recommends Abby for the job and Nick hires pretty much on the spot. Abby has wanted to be an interior designer for a long time but put her dreams on hold when she got pregnant with Max. Now she has the opportunity of a lifetime. I loved hearing how Abby transformed the mansion from a cold empty shell to a warm loving home. She has such an eye for detail.
This book is warm and cosy. It will leave you with a glow and a smile and at this time of year, there’s not much more you need from a book. This is the perfect companion to a snuggle on the sofa.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Backlist Reader (2018)
- Christmas Challenge (2018)
- Goodreads Challenge (2018)
- Keyword Challenge (2018)
- Netgalley Challenge (2018)