Book Review: Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge

Posted March 9, 2015 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments


Kimmy Jones has three loves: cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts.

When Kimmy’s Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn’t approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far.

So, newly single – and newly homeless – Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she’s best buds with glamorous next door golf WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Merry Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn’t need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night…

Kimmy is finally living the life she’s always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she’s always imagined…?

*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I’m gonna be honest with you guys, I wasn’t even planning on reviewing this book, for numerous reasons. All I was going to do is leave a short feedback on NetGalley telling publishers this was not my cup of tea, because I do owe them that much for giving me a free review copy. But I didn’t feel like saying more, not because I don’t have anything to say about this book, but because it’s the second book by Ms Tonge I’ve read and once again I expected more. Is it me? Should I give the author another chance?

I know the author might be very disappointed when reading my review, but at the same time I hope she won’t take it to heart, since there are many people out there who’ve obviously enjoyed her books.

What was a major problem for me, as in the first book by Ms Tonge I’ve read, ‘Doubting Abbey’, is this whole fascination with celebs. I know we were supposed to see Kimmy, the main character, grow out of her obsession with celebrities and have a big happy after, but it just doesn’t work that way for me. I found her too irritable to care about what will happen to her, though I can’t say I hated her. It takes a lot for me to hate someone, even a fictional character, but I’d rather HATE a serial killer from the bottom of my soul, than not give a single damn about a certain character.

Now I’ll hear some of you say, what else did you expect from chick lit? First off, I’ve read god knows how many chick lits (I adore and have so much respect for that genre) and not all of the heroines are annoying or immature. In my opinion, Kimmy doesn’t stand out as a character, and she didn’t make me care about the story.

Would I be reading more of Ms Tonge’s works? I’m all for another chance because things might change. The author has a lot of potential, but maybe her writing is not my thing. Maybe I’m not the targeted audience, since I very rarely find anything about celeb crushes amusing.


My rating: 5/10


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