It’s the third day of our #BookoutureXmas event and today we bring you review and an international giveaway for one of THE BEST Christmas books we’ve ever read, ‘Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’ by wonderful Jenny Hale. We absolutely ADORED this book and hope you all read it soon. If you don’t win the giveaway or just can’t wait that long to see if you’ll be the winner, head straight to amazon and immediately download a copy. YES, IT’S THAT BRILLIANT! Read on for our review and enter the fantastic giveaway, wish I could enter myself as that cover is SO gorgeous and would be fab to have the paperback.
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?
* Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
Two years ago I had the pleasure to read Ms Hale’s debut, ‘Coming Home for Christmas’, which is still among my favourite Christmas books. It was kind of ‘love at first sight’ and enough to make me a huge Jenny Hale fan. ‘Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’ is the fifth novel by Ms Hale, and third she’s devoting to Christmas. I’ve read most of them and after reading her latest I can say that this is definitely my new favourite.
‘Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’ is a wonderful, warm, festive read full of heart. It’s focused on Abbey, a single mother who’s working for a rich family as a nurse to elderly Caroline. There was a time when Abbey had dreams, dreams to have a loving partner and husband, to be an interior designer and for her child, Max to have a father. She has none of that, but she’s given a chance to do some decorating, thanks to lovely Caroline. Caroline’s grandson Nick is one of the richest people in Richmond. Under the influence of his grandmother Caroline, he asks Abbey to do some decorating for him, fill in his beautiful yet empty and soulless house with beautiful furniture and Christmas decorations as his family will be coming over and he not only hasn’t got the time to decorate, but sees no need to do it. He’s living by himself, working long hours, rarely using other rooms besides his office. Everything changes when Abbey enters the picture, their lives start changing and for the first time in his life, Nick feels things are no longer in his control. Things are not allowed to go any further as Nick will be leaving for New York just right after Christmas, and too many people might get hurt. Is there a chance for Nick and Abbey?
I absolutely loved this book! I immediately liked Abbey because she’s one of these creative, optimistic, full of energy people. She’s a single mother doing her best to provide for her six year old, but at the same time helping her mother and poorly grandfather too. Family is the most important thing for Abbey, and something she has sacrificed all her dreams for. Her son, Max is the most adorable, sweet child yet he’s so hurt not having a father figure in his life. When he meets Nick, is like all Christmases have come at once. He finally sees someone who will play sports with him, build a snowman with him and he gets rather attached to him.
I liked every single relationship in the book, the romance one between Abbey and Nick, the family one between Abbey and her mother and grandfather, but most powerful of all and one that had the biggest impact on me was the relationship between Abbey and her son, Max. While I was rooting for Abbey and Nick and love to win, I couldn’t help but root for Max, this little sweet guy who’s never had a father by his side. Even now as I type this review, my eyes are teary at the thought of Max, his pure soul and his Christmas wish.
The last 10% of the book I felt like I didn’t have the strength to finish the book, I was a complete mess and in tears. I didn’t even know that a book with a happy ending I expected could make me sob like a child. But it did, as the last pages were so emotional for me. There are just so many lovely messages hidden in this book. Written in true and unique Hale style, I knew it’s never only romance, I expected other elements too. Despite the wonderfully written romance part, I absolutely adored how Ms Hale shows the importance of family, of those every day moments we take for granted not realizing they are our happy memories, not our carriers, or achievements, or money we make or spend on things. It’s family, it always was and always will be the one and only constant thing in our life, driving us to be the best we can.
I also loved how the characters developed, they were transforming in front of my eyes and under the strong influence of each other. Busy and always preoccupied with work, Nick suddenly became someone who enjoys playing in the snow and ice scatting. Abbey and Nick are different on many levels, but they are a perfect couple as they bring out the best out of each other. It felt like Abbey’s entered his life for a reason, to show him what life really is, to show him there’s something beyond work, to help him create happy memories. There were times when I though Abbey was pushing a bit or was too curious wanting to find out things about Nick, but it didn’t bother me nor made me dislike her as a character.
‘Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’ is a wonderful, delightful, emotional read perfect for everyone. There’s a fair share of romance, however I can’t say this is strictly a romance book. It’s way beyond that! Little gem that everyone needs in their lives, bringing to their homes the festive spirit and Christmas magic. I adored it! It was so hard to finally say good bye to Abbey, Nick and Max. Especially Max. That little guy won my heart and will stay with me forever. Beautifully written story you won’t be able to put down and one of the best festive reads I’ve ever read. Ms Hale is definitely an author to watch out for and if you haven’t read any of her books, I strongly advise to start with this one. It’s definitely going to be the season’s HIT!
My rating 10/10
Thanks to the fab guys from Bookouture, we’re offering you a chance to win a PAPERBACK of ‘Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’. The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and closes on 3rd of Novemeber. Winner will be contacted by e-mail or on twitter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If we don’t hear from them, we’ll pick a new winner. Best of luck, guys and thanks for reading!