Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
Published: October 16, 2015 by Bookouture
Book Blurb: 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?
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Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses is a beautiful, charming christmas love story. It captured my attention from the get-go and held it throughout the entire novel. One of the main themes of the novel was the idea that love knows no bounds, and it does not judge based on wealth and material possessions. Rather, love is about the connection two beings have with one another.
Nick comes into Abbey’s life when Caroline -the women she provides private home care for – recommends that Nick hire Abbey as an interior decorator to help Nick make his house into a home. Abbey is a hard-worker that does her best to provide for her young son Max and give him a better life than she had, but it’s difficult on her salary. Abbey is intrigued by Nick from the moment she met him. He’s a bit cold, with a fake smile, and she’s curious to know what a real one would look like on him, or how he would look laughing. Once Nick hires her, suddenly Abbey finds herself with a much healthier salary, along with new wishes and desires to have a romantic relationship and a proper father figure for her son.
One of the other main themes of the novel is that you should always follow your dreams. Sometimes your dreams may seem scary and unattainable, or not profitable enough to live a lifestyle you’re used to, but ultimately your happiness comes from your triumphs and it’s worth the risk. Nick was so used to taking calculated risks to get business acquisitions, but he wasn’t used to making any risks in his personal life when he couldn’t foresee the outcome. Abbey has the ability to pull him away from work and to do the things he loves to do, like play the piano and spend time with family. I enjoyed watching Abbey pull Nick out of his obsession with working too hard and truly beginning to allow himself to enjoy his life. What good is all of that wealth if you don’t get to enjoy any of it? Life is about balance and making memories that will last a lifetime by scaling back on work to spend time with loved ones can be more rewarding than some realize.
I adored this novel. 5 stars!
About the Author – Jenny Hale
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Author Bio: When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.
While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result is Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.
When I’m not writing, I’m a District Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, a mother of two boys, and a wife to a very supportive husband.
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