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 multimillion-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?
©2015 Jenny Hale (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
No. It was a fun read, but too predictable to read it again.
She read the story very slow and I didn't really enjoy how she tried to characterise characters with her voice.
Simply feel good and easy to listen to.
I don't think I would listen to another book by Katherine Fenton's.
Only when you have the time to waste. It was an easy listening Christmas story but incredibly predicable from the start.
No this is the first.
I found her narration nauseating and I'm surprised I finished the book. Sickly sweet and without real ability to define accents. Therefore everyone sounded the same other than a slightly higher or lower pitched voice!
Determination to finish the book and not press 'mark as finished' before the end!
Tried to be fair with the scoring as it was a predicable feel good story for Christmas but unless you have time to waste and a great deal of patience to put up with the narration - don't bother.
A lovely (predictable) feel good Christmas tale that has been beautifully narrated. If you are expecting a twist and turn in the tale then this won't be the book for you. I think the narration added to the overall quality of the story. It's a story that could be shared with all the family.
"Enjoyed the other Jenny Hale Christmas novel more"
The characters didn't feel believable to me.
Yes, as the other book was better.
This narrator was not a match for the character. Her tone did not seem to match the dialogue given to the character. A Xe Sands type voice would have been better for this novel.
Some renovation/small business mention struggle, but not enough. The premise was interesting.
This book should have been right up my alley for Christmas reading, and I was surprised how much it didn't work for me. I do think the narration was a big part of this.
"Great Romantic Escape"
I loved this cozy escape into a different world that focused relationships, romance, family, and the spirit of Christmas. I would compare this book to the style of Susan Wiggs. It was a great, light read, full of holiday spirit. Perfect to curl up with by the fire (or listen to on your commute with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head).
"Please make a hallmark movie!"
This book was absolutely wonderful in all respects! I can't wait to read more books by Jenny Hale.
The story seemed to have promise. Abbey was way to whiney. The character personalities didn't seem to go well. A whiney woman like Abbey would not win over a successful man like Nick. If she did less of that I think the story would've been more enjoyable. She complained too much, especially about him. I started getting annoyed when she thought he changed but then he didn't but then he did but then he didn't again. That story line dragged on too much and got old. I think the narration played a part in it too. Maybe the narrator sounded more whiney then the author intended. Either way I wouldn't recommend this book.
"aloof handsome millionaire intrigued by simpleton woman ridden with welfare mentality"
"Feel good romance!?!" I kept yelling at my car speakers REALLY BROAD, you told him you didn't know how to eat pasta!?!?! Ohh rich handsome loner millionaire YOU FIND HER LACK OF DINNER TABLE ETIQUETTE CHARMING?
Nope. Can't deal. ✋🏼I tried for 2 days I really did. It was supposed to be a short mushy book club read but ... the over the top welfare mentality was a turn off.
Her questioning his car collection for instance reminded me of note someone shared recently on social media that said:
''A guy looked at the Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the cost of that car. I replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. That's the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something,you put money in people's pockets and give them dignity for their skills''
Anyway, if all that gives you butterflies and charmed vibes, I recommend listening to the performer at 1.25.
"Lacking in "sparkle""
I wanted to enjoy this book, I really did. The premise sounded delightful, but the book just did not pull me in and capture me. The dialogue lacked the sparkle and wit that I so much enjoy in a good novel and the characters did not flesh out to become real people. After making myself stay with it for a while hoping that the story would pick up I finally just gave up and returned the book. Narrator average.
"I really enjoyed n I loved this book it awesome"
closed my eyes to listen to it n would tell all my friends to get it
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