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Summary

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

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Predicable but an easy listening Christmas read.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Only when you have the time to waste. It was an easy listening Christmas story but incredibly predicable from the start.

If you’ve listened to books by Jenny Hale before, how does this one compare?

No this is the first.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Fenton’s performance?

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!

Did Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses inspire you to do anything?

Determination to finish the book and not press 'mark as finished' before the end!

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A fun feel good story

Would you listen to Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses again? Why?

No. It was a fun read, but too predictable to read it again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The grandmother

What aspect of Katherine Fenton’s performance might you have changed?

She read the story very slow and I didn't really enjoy how she tried to characterise characters with her voice.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Simply feel good and easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I don't think I would listen to another book by Katherine Fenton's.

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Feel good Christmas tale

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.

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narrator

the narrator spoiled this book for me. to insipid and phony. I couldn't bare to listen to her voice and changes of voice.

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love this Christmas story

this is a very lovely Christmas and have listened to this book loads of times while recovering from a long illness and each time I hear it puts a smille on my face.

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struggled to continue

I tried to exchange the book on several occasions due to the narrator but the site was down..and as I had paid my monthly subscription I continued with it. the narrator made the female voices and max very whiny which was very annoying. apart from the narration the story had a nice if predictable ending.

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Not bad

The story was quite good, sorry Katherine, but I wasn't impressed with the narration, but having said that, I have heard a lot worse

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  • C. Gibney
  • 01-01-16

Enjoyed the other Jenny Hale Christmas novel more

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The characters didn't feel believable to me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Hale again?

Yes, as the other book was better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some renovation/small business mention struggle, but not enough. The premise was interesting.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Marley
  • 30-11-16

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.

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  • Cathy L
  • 06-01-19

Heartwarming

I thoroughly enjoyed this feel good Christmas romance! Narrator and author are excellent! Highly recommend

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  • GReads
  • 23-12-18

Worst narrator ever

This narrator used a very annoying sort of dumb blonde baby voice for the lead character, and really all the voices were done so poorly that it distracted from the story. I can’t finish listening to this. Definitely a waste of money. Very disappointing considering that other titles by this author have been performed very well by other narrators.

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  • Suzanne
  • 21-12-18

great holiday read

This was a great semi predictable Christmas story. The characters were fun, you could put yourself in Max's shoes and almost see Christmas through the eyes of a child.

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  • Compute
  • 17-12-18

Cute

Enjoyed reading this during this season of the year. A sweet story for Christmas time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-18

Overly detailed to the point of boring.

Very simple novel that requires no thinking! Repeats miner details. I keep thinking, get on with it would you please? Could have been a sweet novel but missed the mark.

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  • Angela
  • 10-12-18

Research needed. It’s a thing.

This author might want to take some classes from the local community college. I think she should study nursing.

She should definitely spend some time doing research. I’ve been a nurse for 18 years and I’ve always cleared a LOT more than this author seems to think. Nurses aren’t secondary to decorators. It’s a art of science and dedication to humanity. I’m actually quite offended. Nursing is something only people who are truly dedicated, caring, intelligent can do. Nurses are not as unsure of them as this heroine. If you are cared for by a nurse described like the one in this story I feel sorry for you.

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  • Fernanda
  • 03-12-18

Beautifully written. Kept me in suspense.

Beautifully written. Kept me in suspense. Loved the whole Christmas theme. Loved the romantic aspect of it.

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  • Onlineshopper
  • 29-11-18

Sweet Christmas Story

Great narration for all characters....one of the best I have listened to! Very sweet story! Enjoyed this one!