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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Book Review: All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello

A delightfully, warm read filled with Christmas Magic!
All I Want for Christmas is You
(Contemporary Holiday Romance)
(Fate with a Helping Hand)
by Lisa Mondello

  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KDG236
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
BOOK 1 in Fate with a Helping Hand Series
Sometimes fate needs a little hand...
Santa Claus is going to have a rough season... Lauren Alexander is raising her daughter alone. Abandoned by her family for her decision to keep her daughter Kristen, she has done a pretty good job for the last six years. Or she thought she had. That's why she is crushed when little Kristen gives up her wish for a toy or goodie and instead asks Santa for a present for her mother. She wants Santa to bring a Daddy. Delivering Daddies isn't Santa's bag.
But this Santa has a plan...
Kyle Preston knows what it is like to be abandoned too. Luckily he found the support of loving adoptive parents and has turned himself into one of the most successful Real Estate developers in town.
Building a house is easy. Building someone's trust is a whole other story. But with a little helping hand, a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.

Lauren has built a home for herself and her daughter, Kristen. She has had to make it on her own since the child’s father wanted nothing to do with them and even her own parents put her out when she refused to release her newborn for adoption.  Lauren has kept herself from involvement with men figuring that they aren’t trust worthy and her daughter doesn’t need the trauma of a man who might abandon them. It is with dismay that Lauren learns that her adorable daughter has asked Santa for a Daddy for Christmas. Not only is Lauren alarmed by Kristen’s request, but she had to learn it from a handsome man in the parking lot who turns out to be the store Santa.

Kyle is immediately drawn to the sweet child and to the beautiful mother. At first he only intends to help her when her car brakes down in the parking lot, but soon he wants to do more for mother and daughter. He invites them to Christmas with his parents and siblings and discovers that he wants to set up a family with Lauren and Kristen. What will it take to convince Lauren to trust him not to leave her like the other men in her past?

I really enjoyed this very warm story. The characters, including young Kirsten, are charming. Kyle's family is what love and family are all about and it is so good that he wants to share the emotions.  The story reads smoothly and quickly and actually made me choke up at one point. :-) This is a great story to read when you need a quick, little pick-me-up smile.  I am interested to read more from Ms. Mondello.

Kyle tries to understand his attraction to Laura:
She’s just another woman, he told himself. A beautiful woman with eyes like the full moon and full lips made for stealing a sweet kiss.  Location 471.
Kyle wonders how a man could abandon Laura:
[how a] could live without the laughter just waiting to bubble up from the depths of her soul to fill his own. She was full of life just waiting to burst free. Location 692.
I received this for review from the Author through Bewitching Blog Tour.
This story is set in Brimfield, Massachusetts for my Where Are You Reading Challenge. I will add this to my New Author Challenge list too.
Fate with a Helping Hand Series includes:


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds really cute. I need to stock up on some Xmas stories :)


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