Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge

"Baking's my life. I even dream about recipes at night, Peanut."


Title - Mistletoe Mansion
Author - Samantha Tonge 
Publication Date - 10th December 2014
Publisher - Carina UK
Format - eBook (Provided via NetGalley)
Pages - 384

The blurb

Kimmy Jones has three loves; cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts. 

When Kimmy's Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn't approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company. Kimmy thought she could compromise - after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far. 

So, newly single - and newly homeless - Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she's best-buds with with glamorous next door gold WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Mary Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn't need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night...

Kimmy is finally living the life she's always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she's always imagined? 

Becca's thoughts  

Firstly, a huge thank you to the wonderful publishers Carina UK for providing me with a digital copy of Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge in exchange for an honest review, and an even bigger thank you to Samantha Tonge! Mistletoe Mansion was a delightful read, full of sugar, and spice, and all things nice (and all things quite spooky, too!).

So, a number of things attracted me to Samantha's Mistletoe Mansion, and I'm not going to lie, the cover was probably one of the biggest pulls for me. I know, it's terrible, but when a cover like Samantha's smacks you in the face and utterly dazzles you with it's gorgeous colours, Christmas trees and lights, it's pretty hard to say no (well, it's not hard for a lot of people, but it is for me). I fell completely head over heels in love with it from the very first moment I saw it. It's incredibly festive, and you can even spot Mistletoe Mansion in the background, which just brings Kimmy's story to life!

Another thing that caught my attention with Mistletoe Mansion was the obvious theme of baking and cupcakes. Now, as you know, I rate the books that I read with cupcakes, so I guess it was only right that I read and reviewed Mistletoe Mansion, right?! Also, who doesn't love to read about baking and cupcakes? I feel like this theme has been pretty big this year, with a lot of releases being based around Christmas baking and adorable cupcakes, so Mistletoe Mansion fitted in perfectly! That's not to say that it doesn't stand out though, because with a cover like that and the story within, it most definitely does!

The plot within Mistletoe Mansion was absolutely delightful. Kimmy, Samantha's heroine, was ambitious and funny and loved nothing more than opening up the nearest glossy magazine and divulging in the life of the rich, famous and glamorous! Kimmy had high hopes and dreams for herself. She wanted to begin her own cupcake business, creating all manner of delicious, sugary delights, and I believed that Kimmy had what it takes, unlike her safe and reliable boyfriend Adam, who was thinking more along the lines of mortgages, regular incomes and setting their future together in concrete. When Adam feels like he can put up with Kimmy and her cupcake ways no longer, he breaks up with her, and Kimmy is left to fend for herself. As luck would have it, Kimmy, and Jess, her best-friend who has always been kicked out, happen to stumble upon a house-sitting job at none other than the stunning Mistletoe Mansion! What begins is a crazy, thrilling adventure alongside Kimmy and Jess, involving all sorts of mishaps, problems and even spooky goings-on!

There was truly so damn much to look forward to within Samantha's book! Not only is Mistletoe Mansion in Samantha and Jess's hands, but they're introduced to the celebrity neighbours, an evil spirit, and even a confidently cocky handyman called Luke, who will no doubt have you swooning all over the place!

I felt that Samantha did a cracking job when it came to her characters. Kimmy in particular was seamlessly built, her dreams and ambitions pushing her forwards as the story progressed. Her personality was incredible likeable, and she was just obsessed with the lives of the rich and famous! At certain points in the book, Kimmy would imagine her Facebook status' being updated, or a headline in a newspaper, that revolved around whatever was going on in the plot and this highlighted her dreams of being noticed in the world of the famous! Little did she know that a certain WAG was living just down the road from Mistletoe Mansion, and this just added even more excitement to the plot! Kimmy had a lot of drive and she was obviously determined to succeed, even though Adam (her ex) had no faith in her whatsoever. Kimmy's cupcakes were to die for, and they even had me salivating at certain points within the story. The flavours and descriptions that Samantha used were just stunning! Jess, Kimmy's best-friend, was also fabulous! The story only really included Jess now and again, but you could feel her presence within it, and that made a whole load of difference. As the story progresses, Jess actually had some news and it adds a whole new level of important to the fact that they succeed in getting the house sold! Luke? Oh, he was gorgeous, with the sexy smirk and twinkly look in his eye! When he is first introduced to us, he's moody and not every helpful to Kimmy, but he really begins to loosen up and it wasn't long before I took a really, really big liking to him! And I mean really, who can blame me?! The guy was a hunk!!!

I cannot put into words how much there is to look forward to in Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge. It is such an exciting read, full of fun characters, yummy creations and even paparazzi! The characters were all incredible likeable, and Samantha's passion for food really shone through her writing. I loved everything about this book. Everything! And I cannot believe that this is the first that I've read by Samantha! I'll definitely be reading more from this fabulous author in the future!

Becca's Books is rating Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge with five cupcakes! Not only was it a gorgeous chick-lit, but there was intrigue included too, and a little bit of mystery, as well as romance and the foodie theme! Honestly readers, it had everything and then some! Thanks to Carina and Samantha Tonge! I loved it!




      

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