Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale | Book Review

Title - Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses
Author - Jenny Hale
Publication Date - October 16th 2015
Publisher - Bookouture
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via NetGalley)
Pages - 305

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 becoming a designer true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

This was beauuuutiful.

There is something deliciously wholesome about Jenny Hale's novels, something that makes me feel, as soon as I begin reading, like I'm home. This author focuses beautifully on the most-important aspects of life: family, love, friendships, motherhood, and shines a bright spotlight onto those topics as she brings them forward and allows her characters to deal with the issues that life so often pops in the way. Having said that, Jenny Hale continues to pepper her novels with the sparkliest, most loveliest of romances, and with Christmas just around the corner (as well as any other time of year), this really is a novel to read while curled up in your favourite chair beside the fire, sipping merrily on a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate.

In Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale, we're introduced to Abbey Fuller. Single mother to the adorable Max, and working hard to ensure her son has the best she is able to offer, I adored Abbey right from the very beginning. She was such a hard-working, genuine, golden-hearted woman, a fantastic mother, and all round likeable character. It really didn't take long for me to warm to Abbey at all. In fact, after only a few pages of being in Abbey Fuller's company, I wanted nothing more than for some good luck to wing it's way to Abbey and Max this Christmas. Jenny brought into focus the real dynamics of a family, and how, despite having had dreams of her own to become an interior designer, Abbey gave everything her all for her son. Completely selfless, Abbey's character was incredibly appealing to me, one of those people who you'd love to meet and hug in real life for being so damn wonderful. As I was saying before I got carried away, I think Abbey Fuller made this story. She and her son Max added such a gorgeous premise to the novel, making Christmas seem even more special.

When Abbey is offered the chance of a lifetime, to decorate the brooding Nick Sinclair's mansion for Christmas, she hesitates but knows that it's the chance she's been wanting, a chance for her artistic and interior design talents to be dusted off and put, once more, to good use. Jenny's descriptions of Nick Sinclair, alongside his ridiculously impressive home, definitely portrayed an intimidating man in my mind. And it appeared the same for Abbey, too. Given free-reign of the decorating and a near unlimited amount of money to use on the project, it truly is a dream come true for Abbey. Not only that, but the promise of payment is enough to ensure that Abbey's son, Max, is definitely in for a Christmas like no other. Again, this only made me love Abbey more because she didn't first think of herself, but Max, and how she'd be able to create a magical Christmas for him because of her hard work in Nick Sinclair's home. Jenny ensures that Abbey voices her insecurities in regards to the job at hand. She doesn't feel as if she's good enough to be working on a project of such a grand scale, but knows that in order to give Max the best Christmas ever, she has to surge onwards, and it doesn't take long for Abbey to find her feet.

Throughout my reading of Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses, I loved the descriptions of Nick Sinclair's mansion. As Abbey began to rope together to the bits and pieces needed for work to begin, everything began to take shape. There were Christmas trees bundled up in twinkling lights and crackling fireplaces, evoking such a cosy and snug feeling from me. Alongside that, Abbey gets to work on the upstairs bedrooms too, painting and moving in new furniture for when Nick Sinclair's family come to stay for Christmas. As much as Abbey loves throwing herself into the task at hand, she can't help feeling that it's all for nothing, when Nick Sinclair barely bats an eyelid.

The character development in this novel was absolutely beautiful. I adored watching how relationships transformed and changed as I turned the pages, seeing, so clearly, how the sturdy barriers around Nick Sinclair began to tumble down one by one. It was such a cosy, festive and warm read, and I so easily found myself lost to it and I was watched Nick Sinclair beside Abbey. He was an intriguing character to say the least, with a sad past of his own that I was just dying to find out more about. Max, Abbey's Mum and Gramps, as well as Nick's grandmother who Abbey cared for, added so much joy and colour to this story, only adding to my enjoyment and wrapping me up tighter within the family-feel.

Overall, I absolutely adored Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale. This is the perfect novel to snuggle up with this Christmas. Full of romance, Christmas magic and sparks like those of a crackling fire, Jenny Hale captures everything that's special about this time of year. Becca's Books is awarding Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale with FIVE gorgeous cupcakes.




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