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Monday, December 15, 2014

All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello--A Review

Only ten days til Christmas folks!    Are you in the spirit?   Hard to believe the last month of the year is already halfway over, but thenwe have no control over how fast the time escapes us!

All I Want for Christmas is You was a one sitting read and this reader was immediately involved.   You'll see why below, so read on!


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. But 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 a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.
Ok, the only thing I did not like about this Christmas Story was the cover of the book.   Here's my rant, does it bother anyone besides me that the cover can be beautiful, but not match the characters in the book at all?    Lauren is an ash blonde and Kyle is like viking blonde...a true Nordic in appearance, so why are they displayed as brunettes on the cover.    I never really get this?!?!?!
But that was my only dislike.   Because I believe in fiction and even insta love can happen in fiction.   The story happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas and it begins with a little girl giving Santa her Christmas wish and car trouble in the parking lot when the mall has closed.   Being the mall Santa and the CEO of the mall, Kyle Preston is the only one around to help a damsel in distress.
This Christmas tale is about a 200 page read, and it moves quickly.   Lauren had raised her daughter without assistance for 6 years and she didn't trust men.   Her own father abandoned her in her hour of need and her baby's father walked away the night the babe was conceived.   Why would she ever allow a man to enter their lives only to be wounded and disappointed when the going got tough and he walked away?
Kyle had been abandoned by his father in a court renouncement.   He was eighteen when his parents adopted him and aided him in turning his life around.   He was strong by the adopted parent's love and support and he had learned to trust and love in response.   He recognized himself in the mother and daughter duo he met in the mall.  And he was bound and determined to rescue them.   And then he fell in love.
The characters really were believable and Kyle's family was just charming.  It was awesome to see Lauren face her fears and take one step at a time in finding true love.   And it was magical what one little girl received in this delightful tale of Christmas and dreams come true.   This was a real Christmas treat.
I rated this a 5 out of 5 Winks read.

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I purchased this for my personal kindle library.  

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