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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Abbey is a single mom who's working very hard to make ends meet. Abbey is a nurse and she takes care of Caroline, an old lady who's living in a guesthouse owned by her grandson Nick. Abbey always dreamed of being an interior designer but to pay the bills she had to put her dreams on hold. Caroline is very fond of Abbey and when Nick needs an interior designer she makes sure that he hires Abbey. Will Abbey be able to transform Nick's mansion into a Christmas dream?

Nick has taken over his father's business after he passed away. He's determined to uphold the business' success and to make his father proud. To accomplish this he has turned into a workaholic and his marriage failed because he was never home. Now he has a woman in his house who's full of happiness and doing what she loves to do. With each passing day Nick has more problems with being able to focus on his work. He would rather be spending time with Abbey and her son Max. Will he be able to balance the two?

Abbey wants nothing more than to increase her income, so she can take better care of her son and her grandfather who needs more expensive medicine than he's getting at the moment. When the opportunity presents itself to decorate Nick's mansion she's nervous, but she's up for the challenge. The paycheck is more than she could ever have wish for and Abbey is looking forward to giving her son the most magical Christmas ever. Abbey's sweet, caring and loves her family and friends dearly. She is the kind of person who can get along with everyone and I loved her creative mind. I was wishing that all of her dreams would come true.

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses is a heart-warming and festive love story. Jenny Hale's vivid descriptions made me able to picture each and every room. The way Abbey 'fixes' up the house sounds like it was done by Santa himself. I read Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses in one sitting and wasn't ready to let it go. This story put a smile on my face and I can't wait to read more books written by Jenny Hale.


If you love beautiful and magical Christmas stories Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses would be an excellent choice.

About Jenny Hale

When I graduated college, one of my friends said, "Look out for this one; she's going to be an author one day." Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn't until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can't.

While I didn't start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.

The rest is history.

When I'm not writing, I'm a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.


Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses 
Guest post by Jenny Hale

Last Christmas was our first Christmas in Nashville. Having barely unpacked, boxes everywhere, hearing our own echoes as we waited for furniture to arrive, I told the kids, “Don’t worry. Even if we have to put a tree up in the middle of this empty room, we’ll have Christmas.” And that was my plan. Luckily, I got the entire downstairs unpacked and decorated just in time for the big day, but that promise was an important one.

The reason I promised a tree, even if we had no furniture, was because the Christmas tree is where we all gather as a family on Christmas morning. While it still feels like months of planning are over in seconds, we make every effort to unwrap each gift slowly, one at a time, and talk to each other about it before pulling the next one from under the tree. We watch each other open our gifts and delight in giving as much as receiving.

I usually try to extend this idea outside of the family as well, involving our kids in some sort of community giving activity. We’ve filled shoeboxes for children in need, bought clothes for others, participated in hat and glove drives—whatever we feel in our hearts to do. Primarily, for us, Christmas is about helping, about giving.

But Christmas is also about snowy days, steaming mugs, fuzzy socks, and good books too, am I right? You’re sure to find a little bit of me in all my books. It’s for this reason that you may notice the same sentiment of helping each other filtering through my novel Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses. And yes, there’s snow and steaming mugs too!


Two very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive paperback copies of Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. I do like the cover picture and I'd love to own that house too. :-) This sounds like a lovely heart-warming romantic tale, ideal for the festivities at Christmas.

  2. It sounds like an awesome holiday read. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. love a good Christmas tale - this looks fab!

  4. This looks and sounds so good, thank you x

  5. Sounds good can't wait to read it.

  6. This looks like my kind of Christmas read.

  7. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses sounds like it ticks all the right boxes for a Christmas story with love, festive cheer and a good dose of the warm and fuzzies.

  8. Sounds like such a warmhearting read perfect for the cold season! Also I love the cover design!

  9. Thanks for the great review and guest post!

  10. Sounds like a lovely read, much like the rest of Jenny's books. :-)

  11. Sounds fabulous, and i always love a festive read to get me in the spirit of the season.

  12. Hi Jenny, looking forward to reading your books. Thank you

  13. I really like the sound of this book.

  14. This sounds like the perfect feelgood book to snugglee up with.

  15. A lovely guest post, we moved around a lot and I remember doing the same thing once when we moved a fortnight before Christmas. With 4 kids, at the time, it was very important to me to have a cosy corner in the living-room where I could put up the tree,some decorations, pile the gifts under the tree and hang up their Advent calendars.

  16. This is a new author to me and I'm loving what I see here. Thanks for posting.

  17. I love Christmas and feel like you that we should also remember and appreciate how lucky we are and try to help others when and where we can.

  18. Great review, would love to read this book.

  19. This looks a lovely Christmas read