Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Date Read: December 2013
For Mary Sullivan Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own.
Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time.
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA, Oak Press
Series: The Sullivans #10
Also by this author: The Look of Love, From This Moment On, Can't Help Falling in Love br> br>
Also in this series: The Look of Love, From This Moment On, Can't Help Falling in Love
Read/Listened for Review (NetGalley/Audible)
Quick Holiday Review
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Kissing Under the Mistletoe is exactly the kind of Christmas read I love: sweet, moving, and in this case history of a character (Mary) that I love and adore!
Story Thoughts: Kissing Under the Mistletoe was a bittersweet read that had me crying both at the beginning and the end. Fans of The Sullivans series already know what is happening in the present day but it was wonderful to get Mary and Jack’s love story. In fact, I have to say it is my 2nd favorite in the series. Perhaps it was knowing what their love created already but their instant connection worked for me (that is rare). Their whirlwind romance swept me off me feet and made me swoon. This is a fantastic Christmas read and I would highly recommend it to all fans of The Sullivan series.
Narrated by Eva Kaminsky /Length 7 hrs and 55 mins
Eva does a great job with The Sullivan series. She has the right emotion for these really deep and moving contemporary romances. I love the extra “emotion” she adds during the “falling in love” time. She also has great timing for the humorous parts.
Final Thoughts: I recommend Kissing Under the Mistletoe to anyone who has read even just one book in The Sullivan series. Mary’s story is to good to pass by.
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