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Review: All I want for Christmas by Jenny Hale

Title: All I want for Christmasall-i-want-for-xmas

Author: Jenny Hale

Publisher: Bookouture

Published: October 6th, 2016

Pages: 233

Rating: 5/5

My Review:

Single Mum, Leah Evans, is working hard for the future she’d planned with her beloved Nan. Unfortunately, her Nan died recently and, with Christmas approaching, she has very mixed feelings – especially after the shocking discovery that her Nan (Nina) has left her Virginian plantation home to her and her childhood friend, David Forester. Still, the plans for a family Christmas in the house are going ahead but with David already living in the house and having plans so contrary to her own, will her dreams for the house come true or should she accept David’s offer to buy out her share? As the snow falls, dreams need rethinking and a clever Nan brings together family and friends to help develop relationships and reshape a loving future for them all.

This is a very moving festive story. For most of the people involved, the connecting person is the recently deceased and much loved Nan. There are family histories to be revealed, mysteries to solve and love to help heal all. As usual with this author, the story is emotive, well paced and the characters totally believable. The relationships between them are superbly portrayed and continuously developed through the story. Everyone needs a Nan like Nina in their lives! The plantation house is one I’d love to explore, it is brought so vividly to life in the imagination of the reader, it feels like a true home and one that you could actually visit. This is a tender contemporary festive love story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone looking for a heartwarming, festive, romance to read.

This is my honest opinion after reading a gifted ecopy via NetGalley.


All I Want for Christmas is a big, cozy Christmas story about the importance of family, the strength of childhood friendships, and learning to trust your heart.

Fans of Carole Matthews, Susan Wiggs and Susan Mallery – and anyone who likes the glow of Christmas lights and the rustle of wrapping paper – will fall in love with this feel-good Christmas treat.

Christmas comes once a year . . . But true love comes once in a lifetime.

Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams.

But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her.

Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house.

They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he’s starting to feel it too.

Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan’s advice to them both about living life without regrets … and take a chance on true love?

This book is available from a variety of sources including

Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

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