Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: Kissing Under the Mistletoe, by Marina Adair

Regan stopped believing in Christmas miracles six years ago when she fell in love with a man she didn't know was married. Not only did she lose everything, but the family of her former lover has made it their life's work to make sure she never gets a leg up. Ready for a fresh start and second chance, Regan moves her and her daughter to Napa Valley, only to discover her new boss is Gabe--the scorned wife's brother. Gabe's plans to run Regan out of town have him thinking twice when he discovers the truth, and her beautiful daughter. Regan may also be the key to tracking down his sister's stolen start-up capital. Along the way they may find themselves believing holiday miracles do exist, and may find that love is the most precious of gifts.

This is seemingly the first book in the St. Helena Vineyard series, with Summer at the Vineyard coming in April 2013.

In honesty, until the second chapter, I found Gabe to be mean and vindictive, despite his beliefs. I encourage the reader to keep going if they find themselves thinking the same thing, or you'll miss out on a great read. And the way Gabe and Regan reconnect when they first lay eyes on each other? Hilarious! Not without its humorous and quirky moments, it was the emotional punch of this story that got to me. On both sides of the coin. I found myself laughing and crying through the whole book. The small town feel of the setting and secondary characters were a wonderful edition, and you will fall in love with Regan's daughter, Holly. Full of conflict, heart, and bitter antagonists, this is a delightful holiday tale not to be missed.

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