Mistletoe Mansion – Samantha Tonge
Title: Mistletoe Mansion
Author: Samantha Tonge
Publisher: Carina Press
My rating: ★★★✫✫
This Christmas novel was on my to-read-list for 2014, but I never actually finished reading all the books on my list back then. That’s alright, as there is always a next year and a new holiday season! This year I only read four Christmas novels, so once again I am saving the rest for next year.
What the book is about
Kimmy Jones has three loves: cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts.
When Kimmy’s Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn’t approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far.
So, newly single – and newly homeless – Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she’s best buds with glamorous next door golf WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Merry Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn’t need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night…
Kimmy is finally living the life she’s always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she’s always imagined?
What I think about the book
I enjoyed myself while reading this novel, but it wasn’t my favorite. Mostly because I don’t really believe in supernatural stuff. So when Mistletoe Mansion seemed to be a haunted house, I was like “Whut?! That’s not possible.” But then I thought about all the fantasy novels I am reading. Yeah. Right. Do vampires, werewolves and faeries exist? How about ghosts or spirits? It’s not all that different. So with a different mindset I went back to reading the book and just enjoyed what was there.
It wasn’t your average romance novel. Well, that’s also a good thing of course. It is nice when a story is different from others. In the beginning I didn’t really like Kimmy, the main character. She was a bit of a dreamer and her goals and thoughts weren’t very realistic. I thought she was a spoiled little girl. Her sensible boyfriend was a bit too sensible though, so I didn’t like him either. With him out of the picture, she seems to start thinking for herself and that made Kimmy a much nicer person. I liked how she changed a bit throughout the book, into someone smart and more responsible. She was still a dreamer, but it is okay to have a dream and work for it.
In the end the book also made me a bit hungry. Kimmy and her cupcakes… all those flavors, I could almost taste them. She inspired me and I ended up baking some chocolate cupcakes for myself as well.