No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan *Stephanie’s Review*

Posted February 14th, 2015 by in *Review / 0 comments

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No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan *Stephanie’s Review*No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan
Published by Zebra Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add to: Goodreads

Lindsay Miller is knee-deep in Christmas cards and homemade fudge, but she's never felt more like a Grinch. Why can't Christmas be full of magic, like in her favorite movie, A Christmas Carol. . .?

. . .Enter Fred, a sexy and eccentric stranger who arrives at Lindsay's door out of the blue. Dressed like he just stepped out of a Dickens novel, complete with British accent, Fred claims he's a Messenger, sent from "Headquarters" to help her discover the joy of Christmas. But is Fred an angel from above—or just stone cold crazy?

Fred's used to dealing with skeptics. Telling a stranger you've been ordered to inspire holiday cheer is a tough sell. But there's a further complication. Fred's mission is to help Lindsay right the wrongs from her past that have been holding her back. But somehow along the way, they've become wildly attracted to each other—and falling in love is not part of the plan. Fred only has ‘til the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve to guide Lindsay to the magical future she deserves—even if it's a future without him. . . - via GoodReads

4 Stars

No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan was the book I read on the heels of my Retribution of Mara Dyer book hangover. It took me a loooooong time to get into it. It’s also a really light and care free holiday read so it was super easy to pick up and set down. I should add that it made it perfect for the holiday season.

Lindsay is the type of girl, I can sympathize with. I actually think a lot of people can. Lindsay has a lot of ideas as to what should be done for Christmas. Even if she doesn’t want to do it, she’ll at least attempt to. The only problem is that she runs herself ragged trying to do it all. Introduce Fred, a main character a la Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life. Coincidentally one of my favorite Christmas movies!

Fred teaches Lindsay to slow down and to appreciate the smaller yet still enjoyable aspects of Christmas time. For example, I learned to add a little nutmeg to my egg not. It’s yummy and a revelation! I also learned to add a little vanilla and whipped cream to my hot chocolate. I haven’t tried this one yet but I will be. I was also inspired to try my had at fudge and I failed miserably. I totally blame the recipe though. I’m pretty sure anyone would have failed at that. The point is that No Christmas Like the Present helped put me in the holiday spirit and reminded me that there are reasons for doing the things that we do. If we lose sight of that reason then it means nothing.

I really enjoyed this light holiday romance even if I wasn’t knocked off my feet by the romance. It was a sweet read and I’ll look into Donovan’s books in the future.

Stephanie

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