Friday, December 13, 2013

5 Star Review ~ KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Bella Andre

The Sullivan siblings have captivated the hearts of readers worldwide…and this is the love story that started it all.
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.

Author's Note: While KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the earlier Sullivan books, too.

When the blurb of a book makes you cry, this does not bode well for the reader.  Having a box of Kleenex handy while reading this book is a MUST!!!
I’ve read a couple books in Bella Andre’s The Sullivan Series.  I will admit that I was always intrigued by Mary and her husband Jack.  I mean after Jack passed away, Mary never remarried and raised all eight of their kids alone.  That shows me what an extraordinary person he had to have been and the power of their love.  So when Mary got her own book, I couldn’t wait to read it.
Kissing Under The Mistletoe takes you on the journey through the love affair of Mary Ferrer and Jack Sullivan.  From the beginning, the book will have you smiling.  The book starts out with Mary unwrapping Christmas ornaments that their children made when they were younger and hanging them on the tree.  The ornaments all have a special place in Mary’s heart and a lovely child story behind each one.  Mary starts to reminisce about her past and the love of her life, Jack.  We’re graced with the opportunity to see how they first met, how Mary was an integral part in helping Jack launch a new product, and them falling in love.  If you’ve read any of the other books in this series, you will realize the kids definitely took after their parents.  
Touching, emotional, heartwarming, and loving; this is a story not to be missed.  How can you not love a man who says, “I know I don’t have much to give you, and that you deserve absolutely everything.  Riches.  Beautiful gifts.  I can’t give you any of those things.  Not yet, anyway.  All I can give you is my heart.  And every last piece of my soul.”  Simply put, Mary and Jack Sullivan show you what true love is really all about.  This is definitely a romance book for the ages.
Rating: 5
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Book Length: 384 pages
Source: Harlequin MIRA via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading format: Available in eBook, Hardcover and Paperback

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