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All I Want for Christmas is You: a Holiday Romance (Fate with a Helping Hand Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Mondello
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From New York Times and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Lisa Mondello

Contemporary Holiday Romance - ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
BOOK 1 in Fate with a Helping Hand Series

"Christmas magic is right anytime - highly recommended." C Penn, WordWeaving

"All I Want For Christmas is You is a heartwarming Christmas story that will put you in the mood for the holiday season." Debra Holland - Author of Wild Montana Sky

"This romance is heartwarming and sweet..." Reading Romance Reviews

"This was a cute little Christmas story...it was heartwarming to watch them become a family together." The Book Garden


Sometimes fate needs a little hand…

Santa Claus is going to have a rough season... Lauren Alexander is raising her daughter alone. Abandoned by her family for her decision to keep her daughter Kristen, she has done a pretty good job for the last six years. Or she thought she had. That's why she is crushed when little Kristen gives up her wish for a toy or goodie and instead asks Santa for a present for her mother. She wants Santa to bring a Daddy. Delivering Daddies isn't Santa's bag.

But this Santa has a plan...

Kyle Preston knows what it is like to be abandoned too. Luckily he found the support of loving adoptive parents and has turned himself into one of the most successful Real Estate developers in town.

Building a house is easy. Building someone's trust is a whole other story. But with a little helping hand, a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.


Fate with a Helping Hand Series includes:

Book 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
Book 2 THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
Book 3 THE KNIGHT AND MAGGIE'S BABY
Book 4 MY LUCKY CHARM

Also look for THE GIFT, a short story featuring characters from the Fate with a Helping Hand series

Fans of Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods may love this series too!


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Mondello's latest, a pulse-pounding, pitch-perfect addition to the romantic-suspense genre... Terrific escapist entertainment, as good as anything in Janet Evanovich's oeuvre." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Material Witness, named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012!

"Truly a joy to read." - Susan Mobley
Her Heart for the Asking - 4 STARS Romantic Times

"The Marriage Contract is a very entertaining read." - Sunnye Tiedemann
The Marriage Contract - 4 STARS Romantic Times

"Cradle of Secrets, a story shrouded in mystery, darkness and confusion, is quite difficult to resist...captivating, and often quite emotional." - Robin Taylor
Cradle of Secrets - 4 STARS Romantic Times

"Lisa Mondello's Her Only Protector is an extremely stimulating romance and suspense story." - Robin Taylor
Her Only Protector - 4.5 STARS Romantic Times

"Mondello's action-packed story has a nice developing romance." - Susan Mobley
Yuletide Protector - 4 STARS Romantic Times

From the Author

Books by Lisa Mondello

TEXAS HEARTS Western Romance SERIES:
Her Heart for the Asking
His Heart for the Trusting
The More I See
Gypsy Hearts
Leaving Liberty (Coming in 2013)

FATE WITH A HELPING HAND Contemporary Romance SERIES:
All I Want for Christmas is You
The Marriage Contract
The Knight and Maggie's Baby
The Knight and the Cowgirl (Coming in 2013)

HEROES OF PROVIDENCE Romantic Suspense Series
Material Witness                                         
Safe Haven (Coming in 2013)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1350 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KDG236
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,803 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
By C. Penn
Format:Paperback
When she waddled across the stage to receive her diploma, Lauren Alexander's family was mortified by her pregnancy. Arranging for an adoption, her family hopes Lauren can attend college and survive the family scandal. However, the young mother could not bring herself to sign those adoption papers, leaving town with only her savings and her daughter cradled in her arms. Now Kristen is six, and Lauren struggles to provide all the things her daughter needs. Unfortunately, there's not much left for things like Christmas.
Kyle Preston remembers standing in court at the age of twelve when his father gave him to the state. Foster homes didn't seem to want the boy as much as the check, until his adoptive parents gave him the love he needed. Now Kyle is an affluent real estate developer playing Santa Claus in his own mall. When little Kristen gives her a letter, his heart can't help being touched. Rather than doll houses or easy-bake ovens, little Kristen only wants a daddy to help her momma. With Christmas three weeks away, Kyle finds himself sidestepping the promise.
But Christmas is the time of magic, touching hearts and bringing them together. Perhaps a dead battery can be a blessing if two hearts can be led to find one another. And author Lisa Mondello certainly knows how to bring magic together with love. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS proves a charming novel whether the time be Christmas or summer. With warm characters, a enduring child, and house full of wonderful secondary characters, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS comes highly recommended.
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ****explicit sexual content**** October 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really don't understand why I didn't see this in any of the other reviews!! I bought this book because it sounded like a sweet, clean, fun, holiday romance and because although there were multiple one star reviews, NONE of them said anything about there being explicit sexual content... Please, Amazon, if the book has content like that, please don't leave it up to the customers to tell everyone...
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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Merry Christmas Indeed! October 19, 2011
By Jutzie
Format:Kindle Edition
All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello ebook
First edition published 1998 by Neighborhood Press
Book 1 of 3 in the Fate With A Helping Hand Series

Kyle Preston knows what it is to change his life. Unwanted as a child he was ended up with the Preston's when he was twelve. After years of being unwanted he did what he could to push them away but they had staying power. Now at almost thirty, Kyle is glad they did. He straightened out and even became wealthy. While playing Santa at the Mall he owns, a young girl comes and says all she wants for Christmas is a daddy. For some reason Kyle feels the need to protect this young girl and her lovely mother.

Lauren Alexander loves her daughter, Kristen. As a teen Lauren made one mistake that cost her the love of her family but she has her daughter and would not trade her for anything. Kyle helps her when her car don't start after leaving the mall and the next night he finds her at the tree lighting ceremony and has her invited to his parents for dinner the next night before she knows what hit her. The man is good looking and kind but she has learned from Jimmy and her own father, men don't stay around.

Kyle has to prove he is different than the men in Lauren's life who have hurt her, and if nothing else he loves a challenge. He has built a big home and now he knows he wants Lauren and Kristen to be part of his family and to live there with him.

This story has more to it than the rich Santa Claus meets struggling single mother. Kyle has a past he overcame and Lauren had a past she still needs to deal with.
**Sexual situations.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in a bottle October 29, 2011
By North
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This romance is everything Christmas : the Santa-Claus visit in the mall, the tree lighting in the town square, hot chocolate, music, sleight rides, noisy family dinners, a huge lovable dog, gingerbread cookies, wishes come true and family reunited. If it does not put you in the spirit of the holidays, nothing ever will.

The characters are all cartoonish : the perfect little blond blue-eyed girl who wants a daddy to held her Mom, the struggling beautiful young single mother, the CEO hero with a heart of gold, the extended adopted family with the apple-cheeked mother and the wise father, cute siblings and even a rebellious teenager with studs and tinted-hair.

I have a problem with the romance part of the plot : just a few days happen between the first meeting and the engagement. Yes, the hero is a great guy but in a week or so, just how much do you get to know a person ? How deeply can you be in love ?

It is a feel-good book with a lot of Christmas, a lot of characters and not enough time to see love develop between Kyle and Lauren. It was fun but not memorable.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all hearts! April 12, 1999
Format:Paperback
All I Want for Christmas Is You is a gem of a book. Kristen wants a daddy for christmas and she's picked Kyle. While Kyle struggles to convince Lauren that he is the answer to her hearts dreams, he must also come to terms with ghosts of his own. Lauren can't give into to anything less than true love, it wouldn't be fair to her daughter or her heart. Can Kristen's Santa Claus come through with the daddy she wants, the man her mother wants and the family Kyle wants? From the moment Kristen sits on Santa's lap until she gets her Christmas wish, theis book is one page after another of emotion, love, and good clean fun. Lisa Mondello has made her debut a sparkling one. All I Wnat For Christmas Is You is not to be missed, no matter what time of year it is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice enjoyable read although I could have done without the sexual content.
Published 11 hours ago by Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book!!!!
Published 1 day ago by JDH
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great story, goid read, the embrace, kiss, love, emotions, all shined through.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Is like a hallmark story!!
This was the first book I read about this author, and after that I kept coming for more. Great story, characters and plot. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Brendy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
An impulse buy, that turned into a good read. Good characters that made you feel involved. Would recommend it highly.
Published 15 days ago by lizza
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book for Christmas
Published 17 days ago by Samantha
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A short read and a good book but not something I would read over and over
Published 19 days ago by Samantha Dotts
4.0 out of 5 stars FAST READ
Upbeat holiday story. Likeable characters and easy to follow storyline. Realistic family dynamics and relationships. Recommend to mature readers. It gave me a sense of hope.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Fremouw
5.0 out of 5 stars Curl up and enjoy
Nice light reading. Good clean romance.
Published 1 month ago by Carol King
5.0 out of 5 stars All I want for Christmas is you
All I want for Christmas is you is a very good heart warming story that made you think about what the little girl wanted for Christmas and she never gave up on her wish.
Published 1 month ago by judy petit
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published author is the last job she'll ever have. She's not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she'd still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her book The Knight and Maggie's Baby is a New York Times Bestseller. Her popular series includes TEXAS HEARTS, DAKOTA HEARTS, Fate with a Helping Hand and the new SUMMER HOUSE series. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List and was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at lisamondello.blogspot.com and sign up for her newsletter to receive new release information at http://eepurl.com/xhxO5

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