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

Lisa Mondello
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Get into Christmas with this popular Contemporary Holiday Romance - ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU  by USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Mondello 

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BOOK 1 in Fate with a Helping Hand Series

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.

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"You don't have to be afraid. This will explain it all. I promise you." He smiled warmly and Lauren wanted to trust him if only to believe in simple kindness.

With shaking hands, she took the piece of paper, warm from being in the pocket close to Kyle's body. She held it up straight so that she could see Kyle while reading the words on the paper.

"Dear Santa..." she read out loud, then read the next part silently. "Oh, no," she groaned.

"I know. That's just how I felt."

Lauren shot him a skeptical glance. "How did you get this?"

"Kristen gave it to me."

"That's impossible. Mrs. Hopkins just helped her with it this afternoon and-"
"And she gave it to me in the Mall," Kyle finished for her.

She looked at him quizzically, still trying to comprehend the course of events leading up to his seizure of her daughter's precious note.

"It's not that hard to figure out, Lauren," Kyle said warmly.

His dark eyes gleamed with the light from the lamppost. He wore no hat to protect his head from the falling snow. Now his hair was filled with powdered flakes, matting it down.

His grin was bright and wide as he informed her, "I'm Santa Claus."

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


Editorial Reviews

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"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)

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  • Print Length: 200 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KDG236
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95 of 100 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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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Merry Christmas Indeed! October 19, 2011
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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26 of 28 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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32 of 36 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story! November 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reminded me of Miracle on 34th Street. Very nice romance story and love of family. I'm glad that I chose to read it. If you want to feel good at the end of a book, this is the book to read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I'm not a romance reader but was really taken with this book to the point I didn't' want to put it down. Being all.about family my heart went out to Lauren. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Denise Antignani
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I really loved this book I would like to know more of her series. I would like to know the names of the other books with the same characters in
Published 6 days ago by Trudy Hadel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read.
Great story that is easy to relate to. The characters make you fall in love with. There are some twists and times you think omg no! Read more
Published 12 days ago by KL
3.0 out of 5 stars fun, too graphic
This was a good Christmas novella. The story of a single mother. A bachelor who has conquered everything but love. Too graphic for a couple of pages. Good chemistry.
Published 14 days ago by CiCi j
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
This was a very sweet and enjoyable story with just the right amount of love and romance throughout the book. The storyline was cute and the characters interesting. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jhg
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good
Pretty decent book. It started out good but got tedious very quickly. Our heroine was so TORN. She couldn't BEAR to let herself love. Blah, blah blah. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Booklover
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story..
This was alright but nothing new or different. Loved Kyle and his family, Lauren, not so much and her parents were just awful to her, even though you didn't meet them until the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars A real tear-jerker (but tears of joy)
When a 6-year-old girl asks Santa Claus to bring her a daddy for Christmas (because her mother needs help), it sets in motion a series of events that end in a new family for the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by John P. Wentworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Sucker for romance!
Very pleased with this book!! The price was great!! If you enjoy a simple, Christian, romance; this is the book!!!
Published 1 month ago by Anna Shields
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, Inoffensive Holiday Romance
A pleasant read for a snowy afternoon. Single Mom with a six year old daughter meets a successful businessman who takes in stray dogs and plays Santa Claus during the holidays. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JustMe
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More About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors 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 first book, All I Want for Christmas is You won Best First Book in the Golden Quill. Her books have finaled in the HOLT Medallion, and the Colorado Award of Excellence contests. In 2011 she re-released her award winning book All I Want for Christmas is You along with a re-issue of her romantic comedy, The Marriage Contract, with a new contemporary romance called The Knight and Maggie's Baby. In 2012 she reissued the first 3 books of her popular Western Romance Series TEXAS HEARTS including Her Heart for the Asking, His Heart for the Trusting and The More I See. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at lisamondello.blogspot.com.

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