Monday, December 21, 2015

No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan {Review}

No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Zebra 
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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. . .
My Review:
Lindsay seems to have lost the Christmas spirit. She's so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, that she just can't slow down to enjoy the traditions and simple things about the season. "Fred" shows up at her door--straight out of her favorite movie, A Christmas Carol, or so it seems. He's sent to help her correct a mistake from her past and to help her find the Christmas spirit once more. But he always helps her find a little more than either of them bargained for.
Lindsay could be me. Sometimes, I get so stressed by doing what needs to be done that I forget those things aren't really what's important. I love the little lessons that Lindsay learns along the way to help her remember. Although she is a bit skeptical at first, she's open to changing and to listening to Fred. Speaking of Fred, he's so enthusiastic, handsome, and swoony. He's selfless to a point and when he realizes that he wants something for himself, I was rooting for him to get it! 

I love the way things played out. I had no idea how things could possible work out and was surprised by a few twists. I love a good Christmas story that plays out like a sweet and delectable Hallmark movie in my mind.

Content: mild romance (kissing, mild innuendo). Clean!


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About the Author:
Sierra DonovanSierra Donovan is a wife, a mother of two and a writer, though not always in that order. Her greatest joy is helping people find true love on the printed page. She believes in classic movies, Christmas, happy endings and the healing power of chocolate.

Sierra's first novel, LOVE ON THE AIR, was a Holt Medallion finalist. Her Kensington debut, NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT, won the Golden Quill for Sweet Traditional Romance. DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA?, the first book in her new Evergreen Lane series, is available now.

You can email Sierra at, or visit her website at

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