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I don’t know what my true feelings are about this book. Regan was nineteen years old when she was taken advantage of by an older man, who was her mentor, and who also neglected to tell her he was married. Absconding with the funds from the project he was overseeing, abandoning his wife, and leaving his lover pregnant, Regan becomes the target of the DeLucas, who believed she was in on the swindle with him. She was blackballed from every job she got, from California to Oregon, the only thing she knew was the wine industry,but whereever she went the DeLucas found her and used their influence to get her fired. This really bothered me because how long and how far will someone go to make someone’s life miserable, and to keep them from making a life for themselves. The De Luca’s are rich, powerful and with lots of influence in the wine business, was their hounding of this poor girl necessary? Was Gabe DeLucas sister so fragile that she needed her brothers to hound this poor woman for 6 years? Did they ever consider how young she was when she was involved with their brother in law? How suave his brother in law was, and how he used his position to manipulate this young woman, just as he manipulated the De Lucas and their sister, his wife?
Admittedly, Regan made some silly choices and mistakes in this story that annoyed me to no end. However, I loved the three Mrs. Clauses, it seemed to me they were the only ones in this story with an ounce of sense. Gabe DeLuca was redeemed later in my eyes, when he realized what his interference in her life had cost her and her daughter, his guilt kicked in, he then realized maybe she was the innocent she seemed and had been a victim as much as his sister had.
One thing I can say about Regan is that she never gave up, she was determined to make a good life for her daughter. Though the story ended happily, I was still unsatisfied, I never heard an apology from the rest of the family for their treatment of her for the past 6 years.
Renee Raudman did an excellent job with her narration of this story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This was my first book/audio by Marina Adair, but won't be the last. She's a wonderful author. She has a way with words that keeps the reader/listener interested, not using a lot of 'filler words' like so many authors do.
It's a sweet story that stirs a variety of emotions...some laughter and perhaps a few tears.
It's about the plight of a single parent, Regan, made harder by the head of the poweful Deluca family, whom she unknowingly wronged. Believing he is protecting his family, he makes her professional life a nightmare, stalking her all over the country, getting her fired and keeping her from getting jobs. Not able to support her daughter and herself in her chosen profession, she takes a job as a maid, but finds help and friendship in the most unexpected places.
Most of the characters are very likeable. Regans 5 year old daughter, Holly, is adorable.
Renee Raudman gave a good performance. At first I didn't think I would like her narration, but she got better, and better as the story progressed.
I would recommend "Kissing Under The Mistletoe" to all romantics.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I hate having to day this but for me this book was dreadful. The "plot" was predictable and the characters flimsy. I was not able to engage with any of the characters probably because the plot was so farcical.
Why is the lead female always poor, goofy and appears to be strong but can only survive due to the attentions of a man with a perfect body, a huuuge ***** (or package as the author used).
Oh and he is always very wealthy!
A wonderfully read sexy, romantic comedy, perfect round Christmas time and with a hot chocolate by your side