Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman – Book Review

Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman – Book Review

Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman

Magic Under the Mistletoe

Author – Lucy Coleman
Publisher – Aria
Pages – 432
Released – 5th September 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1788541572
Format – ebook, paperback
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Christmas and romance are in the air…

It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.

So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?

Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!

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Lessa Oliver is late back from working in Australia as the CEO of the company she had been working with, Cary Anderson, kept on changing his mind on what he wanted and now she is sat in economy on the long flight back to the UK for Christmas with a screaming toddler on one side and a fidgeting woman on the other, whilst Cary is relaxing in first-class and sending her email after email of more changes he wants.

On arriving at Cardiff airport it seems that a huge snowstorm has descended on Wales meaning that Lessa is going to have to stay at the airport as all the roads are shut. However, Cary is staying with his Grandmother just a mile from the airport and enlists the help of a friend to collect them on his rough-terrain vehicle. When they arrive at Cary’s Grandmother’s house she mistakes Lessa for Cary’s girlfriend and Cary doesn’t want to upset her so they decide to play along.

How will the two workaholics fair having to let down their guards and be open and relaxed with one another?

This is the first book by Lucy Coleman I have read and I enjoyed every minute of it. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t like other fake romance novels that I have read or movies that I have seen.

The plot was superb and the book was really uplifting, comforting and festive. It was an emotional read at times and most certainly heart-warming. I loved the characters, though Cary did take some getting used to as he is a person who likes to be in charge of all situations and a bit of a control freak at times.

From the opening scenes on the flight back to the very last page, this book kept me captivated. I very much doubt this will be the last Lucy Coleman book I will read!

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Lucy Coleman Magic Under the Mistletoe

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. She writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships


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12 Responses

  1. Linn Halton says:

    Thank you so much, Stacey, for being on the tour and taking the time to read and review. So thrilled you enjoyed it!

  2. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Glad you enjoyed this book.

  3. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Second review I read about this book. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Tasha says:

    I want this book! Marvelous review, you have completely convinced me that I need to fit this into my Christmas reading rota. I have entered the competition and my fingers are tightly crossed. 🙂

  5. It’s definitely the time of year for heart-warming and uplifting! Great review 🙂

  6. This looks really cute! I’m going to have to check it out! It’ll be the perfect December read!

  7. DJ Sakata says:

    I adore this author – lovely review, I need to get to this one soon.

  8. Mandi S says:

    Another holiday book to add to my TBR! Plus that cover screams winter magic!

  9. Finitha Jose says:

    I loved this too

  10. Bianca says:

    I’m planning on reading some holiday books so this one goes on the list.

  11. Kathy West says:

    When two people pretend to be a couple… you know how it will end. Haha.

  12. Great review Stacey, this book looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley to boot as well. I’m really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.