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All I Want for Christmas is You (Fate with a Helping Hand #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  4,399 ratings  ·  414 reviews
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 m ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 220 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Domhan Books (first published August 1999)
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So the main female (already forgot her name) has no personality outside having fits of idiotic bravado and love for her daughter. That's it. She spends half the book dwelling on her one foolish mistake that led to her daughter, so of course, she is still pure and innocent and fit to be our protagonist, upon which we all shall project ourselves for the coming book.

Our hero, whose name is also forgotten, has had past liaisons, fortunately so he is experienced enough to give pleasure to our heroine
Oh God no don't read this book There is a lot of spoilers going here because I can't be bothered to hide these..

...The female heroine uh..well heroine isn't really a word I would choose to describe her to be honest..she has no personality...other then a stubborn idea that she can't be involved because of her daughter....she still feels guilty because she almost gave her up for adoption when she was first born seven years ago...she was 18 at the time....You did catch the fact ALMOST so no she did
I read it because good reviews - I wonder if everybody is just so nostalgic over the Christmas theme or are people really satisfied with so little nowadays?!
I would give it 1.5 stars if I could - I cannot say I did not like it - it was waste of time. Just a sweet little novella: modern Cinderella with a child saved by a "from rags to riches" prince, but even Cinderella tale had more substance to it. This book has no plot, no depth of characters. 25% of the 160 page book contain excerpts of her o
I have to say that I love Christmas, so I think any book with a Christmas theme, would get a good rating from me. I liked the characters in this one. While I understod the the plotline, I also want to say that this was super fast, but very cute, and comforting. I think anyone who wants to pick up a feel-good story for the holiday season would enjoy this one. There one thing that I have to comment on is the fact that this book is a bit dated, but the overall story was really sweet, great to curl ...more
I really love Christmas, and have so many on my TBR pile I happily decided to read them outside of December.

This was an easy feel good read with a struggling single mum and her bright and bubbly 7 year old daughter. She meets Mr Right but is too scared of rejection to show interest. He understands her fears as he's been there done that.

Its a Christmas book - so I expect miracles, it is also a romance so I expect a HEA (happy ever after) ending. I got both!!

Loved the dog too!

Anne OK
Cute, quick and easy Christmas story wherein a little girl asks Santa for a daddy. And wouldn't you know it, Santa is a good-looking single guy who happens to find the little girl's mommy irresistible and wants to make all their Christmas wishes come true. Another cute and fun Christmas book to add to my holiday reading marathon.
I read this as my "book set during Christmas" for the Popsugar reading challenge.

Suspension of disbelief was definitely needed. There is a very short turnaround from distrustful single mom to ready for long term relationship. Also, the ending was so rushed I honestly wouldn't have known it was the end except for the words THE END. But Amber, didn't your Kindle tell you the %? Wasn't that a clue? Well, you would think that. However, there are two sample chapters from other books included, so th
Reading Fanatic
This is one of those sweet, uncomplicated romances set during the Christmas season. It's a story about a single mom, who finally finds love with a good, kind, and caring man. The book is nicely written, and IMO, the author does a nice job with the development of the characters. I particularly liked Kyle, who is a big softie. Kyle, abandoned by his father at the age of twelve, has had some major obstacles to overcome in his life. Finally finding love and acceptance with his adopted family, Kyle i ...more
Suzanne Williams
Giving this book three stars is generous and is strictly because I liked the characters so much. The idea of a child wanting a parent and conspiring to get one has been done and re-done. This book steps away from that a bit, leaving the child in the story, but past the original letter not using her too much. I think more could have been made of the conflict between the main character, Lauren, and her parents. Loved the character of Kyle. He saved the story for me. But again, I think their relati ...more
Lauren Alexander has spent the past six years raising her daughter Kristen on her own. Her parents would not support her after she backed out of an adoption for Kristen and decided to keep her. After six years on her own Lauren has built a wall up around herself and has promised herself never to trust a man again.

One night a few weeks before Christmas Kyle Preston is playing Santa at the mall when Kristen sits on his lap and asks for a daddy. Kyle is charmed by Kristen right then and there and
Oh, I had high hopes for this book. It seemed like it would be a cute Hallmark-movie-type story. And it was, basically, but it was terribly executed. There was an author note at the back saying that this was the 2011 reprint of her first published novel, from 1998, which explains all the turtlenecks-tucked-into-jeans Lauren wears (sort of...I dunno, that feels a little late for that fashion choice to me), but man, this was just not good.

First of all, let's discuss how Kyle has a frosted-tips mu
Rebecca (everyday reader)
A sweet story of a little girl who asks Santa for a Daddy for Christmas. Her single mother and the guy in the Santa suit fall for each other. Good heart-warming read!!
Two-haiku review:

She has little girl
But disowned by family
His family's great

Of course there's romance
Everything is too easy
I didn't feel it
Linda Andrews
Single mom Lauren Alexander has struggled the last six years to raise her daughter. She doesn't regret anything about choosing to keep her child except the estrangement from her parents. But her daughter's Christmas wish for a father makes her doubt herself. For most of his life, Kyle Preston distrusted the notions of family and unconditional love. Fortunately, his foster parents never gave up on him. With their help he grew into a man that he hopes makes them proud--a man that believes in givin ...more
Amy A
I got this book for free last year on my kindle. Basically it's just a quick romance read. Sometimes you just need to read something that isn't too serious. Plus, I was feeling in the holiday spirit a little.

Lauren is a single mother who learns that her six year old daughter asked Santa to give her a father for Christmas. Little does Lauren know that Kyle (playing the mall Santa Claus) would be happy to fill that role, his only problem now is to convince Lauren he's serious.

One of the things t
Autumn Review
All I Want For Christmas Is You was a really sweet holiday tale. It helped get me into the holiday spirit. The characters were likable and I was pulling for a happy ending for this couple.

The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking that it would make a perfect Lifetime Holiday movie. It really felt like one to me. Lauren is a single mom who works hard to support her daughter. She's estranged from her family and Kristen's, her daughter, father is not in the picture. So, she doesn't have a
My Thoughts:
I have never read a Lisa Mondello story that I didn't love. She creates strong characters who are easy to invest in. The world she puts those characters in is always well thought out and the plot is clever.
I opened this book planning to love it - but...I got a little worried at the start where a little girl is wanting a daddy for Christmas. Lisa Mondello created the perfect Christmas scenario -
As a single mom, my heart bled for both the mother and the child with the opening scen
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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 s
I love a good holiday story. Every Christmas season I look for some good holiday themed books that really bring out the meaning of the season. This book definitely lives up to my strict criteria. Lisa Mondello has done a wonderful job bringing in the feelings and emotions of the season along with just that of daily living. As most people will agree emotions during this time of the year tend to be more sensitive. That’s why when I find a good Christmas romance I latch on. The romance between Laur ...more
I have always been such a sucker for a good m/f romance. I have gotten away from them lately. I am so glad that I found this book.

I had every intention of giving it 4 stars and then I got to the ending. Being the total sap that I am, I found my eyes tearing up (that rarely happens) over the way everything came together. Any book that will have me in tears (in a good way) is a good one. And the ending was just perfect. It wasn't too rushed and there was nothing unresolved. Everything played out p
Kel (Bookworm)
Cute story

I wanted a cute Christmas story and was not disappointed. It made me laugh and cry. The characters were so easy to relate with and fall in love with.
Sweet child, estranged mother, Santa who has a big heart & adoptive parents that are warm & encompassing.

Filled with seasonal fun and hope that Christmas wishes can be fulfilled.
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 30/08/2011
Author: Lisa Mondello
Recommended for: readers who like christmas time sweet novels
Edition: Kindle

This is a rather short novel by Lisa Mondello, I found it on the Kindle Store for free and despite quite a few bad reviews I thought I would give it a go... however I wish I hadn't done. I really didn't enjoy reading this book at all, I found it rather dull and predictable. I normally love a good christmas book for them snowy days. It is a sweet novel, but I found the storyline t
the book was rush. I felt I wish I had more dept into it.
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
All I Want for Christmas is You is a shorter contemporary romance novel set during the Christmas season in Massachusetts.

It's a good, clean romance that starts with Lauren Alexander taking her six-year old daughter, Kristin to the mall to do some shopping and Kristin goes to see Santa Claus and hands him a note telling him what she wanted for Christmas. She wanted a daddy.

Lauren didn't know this until she was trying to leave the mall and her car wouldn't start and the man who tried to help her t
I wanted to get into the Christmas spirit this year so I picked one that was themed accordingly. Its my first peice from author Lisa Mondello. I liked the concept to the story, it was very cute but I almost felt as if timeline wise the story was too rushed... It didnt seem realistic to me. The spanse of their relationship from platonic to serious was way too fast for my liking.

The characters themselves were fine and i appreciated each of them. Lauren being a single mother and having to do it all
Cindy S
Lauren Alexander is a single mother and her six year old daughter has written a letter to Santa. She wants a Daddy for Christmas so her mommy doesn't have to work so hard, and it turns out Santa might give her that gift! Kyle Preston plays Santa at the mall he owns, and when he helps Lauren and her daughter on a snowy night when their car battery is dead, he realizes he might have his work cut out for him. Since Lauren was kicked out of her parents home when she became pregnant at 18, she doesn' ...more
This was a short and sweet Holiday Romance. Kyle was adorable, though at times even I felt over whelemed at all his "doing for others." I thought he was a sweetheart. Lauren has had a lot of heartbreak and is now trying to put food on the table for her daughter (absolutely adorable, by the way). Kristen, her daughter, wants only one thing for Christmas: a daddy.

The romance in this book was sweet. From a Christian standpoint (because I am one), I will say that there are two bedroom scenes in this
I almost stopped after a few pages, but because it was so short I decided to bull through to the end... should have given me a hint, there.

The concept had promise, and there were some nice turns of phrase here and there, but it was, on the whole, poorly-executed. And it needed to be about twice the size to encompass any sort of real relationship between the hero and heroine. (But that's the problem... there was no real relationship.)

Some weird phrasing, too much bad punctuation, characters who w
"All I Want for Christmas is You" by Lisa Mondello is the first in her series of 'Fate with a Helping Hand Book 1.) We meet Lauren Alexander who is raising her six year old daughter Kristen alone. When Lauren found out she was pregnant her parents wanted her to give her baby up for adoption. What happened instead was Lauren refusing to sign the adoption papers, taking her baby out of the hospital, and building a life for herself and her little girl.

Enter 'Santa' aka Kyle Preston. He was adopted
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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 bo
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