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Mistletoe in Manhattan

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  541 ratings  ·  80 reviews
As Little Missington's first Christmas baby in fifty years and the daughter of 'Christmas When You Like It' party-planners, Holly West has been surrounded by the holiday spirit since birth. Trouble is, she's not exactly filled with festive cheer. In fact, Holly can't wait to ditch the tinsel and Santa suits for champagne and celebs, and become a party-planner to the stars. ...more
Kindle Edition, 60 pages
Published November 3rd 2012 by Notting Hill Press
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Rebecca Carter
I would have given this book another star but because I felt it was missing a certain resolution at the end I had to give it a 3.
I got this novella not expecting much to be honest. The only other Christmas theme book I've read was a bit of a let down. So this book was my last attempt at reading a Christmas book - notice I said was!?

I'm trying my best to get into the Christmas spirit - I know, I know, it's only November - and it's not like I put up decorations before December. But as I'm in Aus
Michele Gorman
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought Mistletoe in Manhattan this morning and couldn't wait to start reading it - so much so that I devoured it in one sitting! I loved 22-year old Holly and was carried along with her as she decides what's really important to her. Talli Roland has a wonderful knack for packing great characters into her page turners, and this one has definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Working for her parent’s ‘Christmas When You Like It’ party-planning company, Holly West wants more for herself. She wants to be a successful party-planner with only the most wealthiest and famous as her clients. However, life in Little Missington in the UK is not going to get her there.

She is more than thrilled when she is offered the chance of a lifetime – a British celebrity, Dean Layton, in New York wants to hire her to plan a British-themed Christmas party. She’s sure this will be the start
Jules (Never enough time to read)
I really enjoyed the short story and my only one complaint was that it wasn't long enough, I wish it had been a full length novel!

Good writing, nice characters and definitely a Christmasy feel to the story.
Talli Roland
Aug 24, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Out now on Amazon. Yay!
Cute Christmas story. It's sure to get you in the holiday spirit and show you what's truly important this time of year.
Jan Duthie
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not a great fan of Christmas books ,with the exception of Dickens, and the fact that I was given it by a friend, usually the kiss of death,but I was seeing her soon and knew she would ask how I liked the book. So after putting it off for another few days I eventually sat down and read it and to my surprise I really enjoyed it. It had good well rounded characters and a strong storyline. I must remember not to automatically put "you-must-reads" in the darkest corner.
Barbara Watkins
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Christmas light romance

I enjoyed the light, feel god Christmas romance. It went from England to New York. It shows the feelings of Christmas.
Full review to follow...
Angela Whitmore

Short, sweet, schmaltzy Christmas tale with a ridiculous storyline about a British Christmas party planner getting a last minute job organising a celebrity bash in New York.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great Holiday book about finding out what’s important in life. Not a romance per se but a great book that shows us how easily, we can lose track of what is important.
Nancy Holte
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, christmas
Story of a girl who wants to get away from her family party planning business in England and work with the rich and famous in NYC.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mistletoe in Manhattan is a novella of 20,000 words, and also gives readers a sneak peek of Talli Roland’s latest novel The Pollyanna Plan, due out in late November.

I love Talli Roland’s novels. She’s an amazing writer and anyone who brings out two novels a year plus a novella makes me a happy reader. Her most recent novella is Mistletoe in Manhattan and is a nice little read in preparation for Talli’s next full-length novel, The Pollyanna Plan, which is out in a couple of weeks. (Can I get a wo
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

Mistletoe in Manhattan is a different type of Christmas story. Instead of being a romance where two people fall in love and live happily ever after in this story we learn that Christmas is all about the family, though **slight spoilers** there is a bit of a love interest that doesn't really go anywhere. It is a bit unsatisfying as I would have like it to not be there, or maybe have a follow up book or something. Oh well, it was still a fun holi
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a pretty predictable light read that is meant as a nice little holiday story to quickly fly through during an otherwise very hectic time of year. My condensed thoughts are that it's a cute story. A one-sitting read to get through between other books. However, it's very far from perfect and there are a few small issues that readers will easily pick up on if they are doing more than just casually reading through.
Right away Holly is a contradictory character. On the one hand she thinks she
Shaz Goodwin
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mistletoe in Manhattan begins with the reader’s introduction to Holly and how she feels about graduating, her dreams … and how she’s back where she began, working for her parents business ‘Christmas When You Like It’.

On returning home feeling desolate after yet another Christmas party, she checks the answering machine. Having recently sent out a batch of CVs, she’s hoping the message will be the one to start her on the path of following her dream. It’s a message from Elsa, Dean Layton’s PA … and
Sherri Bryant
Mistletoe In Manhattan is the story of Holly West, a young woman has been surrounded by Christmas her entire life and is looking for a change. Born on Christmas Day to Christmas party-planner parents, Holly hoped for much more in her life than returning home and helping her parents with their party-planning business. She is ecstatic when an opportunity comes her way to plan a Christmas party for Dean Layton, a British celebrity living New York. Arriving in Manhattan, Holly discovers that party-p ...more
Rea Cobb
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am coming to the end of my Festive reads ( is this bad for November!) Next on my list was Mistletoe in Manhattan by Talli Roland, I have read all of Talli’s previous books and loved all of them they are easy reads with loveable heroines so I was looking forward to starting this one.

Our Heroine this time is Holly West and she is a modern day girl but she lacks the festive spirit that her parents have. Holly’s parents run a Christmas Party Planning company and Holly works for them, when a call c
Lucy Felthouse
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read several of Talli's books now and have enjoyed them very much. I really like her writing style, and how the storylines are realistic, funny and often sweet. Mistletoe in Manhattan is no exception.

Holly West is currently helping out at her parents' party-planning company. She really wants to get out, though, and run her own high-flying company, but it's not as simple as that. So when an opportunity comes her way to plan a celebrity party in New York, she jumps at the chance. It could be
Samantha March
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Mistletoe in Manhattan by Talli Roland in exchange for an honest review.

This was a super cute novella that put me right in the holiday mood. Holly West is the daughter of Christmas party-planners, but she doesn’t seem to bring the same cheer and festive spirit as her parents. In fact, quite the opposite. When Holly gets an offer to travel across the pond and throw a British-themed party for TV star Dean Layton in Manhattan, she thinks this could be the opportunity to open do
Nikki Bywater
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Holly West lives in the tiny village of Little Missington, she works with her parents in their small party planning business in the only all-round all-the time planners in the UK. Holly dreams of landing her dream job of working for the more prestigious party planners, the big league ones.

Holly thinks she has been given the opportunity to do this, when she is given the chance of organising a traditional British Christmas party for celebrity Dean Layton one of the UK’s biggest TV stars. The party
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of the Christmas books this year that I read wishing it would have been a full length book. This is exactly the type of story I like to read and the writing style I enjoy too.

We meet Holly, daughter of Christmas party planners, as she goes off to take on the job that could kick start her career instead of being stuck with her parents company waiting and waiting on that big break. She goes over to New York to start the preparations but being out her home country and her lack of
Medeia Sharif
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Holly and her parents are small-time party planners in England, but she would love to break into the world of huge, expensive celebrity parties. When Dean Layton, a British celebrity living in New York City, asks her to come to the Big Apple to organize a British-themed Christmas party for him, Holly believes it’s her big break.

In New York, Holly bumps heads with Dean’s aggravating personal assistant, Elsa. Dean is charming, but his demands are ridiculous, even impossible, yet Holly attempts to
Maureen Reil
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novella took me way longer to read than I'd initially planned when I'd chose it in the first place, 1)because I am already a fan of this author's work and 2)because it was a short and easy read and lastly 3)because I knew it would be engaging even before I started since Talli Roland hasn't let me down yet. But without a working bedside light (which turned out to be faulty wiring and not just a change of bulb) and with the nights drawing in faster than you can say Jack Frost, well, I was for ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Feeling a bit stuck working for her parents’ year-round Christmas party planning business, Holly has visions of grandeur when she’s hired to put on a big traditional English Christmas party for a British celebrity in New York City. This is her chance to get out of her small town, out of her elf costume, and make a name for herself.

While short, this charming novella packed a
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

Holly is feeling a bit disheartened. She works with her parents as a party planner which she has done since leaving uni. She wants to make her own way and do her own thing. She gets a phone call which could mean her big break is about to happen. Will she abandon her family Christmas in the pursuit of happiness and is it really what she wants?

A really cute Christmas story. I read this short story in the space of a couple of hours, not sure whether that was because it was a short story or whethe
Lizzie Lamb
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was a bit daunted at the thought of starting Christmas preparations, very much aware that the first of December is less than a week away. So I pushed the Christmas card list aside and settled down to read MISTLETOE IN MANHATTAN to recharge my batteries and get me into the Xmas mood. It proved to be the perfect antidote for a gloomy November day.
This feel good Christmas story is about Helen, her family's party planning company and her dream of hitting the big time. A phone call brings her a ste
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fighting for the values...

Holly couldn't wait to get out of the little town she grew up in. Her folks business of catering parties, Christmas parties, Holly wanted the big time, you know celebrities. A call came in looking to arrange a large party for one of England's own celebs living in Manhattan so Holly jumped at it, her big break at last!

What did I like? The main thing I liked about this story was the storyline it's self. Trying to figure out what means more to you overall. Holly's predicam
Melissa Lee
Holly West works for her parents party planning company "Christmas When You Like It" but longs to make a name for herself in the field planning more than just small town parties. When a celebrity living in New York offers her the chance to cross the pond and plan a traditional British Christmas party, she jumps at the chance. However she knows she is letting her parents down by missing their most beloved holiday.

Mistletoe in Manhattan is a short story by Talli Roland, that (in my opinion) could
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another glittering cracker from the queen of feel good fiction Talli Roland. This novella is funny and speeds along nicely, like a nice cinnamon latte and a chat with a quirky friend. I devoured it and also adored the preview of The Pollyanna Plan, which is out later this month too!

Holly is fed up with Christmas, as her family are THE epitome of it, and even her birth was adorned with tinsel! Landing a big job in New York, she spies with her mince pies (groan, I know, bad joke) a chance to brea
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Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, while her sec