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No Christmas Like the Present

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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, F
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Zebra
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Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, romance
3.5 stars

Sweet Christmas novel that has an underlying message to make the most of every day and not let the past define your future.

Lindsay is having a bit of trouble getting into the Christmas mood this year when a stranger shows up on her doorstep looking mysteriously like an actor from the Holiday movie she was just watching on tv. "Fred" and Lindsay start a friendship of sorts in the days leading up to Christmas even though she is resistant at times to his attempts at holiday cheer. He is q
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Ages, Romance Readers
Shelves: arc
Christmassy Charm

This is sweet Christmas romance is sort of an updated version of A Christmas Carol crossed with The Bishop’s Wife (or The Preacher’s Wife) with a nice twist. Lindsey is bogged down with all the chores she’s set for herself for the upcoming holidays, but then Fred shows up at Lindsey’s door saying he’s been sent to help her discover the joy of Christmas and to help her reconcile with someone in her past. The trouble is Fred appears to look exactly like her favorite character in a
Kathie (katmom)
I loved this. It's that simple. I simply loved it. I realize Christmas was last week, but you can start your 2015 Christmas reading with this one. Or it might extend your 2014 Christmas Glow if you read it now!

Lindsey likes Christmas, mostly, but she feels stressed, too. So much to do, so little time. I found myself thinking that Ms. Donovan must have been in MY HOME, taking notes, when I read some of the moments in this book. Christmas cards! They tend to STARE at me for ages and I find, just l
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Most of us can identify with Lindsay Miller as one time or another in our lives. The do list for the holidays seems to be a never-ending list of chores instead of a celebration. I really wish my wakeup call had been Fred like Lindsay has in No Christmas Like the Present. What a way to bring the magic back into a life. I loved the connection to my favorite Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol. Now I will always see the nephew Fred, in ways that I never imagined him before.

This wonderfully written bo
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle, net-galley
A really magical, mystical Christmas story- vivid imagery and the sleigh bells almost jump out from the page!!!!!!

Lyndsay is lost in preparations for Christmas- allowing herself to get really stressed with all the items on the never ending list of ‘things to do’!
Fred turns up at her door- is he an angel sent to help her- or do angels really exist? He has until Christmas Eve to help her rediscover the real reason behind Christmas and help her address things from her past. Are they falling in love
Donna Alward
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quirky and poignant, NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT is a charming holiday story that combines the magic of It’s A Wonderful Life with the warmth of A Christmas Carol. A lovely, feel-good story to be read in front of the Christmas tree with a cup of cocoa.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the first Christmas book I've ever rated 5 stars! Will definitely have to read more from this author.
Gina Marie
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was hands down one of the most charming books I've ever read. Loved it!
A light, fun contemporary Christmas romance featuring the ghost of Christmas present...

"Remember, Christmas is always best when you take it out of the box."
He'd bring Christmas to her the best way he knew how: one moment at a time.

NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT by Sierra Donovan is a sweet and clean, fractured retelling of Charles Dickens' 'The Christmas Carol.' It features the ghost of Christmas present calling upon a woman who needs to stop paying penance for a mistake she made in the past as
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I know! It is terribly early for this type of thing. Mostly, I tend to be “bah humbug” during the holidays, however, I also have a weakness for Christmas stories. But, only in private, just me, and any time of the year is good for this type of indulgence. Go figure. I have never shared that guilty pleasure with anyone before. What can I say?

No Christmas Like the Present fit perfectly into that little guilty pleasure. It was an interesting and fun twist on the classic Christmas Carol theme. There
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Utterly enchanting, Sierra Donovan brought the heart and sentiment in this lovely Christmas story that has a feeling of familiarity, but is utterly unique. As a fan of Its a Wonderful Life, I adored Clarence the Angel, and Donovan works her own bit of ‘otherworldly’ magic into her character Fred.

Lindsay is not feeling the Christmas spirit at all: single, career-driven and just a touch lonely, the tasks that should bring joy only feel like obligations, and she just would like to fast-forward pas
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has several elements that I LOVE! I love a Christmas book when it is hot and not yet the season. It puts me in a better mood. I love a fairy tale! I like the idea of thinking that maybe…just maybe…something like that might happen one day. It’s fanciful…like Santa Claus and the Easter bunny.

Lindsay Miller is totally buried in the typical trappings associated with getting ready for Christmas…making fudge and cookies, Christmas cards, buying gifts, wrapping them, decorating…the list goes
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming, feel good story about a young woman, Lindsay Miller, who is so caught up in doing the “preparations” for Christmas that she misses its whole idea/purpose, and a strange, quirky Englishman who comes to her from who know where to try to help her set her priorities correctly and to realize the idea/purpose of Christmas and the season. Ironically, this same man looks just like a character in the holiday staple and Lindsay’s favorite holiday movie “A Christmas Carol”. Lindsay call ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Lindsay has her rather typical rush around the holidays. She attempts to get her Christmas cards mailed to friends and family, gifts for everyone. Fred arrives at the door, she isn't sure if he is an angel or just plain nuts. This is a perfect story for the holiday season.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a delightful book! It was a perfect Christmas read...I can totally imagine this being made into an ABC Family Christmas movie. :-)
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First, the disclaimer. "I bought a copy of this book (but not from Amazon). All opinions are my own." That done, I fell in love with Ms. Donovan's book I read last Christmas (off Netgalley) and looked her up to see if she'd written anything else. NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT is a quirky, fun, clean romance, that is not CBA persay, but there are mentions of Christmas hymns and the baby in the manger. And it is clean. There is kisses, but nothing even remotely steamy, so if you like it mild, then ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I rarely read books like this one... a small, paperback love story that should be made into a Hallmark Christmas movie. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching silly romantic movies with predictable plot points and neatly-wrapped endings, but I have no expectation that they will leave anything resembling a lasting impact.
Surprisingly, Ms. Donovan's book did.
Yes, it's a love story woven with so much fantasy that it teeters on ridiculous... but I don't care. The book had a point. It wasn't the happi
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A darling story

Fred is such a charmer! Lindsay is taken aback when he appears on her doorstep. And no wonder. Why is he there and where did he come from? This is a cheerful and entertaining tale.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Was predictable but cute with a surprise ending.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
This seemed more like a Childrens fairy tale. Story was farfetched. Some funny parts. I don't recommend it though it received some good reviews on Amazon
Mildred Rupert
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this one !! There is something about the magic at Christmas Time that makes you want to read it from the beginning to the end all at once.
Stevie Carroll
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad and The Unread:

An all-too-common trope in stories set at this time of year is the visit by a stranger, who shows our hero or heroine ‘the true meaning of Christmas.’ Admittedly, it’s a popular, tried-and-tested theme that’s been used for well over a century, and some authors still manage to put a new gloss onto the basic story concept. However, it’s all too easy for tropes to either become clichés, or for the author’s attempt to put a new twist on the the
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That in no way changes my opinion or review.

I absolutely love Christmas books, and even though it is July, and hotter than heck outside, I can still enjoy a feel-good Christmas story. “No Christmas like the Present” can be considered a modern-day twist on “A Christmas Carol”, with a super handsome Angel (if you want to consider him that?).

Lindsey is always so busy during the holidays- writing and sending out count
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
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No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan was the book I read on the heels of my Retribution of Mara Dyer book hangover. It took me a loooooong time to get into it. It's also a really light and care free holiday read so it was super easy to pick up and set down. I should add that it made it perfect for the holiday season.

Lindsay is the type of girl, I can sympathize with. I actually think a lot of people can. Lindsay has a lot of ide
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received No Christmas Like the Present from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

At first I was hesitant to read a Christmas book in October. However, two pages into this story my reservations were gone. Sierra Donovan had me in the mood for a seasonal read. Add in the fact that we were having some gloomy, chilly weather and I was under a blanket with an apple pie scent burning... It truly felt like the holiday season.

Like many people, twenty-nine year old Lindsay is stressed about Chri
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aldiko, kindle
I must say this is an interesting Christmas story to read. I've not watched Christmas Carol and this book makes me wanna find that show and watch it.

Lindsay loved Christmas but her to-do list for Christmas and a past baggage had bogged her down over the years that made the season no longer enjoyable. Watching her favorite show Christmas Carol while making some fudge for friends/relatives/colleagues, she was shocked when the doorbell rang and she found herself looking at the very "Fred" from Chri
Amanda R
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, christmas, romance, arc
Thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the book in exchange for an honest review.

So this book. Ok at first I was all ummmmmm, is it really going to be a guy comes to help her get in the Christmas spirit and then leave. Most of all I was worried he was going to help her find someone else. I liked Fred. I thought his character was neat, even if I didn't know what he was. Was he a ghost or an angel?

Alright so we don't really know what Fred is, we just know that he's there to help Lindsey to
Katie W
(4.5 Stars) 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
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My very first book by Sierra won't be my last...What a wonderful Christmas made me think about the true
meaning of Christmas.
When Lindsay Miller finds a stranger come to her house, this must be a dream she thinks to herself. Yet he won't go away.
He has come to her for a reason, and it's on a need to know basis. The think is some new things arise about the reason what
his assignment involves..he has a deadline too complete. It's one he's not sure he can follow through. So h
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