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Mistletoe Mansion

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Kimmy Jones has three loves: cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts.

When Kimmy's Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn't approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 10th 2014 by Carina Press
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Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
I absolutely adored this read. It is a book stuffed with surprises, not least a heroine, Kimmy, who is great fun to read about. Kimmy is desperate to build up her own cupcaking business Kimcakes, and oh my word can she bake! This is not a book to read if you are on a diet, as every few pages Kimmy is whipping up the most amazing sounding cupcakes. I could almost smell them baking, they were that delicious sounding. I ate the best part of a large chocolate cake whilst reading this book and I blam ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Christmas, love, relationships, celebrity, spirits.

Ok, so I wasn't expecting that at all when I started this book.

I picked this book up for two reasons:
1) It looked deliciously Christmas-sy
2) I loved Doubting Abbey

Now, Samantha Tonge has a very definite style and if you've ever read one of her books it's something you'll pick up on straight away. It's slightly excitable, very modern, and it's almost like the book equivalent of a girls night in.

Also, this book made me very, very hungry.
May 01, 2015 rated it it was ok

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Mistletoe Mansion is a hard book for me to review because there were certain aspects I did like and Samantha’s style of writing was bubbly and stood out amongst a whole crop of other chick-lit reads. But mostly, everything I enjoyed was overruled by things that I found annoying which sadly increased the longer this book went on. I wasn’t expecting to have as many issues with the story as I did and I don’t want to be one of thos
Bethany Clark
I would like to first begin by thanking Samantha Tonge, the author of this amazing funny holiday read, for giving me an advanced copy to review!

Such a fun read from beginning to end! Kimmy begins the novel in a very sticky situation, not working (except the odd part-time job here and there), her boyfriend Adam is getting upset with her for not taking the initiative to get a full time job so they can start a happy stable life together and then he drops a bomb on her - HE WANTS HER OUT.
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Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Becca's Books ~

Firstly, a huge thank you to the wonderful publishers Carina UK for providing me with a digital copy of Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge in exchange for an honest review, and an even bigger thank you to Samantha Tonge! Mistletoe Mansion was a delightful read, full of sugar, and spice, and all things nice (and all things quite spooky, too!).

So, a number of things attracted me to Samantha's Mistletoe Mansion, and I'm not g
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemp-romance
It was just ok for me. It took way too long to read, because I kept needing to put it down and take a break, not a good sign. It also rambled and meandered on small details for too many pages. It was also overall too long (too many pages) for such a fluffy story. See the pattern? It was time consuming (for me) without the payoff, there was little to no intrigue or romance, just fluff.

I feel bad to give it such a bad review, I really wanted to get into it, I just couldn't.

*And publishers, get wi
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Kimmy Jones loves backing and dreams of starting her own business backing cupcakes. Unfortunately, her boyfriend Adam doesn't believe in Kimmy's dreams and he sees her in the potatos - sorting factory, where he works himself. Well, for him life is plans, pensions, plans again and money. So, after a very heated discussion, Kimmy finds herself homeless - yes, Adam just broke up with her and told her she must move out and start to provide for herself. And what a pity, Kimmy's best friend finds hers ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

First of all: What an amazing cover!

The story follows Kimmy, she wants to have her own business making cupcakes and more. Her boyfriend Adam doesn’t really approve of this and wants her to get a real job. At one point he has enough and throws her out. Let’s just say that I didn’t like him from the beginning.

Her best friend Jess lives with her brother Ryan, or should I rather say lived… The two friends are desperate for
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2017
Review also posted on my blog.

There's a cupcake store by my house that I may or may not have gone to twice while reading this book. I mean seriously, listen to this:

"Miniature dark chocolate logs cakes, filled with a rich chocolate cream and dusted with icing sugar."

"Succulent black cherry...topped with a generous buttercream icing swirl and dark chocolate shaving - my retro Black Forest Gateau cupcake."

"Madagascan vanilla cakes, with strawberry buttercream icing and marzipan ladybirds...or I ma
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2014, net-galley
When Kimmy splits up with her boyfriend just before her Christmas- her best friend calls round and says that her brother has kicked her out of his home aswell. They both need to find somewhere to live THAT DAY! After enquiring in an Estate Agents- they find a house sitters job advertised to look after Mistletoe Mansion whilst it is being sold. Previous house sitters have left in a hurry- but the agent isn't revealing just how desperate she is for someone to take the job.

When they settle in- stra
Donna Parker
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Mistletoe Mansion is supernatural Christmas house-sitting a la Bridget Jones, full of pop culture references romance that starts with a break-up. Intrigued? I was. This romance has many aspects that the average romance doesn’t have, including but not limited to a haunting.
A fun, easy read, full of messages many women and men shouldn’t ignore when it comes to dating.
1. There are usually signs that the person isn’t what they seem or that things aren’t working out, too often people choose to igno
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This a wonderful Christmas read, just perfect for getting you either in the festive spirit or baking up a storm in the kitchen.

The book’s setting is very apt and the story is stuffed with kooky characters that suit main character Kimmy down to the ground. Kimmy herself is brimming with ideas, looking for more out of life and knows, deep in her bones, she’s meant for more. She has a dream and is determined to follow it, even if her boyfriend tries to dull her sparkle in favour of a more stable li
Jessica Alcazar
To say that this was entertaining, is putting it mildly! It was FUN FUN FUN and I love the wittiness of everyone! The gist is we have a girl who LOVES to make cupcakes but her boyfriend thinks its frivolous work and will get her nowhere and wants her to quit doing it and get a 'real' job. She doesn't want to do that, because cupcakes are her passion. So, they break-up. So now she finds herself homeless. Cue ... Mistletoe Mansion. She pretends to be a house-sitter and her and her also homeless (l ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: g-contemporary
I'm settling on 4 stars as I really enjoyed reading it. I thought it was fun, mysterious and a bit quirky. I found when I wasn't reading it that I was thinking a lot about it and was antsy to get back to reading. I had to get a few cupcake recipe books from my local library as my mouth was watering reading about some of her creations.

Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this book a feel good Christmassy story .it was funny at times as Kimmy is very caring but scatty . It was a very easy to read book but I felt hungry at the mere mention of cupcakes . Loved it. I give this book 4 stars
Meredith Schorr
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very cute, light read. The characters were quirky and endearing and the romantic element was a slow burn that left me with a toothy grin. If you have a sweet tooth, keep a box of cupcakes close by!
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A real gem, couldn't put it down, funny, light hearted, loved the characters and I know Harpenden & Luton so could relate.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
This has got to be the worse book I have ever had the misfortune to read, I did not even get to half way in this book before I decided enough is enough! how come rubbish like this gets published?! It never ceases to astound me. The plot is bad, you know right from the start where this is going, the main character has no substance to her what so ever she is extremely shallow and so is the plot. Stay away from this book!
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an alright story. The pacing was reasonable and I liked a few of the characters, although the main character Kimmy annoyed me to no end. That being said I still found myself cheering her on but she was far too gullible at times. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'll be looking into what other books she has written.
Tania Downer
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely heart warming story

I really enjoyed this book. I love Walter's story too. Makes me want to bake, although I'm more of a Melissa went it baking, and not Kimmy!
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Firstly I would like to thank Samatha Tonge for sending me an advanced copy to review. I’d never read anything by her before but the cover of this book was so lovely I couldn’t resist. I have to say I think I’ve found another favourite author as this book was jam packed with lovely characters and I just loved the plot, it was hilarious.
The story begins with Kimmy being thrown out of her shared flat by boyfriend Adam because she won’t give up her dreams of a baking business and go and work in a p
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kimmy Jones has three loves: cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts.

When Kimmy’s Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn’t approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far.

So, newly single - and
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kimmy dreams for having her own baking business. She loves gossip magazines and celebrity DVDs. But her long-term boyfriend doesn't share same things. He wants steady job, security and roots. After a fight with him, Kimmy finds herself jobless and homeless. Her best friend also finds herself jobless and homeless, so it's time for plan B. The owner of Mistletoe Mansion needs a housekeeper until the mansion is sold. It's a perfect opportunity for Kimmy and her friend. The dream finally comes true! ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whilst Mistletoe Mansion sounds like a Christmassy title, don't be put off as it can easily be read and enjoyed at any time of the year. If you're looking for a book with a fun leading lady, flirtation, laughter and something a bit different, then this could be the book for you.

Our leading lady is Kimmy. She loves reading all the celebrity gossip in trashy magazines, and dreams of hanging out with the rich and famous, and running her own cupcake business, rather than the not so exciting life and

Originally posted on This Chick Reads

*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating 2.5/5

I'm gonna be honest with you guys, I wasn't even planning on reviewing this book, for numerous reasons. All I was going to do is leave a short feedback on NetGalley telling publishers this was not my cup of tea, because I do owe them that much for giving me a free review copy. But I didn't feel like saying more, not because I don't have anything to say about this boo
Angela ReadingCave
May 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Kimmy and her boyfriend of two years are having a rough patch of things- he wants her to get a serious 9 to 5 job with benefits that will help to move their relationship along. She wants to bake and watch tv instead. She dreams of opening a cupcake ship but does nothing to achieve those dreams. So eventually he has had enough and breaks up with her.

This leaves her homeless when she spots an ad for a professional house sitter. She applies and accepts the job on the spot- her bags are already pack
Shaz Goodwin
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
After being introduced to Kimmy and Adam when Adam comes out of their bedroom, it was glaringly obvious their dreams and aspirations were never going to match. Getting to know a little of Kimmy’s past, we understand why she would be attracted to the stability of everything Adam represents and the dilemma she faces about their relationship as the story progresses.

Blagging to the estate agent gets Kimmy and friend Jess the house sitting job. From the moment Luke answers the door I felt like he was
Ann Cooper
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read Samantha's previous two books (Doubting Abbey and From Paris with Love), I was looking forward to reading this. I certainly wasn't disappointed!

It is the story of Kimmy's endeavours to start her own cupcake business. But the route she takes is certainly not a straightforward one and the characters she meets along the way are all larger than life! We first meet Adam, her boyfriend, with whom she lives. He is chalk and she is cheese. He wants to settle down, get a mortgage and act like
Sherri Bryant
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Christmas themes and Chick-Lit
Mistletoe Mansion by new to me author Samantha Tonge delivers a cute and entertaining story about a woman who has big dreams and a big heart. Unfortunately, her dreams don’t match those of her boyfriend, Adam. He drops the ultimate ultimatum on her…give up her dreams of starting her own cupcake business and get a dreadful and boring full time job or they are finished. Now, single and homeless, Kimmy and her best friend, Jess, also newly homeless, take a job house-sitting at Mistletoe Mansion unt ...more
Nancy Wolfe
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read by this author. I love her lighthearted, fun, fast perfect read for the holidays!

The book was charming from the first page to the last one. Kimmy has always had big dreams, she has a live in boy friend who is very down to earth who wants her to get the nonsense of baking cupcakes for a living out of her system and get a job at the potato
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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency