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A mistletoe wish …
All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the handsome boy next door, Sir Paul Garside. She always eagerly looks forward to Paul’s visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his dark, sardonic friend Lord Hallam. This year, Serena is determined that Paul’s kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal. Even if
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Published December 14th 2016
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Jonetta
Serena Talbot has only had eyes and heart for golden boy Paul Garside as far back as she can remember. Now that she's twenty-one, he's finally paying her the attention she's always wanted but the dark and broody Giles Farraday is distracting her from the man who's ready to marry her...in person and in her dreams.

Serena's grown up with both men as they were her brother's friends since childhood so she's knows them well, or so she thinks. The sprig of mistletoe she placed under her pillow brought
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Caz
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fans of Anna Campbell’s have been treated to a regular diet of new stories from her over the last year or so in the form of a series of novellas ( Dashing Widows ) and a couple of standalones. Her writing is extremely assured, warm and intelligent; and she has the knack of creating the most delicious romantic tension between her couples, something I always look for and appreciate. She has produced a novella for Christmas the last couple of years, and having enjoyed those, I eagerly picked up ...more
Becca
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anna Campbell's Christmas novellas have been hit or miss for me over the years. I always try them out because she is a strong writer, I always learn new words (her vocabulary is IMPRESSIVE), and when her novella is good, it's REALLY GOOD (e.g., Her Christmas Earl...and now this one).

I actually put off reading this story because the blurb made the heroine sound a bit silly and I thought this would be an awkward love triangle sort of situation. Luckily, it really didn't read that way. Serena does
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Rose Blue
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: http://wp.me/p3QRh4-sy

For years, Serena Talbot has been in love with her neighbor, Paul, and has been patiently waiting for him to notice that she's all grown up. Serena has a feeling that at this year's Christmas houseparty, Paul will finally really see her and ask her to spend her future with him. While anticipating Paul's arrival, Serena decides to indulge in an old superstition. She slips a bit of mistletoe under her pillow, and goes to bed, expecting to dream
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Jaci
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part of Christmas for an Historical Romance Reader is the Christmas Novellas and I especially look forward to Anna's Christmas stories. This Christmas story is about a young lady who thinks she is in love with someone and realizes that she would rather have his best friend. Serena Talbot is a confused young lady who now doesn't know how to stop wanting Giles, a childhood friend and the best friend of the man she thought she would always marry. I have always loved Anna Campbell's stories ...more
Fiona Marsden
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
This is a lovely story about a young woman who falls in love with an adonis and almost overlooks the man of substance standing in his shadow.

Serena's adolescent adoration of Paul Garside has been a family joke for years. All the same, the match would meet the approval of everyone. He is a close friend of Serena's brother and a neighbor with lands that march with the Talbot estates. Only this year, when it seems Paul has finally made up his mind to settle down, she suddenly notices his
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Jennifer
Can't say I cared for this one at all. One star for the storytelling and the H (view spoiler), but that's it.

This novella has many of the elements of historical romance that irk me:
1) The very experienced H who gets the blushing virgin.
2) The blushing virgin who asks said rake for kissing lessons, amongst other things.
3) A girl who can't figure out her own dang mind
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Juliana Philippa
Debated between 3.5 and 4 stars, but went with the latter. There were several things that I really disliked, but overall was still a great read that I would highly recommend!

No time to write full review, so:

Praise
— Giles was absolutely lovely; love the tortured-hero type, and of course, whenever there's a "secret love" aspect, we get to benefit from the third-person narrative POV and get to hear all the delicious and heart-wrenching feelings and thoughts the hero has
— Great building of
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Aoi
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: hf-england
As is the norm with Anna Campbell novellas, I lap them up :) Nothing new here, this novella has all the warmth & comfort of her trademarks, and all their faults too.

Pros
-The writing! It flows beautifully and draws you into the Talbot's world
- All the delicious angst.. And Giles, the lonely tormented hero <3

Cons
-The friendship between the two men came off as badly developed and juvenile
- I hated the ploy about the 'tutorials in kissing'
-All the mentions of 'other women' going around XX
Helen
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MS Campbell's stories are a must read for me and I am never let down by one, she has a way with words that are magical they open up a whole new world for me they take me back to the times of manners and rules that are made to be broken by the rakes of London and this one is no exception.

Serena Talbot has had her heart and mind fixed on one of her brother's best friends Sir Paul Garside forever and she is determined that this Christmas with the help of mistletoe she is going to get her man but
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Lindsay
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

I didn't like this nearly as much as the last AC Christmas novella I read. I made it through the entire story, but I contemplated stopping once or twice. The writing- in terms of language and flow and pacing- is fine. The issue I had was with the MC's. I really didn't care for any of them. Serena was immature, flighty, spoiled, and really didn't show any reason for two men to both be vying for her hand other than being pretty, supposedly. Giles was okay, but I thought he was a bit
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Nicole Laverdure
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another romantic short story by Anna Campbell!

I really enjoyed Anna Campbell's novella, A Match Made in Mistletoe!
I really liked her charming characters Serena and Giles. If you want to read a short historical romance, then this book is for you. Well written by Ms. Campbell, I guarantee that you will spend a delightful way to spend your afternoon.
This author never disappoints me! I found this Christmas novella so refreshing!

I feel so sad that some of you had to give Ms. Campbell, only 1 star!
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Alison
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it was well worth waiting for.

It's a short Christmas tale of course, but the reason I loved it was the hero and heroine. The heroine thought she had everything worked out. Until she looked again, and saw the hero and saw loneliness.

Loneliness - often a big feature of many people's christmasses. Thank you Anna.
Lady Day
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Fantasies become different when they are real life experiences.
Geri
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very lovely Christmas romance.
Elaine
Love Anna Campbell's writing. She certainly knows how to put a story together. I just fell in love with Giles.
Lovely Christmassy story.
5*****
Vikki Vaught
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

This is an enjoyable Christmas read. It has some wonderfully tender moments, especially at the end of the book. In the beginning, I had a few reservations with the heroine, but she was engaging enough for me to like even though she didn't recognize what she should have. Other than that issue, this is a great story.Happy reading !
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Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anna Campbell’s novella, A Match Made in Mistletoe was the perfect read to finish off the festive season and reading year. I’m so glad I had the chance to fit in another Christmassy tale as they always put a twinkle in my eye and a sparkle in my day.

A Match Made in Mistletoe was a sweet and charming tale and the epilogue finished off the story very nicely.
Grace
This was fine? I picked this up because I’m in the mood for holiday stories and I saw it on Dear Author and the accidentally falls for someone while thinking character has been in love with someone else is a trope I tend to like, but the writing just wasn’t quite there for me. The plot and characters lacked some nuance that would have turned this okay story into one I really enjoyed.
Peggy M
As a reader, one of the things I look forward to every time around Christmas are the Christmas stories and I’m always very excited to read Anna Campbell’s one! The last few years she has always surprised us with a sweet and wonderful Christmas story and this year she even wrote TWO Christmas stories. One you can find in the anthology ‘Under the kissing bough’ and the other one is this one ‘A match made in mistletoe’.

This story is about Serena Talbot, a young woman, who knew from when she was a
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Jo Reads Romance
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Serena has been in love with Paul since she can remember but this Christmas it’s his best friend, Giles Hallam that she hopes she’ll meet under the mistletoe. Our heroine is but 21 years old and this adds to the sweetness of the tale. What I particularly liked about Serena’s character is that while young, she almost matures before our eyes as she realises the difference between youthful infatuation and real love and desire. She didn’t play games, she was as honest with herself as she could be ...more
Tracy Emro
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I had some issues with the initial download and it took a bit of doing, but I finally got a copy and it was definitely worth the wait!

Giles has loved Serena for years but Serena only has eyes for Paul.

When Serena places mistletoe under her pillow to dream of her future husband, she is sure she will dream of Paul. But instead she dreams of Giles!

When Giles and Paul arrive at her families home for Christmas, the expectation is that Paul will finally ask for her hand, which is
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Diane
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
If Christmas is time for sweet treats then you won't go wrong with this delightful little love story. A love triangle of sorts - Paul and Giles had grown up with Serena's older brother Frederick. Since their school days, they had always visited the Talbot home especially at Christmas time. Since the first, Serena had dreamed of marrying Paul when she grew up. This was the year but when she put the mistletoe under her pillow - it was Giles that she dreamed about.
Just when Paul hd finally came
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Sally ☀️
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
How cute was this?! Just what I needed - something short, something sweet and something Christmasy that actually felt Christmasy!

I'm not usually a fan of novellas, and as a result I wasn't quite sure I wanted to read this, but I'm so glad I did. One of the main problems I have with novellas is that there is not enough time to set up the characters properly and not much room for a plot but I didn't really have those problems with this novella. I think I would have preferred it if it had been
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Dottie
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Serena Talbot has been in love with Paul Garside for most of her life. She has absolutely no doubt that this will be the year that she marries her prince charming. After a mistletoe bewitched dream filled with superstition reveals her future husband as Giles Farraday, Lord Hallam, Serena finds her curiosity at a peak. And after Giles shows up to Christmas festivities at the Talbot residence she becomes very confused, very quickly. Does she follow her old dream of marrying the man she's "loved" ...more
Gemma
I always look forward to Anna Campbell's new Christmas novella every year. I enjoyed this as usual. I love the theme where one of the main characters is secretly in love with the other. I know I'll be reading this one again.

Like many others, I had some issues with the download. The kindle file had only the cover page and no content! But I contacted the author via her Facebook page, and she had a copy emailed to me very quickly.
Lesley
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
A Delightful Tale.
An endearing story of a young woman outgrowing her childhood crush and finding love in the most unexpected of places.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Brenda
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Publisher's Description:

A mistletoe wish…

All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the handsome boy next door, Sir Paul Garside. She always eagerly looks forward to Paul’s visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his dark, sardonic friend Lord Hallam. This year, Serena is determined that Paul’s kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal. Even if she has to enlist every ounce of Christmas magic she can get her hands on to make that happen.

But the
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Maura
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Maria Griffo
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was Giles and Serena's story. I loved it. A Orphaned child was invited to his friends house for Christmas for the last 18 years. He falls in love with his friends sister and bestfriends girls. He watched her grow up and knew this was the girl for him. This year was different Paul was going to ask for her hand in marriage and this bothered Giles.

Serena always thought herself in love with Paul but this year was different. She had taken some mistletoe and placed it under her pillow doing this
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“Giles kissed her again, hard and furious. As if he hated her. He’d been in love for years, yet he’d never realized love could be like this. Like someone struck him with a club over and over again. Like fire devouring him. Sweet and terrible. Painful and fierce.” 1 likes
“She blinked and with surprising reluctance, stepped apart from him. Another horrid blush stained her cheeks, and she only just stopped herself from raising a hand to touch where he’d kissed her. Her skin burned where his lips had touched.” 0 likes
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