Title: No Christmas Like the Present
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, Fred claims he's a Messenger, sent from "Headquarters" to help her discover the joy of Christmas. But is Fred an angel from above—or just stone cold crazy?
Fred's used to dealing with skeptics. Telling a stranger you've been ordered to inspire holiday cheer is a tough sell. But there's a further complication. Fred's mission is to help Lindsay right the wrongs from her past that have been holding her back. But somehow along the way, they've become wildly attracted to each other—and falling in love is not part of the plan. Fred only has ‘til the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve to guide Lindsay to the magical future she deserves—even if it's a future without him. . .
Author: Sierra Donovan
Published by Zebra Source: Publisher
Published: October 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy Romance
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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 is only one “spirit” – the spirit of Christmas present. He has an amazing resemblance to Scrooge’s cousin, Fred, in the old black and white version of The Christmas Carol, so when the heroine of this story, Lindsey, has to introduce him to her co-workers, she calls him Fred Holliday (because of the season) and the name sticks.
Fred was a most interesting “spirit.” Other than being tall, dark and handsome *sigh* he kind of reminded me of Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life. He had a mission and wasn’t opposed to unorthodox methods to complete said mission. He was sweet, had a twinkle in his eye, happy all the time, and of course had magic around him. I liked Fred. Even when he did the unforgivable and fell in love with Lindsey and got sidetracked from his mission. Shed a few tears here, because “headquarters” stepped in to get Fred back on track in a rather abrupt way. Gasp! We (Lindsey and I) didn’t like “headquarters” much for a while.
Lindsey was actually a rather wonderful person. She works hard to do her best at everything. She just has a bit of an issue with the holidays, which is why Fred it sent to her in the first place. That and she is a total skeptic when Fred first shows up and has some interesting baggage from her past that is messing with her future. Isn’t that always the case?
I enjoyed how this story came together. Had a rather surprising ending that I adored. The Epilogue read like the “where are they now” stuff one would see at the end of a movie. I loved it! If you are like me, and have a guilty pleasure of Christmas stories, give this read. It is fun and entertaining and well worth the time.