Friday, December 25, 2015

Book Review: Jenna's Christmas Wish by Debra Parmley #Christmas #Holiday @DebraParmley

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Title: Jenna's Christmas Wish
Author: Debra Parmley

Genre: Holiday Contemporary Romance 

About the Book:

Santa, if there’s one thing I want for Christmas more than anything, it’s someone to spend Christmas with, not as an afterthought invitation because they feel sorry for me, but someone who really wants me to be there. 

Romance author Jenna Heart is headed to the mountains of East Tennessee for a December writer’s workshop. Since her mother passed after a long illness, Jenna has had one wish: she doesn’t want to spend Christmas alone. Every night she makes her list of five things for which she is most thankful. 
Meeting Nicolo Maldini, cover model and actor, could make more than Jenna’s Christmas wish come true. If Ember Morten, Nicolo’s ex girlfriend doesn’t do something crazy to stop Jenna and Nicolo from being together.

My Review:

Jenna's Christmas Wish is such a wonderful holiday story.  Full of loss and sadness after the death of her mom, Jenna goes to a writer's retreat quite a distance from home.  She's determined not to explain her loss to avoid sympathy and enjoy the retreat for what it is.  Along the way Jenna meets some wonderful people that seem truly interested in her.  When one of them is a very popular and highly sought after cover model named Nicolo, she wishes she could have someone like him in her life.

Nicolo is used to having women surround him all the time - it's an occupational hazard.  When he meets Jenna at the writer's retreat, he can't help but be intrigued.  She's unlike anyone he's ever met.  She's down to earth, wholesome, and simply gorgeous.  Now, he just has to convince her that he truly wants to be with her and that they can make it work.

Enter one psycho who doesn't understand the word - "Over" - and Jenna's Christmas Wish may just end up a disappointment.

This short 120 page novella is a cute holiday romance.  The story is full of emotional scenes - some happy, some sad, and others full of disappointment.  I'm going to let you know that I don't like her best friend one bit.  Chyna is very negative toward Jenna and I found her character lacking any warmth or compassion.

I loved Jenna's character.  She's had a rough last few months with death of her mother.  I admire her determination to get out and be with others during the holidays.  Her choice to go to the writer's retreat provides her with the company she desires without people knowing the pain of her past.  She does confide in a couple of the attendees but she doesn't want her grief to define her.

Nicolo is a great hero.  He is humble and down-to-earth.  He even brings his mother to the retreat as his guest.  Jenna and Nicolo hit it off really well after Jenna gets over her nervousness.  I enjoyed reading the slow build up of what could be a long-lasting relationship between them.  The story was well-written and fluid.  The relationship was not perfect, making it seem more realistic.

A sweet holiday romance sure to make you smile!

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author:

Debra Parmley is an author whose goal is to spread love, one story at a time. Happiest writing in more than one genre, her published works to date are in the genres of western historical romance, 1920's romance, contemporary romance, futuristic romance, paranormal romance and poetry. Debra enjoys writing, reading, coaching her writing students, medieval re-enactment events and world travel. Her work as a travel consultant gave her the opportunity to visit many countries and the theme of travel often appears in her work. 

Her three favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, and hearing from her readers. Each letter, card and email is a treasured gift, like finding that perfect shell upon the beach.

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