Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge

Dear Reader, 


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 newly homeless – Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she’s best buds with glamorous next door golf WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Merry Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn’t need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night…

Kimmy is finally living the life she’s always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she’s always imagined…?

I must say thanks to twitter, I think I’ve found another favourite author as this book was packed with some great characters. I loved the plot, it was just hilarious.
The story begins with Kimmy who is being thrown out of their flat by boyfriend Adam because she won’t give up her dreams of a baking business to go and work in a potato factory. She has had a few jobs through friends but not enough to give Adam the confidence to believe in her.  Kimmy begs for him to give her more time to allow her to make her business work, but of course Adam’s having none of it. 
She meets up with her friend Jess, who has also been thrown out but by her brother. They manage to to swing the  position of house sitters for Mistletoe Mansion. The girls can’t believe their luck,  Mistletoe Mansion is everything Kimmy has dreamed of. Dishy handyman Luke seems initially standoffish and neighbour Terry can’t wait to leave as soon as its gets dark, so what is going on? 
Kimmy meets celebrity WAG Melissa who lives next door and gets her first job catering for one of her coffee mornings, as Kimmy makes a new friend she realises that the celebrity lifestyle isn’t what the magazines make out. 
Mistletoe mansion is full of really great characters and I loved that they all seemed a little over the top. There’s Kimmy who you just can’t help but like and long for her to succeed with her business, just to prove Adam wrong! Jess, her vegetarian best friend who is completely gardening mad, handsome handyman Luke, who Kimmy may have a little crush on, Melissa the stylish but kind celebrity who’s longing for a baby and Terry the next door neighbour, who loves celebrity gossip, with his micro-pig, Frazzle. 
What I loved about this book was the different relationships. Kimmy is so focused on proving to Adam that she can make her business a success. Initially she can’t stand how arrogant Luke is around her, but when she gets to know him she realises that he really believes in her and gives her encouragement and support without question. Will she pick reliable, sensible Adam or sexy, risk-taking, Luke?
Now with all this going on you have to read about the delicious descriptions of the cupcakes, oh and the slightly spooky goings on, not to mention the misbehaving celebrities, this book is the perfect treat to read over the festive season.  I loved every page.
Kind regards,

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