by Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans #10
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The Sullivan siblings have captivated the hearts of listeners worldwide, and this Christmas, New York Times best-selling author Bella Andre shares the love story that started it all... For Mary Sullivan, Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own. Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time.
What? Wait a minute… has Kimba over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer lost her mind? Didn’t she already review this book? Relax peeps take a sip of your cocoa I haven’t lost my mind. Thanks to audible.com I was offered a change to review the audio version of Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre. Since I am new to the audio book world, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compare reading vs listening.
Mary Sullivan is alone at their cottage on Lake Tahoe waiting for her children, their spouse and her grandchildren to arrive. She is pulling out family ornaments and reminiscing over the memories of each. Then she opens an important box and carefully removes two very special ornaments. As she holds them, she remembers her beloved husband and how they fell in love. Wildly romantic, and sweet I fell in love with Mary and Jack.
Listening to the audio was a different experience then actually reading the book, and to be honest sometimes I liked the narration in my own head better. As I listened Eva Kaminsky slowly won me over, and I quickly settled into listening to this wonderful romance unfold. I loved Jack and Mary’s whirl-wind romance and Andre’s wonderful writing style translates well to audio format. I was a little nervous as to how the kissing scenes would translate, but it worked out well, and I found myself swooning all over again. Eva doesn’t rush, and she gives voice to each character. This is new to me so stick with me as I navigate this review. I want to say her timing was good, in other words she paused at the right moments and used the right pitch when expressing passion or humor. Does that make sense? She left me eager to try more audio books, and I hope to bring you a new one each month.
Read my thoughts on Bella Andre’s Kissing Under the Mistletoe