Jenna's Christmas Wish

Debra Parmley
Jenna's Christmas Wish
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DCL Publications
Release Date
November 2015
Contemporary Romance

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.

Book Review by Elizabeth Ramsay (reviewer)
Apr 22, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
80 people found the following review helpful
Jenna's Christmas Wish is a dose of Christmas cheer.

Jenna has just lost her mother to cancer and is now alone in the world. As a romance writer, she is invited to an author's retreat where she meets Niccolo. Niccolo is an actor and cover model. Jenna has had a bad experience with handsome men in the past and is wary when Nic seems interested in her. Her friend Chyna tells her Nic is way out of her league and while he might want her for sex, as soon as something better comes along he'll be gone. Jenna decides to trust her heart instead of her head or her friend.

JENNA'S CHRISTMAS WISH begins with Jenna wishing to spend Christmas with someone who wants her. Soon after this Nic enters her life and turns it upside down. She ends up New Jersey spending Christmas with Nic and his family. Jenna must decide if Nic is serious about her or if she is just a diversion. Her decision is not helped by the mysterious woman following Nic around and sending him flowers.

The story is told almost entirely from Jenna's perspective. The few paragraphs that give Nic's perspective are confusing as they suggest that he is only looking for a fling with Jenna. This view would be fine if the reader were given more of Nic's viewpoint and saw his view of Jenna change as he fell in love with her. However, we are only given this one, brief glimpse into Nic's mind and it appears to confirm all of Jenna's fears about him. Given that Jenna is supposedly so scarred by her relationship with her high school boyfriend that she has never approached a man again, the speed at which her relationship with Nic progresses seems unrealistic. It seems especially odd how easily she shakes off Chyna's negative views of her relationship with Nic even after Nic stands her up for their first "date." If Jenna had less holding her back, her reactions to Nic would make more sense.

Still, JENNA'S CHRISTMAS WISH delivers a quick, light read and gives some interesting insight into the world of writing romance novels. If you are looking for some holiday magic this spring, check this out.
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