Title: All I Want from Santa
Author: Lisa Jackson
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Page Count: 253
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
A much-loved early classic from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, this heartwarming holiday tale is set in small-town Oregon, where a little girl’s letter to Santa ends up bringing the gift of romance to a widowed mom and a single dad.
Christmas wishes do come true…
The type of novels I write may have changed since I was first published, but even an early story like this one still has familiar traits. There’s the location, for one: All I Want from Santa (originally published as New Year’s Daddy) is set in Oregon, a place I truly love and have made the backdrop for many of my other novels…
The small town of Cascadia is home to Veronica Walsh and her young daughter, Amy. If Ronni still believed in Santa, she’d ask for a chance to buy the rundown old lodge next door and turn it into a B&B. Amy’s Christmas wish list, on the other hand, includes one item that catches Ronni off-guard: a new daddy. But four years after losing her husband in a tragic accident, Ronni doesn’t plan to get involved with anyone—least of all the lodge’s new owner.
Travis Keegan has moved from Seattle to get his wayward teenaged son back on track. Yet the moment he meets Ronni, he wonders if this could be the fresh start they all need. Healing from loss and melding their two families won’t be easy, but Christmas in Cascadia has a magic that may just prove irresistible…
All I Want from Santa is a heartwarming holiday romance—the kind that never goes out of style, and the kind I still love to read. I hope you do too.
All I Want from Santa by Lisa Jackson is a contemporary romance that of course takes place during the Christmas season. This is not a new book but one that is being republished this year having originally been released in 1995.
Veronica, or Ronnie as she prefers to be called, lives alone with her daughter Amy in a small cabin next to a wonderful property Ronnie would love to purchase to start an Inn. In the meantime Ronnie does whatever she can to provide for her daughter and herself.
When Ronnie is working as on the slopes as part of the ski patrol she comes across an injured boy. When the boy’s father picks him up Ronnie finds that these are her new neighbors having bought the property Ronnie longed for. Travis Keegan moved to escape the corporate world and begin again after his divorce and Travis begins to enjoy the time with is new neighbor.
All I Want from Santa by Lisa Jackson was a Christmas story that had a good foundation but ended up being one of those books I felt was just alright for me in the end. I wanted there to be a lot more depth to this one as I felt it spent a lot of time on the characters past and building who they were but not much at all on making me see and feel what they would be together so it felt rushed into an insta love situation. The foundation was a cute heartwarming read but it needed to go deeper in my opinion.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
#1 NYT and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Jackson started writing after her sister read an article in TIME Magazine in 1981 about how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. Both Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bush, began their writing careers right then, and lo, these many years later Lisa has published seventy-five plus novels and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
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