Mistletoe And Mr. Right by Lyla Payne | Novella Review

Sometimes what you think would make a great Christmas surprise for someone actually is kind of a not very smart life choice — and that’s essentially the plot in Mistletoe And Mr. Right by Lyla Payne. FYI, it feels weird that when you read this it will be snowing and blustery and cold whereas, I am writing this in the middle of April and it was warm enough to walk without a jacket today. I decided to read this novella because it was the shortest item in my Netgalley queue and honestly, reading it now and scheduling the most makes doing 25 days of Christmas themed books way easier. AND! This novella was such a quick and unexpected read.

Jessica flies out to Ireland to surprise her boyfriend of four months, Brennan. As she’s driving from the airport to his parent’s inn, she accidentally hits a goat with the car and crosses paths with a photographer/farmhand named Grady. There’s some sparks, but Jessica shrugs it off as Brennan is part of her ten year plan. So, anyways, Jessica gets to Brennan’s house and rather than his family being pumped to finally meet his American girlfriend, they are dumbfounded. Brennan is shocked too. At first, I was like this girl is obviously off her rocker and a total weirdo. However about 50% in, I realized why Jessica is the way that she is. She’s suffered some trauma due to food insecurity and poverty, so she has her future planned out so that she will never go hungry again. Also? She’s in Ireland because Brennan isn’t moving fast enough for her and she wants to know if he’s the one.

So, the romance in Mistletoe And Mr. Right is kind of interesting. There’s no sparks between Brennan and Jessica. Not the way that there is between her and Grady. Oh sure, there’s kissing and all. However, there’s a rival for his affections — in the form of his gorgeous high school sweetheart – Katie. Alas, Jessica is conflicted. Brennan has qualities she has always wanted, like a family. BUT, he’s very easy going and not a planner like she is. Anyways, I liked how the romance resolves itself, even if it is a touch melodramatic.

I feel a bit bad giving this book 3.5 stars, however, I just didn’t have a good feel for Jessica until way late in the book. I never really connected or gelled with her until the very end. I thought that her actions were a bit abnormal – like, she’s in college and I think she’s 20, why on earth is she thinking about marriage with this kid that she has only been with for four months. That’s bizarre. Granted, we find out the reason, but I felt like it took a little too long to get to that whole reason point.

On A Scale Of One To Clark Griswold, How Much Christmas Spirit Does This Book Have?

Well, there’s a grumpy elderly person. There’s presents. There’s horses and a sleigh. There’s snow. I think that we are almost to the Clark Griswold point of Christmas spirit, but it’s at the point in the movie when all of the parents come over and he’s not super excited. That’s how much spirit this novella has.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I really think the cover for this is awful. I mean, whoa. I think I would have a difficult time with Jessica too. Thanks for the review.
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