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Review of Pastels and Jingle Bells

Blurb: Trish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever: the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves. But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be. In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy. A lot. Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.

Review: When Trish Ackerly spots her childhood bully outside of her bakery, she believes this is a great opportunity to tell him everything she's always wanted to say. Except Ian Rafferty isn't the mean boy she remembers. He's a single dad trying to do his best with a troubled daughter. Ian hires Trish to paint his windows for Christmas, and she connects not only with his daughter, but with him.

This is a wonderful short Christmas romance. It has lots of humor and warm fuzzies. Trish feels like an everyday woman, and I connected immediately with her. She's a baker with a lot of yummy treats. Ian, too, is an everyday dad trying to make his daughter happy. I liked the dynamic of Trish wanting to tell him off, but then seeing how he's changed and biting her tongue. How they come together is heartwarming. It's clean and fun and perfect for this time of year. Plus, now I want to paint Christmas zombies on my front window!

You can find Christine S. Feldman on her site and buy the book here.

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