Book Review: Mistletoe Season by Michelle Major

Angi Guilardi needs a man for Christmas—at least, according to her mother. What she really needs is to grow her fledgling catering business. Partnering with Magnolia’s Wildflower Inn holds promise, but when her mother falls ill, Angi’s pulled back to the responsibility of the family restaurant. While she balances work and her eight-year-old son, romance is the last thing on her mind…until Angi runs into Gabriel Carlyle.

Back in town to help his grandmother at her flower shop, Gabriel has no plans to stick around Magnolia, especially after he bumps into one of his childhood bullies. Sure, Angi's all grown up and gorgeous now, and when they find themselves under the mistletoe, their chemistry is undeniable. But it’ll take more than a Christmas miracle for Angi to break through the defenses of Gabriel’s well-guarded heart and find a love built to last.
Mistletoe Season is one of those book where you spend most of it wanting to shake the parent. I know that sounds weird but that's what happened to me. I really love both Angi and Gabriel. But talk about issues. These two had them by the bushel. 

Angi is working at the family restaurant but isn't really happy about it. Her mother isn't well but still won't let her really do anything. Let me explain. Her mother can't work at the restaurant, so Angi has no choice but to do it. She'd rather keep doing the catering for the Inn but can't just walk away from the family business. 

Angi would love to change some things up at the restaurant, but her mother won't hear of it. She's only allowed to be creative at the Inn. She does so well that it's one of the only bright spots in her live other than her son. When her mother finds out she pulls the guilt card and really treats her very badly. So badly that I wanted to slap her more than once. Do you love books like that. Ones that make you feel like you could walk on the pages and really slap someone. 

Where Angi isn't allowed to do much with her family business Gabreil on the other hand starts to really but the effort into his aunt's place and finds that he's good at it. Sadly, he has no plans to stick around. He doesn't want to be anywhere that he might run into Angi. 

There is a ton of baggage in this story. Yes, there a lot of fun parts too but sometimes the sad parts took over the story. I wasn't' really mad about that because they had to be delt with. Gabe had to learn to forgive Angi for how she acted as a kid and see that what see did but ruining their friendship did nothing for her in the long run. 

The holiday season can be a time of healing and forgiveness and that's what this story does. Angi was able to show her mother that she has talent and needs to express them. She and Gabe helped her son deal with his life, and Gabe learned about second chances and that sometimes you have to take a chance even if you get hurt doing it. 

This is a wonderful story that you'll enjoy reading at any time. I would read the series in order it just helps to make each book so much better. 


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