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Mistletoe in Paradise by Jill Shalvis
Narrator: Erin Mallon
Series: Wildstone #5.5
Published by HarperAudio on November 2, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 2 hours, 28 minutes
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Problem Number One – Getting There
Old childhood friends each fly separately to join their families on what’s been an annual holiday themed yacht adventure. Secret ex-lovers, Hannah and James are determined to make the best of things…
Problem Number Two – Getting Stuck.
When everyone but Hannah and James gets held up in an airport snarl, it leaves them stuck together for four days, making Hannah’s already problematic trip a whole lot harder to face. Especially because she comes bearing more than just gifts…
Problem Number Three -- Falling In Love (again)
As the former lovers try to make the best of the Christmas snafu, they soon realize that the best things in life can’t be planned and sometimes love is sweeter the second time around.
The books in the Wildstone series don’t seem to have much connection as far as characters or even locations, so you don’t really have to read them in order. There is a romance or two in each, with much more of a life fiction feel.
In Mistletoe in Paradise, Hannah is the only one who lives in Wildstone. This is set in the Atlantic where her step-father has a charter boat. When she was young, her parents and their college friends went on the boat each year for the holidays. Until things changed 10 years ago. Hannah and James fell in love, but wanted different things. They were too young to figure it out and actually talk about the life they wanted.
Mostly, we get Hannah’s perspective or their dialogue when they are together. We do get some of James’ viewpoint which is a plus. Most of the story is told through the dialogue and descriptions of the actions.
This is a very, very short novella so things needed to move quickly. Hannah’s parents have always been the worst and that is the same here. James’ parents and James suffered a horrible loss and it has changed them over the last 10 years. Now Hannah and James are settled in their careers, still love each other, and are old enough to actually talk without making rash assumptions. It’s a sweet reunion.
Erin Mallon is a popular narrator and I have heard her throughout this series. Her male and female characters are differentiated in each book. The male and female voices do sound the same as characters from another book though. I really enjoy the husky quality of her male voices. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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