Book Review: All I Want from Santa by Lisa Jackson

Posted September 22, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review, bookblogger, New Release / 12 Comments

all i want from santa
All I Want from Santa
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by Lisa Jackson
Publication Date September 28, 2021
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Genres: Fiction / Holidays, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

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...

Dear Readers,

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.

Happy Holidays!

Lisa Jackson

My Review:

All I Want From Santa, by Lisa Jackson is a cute, stand-alone romance book that is a sweet lovely story about second chances.  

Ronnie (Veronica) Walsh and her daughter Amy live in the small, mountain town of Cascadia.  Ronnie has a warehouse business and works as a ski patrol on the nearby slopes.  Ronnie is a widow, her husband Hank died three years ago, just after Amy was born.  

Amy wishes for a puppy and a Dad for Christmas.  The puppy is easy, but Ronnie is still morning her husband and doesn’t need a man in her life.  But, when Travis Keegan and his 15-year-old son move in across the street, Ronnie starts to question her devotion to staying a single mother.  

All I Want From Santa is a very sweet, and hopeful book.  This is a re-issue of a much earlier book by Lisa Jackson, and it did feel a bit dated to me.  Not only were the characters using landlines instead of cell phones, but some of the thoughts and actions of the main characters were also dated.  But, I put myself back in the 90s and just enjoyed this old-fashioned love story, and enjoyed it for what it is, instead of mentally trying to update this book!  

The writing is very good, and the story did grab me and my heart.  It’s very sweet and a bit predictable, but still fun and enjoyable.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

12 responses to “Book Review: All I Want from Santa by Lisa Jackson

  1. Sometimes a predictable holiday story is just the thing that hits the spot. I love that cover and the story does sound heartwarming ❤️ Lovely review!