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A man who hides fear with courage. A woman who needs a house but longs for a home. And the dog with anxiety issues who brings them together. Fire Chief Andrew Coleman has two rooms for rent. Reagan Boyle and her little brother need a place to stay, and fast. It should be cut and dried – she rents the rooms, he lives his life. Except for the memories of the mistletoe kiss they A man who hides fear with courage. A woman who needs a house but longs for a home. And the dog with anxiety issues who brings them together. Fire Chief Andrew Coleman has two rooms for rent. Reagan Boyle and her little brother need a place to stay, and fast. It should be cut and dried – she rents the rooms, he lives his life. Except for the memories of the mistletoe kiss they shared. But he’s still dealing with the death of his close friend and because she was weak and trusting she’s carrying another man’s child. Except, as they slowly make their shared house into a home of love and laughter, they start to realize that maybe fear is the natural result of death, but love is the supernatural result. And Christmastime and the birth of a baby is the perfect time to allow love to overcome fear. Books in the Cowboy Crossing series: 1. Best Friends in the Show Me State 2. Sold! In the Show Me State 3. A Secret Baby in the Show Me State 4. The Beast Gets His Cowgirl in the Show Me State 5. A Marriage of Convenience in the Show Me State 6. A Second Chance in the Show Me State 7. A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State 8. His Best Friend's Sister in the Show Me State


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A man who hides fear with courage. A woman who needs a house but longs for a home. And the dog with anxiety issues who brings them together. Fire Chief Andrew Coleman has two rooms for rent. Reagan Boyle and her little brother need a place to stay, and fast. It should be cut and dried – she rents the rooms, he lives his life. Except for the memories of the mistletoe kiss they A man who hides fear with courage. A woman who needs a house but longs for a home. And the dog with anxiety issues who brings them together. Fire Chief Andrew Coleman has two rooms for rent. Reagan Boyle and her little brother need a place to stay, and fast. It should be cut and dried – she rents the rooms, he lives his life. Except for the memories of the mistletoe kiss they shared. But he’s still dealing with the death of his close friend and because she was weak and trusting she’s carrying another man’s child. Except, as they slowly make their shared house into a home of love and laughter, they start to realize that maybe fear is the natural result of death, but love is the supernatural result. And Christmastime and the birth of a baby is the perfect time to allow love to overcome fear. Books in the Cowboy Crossing series: 1. Best Friends in the Show Me State 2. Sold! In the Show Me State 3. A Secret Baby in the Show Me State 4. The Beast Gets His Cowgirl in the Show Me State 5. A Marriage of Convenience in the Show Me State 6. A Second Chance in the Show Me State 7. A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State 8. His Best Friend's Sister in the Show Me State

30 review for A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State (Cowboy Crossing Western Sweet Romance Book 7)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sonya Wasden

    This is another wonderful book from one of my favorite authors. Andrew is a fire chief who not only has a dangerous job but loves taking chances and participating in extreme sports. He is still dealing with the tragic death of a close friend when her meets Reagan who works at the local vet's office. They shared a mistletoe kiss at the vet's office and he can't stop thinking about that kiss. Reagan is raising her younger brother and is pregnant. She has lived a difficult life and has made some ba This is another wonderful book from one of my favorite authors. Andrew is a fire chief who not only has a dangerous job but loves taking chances and participating in extreme sports. He is still dealing with the tragic death of a close friend when her meets Reagan who works at the local vet's office. They shared a mistletoe kiss at the vet's office and he can't stop thinking about that kiss. Reagan is raising her younger brother and is pregnant. She has lived a difficult life and has made some bad choices in her past and trusted the wrong person. She can't make that mistake again. She is determined to make some changes in her life and give her baby the life she always wanted but never had. She needs to find a new, inexpensive place to live and ends up renting two rooms from Andrew. Andrew didn't now she was going to be the renter but he figured it would be ok if she helped with the cooking. He also didn't realize she was pregnant, at first. These two start to develop a family, of sorts, that begins to feel real and wonderful. Can they find happiness or will their past convince them it isn't worth the risk? This is a sweet, Christian romance that provides some good lessons and has just the right feels. I was given an arc copy of this book and I willingly offer my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    (4.5 stars) - "Death makes life worth living" That somewhat opaque phrase from the book is such a perfect expression, not just for the sweet love story between Reagan & Andrew - which it truly is - but also, in a similar yet different way, for the Christmas story. Certainly, love is what makes life worth living, as is brought home to Reagan as she is talking with Andrew about his efforts to emotionally insulate his life. And a life without love is already dead. More to the point, our awareness th (4.5 stars) - "Death makes life worth living" That somewhat opaque phrase from the book is such a perfect expression, not just for the sweet love story between Reagan & Andrew - which it truly is - but also, in a similar yet different way, for the Christmas story. Certainly, love is what makes life worth living, as is brought home to Reagan as she is talking with Andrew about his efforts to emotionally insulate his life. And a life without love is already dead. More to the point, our awareness that life is so very temporary means that we need to make the most of our time here - try to not only live our best but die our best, too. That idea is conjoined with the Lord's Incarnation in the sense that love is willing to give all, to risk all - even one's own life - for the one or ones you love. The Reason for the Season, indeed! 😊 And the best kind of romance with a happily-ever-after that reminds us of the authentic happily-ever-after that was, and is, and is to come... *Romance level: sweet kisses, nothing graphic *Religion: overtly Christian, but not preachy

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Knuckles

    A Mistletoe Mishap In The Show Me State is the story of another one of the men in the single dad's group. This time there is only a couple of men still remaining single and they decide that Andrew, the fire captain of Trumball and a volunteer fire fighter for Cowboy Crossing has never tried to remarry after his divorce. Andrew, Preston, and Shane grew up friends and were adrenalin junkies and loved extreme rock climbing without the use of safety harnesses. On their last climb Shane fell to his d A Mistletoe Mishap In The Show Me State is the story of another one of the men in the single dad's group. This time there is only a couple of men still remaining single and they decide that Andrew, the fire captain of Trumball and a volunteer fire fighter for Cowboy Crossing has never tried to remarry after his divorce. Andrew, Preston, and Shane grew up friends and were adrenalin junkies and loved extreme rock climbing without the use of safety harnesses. On their last climb Shane fell to his death while Andrew and Preston watched. Andrew was married with two small boys and his grief left a lot lacking from him as a husband and a dad. So she leaves him and takes both boys with her to Chicago where she is happily remarried. Preston was also married and he dropped inside an alcohol bottle to numb his memories while his wife divorced him. So at this particular monthly dad's meeting they made Andrew bet that if he couldn't get him a wife by Christmas that he would have to adopt a dog for a companion. The next month he shows up with a German shepherd mix named Gladys and said it was easier than finding a single woman in Cowboy Crossing. But, when he took Gladys to the vet for her shots he met Reagan who was the new receptionist and when he handed her the lease to Gladys she pushed Reagan into Andrew under the mistletoe and nothing doing but the vet and another client seen it and told them to kiss. And what a kiss it was. Reagan and her younger brother Dylan was looking for a place to rent in Cowboy Crossing. Andrew put up an ad to rent out two rooms in his beautiful old country home. His Uncle Ron lived with him and got lonely on Andrew's 24 hour on shifts at the fire station. So when Reagan called the number on the ad she spoke to an older man and thought it would maybe work out for them. But, when the door opened it was Andrew. He couldn't tell them that he wanted to rent to a man as he was afraid it would hurt Reagan and make her think it was because of the kiss. Something inside Andrew wanted to help Reagan and protect her. When he found out that she was pregnant due on Christmas Eve he knew then there was more between them than just a rental agreement. He had messed up his marriage after Shane's death. Why would he think he wouldn't mess this up too?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebmay

    For Andrew and Reagan, loving someone has also brought great pain into their lives. Except for the younger brother she is raising, every person Reagan has loved (or thought she loved) has left her, even the father of the baby she is carrying. His lies and coldness when she told him she was pregnant should have made Reagan closed to even the possibility of love, but her faith has helped her to remain open to love. Andrew, a firefighter and adrenaline junky, has been decimated by love before. Witn For Andrew and Reagan, loving someone has also brought great pain into their lives. Except for the younger brother she is raising, every person Reagan has loved (or thought she loved) has left her, even the father of the baby she is carrying. His lies and coldness when she told him she was pregnant should have made Reagan closed to even the possibility of love, but her faith has helped her to remain open to love. Andrew, a firefighter and adrenaline junky, has been decimated by love before. Witnessing the horrific death of his friend led him shutting off his emotions and pushing away his wife. Now a divorced father of two boys who live in another state with their mother, he is still emotionally shut off, though he has given his affection to his neurotic dog. Andrew and Reagan meet at the veterinarian clinic where she works. An unexpectedly passionate kiss under the mistletoe sparks an attraction that both deny to themselves, but cannot forget. In need of a place to stay, Reagan rents two rooms for her and her brother in Andrew’s home which he shares with his elderly uncle. At first unaware of her pregnancy (Reagan wears lots of shapeless and bulky clothes), Andrew finds himself wanting to know more about Reagan and her past . As time passes they form a kind of friendship and connection, but the memory of that shared kiss is never far from their minds. He even ventures to share his painful past with her, but her observations send him into retreat again. It takes a lot of inner reflection, and the advice of an old friend for Andrew to see that shutting himself off from love is not really living. Yes love can bring great pain, but it is also the source of the greatest joy in life. Not really knowing how Reagan feels about him is terrifying, but Andrew decides to reveal what’s in his heart and to ask her to share the future with him. I loved the message of this book, the fascinating characters and their slow, sweet journey toward a shared love. This book will join all the rest of Jessie’s books on my to keep list. I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Janalyn Prude

    There is something to love about all of Jessie‘s books, but in mistletoe mess up I do believe there was something special. In this book we find Reagan who is expecting due to unfortunate decisions she made with her boss seven months previous. Dealing with the consequences she has a new job at a new veterinary clinic AN DoctorViolet hung up decorations for Christmas and that included mistletoe. The Unfortunate Pl., Reagan found herself standing, with the handsome Andrew walked in the clinic and t There is something to love about all of Jessie‘s books, but in mistletoe mess up I do believe there was something special. In this book we find Reagan who is expecting due to unfortunate decisions she made with her boss seven months previous. Dealing with the consequences she has a new job at a new veterinary clinic AN DoctorViolet hung up decorations for Christmas and that included mistletoe. The Unfortunate Pl., Reagan found herself standing, with the handsome Andrew walked in the clinic and this is also where is the trip when preparing for a chase kiss with him to appease the onlookers. Unfortunately again for Reagan her trip cost them to move swiftly into a not so friendly kiss which evolved into a passionate kiss where the world fell away for both of them. Come to her senses she is embarrassed and acts aloof to Andrew. Only to days later show up at his home after seeing a post that he put on Doctor Violet’s community board about rooms to rent. After finding out he was the one with the rooms to rent she really couldn’t pass it up as she was raising her brother and it was the best place to live for the best price. This is where the book gets good or rather I should say excellent. I absolutely loved this book. No matter how many times I read it Jessie book I am always amazed at how entertaining it is and how much I don’t want to put it down. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again Jessie Gussman is the only contemporary romance writer that I read every book that comes out. I highly recommend this book or really any book by Jessie she is awesome in this book is something above the norm or maybe just something that struck a chord with me because I absolutely loved it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dana Redding

    A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State Jessie Gussman Reagan and her younger brother live together, she is working at an animal clinic. She is heavily pregnant and due to deliver on Christmas. She is in need of a new place to live. Her attention is on an older woman with a small dog. She is holding the door for her and a man says if she would hold his dog he would help the older woman with the food. When he returns to take the dog he is mesmerised by her eyes. The doctor says oh look your both sta A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State Jessie Gussman Reagan and her younger brother live together, she is working at an animal clinic. She is heavily pregnant and due to deliver on Christmas. She is in need of a new place to live. Her attention is on an older woman with a small dog. She is holding the door for her and a man says if she would hold his dog he would help the older woman with the food. When he returns to take the dog he is mesmerised by her eyes. The doctor says oh look your both standing under the mistletoe. They both look unsure and the doctor says it’s ok because both are available. He leans down to kiss her cheek and the dog pushes against her causing her to turn her head and the give each other a full on kiss! Turns out he is renting rooms from his uncles house which he now owns. Her brother and she move in and he didn’t notice she was expecting. Just that she wore baggy clothes. Andrew is the chief at the fire station. He is divorced with two sons that live in Chicago with their mother. He lost his best friend and is still hurting from the loss. Sweet romance, one that starts with a kiss under the mistletoe. I enjoyed reading this book. My disclaimer... I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. Any book or novels I leave reviews on are not dependent on the book/novel review author’s opinion. No one influenced my voluntary review for any of the books or novels I read, they are my own opinions. 


  7. 5 out of 5

    MIPat

    A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State is one of those books that draws you into the story, keeps you in your seat until you finish and later keep revisiting. Andrew and Reagan are wonderfully human, with all their flaws, and I loved watching them grow as they each came to terms with the mistakes of the past. Andrew has mistakenly distanced himself from caring about others because of the pain he experienced at the death of his best friend, which cost him his marriage. Reagan and her younger bro A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State is one of those books that draws you into the story, keeps you in your seat until you finish and later keep revisiting. Andrew and Reagan are wonderfully human, with all their flaws, and I loved watching them grow as they each came to terms with the mistakes of the past. Andrew has mistakenly distanced himself from caring about others because of the pain he experienced at the death of his best friend, which cost him his marriage. Reagan and her younger brother were abandoned by family, leaving Reagan open to exploitation by an unscrupulous man. Surprisingly, it is her unplanned pregnancy that helps Reagan know what love is and how she wants her life to be in the future. Both Andrew and Reagan stumble a bit as they find their way to each other, and that is why their happy ending is so satisfying. Jessie Gussman is one of my favorite authors. Her characters are well developed and easy to relate to. The story plots do not rely on excessive drama or action to move forward. These are the sorts of situations any of us might find ourselves in, but I'm pretty sure Ms. Gussman's characters handle their problems better than I would. Days later I realize that I have learned a bit more about better ways to live my life while I was enjoying a really good story. I received a copy of this book from the author for review and my comments are my own reaction to the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    Fire Chief Andrew Coleman is a man that lives for the challenge and taking risks. But that adventurous spirit also crushed him when one of his best friends perished during one of their outings. Since then, he’s closed his life to loving for fear of getting hurt. Reagan Boyle works at a veterinarian office. She’s the caretaker of her young brother and barely meeting ends. When she needs a new place to live for her and her brother, little did she knows that it would be at the home of the man she had Fire Chief Andrew Coleman is a man that lives for the challenge and taking risks. But that adventurous spirit also crushed him when one of his best friends perished during one of their outings. Since then, he’s closed his life to loving for fear of getting hurt. Reagan Boyle works at a veterinarian office. She’s the caretaker of her young brother and barely meeting ends. When she needs a new place to live for her and her brother, little did she knows that it would be at the home of the man she had kissed under the mistletoe in the vet’s office. This strong young woman is pregnant and determined to give all the love she can to this baby. As a friendship between Andrew and Reagan so do the feelings . But Andrew fears loving someone equates to being hurt and has made it a point of closing himself off to love and caring. It was a sweet Christian romance that will touch your hearts. Aside from the plot, this is a story about risking your heart and opening it to love. A quote from the story says it all. “ Life without love isn’t (wasn’t) a worthwhile life”. Which reminded me of an excerpt of a the poem by Tennyson, “ ’Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all”. Another good addition to this series. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ballet in AK

    A Mistletoe Mishap by Jessie Gussman (5 stars) I felt that this romance was so relevant and presents some serious food for thought. Andrew experienced the death of a best friend and now doesn't ever allow himself to love for fear that someone else he loves will die. His journey, and how his thought process changes, is profound and there are sections of this book that I will be re-reading because I feel that they are so astute. Reagan's story is a common one, but she is facing her situation with unc A Mistletoe Mishap by Jessie Gussman (5 stars) I felt that this romance was so relevant and presents some serious food for thought. Andrew experienced the death of a best friend and now doesn't ever allow himself to love for fear that someone else he loves will die. His journey, and how his thought process changes, is profound and there are sections of this book that I will be re-reading because I feel that they are so astute. Reagan's story is a common one, but she is facing her situation with uncommon strength of character. I would have liked this to be more like the usual magical web that Jessie Gussman weaves, but the conversations in this book and the pondering it engenders are worth a little less magic and a little more realism. This is a Christian book but the tendency to feel reluctant to expose one's heart is something everyone can understand to a certain degree. Ms. Gussman's arguments in favor of allowing oneself to truly love, to truly care, stretch beyond Christian belief to encompass human nature. Definitely worth reading. Don't get me wrong, there is romance and there are some good kisses (especially the mistletoe kiss at the beginning) and sweet moments, but this book reaches deeper... *poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janene

    Rating:  4.5 stars What I enjoyed: •  During the first part of this book, I was impressed by how the author thoroughly imparted to the reader the depth of emotional turmoil Andrew was going through at this point of time in his life.  He was at a crossroad. • Reagan and Andrew were characters that you wanted to discover more about as you read their story. This story touched my heart. Two, sad, lonely characters trying to find meaning and purpose in life. • The minor players in the story added dept Rating:  4.5 stars What I enjoyed: •  During the first part of this book, I was impressed by how the author thoroughly imparted to the reader the depth of emotional turmoil Andrew was going through at this point of time in his life.  He was at a crossroad. • Reagan and Andrew were characters that you wanted to discover more about as you read their story. This story touched my heart. Two, sad, lonely characters trying to find meaning and purpose in life. • The minor players in the story added depth to the storyline and were well developed, especially Dylan.  Kids always add such a cute factor. • The descriptions of locations and emotions were well done, easy to visualize, and to feel. I felt a part of the scenes. • The pacing of the story was neither too slow nor too fast. There was a smooth, coherent flow to this book. • This story had a satisfying ending. • This novel was a clean read. • I did not find this western Christian romance preachy. Religion was just a natural part of the characters' lives. No lectures. I was given an advance copy by the author.  My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own.  I will really enjoy reading more books by Jessie Gussman.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vicki or Dennis Johnson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have yet to read a story by Jessie Gussman that didn't touch me in one way or another. I had a hard time getting into this one and perhaps it was the issue with the dog that belonged to him. I loved the characters that were developed and the storyline was definitely one that plays out more frequently than we could possibly imagine. (Perhaps not always with the good ending this book had). {I would like to insert about this precious pet, my best friend just lost their dog when he got a hold of a I have yet to read a story by Jessie Gussman that didn't touch me in one way or another. I had a hard time getting into this one and perhaps it was the issue with the dog that belonged to him. I loved the characters that were developed and the storyline was definitely one that plays out more frequently than we could possibly imagine. (Perhaps not always with the good ending this book had). {I would like to insert about this precious pet, my best friend just lost their dog when he got a hold of a wooden popsicle stick. The same question was asked, how much do you want to spend? They ended up with 4 surgeries over the course of a week and still lost their darling pup in the end! I never considered my dog chewing on these things and the damage it could do.}. I received an ARC copy of this book, but this is my voluntary and honest review with my own personal opinions. VICKI FROM WYOMING

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Cowboy crossing always has something exciting happening and this book takes us on another adventure into the life of Andrew who lives with his uncle on the family farm. We also meet Reagan and her brother Dylan. This story is really cute but as it continues it takes us into some very serious situations and issues that people have to live with. I think this is the first book I have read of Ms. Gussman although I have listened to some on Audible. Her characters are always people that it would be n Cowboy crossing always has something exciting happening and this book takes us on another adventure into the life of Andrew who lives with his uncle on the family farm. We also meet Reagan and her brother Dylan. This story is really cute but as it continues it takes us into some very serious situations and issues that people have to live with. I think this is the first book I have read of Ms. Gussman although I have listened to some on Audible. Her characters are always people that it would be nice to meet, living lives like we are but allowing us to have a closer look at different relationships, and situations that people have to learn to deal with. I have enjoyed all of the books I have read and listened to of this author and learning about all the characters that live in Cowboy Crossing. I received a free download of this book from the publisher. This review is my own honest opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tandy Oschadleus

    I received an ARC to review: Reagan and Andrew's story had me hooked from their first kiss! Living life to the full, learning from one's mistakes, allowing growth instead of walling up when life knocks hard, and forgiving onself are all threads in this story that come together to weave a magnificent tapestry for the reader. Jessie gives us a glimpse into the reality of being human and all it's messiness ... But that God can salvage anyone's life if they allow Him. A beautiful, heartfelt, raw nar I received an ARC to review: Reagan and Andrew's story had me hooked from their first kiss! Living life to the full, learning from one's mistakes, allowing growth instead of walling up when life knocks hard, and forgiving onself are all threads in this story that come together to weave a magnificent tapestry for the reader. Jessie gives us a glimpse into the reality of being human and all it's messiness ... But that God can salvage anyone's life if they allow Him. A beautiful, heartfelt, raw narrative from Jessie. Triggers: divorce, infidelity, premarital sexual intimacy, premarital pregnancy, severely ill beloved pet, alcoholism. Readers whose conviction of permissible re-marriage to a new partner after divorce for reasons other than infidelity may grapple with their conscience in reading this story. (I just changed that part of the narrative in my mind as it was not the focal point and delighted in the amazing story 😃)

  14. 4 out of 5

    J Young

    A delicious Cowboy Crossing romance! Raegan Boyle had to grow up fast when her mom left, her dad was no longer in the picture, and she was left to raise and support her younger brother, Dylan. Even with her job for Dr. Vicki at the veterinary clinic, it is hard to make ends meet and her paycheck will soon have to stretch even farther. She could not really afford the rent on their apartment so the ad for rental rooms on the bulletin board was an answer to her prayers. The elderly man who answered A delicious Cowboy Crossing romance! Raegan Boyle had to grow up fast when her mom left, her dad was no longer in the picture, and she was left to raise and support her younger brother, Dylan. Even with her job for Dr. Vicki at the veterinary clinic, it is hard to make ends meet and her paycheck will soon have to stretch even farther. She could not really afford the rent on their apartment so the ad for rental rooms on the bulletin board was an answer to her prayers. The elderly man who answered her call sounded nice but when she arrived to see the rooms the door was answered by the man she had accidentally lip-locked under the mistletoe thanks to the dog he brought into the clinic for a checkup. When Fire Chief Andrew Coleman advertised the rooms for rent he did not expect the beautiful woman in the baggy clothes he kissed at the vets would become his tenant. The attraction he felt was unexpected but he is too broken emotionally to the hurt a relationship can bring. Jesse Gussman has delivered another superb clean western romance. I received an advance copy but my review is honest and voluntary.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aurélie

    Andrew is Reagan’s new landlord. As she moves in, they start forming sort of a family. Unfortunately, due to past occurrences, Andrew and Reagan have a lot of emotional baggage to work through. Though they help each other out, they have a long way to go to be ready for a long-term commitment. I admired how the author described their problems, how prominent they were in the lives of her characters, and showed the long-term consequences due to the impact it had on them. Everything in this story mad Andrew is Reagan’s new landlord. As she moves in, they start forming sort of a family. Unfortunately, due to past occurrences, Andrew and Reagan have a lot of emotional baggage to work through. Though they help each other out, they have a long way to go to be ready for a long-term commitment. I admired how the author described their problems, how prominent they were in the lives of her characters, and showed the long-term consequences due to the impact it had on them. Everything in this story made the characters relatable, from their problems, the way they handled them, and especially how – and with which reluctance – they worked on them. This is a great book that I recommend to everybody who wishes to read an amazing romance that feels real. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

    I have really enjoyed the “Show Me State” series by Jessie Gussman and I am glad that we got to read Andrew’s story and that it was set around Christmas. I really liked how Reagan liked Andrew for who he was and was very understanding of what he was going through. I also liked how Andrew helped Reagan to see that she was still a good person in spite of having made some mistakes. I really liked how they were able to help each other to heal and to realize that they can be loved for who they are. I I have really enjoyed the “Show Me State” series by Jessie Gussman and I am glad that we got to read Andrew’s story and that it was set around Christmas. I really liked how Reagan liked Andrew for who he was and was very understanding of what he was going through. I also liked how Andrew helped Reagan to see that she was still a good person in spite of having made some mistakes. I really liked how they were able to help each other to heal and to realize that they can be loved for who they are. I also really liked that a dog helped to bring them together. Very cute story. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hamann

    Andrew liked adventure, lived for it until one of his best friends died. Reagan made a mistake and now she's pregnant and raising her challenged brother. They need a place to stay and Andrew is renting out a couple of rooms at his house. After a cute introduction under the mistletoe at the vet's office, this couple gets off to a rough start. They find things that they like and dislike in each other. Andrew is afraid of commitment and loss. This book is a bit more philosophical in one section, but Andrew liked adventure, lived for it until one of his best friends died. Reagan made a mistake and now she's pregnant and raising her challenged brother. They need a place to stay and Andrew is renting out a couple of rooms at his house. After a cute introduction under the mistletoe at the vet's office, this couple gets off to a rough start. They find things that they like and dislike in each other. Andrew is afraid of commitment and loss. This book is a bit more philosophical in one section, but it's another feel good, happy ending book that Jessie Gussman is known for. I enjoyed the story and her writing style. I think nearly any reader would enjoy this book. I recommend it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Jessie Gussman can take normal, everyday characters and turn them into heroes. Andrew is the fire chief. He's also an adrenaline junkie who's been scarred by the death of his best friend. He's shut himself off from emotional entanglements so he doesn't have to feel that pain again. Reagan is a veterinarian's assistant. She's still a kid, but has made some mistakes and is unwed, pregnant, and not willing to trust herself where men are concerned. Amazingly a kiss under the mistletoe brings them to Jessie Gussman can take normal, everyday characters and turn them into heroes. Andrew is the fire chief. He's also an adrenaline junkie who's been scarred by the death of his best friend. He's shut himself off from emotional entanglements so he doesn't have to feel that pain again. Reagan is a veterinarian's assistant. She's still a kid, but has made some mistakes and is unwed, pregnant, and not willing to trust herself where men are concerned. Amazingly a kiss under the mistletoe brings them together. These characters have depth. Their honesty with each other brings about a new way of thinking and each have a change of heart. I found myself teary in a few places as they were falling in love - especially at the birth of Reagan's daughter. Christmas has never felt so good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    Still alone and hoping his future some promise of change he decides it's time to rent a few rooms. He didn't realize he was setting something in motion he only dreamed of. She was already dealing with the repercussions of her actions so with her head tucked down trying to keep out of trouble she took care of her brother and that meant applying for the rental. These two have baggage and even though it's for different reasons they both realize that healing is needed before they can move on. With t Still alone and hoping his future some promise of change he decides it's time to rent a few rooms. He didn't realize he was setting something in motion he only dreamed of. She was already dealing with the repercussions of her actions so with her head tucked down trying to keep out of trouble she took care of her brother and that meant applying for the rental. These two have baggage and even though it's for different reasons they both realize that healing is needed before they can move on. With the holidays before them it's only a matter of time before that healing happens and things become more. Once again this author brings us a sweet read that just makes you feel good. I know I can always come away with a lesson and a ooey gooey feel good kind of heart.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Two lost souls find each other. An unwed mother to be (Reagan) and her younger brother (Dylan) needed a safe place to stay so rent a room from the fire chief Andrew Coleman. Now neither of these two characters are looking for a relationship they both had been hurt in so many ways. Yet in this faith-based jewel, God does have other plans. It was a heartwarming piece of work by Ms. Gussman. I loved spending time with these characters. They were so real and that is what I really like about this ser Two lost souls find each other. An unwed mother to be (Reagan) and her younger brother (Dylan) needed a safe place to stay so rent a room from the fire chief Andrew Coleman. Now neither of these two characters are looking for a relationship they both had been hurt in so many ways. Yet in this faith-based jewel, God does have other plans. It was a heartwarming piece of work by Ms. Gussman. I loved spending time with these characters. They were so real and that is what I really like about this series the characters are people you like to know in real life. High praise for this one it is well worth the time to read and in the end will put a smile a joy in your heart. You cannot ask much more from a book. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shavona Thompson

    With her unique writing style, Jessie Gussman has another 5 Star hit in this sweet Christmas romance. Jessie writes about real life circumstances. She doesn't sugarcoat life and write about fairytales. Her subjects are real life. Her characters have real emotion and dialogue. Her characters could be living next door to you or me. Her writing makes you "feel". She makes you care about her characters and their lives. You become invested in the story - which then keeps you up all night so you can s With her unique writing style, Jessie Gussman has another 5 Star hit in this sweet Christmas romance. Jessie writes about real life circumstances. She doesn't sugarcoat life and write about fairytales. Her subjects are real life. Her characters have real emotion and dialogue. Her characters could be living next door to you or me. Her writing makes you "feel". She makes you care about her characters and their lives. You become invested in the story - which then keeps you up all night so you can see how the story ends. A great heartwarming story for this time of year. I received this copy free from the author and am under no obligation to leave a review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am freely sharing my opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    In this book the author, Jessie Gussman, brings it with well-developed characters, realistic plots with enough twists to make it interesting, a sweet journey toward true love, and some thought-provoking words of wisdom. I especially like the way she challenged me with the truth that love is not finite and that the more we give our love away, the more we have to give. If you’ve ever lost someone you loved and been afraid to love again completely, then this book will encourage you and minister to In this book the author, Jessie Gussman, brings it with well-developed characters, realistic plots with enough twists to make it interesting, a sweet journey toward true love, and some thought-provoking words of wisdom. I especially like the way she challenged me with the truth that love is not finite and that the more we give our love away, the more we have to give. If you’ve ever lost someone you loved and been afraid to love again completely, then this book will encourage you and minister to you. Highest recommendation! I was entrusted with a copy of this book by the author and this is my voluntary and honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lori R

    This was a sweet, romantic story that all begins unexpectedly with a kiss underneath the mistletoe at a veterinary's office where Reagan works. Reagan was looking for a place to rent and discovered that the man who kissed her is also going to be her new landlord as she and her brother rented two rooms in his house. This book will make you think about life, death, and love. It was so interesting to delve into Andrew's past, his beliefs, and the loss of one of his best friends. It was also interes This was a sweet, romantic story that all begins unexpectedly with a kiss underneath the mistletoe at a veterinary's office where Reagan works. Reagan was looking for a place to rent and discovered that the man who kissed her is also going to be her new landlord as she and her brother rented two rooms in his house. This book will make you think about life, death, and love. It was so interesting to delve into Andrew's past, his beliefs, and the loss of one of his best friends. It was also interesting to see how different people react to a friend's death. Some close themselves off emotionally and others turn to alcohol. I really liked the book and the ending.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Lee

    After reading this book, I am definitely ready for some hot chocolate and Christmas music! This is a sweet story about Reagan, a woman in her third trimester of pregnancy, and Andrew, an adrenaline junkie with survivor's guilt. He is renting rooms in his house when Reagan and her brother need a place to live. I loved these characters. Both feel broken because of choices made in their past. This author handles the issue of unplanned pregnancy with such compassion and grace. Through her powerful w After reading this book, I am definitely ready for some hot chocolate and Christmas music! This is a sweet story about Reagan, a woman in her third trimester of pregnancy, and Andrew, an adrenaline junkie with survivor's guilt. He is renting rooms in his house when Reagan and her brother need a place to live. I loved these characters. Both feel broken because of choices made in their past. This author handles the issue of unplanned pregnancy with such compassion and grace. Through her powerful writing, she teaches lessons in life, death, tolerance and forgiveness without sounding preachy. 5 stars for this clean Christmas romance!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pam Merrill

    What could be better than two people who have made mistakes in the past getting a second chance at love? I'd say not much after reading this. Believable characters, a dog with anxiety issues, a baby due in two months, an unplanned and unexpected kiss under the mistletoe. Sound good? So glad I have found some Christian authors who write great books and I don't have to worry about skipping over bad language or intimate scenes. I received an ARC of the book in exchange for my review. I really liked What could be better than two people who have made mistakes in the past getting a second chance at love? I'd say not much after reading this. Believable characters, a dog with anxiety issues, a baby due in two months, an unplanned and unexpected kiss under the mistletoe. Sound good? So glad I have found some Christian authors who write great books and I don't have to worry about skipping over bad language or intimate scenes. I received an ARC of the book in exchange for my review. I really liked it and haven't read any by Jesse that I didn't like. Happy reading.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Right place and right time or is it? While reading this book I kept thinking is story is a different romance - it just had a different feel to it. I really enjoyed it. The Reagan and Andrew took turns in my opinion being the mature one. They really did complete each other and bring out the best in each other even though it didn't always appear so at the beginning. Their past played a major role in their present and future. Each and every character experienced growth and change - really different Right place and right time or is it? While reading this book I kept thinking is story is a different romance - it just had a different feel to it. I really enjoyed it. The Reagan and Andrew took turns in my opinion being the mature one. They really did complete each other and bring out the best in each other even though it didn't always appear so at the beginning. Their past played a major role in their present and future. Each and every character experienced growth and change - really different - once again I liked it. Great ending.

  27. 4 out of 5

    kristen sniadowski

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State. The characters are flawed and likable. The story line is interesting and not predictable. I love Jessie Gussman's style of writing - she knows how to write a great story that keeps you interested in the book. I loved reading Andrew and Reagan's story. I love how honest the characters are, and I love a happy ending! If you want a sweet, clean read - then I highly I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Mistletoe Mishap in the Show Me State. The characters are flawed and likable. The story line is interesting and not predictable. I love Jessie Gussman's style of writing - she knows how to write a great story that keeps you interested in the book. I loved reading Andrew and Reagan's story. I love how honest the characters are, and I love a happy ending! If you want a sweet, clean read - then I highly recommend reading this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Mistletoe Mishap - I thought this one (not the first of Jessie's stories I've thought this about!) should be a Hallmark Channel movie. Very interesting, realistically flawed but loveable characters, interesting messy family dynamics, and a sweet Christmas story with a live nativity! ;) But the bit that moved me the most was her concept of 'dying well' - we're all going to do it, so shouldn't you prepare and plan to do it well? That really moved me. It wasn't maudlin or depressing. It was upliftin Mistletoe Mishap - I thought this one (not the first of Jessie's stories I've thought this about!) should be a Hallmark Channel movie. Very interesting, realistically flawed but loveable characters, interesting messy family dynamics, and a sweet Christmas story with a live nativity! ;) But the bit that moved me the most was her concept of 'dying well' - we're all going to do it, so shouldn't you prepare and plan to do it well? That really moved me. It wasn't maudlin or depressing. It was uplifting and inspiring. I had the privilege of reading an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalya

    Precious and delicate, strong and magnetic! This story has it all: “Death was inevitable. For him and everyone else. But he couldn’t live his life afraid. In order to make his life worth living, worth dying for, he had to live and love, unafraid.” “Love was useless until it was given away.” “Through it all, like the shimmering icicles on a Christmas tree, glowing and twirling and catching the light, reflecting everything back and making it more brilliant and more emotionally intense, was the kiss.”

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nati

    The greatest risk to die is to live. Edward is afraid to love after his best friend died while rock climbing together. CAn Reagan show him that is worth loving and living in order to really enjoy live? She is single, pregnant and taking care of her younger brother. Can Reagan and Edward help each other finding happiness again? A lesson in what’s important in life and what worth fighting for. Great reading

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