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Peek Inside A Cinderella Christmas Carol

There’s nothingCynthia hates more than Christmas, which happens to be her birthday. Withan important deadline looming, shejust wants the holiday to end. Thenshe wakes up to the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future—all in the form of the super-hot Matt, the new art director.He's the one person on herteam she can’t boss around. He’s also her employee and totally off limits, even if he does seem interested. Though he’syears younger and all kinds of forbidden fruit, he’s the form the Powers That Be decided she’d be receptive to.Because they have a message for her: learn the true meaning of Christmas spirit or risk being alone for the rest of her life

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There’s nothing On Top managing editor Cynthia “Starr” Starling hates more than Christmas. With an important deadline looming, plus her dreaded Christmas Day birthday, Starr just wants the holiday to end. But when she wakes up Christmas Eve night to the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future—all in the form of the super-hot Matt Landry, the new art director—she knows she’s in for a long night.

Matt is the one person on Starr’s team she can’t boss around and the only one she doesn’t need to. He’s also her employee and totally off limits, even if he does seem interested. Though he’s seven years younger and all kinds of forbidden fruit, he’s the form the Powers That Be decided she’d be receptive to.

Because they have a message for her: learn the true meaning of Christmas spirit or risk being alone for the rest of her life.



"Award-winning author Hope Tarr's A Cinderella Christmas Carol presents a different kind of Dickens story -- one with a hunky Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Be." - Joyce Lamb, USA Today, Happily Ever After

"...emotionally gripping...I love Ms. Tarr's writing style...if you haven't read Operation Cinderella, pick that one up to learn where the crimson velvet shoes came from and start this series from the beginning. - FIVE Stars, The Romance Reviews

"If you like a good Christmas story, this novella is for you. It is short, fun and sweet, so it makes for a perfect quick read." - FIVE Hearts, Harlequin Junkie"

This is a novella full of love and happiness and very fitting for the holidays. - FIVE Stars, Kaidan's Seduction
"...a bargain at $0.99 and I give it 4 1/2 paws!  I will definitely be looking for more books by Hope this coming year." -Storeybook Reviews


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668182
Series: Suddenly Cinderella, Book 1.5
Release Date: Dec 17, 2012
Page Count: 84
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances
Tropes: boss and employee, forbidden love/off limits

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By Kat December 24, 2017

This was a cute short Christmas novella that I picked up for free as a Goodreads Deal. I always enjoy fairy tale retellings and remakes of classic stories, and this one hangs pretty close to the original "A Christmas Carol" with our MC Star in the role of Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas pa ...more

By Yvonne December 16, 2017

Cynthia “Starr” Starling has a reputation with her employees and it’s not a good one. It gets worse around Christmas time since she has a Christmas Day birthday. It makes her hate the holiday even more.

To top it all off, she finds herself attracted to one of her employees, Matt Landry. Not only does ...more

By Stella January 10, 2013

I very much I loved the first story in Hope Tarr's brand new Suddenly Cinderella series (Operation Cinderella was one of my favourite reads of 2012), so when I heard that there will be a special holiday novella in the series I couldn't have been happier and more excited!

In this holiday novella Hope ...more

By Kim Reads December 10, 2012

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I liked the second installment in the Suddenly Cinderella series, even though I’m not a big fan of A Christmas Carol itself.

This second book/novella is focused on Starr finding love. In the first book, Operation Cindere ...more

By Cocktails and Books December 19, 2012

This was an interesting twist on A Christmas Carol. Same premise: Christmas past, present and future is shown to a somewhat bitter (putting it mildly) Starr on Christmas Eve. The twist comes in the form of a ghost who looks just like Matt Landry, the magazine art director Starr can't stop thinking a ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews December 21, 2012

Shey's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4 Stars

I have really come to like this series the first book Operation Cinderella and even though this is a short novella it didn’t lack anything, for me, a great Christmas read with a new twist on Scrooge.
Cynthia Starling or Starr is what she pre ...more

By Yazmin December 03, 2012

A Cinderella Christmas Carol is a fun new twist to the classic Christmas Carol, but with romance of course. ;)

If you read the first book in this series (Operation Cinderella) you already know Starr and how much of a Scrooge she is. But if you haven’t don’t worry you can read it later too.

Starr is th ...more

By Melody December 05, 2012

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A Cinderella Christmas Carol is without a doubt a fun twist on a Christmas Classic.

Cynthia Starling (Starr) would definitely fit the part of Scrooge, yet she probably doesn't see herself that way. With the help of a spirit guide who is in the image of Matt Land ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson January 06, 2013

Christmas time always brings the crazy out of everyone. People get moody and become grinches. For Starr she has it all but she hates Christmas time. Not only is it her birthday but she hates everything about it. To make matters worse she has a new art director that she is hot for Matt and she knows ...more

By Kim December 24, 2012

A Cinderella Christmas Carol is a holiday novella in the Suddenly Cinderella series by Hope Tarr. I haven't yet read the first book in the series, Operation Cinderella, but I plan to now! This novella is centered around Starr who is all about work and not a lot about fun. Starr is cast as the Scroog ...more

By Angela January 23, 2013

very cute short read. Im loving this series. ...more

By Britt December 09, 2012

I loved Starr's story! It's great to see a Scrooge melt and fall in love, and see the ripple effects on other characters. Definitely a cute, love filled novella for the holiday season! ...more

By Chris December 12, 2017


Cute quick Christmas read. Really enjoyed Matt and Starr's connection in both the spirit and real life. I would've given this 5 stars but it was a bit too short. I would've enjoyed a little more build up of the characters. Would still recommend this book for anyone with an hour to sit in front o ...more

By Janis December 25, 2017

I’m pretty tired of Christmas Carol retellings. You can’t improve on the original anyway. But the price was right (free), so I decided to try it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it better than most of them. ...more

By J.R. December 16, 2017

A charming little story of a New York singleton’s Christmas Eve visions of her past, present and possible future that help her find her Christmas spirit, and open her heart to the possibility of love. ...more

By Judy July 08, 2019

Another new to me author & another story that I’ve had on my kindle for awhile. I enjoyed this story a lot. I love seeing the different ways authors come up in revising A Christmas Carol. ...more

By Jennifer December 04, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great reflection of A Christmas Carol only it was a little more up to date with everything that’s happening now. Very sweet but I wish it was longer haha. ...more

By Jennifer December 10, 2017

Cute, quick Christmas novella, followed the a Christmas carol theme. ...more

By Angie December 18, 2017

This was a good short Christmas story about Starr and seeing the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. ...more

By AF December 17, 2017

Totally silly and predictable, but a sweet Christmas Carol-inspired novella. ...more

By Donna November 28, 2018

Really nice quick read

Nice story, nothing deep but just a nice Christmas story. I enjoyed it and the timing of my reading it was perfect. ...more

By Sapphyria May 03, 2015

Cynthia (Starr) Starling is the boss of everyone's nightmares. She's hard-nosed, no-nonsense, and completely about the job ~~ and she expects her employees to be the same way. After an undercover story for the magazine becomes an epic failure and she loses an employee to the enemy, she comes to one ...more

By Read On December 17, 2016

Short, but VERY sweet.

It was a fun and quick read. It was amazing how the entire story was fleshed out and took you literally through a Christmas past, present, and future.. This is a great Christmas story. ...more

By Trixiter March 17, 2014

What a cute 2nd book in this series! On to book 3! ...more

By Alycia July 09, 2014

Looking for a fun holiday story? This novella is perfect (and only .99)! I love Starr. ...more

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Hope Tarr

About the author

Hope Tarr

Hope Tarr is the award-winning author of 25 historical and contemporary romances including OPERATION CINDERELLA (Suddenly Cinderella series Book #1) optioned by to Twentieth Century FOX as a feature film. Hope is also a co-founder and current principle of Lady Jane's Salon, New York City's first--and still only--monthly romance fiction reading series, now in its sixth year with eight satellites nationwide. Hope lives in Manhattan with her real-life romance hero and rescue cats.

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