Published: 10th October 2014
Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life. As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing, the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree! The only problem could be her boss: single-dad, Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realise he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter? As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving, elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it?
Thank you to Bookouture for kindly sending me a review copy.
The narrative opens as Carrie is sat in her car, reading a book about anxiety. I can’t start my review without tackling the subject within books. Some authors make anxiety (and other Mental Health symptoms) to be an aspect of a persons life which isn’t all that important but in actual fact, it’s a pretty big deal. When the book began with an anxiety quote, I was worried that Jenny wouldn’t do the matter justice but in actual fact, I’m rather proud of her.
When Carrie and Adam meet for the very first time, she swoons and to be quite honest, so did I. What an absolute hunk. There were plenty of indications early on as to what may happen during the course of the book, but none of those stopped me from absolutely loving it. The festive atmosphere was on high alert from the very beginning. The two children, Olivia and David were unbelievably sweet and they certainly made the narrative even better. Jenny’s creativity with their voices was wonderful and at times, they did seem a lot older than four.
The ending played with my heartstrings – would they, wouldn’t they? Either way, I was screaming at my Kindle for them to get together and be a proper family. It certainly was A Christmas To Remember and beer bottles have a very strong resemblance to the plot.