Published: October 10, 2014
Format: via NetGalley
A beautiful story about the magic of childhood Christmas memories, the strength of family and falling in love when you least expect it.
Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they?
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 realize 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 realizes 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? Let the festivities begin!
I left this one for last because this one is indeed my favorite book I read this holiday season! I loved the story of Carrie who goes to work for single dad Adam. Carrie is the perfect nanny she loves kids and can definitely see things through their eyes. So when she comes to work for them over the holidays she knows instantly that something is off. These kids are different than any others that she has cared for in the past. She doesn’t see the light in their eyes like so many kids have during Christmas. She also realizes that they don’t have a close relationship with their father. Yes he is a good father but one who has sacrifice family for his job. He’s a believer that it’s better to provide than to just spend time with them. So Carrie is head set to make this Christmas one that the kids and Adam will remember. She makes sure that the kids have the full on Christmas experience that she did as a child and in the process is going to show Adam that the kids need him. She wants him to understand that these are the moments that will go so fast and there is nothing better than making these memories...now.
This book to me is one that fully embodies what the holidays are truly all about. While family is the main message here I loved the underlying relationship between Adam and Carrie. I love how she brings out this other side of Adam one that hasn’t been around in a while or maybe even ever. The best thing she could ever give him for Christmas was that bond with his children and maybe just maybe a new view on love. This is one read I highly recommend, Jenny Hale is an amazing writer and one that I love to pieces!