Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale

23212956Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: October 10th, 2014
Publisher: Bookouture
Synopsis: 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 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? Let the festivities begin!

What I Thought:

This is the perfect time of year for holiday themed novels. I thought I'd get myself in the mood by reading a novel or two with this theme.  While going through my reading pile I noticed Jenny Hale's latest release.  I read and really liked Jenny's Debut novel, Coming Home for Christmas, and thought A Christmas to Remember would be perfect.  

The story started off great and I found myself immersed in Carrie's world.  I loved how giving and kind she was.  I also loved the twins, Olivia and David.  At times they were the adorable precocious four years olds I expected them to be and at other times they acted much older than their ages.  I liked Adam too, but it took me a little longer to warm up to him.  I wasn't sure what it was that was keeping him away from his adorable children.  And I absolutely loved Adam's family.  

Besides the characters, I enjoyed seeing the family come together and be there for each other.  I loved seeing Allie and Robert from Coming Home for Christmas it was such a great way to catch up with them.  I found that the first half of the book seemed a little slow, but at about half way through it picked up.  I was a little worried Carrie wasn't going to be able to find what she was looking for and was frankly very surprised by the twist near the end of the book, but everything worked out the way it should. This story  will tug on your heart strings and capture your attention.  It's sweet, with lots of tension between Adam and Carrie, but with a resolution that will leave you happy.  I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

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About the Author
Jenny HaleWhen I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result is Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.

I released my second book, Love Me for Me, this past summer, and my next novel, A Christmas to Remember is out now.

When I’m not writing, I’m a District Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, a mother of two boys, and a wife to a very supportive husband.

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*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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