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!
After reading Coming Home For Christmas I could not wait to get stuck in to another book by Jenny Hale (my new favourite author!)
This book had all the ingredients of the perfect Christmas read. It is a beautiful story about the importance of family, falling in love and the magic of childhood. It had that familiar feel-good warmth to it, and I am sure I will re-read it again in Christmases to come.
Carrie has always loved her job as a live-in nanny, but it means that she has put her own hopes of a family on hold. In her own life, she is very insecure. However, when it comes to the children, she will do whatever it takes to stand up for their best interests. I really connected to Carrie and I was proud of her in the moments that she found courage. She really blossomed as the book progressed.
We then meet the Fletcher family, and I fell in love with every member in turn. The twins are adorable, you couldn’t help but fall for them just as Carrie does. They are sweet and well-behaved, just crying out for love and affection, and it’s touching to see them with Carrie and the members of their family. We meet Adam’s mother Joyce, sister Sharon, and the rest of his family. Each is a wonderfully created character, bringing their own beauty to the story, and making Adam’s behaviour seem all the more puzzling. Adam himself was a great character. He’s successful, gorgeous and obviously kind, but frustrating too! The moments when Carrie stands up to him about the children were some of my favourites. It was a beautiful transition to see her slowly breaking down the stone walls that Adam had built around himself.
It really is a feel good heart-warming story, full of touching moments. Oh and we also met briefly Robert and Allie from Coming Home For Christmas!