Review: A Christmas to Remember – Jenny Hale

A Christmas To RememberA Christmas to Remember – Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Release Date: 10th October 2014
Genre: Christmas, Festive, Romance, Comedy
Source: Received on NetGalley via Bookouture

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!

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My thoughts

I am still smiling when thinking of Adam and the rest of the Fletcher family! Such a heartwarming family that is! Adam’s kids, the twins David and Olivia, are too cute! I really wanted to hug them and play with them in their makeshift caves. See their faces light up with excitement about Christmas and spending time with their family.

I am going way ahead now … but the journey Jenny Hale has taken us on is fantastic! It makes you think of your own priorities, how you want to celebrate Christmas and how kids see and how to make it special for them.

We meet Carrie, who is a nanny now for many years and knows this will be her last assignment as a nanny as it is time for her to seriously start her own future. But first she will take over as a full-time nanny for David and Olivia at the Fletcher family – their dad Adam is a single parent and needs help. Carrie is fantastic when it comes to kids – hopeless and diving into her self-help books when it comes to adults. She suffers from anxiety – which is quite common these days.
What doesn’t help Carrie at all is that Adam is gorgeous, but when she first steps in the house and notices how the kids are distant from their own father Carrie knows she will have to make decisions and steps to overcome this and make this a happy Christmas for everyone involved!

Carrie meets the rest of Adam’s family as they have arrived to celebrate Christmas with Adam. Adam runs a brewery and is therefore always working – and with always I mean always! It is the only thing he knows that works, he doesn’t fails in, and his way of providing for his family. Unfortunately for Adam he needs help to remember that providing for his kids and family also includes spending time with them.
Adam needs help with that as he is afraid in failing in that as well, so it is better to focus completely on something he knows that he’s good at – his work, the brewery.

I not even loved the journey Carrie took Adam on to rekindle and re-find his true love and re-connect with his kids, but I also loved the whole Fletcher family. Walter with his knowledge, Sharon with her troubles and seeing her blossom, I would’ve loved to read more about David, Joyce and even Eric – Sharon’s husband- but I know that now they know Adam has found the reconnection with his kids and his family it will all turn out perfect.

I can definitely recommend this book to read, before Christmas. It has the right amount of Christmas and festive cheer, the importance of Christmas for family but also how perceptive kids can be in social situations and how Christmas and family means a lot to them.

Now I have to deal with a book hangover and will sigh happily and dream further about the future of Adam and Carrie, David and Olivia.

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