A Christmas to remember – Jenny Hale
I have been trying to read as many Christmas books as I can this month. I wanted to read this one because I loved the book ‘Love me for me‘ by Jenny Hale a lot this summer. I wanted to see if her Christmas story would be just as lovely – and it was.
What the book is about
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 think about the book
Carrie is a lovely main character. I instantly liked her. She is a little worried about her life and if she has missed too much by being a full time nanny for other families. Can she still build up her own life and have a family of her own? She turns to self-help books a lot in the beginning. I don’t think she needs those as she’s a lovely person.
Her new boss, Adam Fletcher, is a handsome man who she seems to like a lot. That might sound like a cliche, but it works really well in this story. The cute children she has to care for, the lovely extended family of her boss. It seems like Carrie fits in very well in this family. Only Adam doesn’t seem to care about anything but his job. At some point in the book the whole thing with Adam and his children made me quite sad. I wanted him to change his behavior and see his beautiful children. I didn’t want them to feel sad during the holidays! Will Carrie be able to show him what he’s missing? If anyone can do it, it’s Carrie. That’s for sure. She is full of creative ideas.
I really loved the atmosphere in this book. It made me want to decorate my flat and bake cookies. I have never been a huge fan of Christmas myself. My father was usually working as well (he is a police officer, so he didn’t really have a choice there) so sometimes we just spent Christmas at home. I do have some lovely memories as well. If you want to get in the mood for Christmas, then you should definitely read this book.