A Christmas to remember – Jenny Hale

Christmas to rememberTitle: A Christmas to Remember
Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 316
My rating★★★★

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.

One hundred Christmas Proposals – Holly Martin

One hundred christmas proposalsTitle: One Hundred Christmas Proposals (100 proposals #2)
Author: Holly Martin
Publisher: Carina UK
My rating★★★★★

After reading ‘One Hundred Proposals‘ I immediately started to read ‘One Hundred Christmas Proposals’.  I wanted to know if Harry and Suzie would still be a part of this story and how they were doing. I was glad to find out they were still the main characters of the book.

What the book is about

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to One Hundred Proposals.

If you thought Harry & Suzie’s life couldn’t get anymore sweepingly romantic than Harry asking her to marry him at the end of One Hundred Proposals – think again

It’s Christmas in a snow-kissed London, and have vowed to carry out one hundred proposals in December. No easy task at the best of times – made even more complicated by Harry & Suzie trying to plan their first Christmas and a visit from the dreaded in-laws. But one hundred deliciously Christmassy proposals later they find themselves asking if everything is still perfect in their own relationship….

Welcome back to the divinely warm world of One Hundred Proposals – with a sprinkling of pure, joyful, festive magic.
Have yourself a very merry Christmas indeed with Holly Martin’s Christmas novella.

What I think about the book

One hundred Christmas Proposals was just as romantic as the first book. I have read the book in one day because I couldn’t stop reading.

I liked how Suzie and Harry are actually a couple now, even if they’re a little too touchy-feely for my liking. It does sound adorable to me.

Suzies mother is the perfect example of the kind of mother one would like to avoid. I can relate to that until a certain point, but not entirely. For some mother’s it is hard to like their son-in-law… No matter how rude she is though, nothing can stop Suzie and Harry from loving each other.

As always Harry is the perfect gentleman and even though he might have some ‘secrets’ for Suzie, as a reader I didnt’t think anything bad of him. I was mostly curious what kind of romantic thing he was up to this time. Once again he has outdone himself. So this book is yet another perfect love story for romantic souls!

Driving Home for Christmas – Emma Hannigan

Driving Home for ChristmasTitle: Driving Home for Christmas
Author: Emma Hannigan
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Pages: 384
My rating★★★★★

For last weeks Sunday Challenge the challenge was to read a book written by an Irish author or a book set in Ireland. Driving Home for Christmas fits both descriptions and therefore this book is perfect for this challenge. Thanks Ananda for recommending it to me!

What the book is about

Christmas at Huntersbrook House is a family tradition and this year it’s even more important as, with mounting debts and insufficient income from the livery yard, it looks like the Craig family might have to sell their beloved family home.

Pippa, Joey and Lainey are the three grown up Craig children who, caught up with their own lives in Dublin, are, as yet, unaware of the problems facing Huntsersbrook.

Joey is starting to wonder if his controlling, fitness-mad girlfriend really is the one for him. Lainey, the family worrier, is doing her best to ignore her ex’s recent engagement while also trying to look out for her sister Pippa whose frivolous lifestyle is about to catch up with her.

As the Christmas season approaches, the Craig family need to do some soul-searching and what better place than around the fire at Huntersbrook House.

One thing’s for sure, this is a Christmas none of them will forget. But will it be their last at Huntersbrook or will they manage to save the family home?

What I think about the book 

It was wonderful to ‘meet’ the whole Craig family and all of their friends in this book. My favorites were definitely Lainey and Jules. I can relate to having a dificult relationship with your mother, but yeah, she’s your mum so you will always love her no matter what. And Jules sounded like so much fun! Lainey is also my age, as I am turning 31 in January and only now am I worrying about my hair, make-up and clothes so that was also a funny similarity between her and me.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to grow up in a big house on the countryside and have all your friends and relatives over for the holidays? It really sounds so amazing. The way it was written it really felt as if I was part of the story.

Reading Christmas books might also have changed my view on the holidays a little. I am never really in the mood for Christmas until a week before, but now that I have read Driving Home for Christmas I am already in the mood to put our (fake) tree in the living room and decorate it. I even drove to Ikea with Huib to buy a few new Christmas decorations. You can imagine he was in shock. After posting this blog I am definitely going to start decorating our flat, so we can really enjoy our holidays this year!

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