Coming Home for Christmas – Jenny Hale

Coming home for christmasTitle: Coming Home for Christmas
Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 304
My rating★★★★✫

On Christmas Eve I started reading this story and my idea was to finish it during the holidays, but then I stopped reading for a couple of weeks. Recovering from surgery, being pregnant and getting the flu weren’t very helpful. It had nothing to do wiyh the book though. I thought it was wonderful. Now that I have read it I still want to share my review, even though the holidays season is over already.

What the book is about

Christmas is a time for family – isn’t it?
Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate—which includes organizing the Marley family festivities—she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?

As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out…

Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas. Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage—both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at everybody from her mobility scooter.

With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home—and Allie is determined to make it happen… even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own…

What I think about the book 

The characters Allie and Robert make an appearance in ‘A Christmas to Remember‘ as well and that made this story a little harder for me to read. I kind of knew where the story would end up and I somehow wanted to fly straight to the end. I knew that I needed to let that feeling go in order to enjoy this book. So I put it away for a few days and then picked it up again. That really helped me see the actually very sweet story that was inside this novel.

What I love about Jenny Hale’s characters is that they are genuinely open to any changes that come along. That’s life. People enter our life and that often means that something will change. In this case the family was driven apart by some tragic events in the past. Money did definitely make their lives any better. But having Allie around makes it much easier, she seems to be the glue that puts this family together again, even if it’s just for one Christmas…

So if you need a sweet holiday story for next December, I would definitely recommend this one.

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!

Social media

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Roxanne has read 0 books toward her goal of 50 books.