Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Christmas in July: Jenny Hale - A Christmas to Remember

Reviewed by Samantha-Ann Pepper

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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Earlier this year I was talking to Sophie at Reviewed the Book about the number of outstanding Christmas books that I hadn't been able to review due to ill-health and personal/work commitments.  It turns out that we'd both been thinking about doing a Christmas in July feature as many authors write their Christmas novels during the Summer months so why shouldn't we review some Christmas books to try and catch up.  

But once again life has gotten in the way for me so my plans have had to be scaled back but it's definitely Christmas over on Sophie's blog so make sure you check it out as there's reviews, Christmas Q&A's with authors and readers plus a fabulous giveaway.  

When I was recently looking for guest reviewers to review some eBooks for me, Samantha-Ann offered to review A Christmas to Remember as part of this month's feature so check out her first review below. 

A Christmas to Remember features a nanny called Carrie Blake. Carrie adores her job but feels like she missing something from her life so turns to many self help books for guidance. She takes her last job as a nanny to look after the Fletcher children, who are adorable and live in a extremely big house. This is where we meet Adam - he's a workaholic, running an extremely successful business leaving him with very little time for any life outside of work.  Carrie faces many challenges with in the couple of months she with the family, one being decorating the whole house in time for Christmas... we all know how stressful that can be! 

You instantly love Carrie as a character, she has a big heart and always wants to help people. I really liked the way you went on a journey of self development with all the characters, from start to end.

The book was well written and I loved all the different self help quotes that started each chapter. I love finding new authors to enjoy, as reading is something I loved to do as you get to escape reality for a little. I've never read any of Jenny's work before, but after finishing A Christmas to Remember, I'll be purchasing her other books.  I would highly recommend if you haven't already read A Christmas to Remember to download it - plus it's never to early for a Christmas novel :) 

I'd like to end my review by personally thanking Sharon for giving me the opportunity to review this book on behalf of her blog. I really enjoyed the experience, thank you :) . 

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