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! (From Netgalley.com)
Sissy: Our third Christmas themed offering turned out to be a good book but it took me awhile to appreciate it. At first I was completely annoyed with the main character Carrie because she is an anxiety filled mess. It made me think that this is what it would be like to have all the thoughts of an insecure, love-lorn young adult recorded on the pages of a book. I wanted to shake Carrie and say “pull yourself together, toots, and get a life!” Then I realized that if all my thoughts at that age had been published to the world they might have sounded the same. If Bubby’s current stream of consciousness was broadcast publicly she would probably be committed. Carrie’s saving grace, besides the fact that her thoughts were not made known to the other characters in the book, was her deep commitment to Alex’s children. She truly cared about them, and all the other children she had nannied, and was certainly a great child advocate.
Bubby: There is a good reason why I wear that aluminum foil hat, Sissy. It’s to keep my thoughts from being broadcast far and wide. I’d hate for anyone to hear the dialogue in my brain and think I was crazy…At any rate, I had a similar reaction to Carrie. It’s hard to explain why my opinion changed without giving spoilers, but let’s just say that at a crucial point in the story, Carrie decides that “she was tired of waiting for her happiness. She needed to move on, get up and make something of herself”. I must admit, everything got better after that.
Sissy: I agree. Carrie launches! The journey towards her “getting a life-age” is made enjoyable by her blossoming relationship with the children and her subtle insinuation into Alex’s heart. And it doesn’t end exactly like you might imagine. Still wanted to shake her a little. Alex too. But in the end I liked it and them just fine.
Bubby: There’s a scene at the very end, where the “happy ending” finally takes place, that is just the sweetest and most charming paragraph I’ve read in a long time. Again, I’d say more, but spoilers! And Sissy gets violent when I give the ending away, so I’ll just say Merry Christmas!
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