Author: Jenny Hale
Published: October 10th 2014 by Bookouture
Amazon | Amazon UK
Blurb: 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!
Review: This is my first Christmas book of the season, there are so many great books being released for Christmas that I was getting itchy to start reading them. I decided to start with A Christmas to Remember because I enjoyed Jenny Hale's previous book, the cover is gorgeous, so christmassy, and the blurb sounded very interesting. It tourned out to be a good story, liked the idea and how it unfolded and I loved the ending. Plus there are all the Christmas elements: lots of snow, Christmas decorations, scented candles, huge trees, sleds, great food... all you can ask for! It really puts you in the mood for Christmas. Is it december yet?
I didn't like the main character though. Carrie is very insecure of herself and doesn't really know how to have a life outside her nanny job. She relays too much on selfhelp books and overanalyses everything too much which made the story slow for me. During the book she keeps doubting herself and wondering if she is acting correctly, if she is intruding too much, thinking what ifs... and this got a bit on my nerves, I guess that I prefer more direct people, but you know, to each his own.
The other characters are lovely, I liked seeing Adam becoming a better version of himself. His family were fun, especially his grandpa, who had some really good advices to share and the twins were really cute. I could totally picture them. That's one thing about Jenny Hale that I like, she describes everything with such detail that you feel like you are there in the story.