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Author: Jenny Hale
Date of Publication: October 16th, 2015
Well this story is promoted as a ‘feel good festive treat’ and it certainly is – I loved it!
Abbey is a single Mum, working as a home nurse, but originally had dreams of being an interior designer. The lady she is currently caring for, Caroline Sinclair, encouraged Abbey to decorate her cottage and has now suggested she does a similar job for her grandson, Nicholas Sinclair. The main difference is, he doesn’t own a cottage, he has an ‘enormous, Georgian-revival style mansion’ instead! The payment he’s offering her for the task is mind boggling to Abbey but she’s wary of letting him down and does keep warning him that she’s never done anything like it before. He, however, believes his gran and gives her relatively carte blanche to complete the task in time for his mother, sister and family arriving to celebrate Christmas in his home.
He’s a workaholic. He doesn’t want to do anything except increase the coffers of the business his late father lived – and died – for. Abbey, however, is a serious distraction for him. The story of how she warmed his heart, melting the icy barriers he’d constructed, truly makes this a feel good story and a delightful read at any time of the year!
Jenny Hale is a gifted wordsmith, creating complex, believable and easy to relate to characters, bringing them to life within the pages of her novel and taking the reader on a journey alongside them. The story is a real page turner, filled with emotional encounters and having plenty of twists to keep the reader engaged and entertained. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this novel to anyone who believes everyone deserves a chance to live and be loved, a fantastic festive romance that can be enjoyed whatever the season!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
An uplifting, beautiful story about never letting go of your dreams, the special magic of a family Christmas… and the rush of falling in love under the mistletoe.
Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be?
Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit – and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multi-million dollar business – even if it is Christmas.
When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble…
With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?
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