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Poppy Summerall is a young woman with an enthusiastic outlook on life who is having a hard time figuring out where she fits in the "adult" world. She's tried working in a dental office, a pizza parlor, and as a yoga instructor but hasn't been able to fully commit to any of them. As she tells her sister, Megan, "I may not know what I want, but I know what I don't want."
Widower Ryan Larson knows exactly what he wants. He wants a Japanese conglomerate to buy his app technology, so he can secure the future for his family. Nothing can distract him from his goal - not even his children, Zoe and Zach. Ryan desperately needs a nanny as he is working long hours, and the children have already chased away several. Megan knows about Ryan's situation and believes Poppy is the right person for the job. After all, she relates to and handles her nephews with ease.
"Maybe all she needed was some time with children to turn her into a full-fledged adult."
Poppy is young at heart and connects with Zoe and Zach through the fun of Halloween. She brings life, love, and laughter back to their home and helps Ryan reconnect with his children. Poppy and Ryan realize they both want the same thing - family and each other.
October Kiss is a sweet little gem of a book that was enjoyable and heartwarming. Kristen Ethridge's writing paints vivid images of fall in the Northwest and the joys of the holiday season. I would definitely recommend it.
READER BEWARE: If you are waiting eagerly for fall to start and to be done with the incessant rain and are ready for apple cider, pumpkin spice everything, this book is for you. You will want a blanket, a fire, some apple spice cake and a family recipe of pumpkin soup that you can find at the end of this book.
This book is based upon the 2015 movie called October Kiss (that I did not see, but will be stalking the Hallmark Channel now for) that aired on the Hallmark Channel. The main character, Poppy was played by Ashley Williams (who most recently made an appearance in James Patterson's series Instinct) and Ryan was played by Sam Jaeger (who most recently appeared in Reverie). We begin the book with Poppy, being the stereotypical Millennial, experiencing difficulties with the things like adulting, paying bills on time and everyday grown up things. As Poppy is teaching yoga, she forgets the name of one of the most common poses and realizes that teaching yoga was not going to be the career path for her. We are then taken to her paying job which is an utter disaster, only to be taken to a blind date that is another disaster. This poor girl just cannot catch a break. At 28, Poppy is reeling with what to do with herself until her sister Megan pointed out how good she was with her two sons. Megan works her magic and hooks Poppy up with a father in need of a Nanny, Mr. Ryan Larson and his two children, Zoe and Zach. Ryan is a workaholic working on an app. Zoe and Zach can be compared to the evil children in Mary Poppins that chase every last nanny away until Mary arrives and gives them the discipline that they need. Poppy has an abysmal first day with the children and basically quits at the end of the day, but Ryan talks her into staying until the end of the month. A lot happens in a month and we are taken through the journey as Poppy bonds with the children, experiences more conflict. This books ends in a flair and after reading this book all in one day, I now have it set to tape on my DVR. I cannot wait for my apple cider and apple spiced everything. I am not a big fan of pumpkin spice, but pumpkin pie here we come!
Ryan Larson is a widower with two young children, who still seems to be adjusting to single-parenthood. He's very focused on the upcoming launch of his new app, relying on its launch to secure his children's future. He keeps telling himself once the launch is done in a few weeks everything in his life will settle down, and he will be able to give Zoe and Zach the attention and care they need. He's been through a slew of nannies the past few months and hires Poppy because Megan's kids play with Zoe and Zach.
Poppy originally came across to me as a little flaky and a free spirit, until she becomes Ryan's latest nanny. She's just what this family needed, especially the kids. She tries to get Ryan to understand that work will always be there and his children need his attention now, but it didn't really sink in until he missed the school carnival. I LOVED the "evaluation scene", and was truly surprised that Ryan took it to heart like he did.
Ryan loves his children but is a workaholic. He was used to having his wife, Laurie, run the household and do most of the parenting while he worked. He kept telling himself that the launch of his app was to secure his children's future and after the big launch he'd have more time for his children, but I felt that without Poppy it wouldn't have worked out that way. Poppy helped him see his priorities were mixed up.
This was a heartwarming story, and I didn't feel it was sappy in any way. I'm glad it had an epilogue showing a glimpse into their lives a year later. What a difference a year makes.