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- Publisher: Bookouture (October 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 2, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B013GSVDBW
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I love the interactions between Hayley and Angel. It’s great to read a mother and daughter bond as Mandy has written them. The two of them together are funny, and real people. Angel is precocious and she and her mother have some pretty funny conversations. Angel adds a lot of the humour to the story with her antics and comments. She is a nine year old going on 40. Hayley has very little self-confidence and often puts herself down without even realizing it. Her brother Dean, his partner Vern and the dog Randy also add humour to the story. Dean supports Hayley in whatever she does and tries to convince her that she is a great person with a lot of skills. Oliver Drummond brings some romance to the book. He’s a great character and his own story adds another dimension to the overall story. He is a bit of a womanizer, a bit of a worrier, has family issues, he’s anxious suffering panic attacks and a bit of a hypochondriac but the story has to have conflict and this definitely added some. He’s a character you’ll love to hate, or hate to love. The conversations between Oliver and Hayley will have you smiling if not laughing out loud.
Overall this is a sweet story surrounding a mother/daughter bond while throwing in Hayley and Oliver’s personal conflicts as well. The setting couldn’t be more fabulous, who doesn’t want to visit New York City during Christmas. Reading this book while watching the snow fall outside just added to the romantic story. The author writes the scenes beautifully and I felt like I was in New York experiencing the various sites. While I really enjoyed the story, parts of it were a bit slow for me and that is why I only rated it a four. I will definitely look for more books by Mandy Baggot. I recommend this holiday read to those who enjoy a romance/humorous/family story.
This book is a great holiday romance that is guaranteed to leave you smiling and crying at the end. Most importantly, the true love story is that of a mother and her daughter. But the book is more than a romance, it’s a story of acceptance and moving forward after allowing yourself to be held back for so long. It’s inspiring, especially when it’s well known that the holidays tend to be the hardest time of year for most people.
I really felt a connection with the main character, Hayley. Like me, she’s a single mother to a bright nine-year-old and has put every other aspect of her life on hold for her child. She’s a loving mother, who still struggles with her relationship with her own mother and though she’s tried to do her best, she still hasn’t found her place in the world.
The book starts with Hayley worrying about her future. After being sexually harassed to the point one might even call it assault, she’s decided to quit her job at a local dry cleaner, just days before her and her daughter, Angel, are set to fly to New York City to spend the holidays with her brother. A trip that was only scheduled after she overheard her daughter asking God and Father Christmas to help her find her father. A man, whom Hayley hasn’t seen in nearly ten years, since their one night stand… in New York. Free from her obligations, Hayley finds herself hoping that maybe this is the trip that will help her find not only her daughter’s father, but also her own path in this world. What she could have never guessed in the beginning, is that her fate would be tied with a billionaire playboy, Oliver Drummond.
For the sake of not spoiling this book, I won’t got into specifics. But as someone who isn’t the biggest fans of romances, I’ll admit this was a great book. The author did a great job instilling moments of humor and drama, without having it lean too far one way or another. Even better, you feel a connection with the main characters. From Hayley to young know-it-all Angel, you’re invested in them and look forward to seeing what it’s in store for them. Angel was such a realistic character , there were times I wanted to strangle her and then moments when I couldn’t help but laugh or be in awe of something she said or does. The relationship she has with her mother is very reminiscent of Gilmore Girls and I really enjoyed that.
It’s hard not to feel a bit of hope for the upcoming holidays after reading this book. And if you’re like me and use to being a bit Scooge-ish around this time of year, this book is just the thing you need to get you into the holiday spirit. I look forward to checking out the author’s other books.