31.10.13

Book Review: Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents, writing cards; tree decorating. She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mrs Christmas is born.
Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie's help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner, Jim to handle the rest of her clients.
When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn't go... Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heartbreaking choice that could change her entire life. 
Carole Matthews is just fabulous at what she does. Calling Mrs Christmas is a great read that will get you in the mood for the festive season, think Indecent Proposal but with mince pies!
Cassie lost her job months ago and her and partner Jim have been struggling to make ends meet. Cassie has a fantastic business idea, she loves Christmas so why not make some money out of it. Calling Mrs Christmas is created, Cassie is offering all types of festive services, card writing, tree decorating, making mince pies etc. It feels like things are looking up for Cassie and Jim but then she bumps into Carter Randall. A multi-millionaire businessman in the middle of a messy divorce; he employs Cassie to make Christmas magical for his two young children. Cassie is initially overjoyed to have landed such a big client but then things get complicated. She joins Carter on a trip to Lapland with the children and it becomes clear that she has feelings for him. Can she return to Jim or does she want to stay with Carter and have a life of sheer luxury with no money worries?
Calling Mrs Christmas is a brilliantly festive read. I loved the trip to Lapland; Carole's research trip very much paid off as all the little details she included really brought the story to life. And what could be more festive than Lapland?
In the main, I did like Cassie but I did find her rather selfish at times. I could see how she fell for Carter and all he could offer but she just seemed so fickle where Jim was concerned.
Carole Matthews always delivers. Calling Mrs Christmas is a warm, entertaining story, perfect to curl up with in the run up to Christmas.

Dot Scribbles Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Sphere
Pages: 480

Many thanks to the lovely Jo at Sphere for sending me a review copy, Calling Mrs Christmas is out now!

2 comments:

Jo said...

I have only just read a Carole Matthews this year and I have my eye on this one. Going to read it on Xmas break I think!

Nikki-ann said...

I need to start getting in some Christmas greats. This sounds like a good one :)

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