Miranda Carson can’t wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she’s sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation. But Miranda’s high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian’s father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda’s mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost. And yet…maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.
My two cents worth:
This was a “warm yourself by the fire” book. You know the type I mean. The kind of book you pick up, wrap yourself in a fleece throw, snuggle down into a cushy couch in front of a roaring fire. It’s a quick, easy, heart-warming read….and since it’s set in England that’s just icing on your cakes with tea.
There is not a lot of high suspense or intrigue, but there is enough to keep the story moving forward in a nice, steady pace. Remember that roaring fire, well if you have someone nice and cuddly to snuggle up to it would help, because Engaging Father Christmas has a sweet touch of romance too. Add in a bit of humor, just the right amount of drama, and a few eccentricities, and you have a lovely way to disappear for an evening.