Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews
Source: Review copy courtesy of Sphere
When you pick up a Christmas book you always expect fluffiness, snow and romance yeah? Well what a wonderful surprise I got when I read Calling Mrs Christmas. Of course I got the predicted fluffiness, snow and romance, but I also got a sub plot that is none of them things at all. This was my favourite part of the book by far.
We follow unemployed and down on her luck Cassie Smith as she embarks on a Christmas journey of self discovery and business. With no one taking on and credit cards Max's out, Cassie starts up her own little business helping people during the festive period. As she goes from strength to strength she meets multimillionaire Carter Randall who offers her not only a job of her dreams, but a holiday of her dreams and his heart. We also follow Cassie's long-term partner and young offenders prison warden Jim. We see him deal with becoming Santa and general dogsbody for Cassie's new business adventure, his struggle with working in a demanding and emotional job, and also his fears of losing the woman of his dreams.
I like Carole Matthews you know. Her writing style is so down to earth and she always keeps it current. Saying that though, she still writes extremely classy. Don't get me wrong I love authors who write as they speak and those who are pushing the new kind of everyday speak and text talk into reading, but it is always so lovely to pick up a book, relax back, and enjoy the calm and class of an old school writer.
I absolutely loved this book. From beginning to end I was dragged in and thrown into a heartwarming world of love, family, Christmas, and the kindness that is within some people. With a mixture of characters from all ages and backgrounds we get to take a look into lives we wouldn't normally get to see. From complete richness and living in mansions to having nothing at all and living in a wheelie bin. Diversity at its best. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the majority of these characters. My personal favourite would have to be Jim. That man has such a huge heart and is so full of warmth and kindness that it makes me secretly hope Carole has secretly based him from someone in the real world. He is utterly adorable.
The plot to the book is amazing, in-depth and completely different. Sub plot connects in perfectly giving it a perfect flow making for a steady read leaving no time for boredom or anything else at all. You're basically not putting the book down.
I urge you all to pick up a copy of Calling Mrs Christmas you really will be surprised at what's inside and I can guarantee it will warn your heart and have you thinking about the good and the bad in the world.
Christmas Carole is back.
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 heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.