Sunday, 13 December 2015


My Thoughts on this story of a Cinderella who meets her Prince Charming .....


Published:  Oct 2015

Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn't regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold.  But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance.  How hard can it be?

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorating in time for his family's Christmas visit - and money is no object.  What he doesn't need is distractions - festive or otherwise - from his multi-million dollar business.

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth.  And when she meets the gorgeous, but brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she's in real trouble.......

With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true?  And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

The fabulously wealthy but cold Nick Sinclair and Abbey's lives could not be more different. She's a single mother to six year old Max, she's a nurse who dreams of being an interior designer, and has to account for every penny she earns: Nick's only focus in his busy life is his work.

The theme of the story is showing us what is possible in life if you can only take a risk, do something different, step out of your comfort zone, feel the fear and do it anyway, just don't sit back and do nothing while life passes you by.

Nick collects cars, plays polo, his house is cold and unfriendly, just like him.  He wants Abbey to decorate it so that it's ready for the festive season when his family arrive for Christmas.  He doesn't care what it looks like, he leaves it up to Abbey, his grandmother trusts her, so he does too.

Twenty-six - that was the number of windows across the front of the house.  Four - it had four chimneys, Abbey had only just counted them all as the enormous, Georgian-revival-style mansion came into view at the end of the mile-long driveway. She'd had to be let in via an intercom at a pair of iron gates bigger than her apartment building.

I enjoyed this story enormously, I liked Abbey's no nonsense approach to Nick, and how she revelled in her task of designing this huge house.

Nick was intrigued by her, he'd never met anyone quite like Abbey before and she'd definitely not met anyone like him!  She showed him how other people live, how they have fun and how simple pleasures in life can be enjoyable, instead of work, work, work all the time.  She loves to make people happy, he loves to make money!

The only minor issue I struggled with was in the middle of the story where I thought it dragged a little and nothing much happened, but it soon picked up the pace again.....I never thought of giving up with the story though.

In general, a lovely, heart-warming festive story, with romance, marvellous characters, a beautiful mansion, and a little Christmas magic.


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