Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Christmas
Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words
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Award winning and bestselling author Donna Fasano has written over twenty novels over the course of her career with almost four million copies sold. She’s not only popular among the reviewers at Books and Pals, but apparently our readers as well, winning our Readers’ Choice Award in the romance category in both 2013 and 2014.
For more, visit Fasano’s website.
“When it comes to business, Aaron Chase knows how to succeed. But when his daughter, Izzie, asks him for the perfect family Christmas, the handsome widower feels at a loss about how to make his little girl's dream come true.
Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper has dedicated her life to taking care of children. She agrees to act as Izzie's stand-in mom for this special holiday and throws herself into making the child's Christmas wish a reality. Maybe this selfless act will somehow alleviate her secret regrets and failures of the past.
The holiday is filled with fun and laughter, and it's amazing how three short days can be so life-changing. When the impish eight-year-old talks the adults into acting out a silly, make-believe wedding, young Izzie is certain the magic of the season will turn the pretend vows into the real thing. The little girl wants her daddy to have Christmas in his life--every single day.”
A seriously sick kid is a sad thing, so calling An Almost Perfect Christmas a happy story feels wrong. But I still want to describe it as a “feel good story,” even though there are places you’ll feel everything but. It’s a romance, and at a high level has the typical romance storyline. But it goes beyond just romance with themes of the indomitable human spirit and how sometimes kids have a better handle on life than adults.
The version I read was an advance reader copy. I’m unable to judge the final product in this area.
Rating: ***** Five Stars