Title: Calling Mrs Christmas
Author: Carole Matthews
Date: October 29th, 2013
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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 partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.
When Carter asks Cassie to join them on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go. As much as tries, Cassie can’t deny how drawn she is to Carter and everything he has to offer, but she still loves her warm-hearted Jim. Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.
Warning: This book talks about cheating.
Calling Mrs Christmas was on my tbr list for two years now. When I first found out about this novel it wasn’t available on TBD, then last year I was all missed-matched when it comes to reading, but this year I finally bought myself a copy.
I’m not going to lie: what won me when it comes to Calling Mrs Christmas was it’s gorgeous cover. I mean, isn’t this the most wonderful festive book cover that you have ever seen?
Plus, it’s festive, and you know how I feel about festive stories!
Our main character and narrator is Cassie Smith who is at the desperate place in her life. She has no job, so she and her boyfriend are struggling financially, and there is also depression that comes with it.
I think the author did an amazing job describing what it feels like to be unemployed when the state is not one’s choice.
Some time around Christmas, Cassie gets an idea to start a business in which she would organize Christmas events and decorations for others. She calls her company Calling Mrs Christmas and after a while, her business really starts to kick off.
Here is where a millionaire Carter comes in. He employes Cassie to prepare his house for Christmas, but to also spend time with his family in Lapland.
Spending time away from her boyfriend Jim, in beautiful Lapland with handsome Carter, takes it’s tool on Cassie. She starts to develop feelings for Carter and is torn between two men: her beautiful, kind boyfriend who was there for her when she was at her lowest, and good-looking, rich Carter who could take away all her financial worries.
Even though I didn’t like how Cassie behaved from the Lapland point to the end of the story (and how unprofessional she was), I have to admit that the author managed to invest me in the discussion would it be better for Cassie to stay with a kind man or to start a new relationship with the rich one.
I mean, in a romantic world we would all agree that you should follow your heart, but in the real world, our hearts sometime do not know what they want, and also, we all know that one is happier when is financially stabile.
The story is written in first person, following Cassie’s POV, but some chapters are written in third person, following Jim’s POV (Jim is Cassie’s boyfriend).
I liked the story and I think it’s a good festive book, even though if I’m being honest there are much better festive novels out there.
However, that is just my opinion, and judging by Goodreads reviews, some readers find Calling Mrs Christmas a perfect Christmas story.
I would still recommend it, but don’t keep your opinions too high.