Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area.
Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people.
But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects—and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater.
When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist?
Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together—along with a few kisses under the mistletoe—the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.
A sweet love story showing how the right person for each of us makes us whole
I found this to be a cute, clean holiday romance. I’m not a trust fund individual so in some ways it was hard for me to relate but I still found the book good. The book certainly has the Christmas holiday spirit of giving of oneself to make someone else happy.
From Grump to Gift-giver
An engaging tale of two souls in emotional misery….one who is a reclusive grump and the other who grieves her mother’s loss by helping others to distract from her own feelings. A lovely romantic , sometimes poignant story for the holidays.