I am quite conflicted here. On one hand, I liked the characters and their backstories, but a part of the plot is with a small question mark and as well something about the writing doesn’t resonate with me. However, I also have to mention that I am reviewing an ARC copy, so the finished product can be different. Let me explain what I mean.
Mia’s best friend recently passed away and she is left carrying for her little girl. Painful memories and the desire to offer little Maisie a future away from the hurt of losing her mom determine her accept her aunt’s offer to move in with her. She then meets Jack – sent by her aunt to help with the moving and then to renovate her future home, they have an instant connection. His strong and kind nature as well as his behavior toward the little girl are just some of the attributes that bring Mia close to Jack. The one night of passion they share feels like an escape for her, a little ray of light in her sad heart. But if they both are willing to see this forward or not, is a different and more complicated story.
The author created two strong characters that had to face a lot in their younger years. When Mia’s parents became ill, she started writing a blog and then developed a business from sewing. I appreciate her desire to be financially independent and the strength she has shown professionally, as well as personally, with carrying for her parents and Maisie. Jack’s return from Afghanistan finds him battling physical injuries and worse: mental ones. He somehow manages to find the strength to push forward and get over his addictions.
While I liked the two and I liked the themes Mimi Barbour incorporates, I did not fully like the implications of Jack’s guardian angel. For me it was too much, in some situations and I would have preferred to see him less, probably this would have made me accept the concept easily. Also the reason Jack decides to run for mayor is … not the most mature.
Si I’ll go ahead and give “Mischievous Christmas Angel” 3.5 stars. It’s a quick read, with enjoyable moments and an adorable 4 year-old kid. I liked it for the most part. Enjoy!
Cover Review: I like little Maisie in the front, spreading her magic and bringing the two main characters together, but I am not as fond of the way the title is written. The red is too bright and takes all the attention from the other elements in the cover.
Favorite Quote: “I can’t mawwy you, Jack, ‘cause I’m too little. I wanted you to be my daddy.” (just read the book, the context of this line is to die for ! )