'A Bramble House Christmas' (book 6) by C J Carmichael, was a delightfully sweet, contemporary Christmas romance that was a quick, easy and light read. The book was made into a Hallmark movie, so it's definitely in the warm and fuzzy category. When elderly Greg Conrad died, Finn was concerned his father had left his care-nurse a considerable amount of money. So Finn, with the encouragement of his sisters and his difficult mother, decided to look into this nurse, Willa Fairchild. He followed her and her son to their holiday destination at Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana (another gift from Greg Conrad), to discover just what her relationship with his dad was. Despite Finn's concerns, the three spent time getting to know each other, with Finn keeping secret that his father was Greg, and Willa holding her own cards to her chest. Could Finn and Willa open up and be honest. If so, at what cost? Willa was a beautiful person and a nurturing, single mother to Scout, her six year son. She was protective of him, with good reason. Finn was cynical, but he was a good man and a talented children's book illustrator (nom de plume, Finn Knightly). Scout was a little sweetie (like his mum) and he had had his own major battle to fight. The secondary characters added to the storyline beautifully. 'A Bramble House Christmas' was a feelgood story about trust, family, love and forgiveness. The simply structured, but effective plot had a cute feel, a little mystery and a touch of magic, too. (I read this book when it was first published, but didn't leave a review at the time.)
Set in the lovely town of Marietta with an interesting and mostly supportive cast of likable characters. Willa and her son Scout are ready to enjoy a white Christmas in Marietta away from the troubles of the past. Enter handsome illustrator Finn who is not telling the whole truth which does not bode well for a future happy ever after. An enjoyable read, perfect to escape the pressures of a hectic life!!
I am so glad the Carrigans series is continuing. I love this family. Willa is a single mother with a son, Scout, who has just recovered from cancer. She goes to Marietta to stay at the Bramble House for Christmas, a trip that was the gift of a former patient of hers. Finn ends up at the same B&B but it isn't a coincidence. He is the son of that former patient, and is on a mission to find out why his father gave this stranger $50,000 in his will. Willa and Scout were great characters. Very realistic. Finn was a great guy too. He almost instantly starts to feel guilty for the charade and for questioning the character of a woman he didn't know. The more he gets to know her, the more he accepts and understands why his father made the decisions he did. The romance was subtle, but extremely realistic. I was very invested in the characters right from the beginning. I loved the twists in the Bramble family history, they added even more intrigue. I'm really hoping that there are more stories about this family.
A heartwarming story that will leave you believing in the magic of Christmas.
For Willa Fairchild, it was all about getting away for Christmas. She brought her son Scout to Marietta Montana to spend three weeks at Bramble House B&B. The trip was planned by a patient who she befriended before he died.
Finn Conrad needed to learn more about the woman who received a large chunk of his father's money after he died. He couldn't understand why he would leave so much money in his will to someone else and so little to him and of his siblings.
What Finn didn't expect to find was a kind hearted woman with a child who was recently given a clean bill of health after fighting cancer. Finn also didn't expect he would soon be falling in love with Willa. What will happen when Willa finds out the truth about Finn?
This is one of those memorable stories that you will remember for a long time. The slow build to Willa and Finn's romance was perfect and the mystery of the ring and how it brings a family together was a perfect touch to the story.
CJ Carmichael has delivered a delightful Christmas story in A Bramble House Christmas. It was lovely to return to Marietta and catch up with Eliza, Marshall and Aunt Mabel, but more delightful was watching the love grow between Willa and Finn. I love Bramble House. It sounds so warm and inviting. Just the way a guesthouse should be, so I was inclined favourably towards this book before I even started. It didn't disappoint. CJ Carmichael has a lovely warm style to her writing. It was easy to understand Willa's protectiveness of Scout and Scout's need to get out there and do normal things. I loved the way they both grew in confidence as the book progressed. Finn too was likeable right from the start. Even when he thought Willa was a swindler, he was there watching out for her as she drove to Marietta through a blizzard. This book is well written, has a lovely warm plot to it, and is perfect for curling up n front of the fire with. Have a Sage Carrigan hot cocoa to sip while you read and you'll be close to heaven.