#BookReview: Love, Me: A Christmas Wish Novel by Jacquie Biggar @JacqBiggar #Romance #Novella
Hi everyone. Today I have a book review for you by an author whose books I’ve read and enjoyed previously, Jacquie Biggar. I’ve had this sitting on my ereader for a long time … ahem. Here’s my review >>>
About the Book:
Will a Christmas wish bring two lonely hearts together and give a little girl the family she’s always wanted?
Single parent, Grace Donovan arrives in the small town of Emerson with the hope a trial program at the local cancer clinic will be the answer to prolonging her young daughter’s life. She doesn’t expect to fall for her handsome boss.
As principal of Emerson Elementary, he is aware of the students’ medical issues and his heart goes out to little Cassie Donovan and her mother. When he learns Grace is in need of a job, he fabricates a childcare program, and is pleasantly surprised by its success. Now, if only he could help Cassie’s recovery and get Grace to give him a chance before she learns of his duplicity.
Cassie Donovan barely remembers the father who died when she was just a toddler, but she does know her mother is sad. Even though Cassie wants a puppy more than anything, she gives up her wish to ask for a daddy from Santa Claus, that way if she gets sick again, Mommy won’t be alone.
This Christmas, two families are brought together by a Christmas wish and a child’s need for a miracle.
A heartwarming family romance
Although you know where this story is headed from the start, it’s the way it winds its way there that brings on the charm. This is a tender tale of a widowed mother left to raise a daughter, who’s suffering from Leukaemia, and Mum has to move them both to a new town so Cassie can take part in a cancer treatment trial. While the move offers a fresh start for them both, it also brings its challenges. When Grace meets the school principal, Kyle, long-dormant feelings reawaken.
I love that this book is inspired by the true story of a young girl the author met online, which–for me–brings an added poignancy. Here are some lines that stood out for me …
‘Cassie looked up from the peas she’d been chasing around her plate …’ This is such a kiddie thing to do and brought a sense of authenticity to the read for me.
‘… placed her talons/fingers on his arm.’ … Teehehee! This says so much, using just two words.
‘… her legs were weaker now–so was her confidence.’
Despite the potential for being a difficult and depressing read, the author handles this story with grace, elegance, and humour. I can’t count the number of times this book both tugged at the heart strings and had me chuckling aloud. Love, Me gets five stars from me.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
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I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂