Miss Kane’s Christmas is the first book in the Christmas Central series by Caroline Mickelson.
Quick Review (read on for full review)
A little twee and saccharine, perfect for a light-hearted, festive read. A quick and uncomplicated story that’s certainly worth a read to get you ready for Christmas. 4 / 5
Summary (from Goodreads)
With Christmas only three days away, Carol Claus agrees to her father’s request that she leave the North Pole on a mission to help save Christmas. Joining single father Ben Hanson and his children for the holidays seems an easy enough task until Santa informs her that Ben is the man behind the disturbing new book ‘Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea’.
Posing as Miss Kane, the children’s new nanny, Carol pulls out all the stops to show Ben how fun Christmas can be, all the while struggling to understand how one man could hate the holidays so much. How could she, Santa’s only daughter, be so attracted to a man who refuses to believe her father exists?
“Of course not, we’re not going to save Christmas by resorting to petty theft and destruction of another person’s property.”
A romance story set at Christmas is always going to come across as a bit twee and saccharine, and perhaps even predictable, but I think that rather adds to the charm of a festive read. This story was quite enchanting and I could easily imagine it adapted for the TV.
I liked all the characters. Carol was perky and enthusiastic and refused to let anything dampen her spirit (even though she was a guest in somebody else’s home and she didn’t understand taking over everything might come across as a bit rude). I understood where Ben was coming from; he didn’t like the idea of lying to and then subsequently disappointing his children with regards to a mythical figure he believed didn’t exist. The children were adorable.
It lost a star for the crazy three day whirlwind romance – that was the most unbelievable, unrealistic aspect of the story, which is saying something when there are talking elves and flying sleighs. It didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the story though.
This was an entertaining, quick read. The story was light-hearted, uncomplicated and fun, and certainly well worth a read in the run-up to Christmas.
Would I read any more of the series? Good question. I enjoyed what I read in Miss Kane’s Christmas, and I don’t feel that I have to read more. The story is written as a standalone (as are the others in the series). However, I liked the world-building and the characters, so it is possible that I will visit again for Festive Reads Fortnight 2019.