In the vein of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, and Elin Hilderbrand, comes the second in a women’s fiction series about the complicated ties of sisterhood that bind us together and sometimes tear us apart.
All she wants for Christmas is a second chance . . .
Charlotte Daniels has made her share of mistakes, but now that she’s a single mom, she vows to do better–and that starts with a new career. Working at her sister’s event-planning company is just the fresh start she needs.
Kate Daniels has finally forgiven Charlotte for her betrayal, but forgetting it is harder. But as the holidays approach and Kate has her own wedding to plan, she has no choice but to turn to Charlotte for help to throw a high-profile client the holiday party of the season.
Charlotte leaps at the chance to redeem herself . . . until this irresistible client asks her to pretend to be his fiancée for the party. She knows their charade won’t come without consequences–not just for her fresh start with Kate, but also for her own daughter.
As Kate’s wedding draws near and Charlotte’s fake romance starts to feel more and more real, will she fall back into the mistakes of her past, or finally prove herself to Kate once and for all?
After reading the first in her series, One Week to the Wedding, it was a no brainer that I had to check this out too because Miles is a fun author to read.
Miles wraps her plot around Charlotte who is this wonderful character you want to root for as she is bound and determined to be a better person and mom. She has this plan to turn things around by being more organized and successful so her daughter can have a happier life. Now she has a chance to improve her relationship with her sister as they work together so what could possibly go wrong. The family dynamics are emotional, detailed and any woman with a sister will recognize the undercurrents.
To throw some added fun to the mix and spice things up for Charlotte, Miles springs Gregory Frost onto us to wind up Charlotte. He wants her to pretend to be his fiancé but this could harm the progress she’s made with her sister. After all what sister wouldn’t just be thrilled to find out her business partner and family is considering a job that could put their business into an ethical bind? Yet if she doesn’t and loses him as a client that could also cause potential harm so…talk about a fun dilemma. What is with these women attracting men issues that seem destined to keep blowing up their tenuous relationship?
If you read the first you’ll recognize the setting and people once again as we become intertwined in the Daniels Family saga. Whereas the first book focused on Kate, this one gives us a chance to get to see more of Charlotte in her rebuilding phase. Charlotte seems so desperate to want to be better, to prove her family wrong in their assessment of her but wanting to be better and actually doing it are two very different roads.
In the background the family drama is ongoing and we get sneak peeks to their lives that help fill in the time and space between Charlotte trying to do the right thing, at least in her own way. Miles allows us to be part of the minor characters’ lives without forgetting or not caring what’s going on with Charlotte. We’re provided with realistic storylines, fully developed characters, plenty of emotion, attention grabbing family squabbles and a world of fun you’re going to want to read to believe.
Miles has provided a carefree series you can wiles away the time with and just like her first it’s a wonderful piece of women’s fiction that is all about showing the story with heart rather than resorting to cheap erotic tricks.
Thank you to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to review this!
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