Title: A Christmas Miracle for Daisy
Author: Jane Porter
Series: Taming of the Sheenans #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Media Mogul, Cormac Sheenan, had no desire to become a family man, but when his two year old goddaughter, Daisy, is orphaned, he adopts her, moving her from Montana to his home in Southern California, and becomes a devoted single father, juggling parenting duties with running his successful publishing, TV, and radio enterprise.
But two years later a frightening incident at Daisy’s school, shakes Cormac, and he decides to move Daisy–and his business–back to Montana where life is simpler and he has family nearby.
Now four, precocious Daisy strikes up an unlikely friendship with Marietta’s seasonal Santa Claus, and believes he’s the real thing, even though Cormac points out to her that this jolly old Kris Kringle is renting a room at Bramble House, not living at the North Pole. Daisy’s not worried but Cormac is as Rent-a-Santa has promised his innocent daughter she’ll have a mommy for Christmas.
Cormac is livid with Kris. He’s not at all ready to settle down, and he’s definitely not getting back together with his old flame Whitney Alder, so Santa can stop playing match maker as it’d take a miracle to make him fall in love, never mind marriage material.
But that’s exactly the kind of miracle our angelic Santa Claus has planned…
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This is another enjoyable Christmas read from Marietta, with a cute kid, lots of Santa magic and a second chance romance. Speaking of that second chance, Cormac and Whitney have some serious history between them, including a lot of hurt and I have to admit there were times when I doubted they could ever really get through it.
Eight years ago Cormac spied Whitney in a bar, liked the look of her and asked her out. Even though the next day they found out she worked for him, they somehow made it work. A year later Whitney thought wedding bells were in her future, Cormac panicked and they split up. Whitney stayed working for his company and they remained connected through mutual friends. Those same mutual friends died in a car accident and left Cormac guardian of their daughter, who he barely knew, while Whitney had been at the birth and was a second mother.
Court cases and custody battles followed, but Whitney lost, leaving Cormac to raise Daisy alone. Now, two years on, an incident drives Cormac to move his entire company from all over the States back to Montana and his home town. Which includes Whitney, except she doesn’t want to go back to Montana – and not just because she can’t stand the sight of Cormac.
As I said, history. Even though I could see where Cormac was coming from about the custody (he was in California, Whitney was in Denver, he didn’t want toddler Daisy shuttling back and forth, since neither adult was moving), I still think a better compromise could have been made, and that didn’t forget his previous jerk behaviour. So it was perfectly understandable that Whitney wanted nothing to do with him. Although, since she was supposedly all about Daisy I would have expected her to at least consider moving closer.
This book deals with their history by basically having the pair of them ignore it. They never talk about why Cormac did what he did, Whitney just does all the hard work of preparing his new office, while Cormac undergoes an epiphany of epic proportions and essentially changes all his opinions on everything. If their history hadn’t been quite so heavy I might have bought it, but I did find it a little hard to believe. I also found some of the scenes where Whitney was taking charge and getting things done kind of boring. Normally I love that sort of storyline, but I never really connected with Whitney.
Luckily Daisy is a cutie, Kris Crinkles is around to do his kindly-old-man act, and there are plenty of appearances from Marietta locals and Cormac’s family. All of which helped to make this a pleasant read with a lovely Christmassy feel. I’m just not certain Cormac really deserved his second chance, nor could I figure out why Whitney gave it to him. So overall it’s okay – your own mileage will vary depending on how forgiving you can be.
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