Together for Christmas by Mimi Barbour
Series: The Vicarage Bench (# 5)
Release Date: October 26, 2011
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
Abbie Taylor has a thousand things to do before Christmas: help the vicar with needy families, organize the nativity, and give time she can hardly spare for a toddler and a distraught baby at the orphanage. Falling into a coma while her spirit resides inside a prickly, big-shot businessman doesn’t work for her at all…until she falls in love. How could Marcus Chapman be so unlucky? No sooner is he saddled with his newly widowed mother than his mind is invaded by an annoying spirit who’s instantly aware Marcus is not nearly as tough as he makes out. Between these two manipulating women, the man doesn’t stand a chance, especially when the season is Christmas, and love is all around.
Review: I am the type of reader who can read Christmas stories all throughout the year. I read this on my way to and from Las Vegas for a book convention and barely paid attention to what was going on around me, I was that engrossed in the story!
Abbie is a sweet girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves to help people, especially the children in the orphanage where she grew up. Two children especially have wormed their way into her heart. She is nearly always cheerful and doesn’t get angry very often.
Marcus is a crotchety, boring man who likes things in order and cannot stand when things creep up. He moves his recently widowed mother into his house on the promise that as soon as her house is ready, she’ll be gone.
Marcus’s mother is the light of the entire book! She has a wicked sense of humor and more often than not she can get her son to do anything she wants. I found her to be absolutely lovely and the type of woman who would make a great grandmother…if her son would cooperate!
I wish I had paid attention that this is the fifth book in the series; I would have loved to read the others before it. Not that that will deter me from going back and reading the first four, mind you.
I laughed, I cried, I got angry at Marcus and wanted to slap him upside the head…but most of all I just enjoyed reading such an uplifting story. Even though it was quite obvious what would happen, I still enjoyed the journey along the way.