Book Review – Angels Sing by Eli Easton

Daddy Dearest #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 104
Characters: Jamie/Stanton
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Series

Jamie Bailey has not had such a wonderful life. He gave up his dreams of Harvard at 18 to raise his sister’s unwanted baby, and later a prized job to help a sick friend. Now the father of six-year-old Mia, and assistant manager at Raven Books, Jamie’s dreams are dashed once again when Uncle Billy admits what dire straights the bookshop is in.

Stanton Potter, son of the most notorious businesswoman in Bedford Falls, loves his job teaching at the local elementary school. But he’s less than thrilled when he is forced to put together a Christmas pageant with first-graders, including Mia Bailey.

When Stanton meets Jamie, angels sing. Jamie’s gender-bending fashion sense, and sweet aura, have Stanton suffering through the worse crush he’s had since he was a teen. But can there be any hope for them when Jamie and Mia’s lives are about to be uprooted?

This Christmas, its Jamie’s turn to receive a little help from heaven.

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I’m enjoying this series, and loved this addition to it. I love stories involving bookshops. Add in teachers and single dads, and I’m happy.

Jamie and Stanton are both very likeable, and I enjoyed their at first awkward friendship which then blossomed into something more. Stanton is very much out of his depth thrown into teaching a class of young children, and the scenes with him in the classroom were very realistic, with the children coming across as typical children, rather than stereotypes. I liked how his confidence slowly grew along with his relationship with the children. I appreciated that the story does address the issue of Stanton dating a parent of one of his students, as that’s something that needs to be dealt wth upfront.

The supporting cast are fabulous. Stanton’s mother Amelia rocks, and I loved the scenes between them, in particular the first one in the story. I also liked her role in the bit of plot twist later on. Mia, too, feels like a real six year old and I liked how she’s the glue that connects them all. I loved her and Jamie’s relationship.

I thought the bookshop felt like a character in its own right. The pageant was perfect, and magical.

The ending, and epilogue added to a very sweet satisfying read. Perfect for the Christmas season, and yet a story I’d enjoy any time of year. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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2 Responses to Book Review – Angels Sing by Eli Easton

  1. Elle says:

    Sounds good! I’ll download a sample and try it. 🙂


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