Daddy Dearest #2
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.
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.