The Nanny Who Saved Christmas

Michelle Douglas
The Nanny Who Saved Christmas
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Release Date
November 2012
Book 50 of Harlequin Romance
Contemporary Romance

[Actually, this is book 4356 of the Harlequin Romance series. Below Book Description is extracted verbatim from]

This Christmas, Nicola McGillroy will:

1. Be a great nanny to Cade Hindmarsh's two adorable little girls, and give them the best Christmas they've had since their mother left.

2. Enter into the Christmas spirit and forget the fact she should have been planning her own wedding right now.

3. Keep a straight head in her attraction to her gorgeous off-limits boss… Surely this is just a rebound thing and not true love—for both of them?

Book Review by JCCeleste (reviewer)
Jan 11, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
134 people found the following review helpful
THE NANNY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS rates a 5 star because it tapped into that place that shares It's a Wonderful Life and New Year resolutions that sometimes, maybe, actually work out, and I'm likely to make a tradition out of reading the book in the first week of the New Year to remind myself that some resolutions are worth fighting for.

I could relate to Nicola McGillroy, the jilted fiancée who escapes to the Outback to avoid faking holiday cheer while her ex-best friend and her ex-hubby-to-be cavort about town flaunting their engagement. Nicola has to battle against her hormone-ravaged body, eager to prove that it is indeed worth lusting after; her nefarious inner voice that is all too happy to prove she is worthless; and her promises to herself, which are increasingly lacking their appeal. How many men and women have set out with the most solemn vows to themselves and had to fight the devil and his mother to attempt to keep them? At times, I was groaning inwardly, chastising the book for belaboring the point, but then it was being true to the story, and sometimes the inner tug-of-war seems to just go on forever.

(However, at worst, if a reader starts going "Enough, already!" they can skim the paragraph or so—watch for italic text, that's the Evil One speaking—until it's over.)

Chad Hindmarsh, recently made a single father to two girls, doesn't want any more complications. He wants his tiny treasures to have the best Christmas ever, and he wants to not fall in lust with his blasted nanny. Things are not going all that well to plan. It's fun to go back and forth in their viewpoints, and to realize that men have it just as hard as we do when hormones plus emotions and a whole lot of chemistry interfere with perfectly logical plans. Chad thinks he's got the ideal solution, something that will make everyone happy, but he forgets one important detail. Will that cost him his relationship with Nicola?

The romance was faithful to the situation where two adults are trying, very hard, not to fall for each other while dealing with two infants on the prowl.

Michelle Douglas has a wonderful earthy style, writing in Australian English and drawing from her homeland the rhythms, the warmth and the space between what is realistic and what is possible. (If you're not used to the differences between American and Australian English, it may be a bit of a curve.) Ms. Douglas captures the heart of the Harlequin Romance series, blending love, lust, tenderness and innocence. I adore the children in this novel, and their sweetness. Children and animals in any love story just make it shine for me, because their love is unadulterated with grown-up complexities.

The ending was surprising: slightly corny, yes, but tender, bittersweet, and true. It reminds me sometimes people do get their happy endings.
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