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Once upon a Wish-Mas

By: Laura Barnard
Narrated by: Charlie Emmeline Albers
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Ruby Campbell isn't daunted at the prospect of working as a nanny for the notorious Barclay Rothchester. She’s warned he’s a strict control freak, but she’s sure she can soften him up.

Barclay Rothchester lost his wife three years ago. Of course he’s never going to find someone to replace her role, the one she did so perfectly. He’s sure its not going to be hippy-dippy Ruby with her sass and rebellious ways.

Ruby is determined to give his daughters the Christmas they deserve. Now if only she can tolerate their father long enough to make that happen.

Are they both willing to put their stubborn pride aside, or will they risk losing the one gift that can't be wrapped: each other?

©2019 Laura Barnard (P)2020 Laura Barnard

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An Early Holiday Treat

This is the second book I've read/listened to by Laura Barnard and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her sense of humor and the banter she bestows on her characters makes them endearing and likable while giving the reader a laugh.
Poor Ruby, she's a hot mess on a good day, and then you add the brooding father of the children in her charge, Barclay Rothchester, and all bets are off. Rudy adores the two girls, Jessica and Charlotte, who lost their mother and in some ways their father, a man desperately grieving his wife years later. Ruby is determined to put a smile on the girls' faces and her regimented father has a hard time dealing with that. However, there is an underlying sexual tension between the nanny and the master of the house. The slow burn between the couple seems effortless and the natural progression, despite their differences. There are many laugh out loud moments in this book as well as deep emotions. The story is fun, flirty, and sensual and I adored the characters.
Charlie Emmiline Albers is a new to me narrator and I love her range and vocal style. She has a wide variety of voices and each character is distinct and well done. I especially adored the voices of the girls and the less than kind women (read witchy with a b) who see Barclay as an eligible widower snack. Ms Albers conveys every bit of humor and emotion the author put into her story and I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by her. Need a fun, slow burn holiday read/listen grab this story.

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