Nursing a broken heart, Amanda Porter had answered a frontier mail-order bride ad placed by Garrett Decker’s children—only to find the groom-to-be didn’t want a wife. The widowed bachelor she hoped to marry does need a housekeeper, though, and taking the job is Amanda’s only option. But his adorable children are determined she’ll be their mother by Christmas…
His wife’s betrayal and tragic death demolished Garrett’s life. Now he can’t even look at another woman, let alone marry Amanda, who resembles his first love. Even if she does make his house feel like a home, filling it again with laughter and his children’s smiles. But with his daughter convinced Amanda is the perfect mother, will Garrett realize she’s also his perfect match?
Ok guys, I will admit the cover sold me on this when I was browsing in the book isle at the store. I thought the little girl gazing up at the heroine was so cute plus I was in the mood for something wintery and Christmasy at the time.
Amanda was very likeable from the beginning, she was kind and friendly towards everyone. She answers a mail order bride ad placed by the hero Garrett in hopes of fleeing her old life and to start anew. What she doesn’t know is that she isn’t the only one hoping to marry Garrett or that it was his children that really placed the ad, not him. Garrett doesn’t want a wife, yet lone one that favors his deceased wife whom was on rocky terms with due to her unfaithfulness and having to have the best of things. Not wanting a wife, but he does need a housekeeper, he comes to the terms of asking Amanda to help him care for his children while he is at work. Already quite font of his children, she accepts. After being in Amanda’s presence, he becomes flummoxed on what to say to her as he sometimes is tongue tied in her presence plus he is often comparing her to his late wife to himself, which he finds out they may favor each other in looks, but their personalities are different. They go through a few squabbles near midway till the end of the book – mostly misunderstandings and preformed judgements (Garrett on Amanda), but in the end, everything works out as all romances usually do – Garrett warms up to the thought of having Amanda around permanently, making him grovel to her and then asking her to marry him. So in the end, Sadie and Isaac got what they first sought out to do, a mail order mommy.
While this story was cute and warming, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, I don’t think I’d give it a second read as I feel like I’ve already experienced everything there is to this story.