Coming Home For Christmas by Jenny Hale
Narrated by Tery Schnaubelt
Standalone Holiday Romance and Hallmark Movie
Coming Home For Christmas was the first holiday book I listened to this season, and while I enjoyed it and it got me in the Christmas reading spirit, it wasn’t my favorite.
Allie is an out-of-work Nanny who had to move home and live with her family. When her real-estate agent sister finds her a temporary job as a house manager for a fancy estate while it’s being sold out from under the elderly grandmother who lives there, Allie took the job, not having a clue what it really was.
Allie’s new boss, Robert, only has bad childhood memories and can’t wait to sell the house, but his siblings are coming home for one last Christmas. Robert, however, won’t be there. He leaves Allie in charge of all the arrangements and only communicates with her via e-mail after the initial meeting. But strong feelings develop between the two over e-mail.
Robert’s brother, Kip, comes home for the holidays. The handsome (smarmy) jet-setting, partying, charming Kip is sweeping Allie off her feet despite her feelings for Robert.
I really enjoyed Allie falling for the house and I enjoyed her getting the grandmother to warm up, but her going out with gross Kip when she had feelings for Robert bothered me.
Coming Home for Christmas was not really that much of a romance to me, and a triangle between brothers isn’t my favorite. It was kind of a sleepy book that didn’t wow me or disappoint. It was just meh.
I didn’t realize they made a movie out of it, but I thought that it felt like a Hallmark movie the whole time I listened. Well I happened to come across it a few days after reading it, and I must say, out of all the Hallmark movies I watched this season (about a dozen), it was my least favorite. I didn’t mind Allie, but I couldn’t stand either guy. Kip wasn’t likable in the book and even less likable in the movie. But Pippa, the grandmother, won my heart in the book and saved it. In the movie I never warmed up to her, nor did she even seem that old.
Audiobook Rating: 3 Stars, 4.5 Stars Narration
Note: I don’t remember there being any sex, but I can’t say for sure.
Movie Rating: 2.5 Stars