About a little too late
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with the nanny.
When my wife left, she took the illusion of happiness with her, and I’ve been caught in a free fall ever since. For nine long months, I’ve been fighting to figure out how to be a single dad, how to be alone.
For nine long months, I’ve been failing.
When Hannah walked through the door, I took my first breath since I’d found myself on my own. She slipped into our lives effortlessly, showing me what I’ve been missing all these years. Because Hannah made me smile when I thought I’d packed the notion of happiness away with my wedding album.
She was only supposed to be the nanny, but she’s so much more.
The day my wife left should have been the worst day of my life, but it wasn’t. It was when Hannah walked away, taking my heart with her.
Let me begin with the fact that it totally slipped my mind that some of these characters were in A Thousand Letters … yep, I’m an idiot. The entire time I was like whyyyyy are these characters so familiar?! With that being said, you absolutely don’t have to read A Thousand Letters, but I highly recommend it (it’s an #RSFave).
After reading A Thousand Letters I’ve been an absolute fan of Staci Hart. With her writing, she punches right where it hurts and we’ve got a little bit of a trend with her books breaking my heart a little and making me cry. But that’s what I expect from emotional reads, she always delivers on that front and it’s well executed. Plus, Staci is a complete sweetheart and I had the pleasure of meeting her at RARE Berlin!
Charlie … that man! A hardworking, single father to the best kids ever, but my heart seriously broke for this man. I remember my feelings towards him in A Thousand Letters and he was just treated so unfairly by the woman that was supposed to be his forever. But it didn’t work out that way and she did it in the worst way possible … Come nine months later and he just feels like things are unraveling, hardly there for his kids because he’s a workaholic.
But it’s not until Hannah, his new nanny where things turn around for him. Leaving her previous nanny gig because the father was a creep and a horrible human being. And eager to secure another job so she won’t be sent back to her home, Holland. Upon their first meeting, she fit in quickly with his kids and into their lives. It was the easiest transition that Charlie could have ever hoped for, but he wasn’t expecting to be so drawn into her. Looks like Charlie wasn’t the only one, it was an instant connection for the both of them.
As much as they fight the attraction, once they finally give in, it’s soooo right for the both of them. There were times when their inner dialogue was a little bit much and the fear of crossing that employer-employee line. But once you get past that, it’s a well-round story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved learning a little bit of Hannah’s food culture in Holland, Staci you should totally send me some of these amazing baked treats! If you’re a fan of Staci, you’ll enjoy this read, she has become an automatic for me to read from since A Thousand Letters (seriously can’t talk up that book enough, you must read it).
**ARC provided for an honest review**
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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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