Author: Nora Roberts
Read copy: eBook
Published: November 18, 2014
Zeke and Zack Taylor, motherless six-year-old identical twins, are facing "real" school—first grade—and they are worried. Their father, Mac Taylor, is a builder who fixes up old buildings in their small town, and the boys are afraid he'll be too busy to help them out with the new demands of their school. They decide to write to Santa and ask for a mother. When they see the new music teacher, Nell Davis, at school, she meets all their requirements, and they realize this is the mom they've requested. Mac is attracted to Nell, but is reluctant to pursue her, as his wife had walked out on him, and he doesn't want to risk hurting his children. The romance blossoms despite his fears, and the story is filled with the joy and anticipation of Christmas as the magic of the children's wish comes true.
Mac Taylor's twins decide to make a wish for Christmas. Only not any regular wish...They wish for the mom. Someone pretty, kind, with yellow hair, who loves dogs, and makes cookies. And once school starts, they know Santa listened and granted the wish, because the mom turns out to be their cousin's music teacher.
Now, it's only a matter of time before she becomes their mom. Unfortunately neither the boys nor Santa have counted with Mac's reluctance to see anyone, not only Nell, in the role of mother to his two boys.
A short and sweet Christmas story, with two cute little munchinks intent on finding the perfect woman both for them and for their father, a cautious dad knowing what it feels like to get cut at the knees by a woman and determined not to subject his two boys to any unnecessary heartache, and the woman who teaches him it's okay to trust and fall in love, while making sure Santa grants the wish of two little boys.
Maybe Mac was a tad too grouchy and "mean" that his back story warranted him to be, and Nell was definitely too upbeat, slightly naive, and too trusting for her own good, but they worked well together (when Mac wasn't being an ass), the twins were super cute, the story flowed nicely, and even though the whole wish and sleigh bells thing was a bit too sugary, I liked the story just fine.