Anna and her seven-year-old son, Freddie, are living a dream: house-sitting a castle over the Christmas season. However, not everything is perfect. What Freddie wants more than anything is a father after his own tragically died in a car accident before he was born. As the two settle into their new community, Anna begins to wonder if there’s a special someone who could help with this Christmas wish.
Author Minna Howard has crafted an incredibly sweet winter tale.
There are a lot of wonderful characters lurking around the village, and the most enjoyable parts of this novel are when Anna and Freddie mingle with their neighbors. A flood destroys portions of the town early on, requiring neighbors to come together for a successful Christmas. This sense of community works beautifully and is really the essence of the story that Howard returns to in scene after scene.
And, of course, there aren’t many things more charming than a castle during winter.
Some of the action is drawn out, and there are moments that could have been trimmed. Some of this stems from Anna’s inability to make solid decisions, causing some reputation as she goes over events. However, the great setting and fun characters kept things moving, making for a fun book.
Title: A Dad of His Own
Author: Minna Howard
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Note: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley.