|Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: October 9, 2018
As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year's if she loses her current case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she's in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.
The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is paying his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild-goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.
When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.
This reminded me of the Hallmark Christmas movies. It is a sweet story that focuses on the importance of spending time with people with you love. The main characters are a cab driver, a grandmother and a granddaughter. Finn, the cab driver, gets directed to pick up someone to take them to the doctor’s office. He is expecting a normal call, get there pick them up and drop them off, however when he meets Callie, the grandmother, nothing is as he expected. Finn goes above his normal duties for Callie and because of his actions it was easy to fall for him.
Callie is an elderly lady suffering with memory loss and falls asleep in an instant. The moments when she is lucid are entertaining and sweet. She is able to remember Finn’s caring behaviour from the previous day requests him as her driver again and so the adventure begins. Finn is no longer just her chauffeur but quickly forms a bond with her that has him wanting to take care of her.
Ever since Finn’s first interaction with Callie, he formed an opinion about her family members and they were not pleasant. But then he meets Sydney, the granddaughter, and gets know why she wasn’t there and his opinion begins to change. The two end up bonding while caring for Callie. I enjoyed watching the growth of this relationship and both learning to put what is important in their lives first.
This is a story that will have you feeling compassion for each character, and realizing just how valuable time spent with people is. There are moments that will sadden you, but there are also times that are filled with humor. I especially enjoyed the sarcastic comments that will have you chuckling. This was a true feel good Christmas story and would be perfect to be turned into a Hallmark movie.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)