Enchanted by Patti Berg was a Christmas book but it actually takes place in the summer. A little odd but it worked okay. Enchanted was pretty well-written but it needed another round of editing - there were too many typos for my taste. I enjoyed the main characters - Merry, Mac, and Kathleen - and even the secondary characters were solidly written.
The romance between Mac and Kathleen was just okay. It seemed that they were always talking at and around each other rather than to each other. Also, neither of them was willing to address the very real issues between them. The relationship built in fits and starts and seemed a little stilted.
I did enjoy the slight magical element in the form of Merry (who is fairly clearly Mrs. Claus) and her husband, Nicky. The Christmas themed store, Holly's, that appeared and disappeared, was a cute way to add the element in and to give it a holiday twist despite it's summer time setting.
All in all, not a bad book especially if you are looking for a quick Christmas read but it could definitely use another pass with an editor.
WITH A LITTLE TOUCH OF CHRISTMAS MAGIC, TWO HEARTS CAN FALL IN LOVE
A Christmas story for those who believe when love is involved, anything is possible. Mac O'Brien is wealthy and powerful - but since the death of his father, the magic has gone out of his life. So he makes a wish for happiness, and Merry Nicholas, his new housekeeper, breezes into his world.
Merry, with twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks, and snow-white hair, reminds Mac of Mrs. Claus, and when she pulls knitting needles from her candy cane-striped carpetbag, she weaves an enchanted spell around Mac, leading him to happiness, and to the woman he's destined to love.