Published by Harlequin Presents on December 1st 2016
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The Maid Who Saved Christmas...
Chambermaid Grace Ellis loves Christmas, but after losing her beloved grandmother, she’ll be spending this festive season working. So when her boss, Finlay ‘Scrooge’ Armstrong offers her a magical Christmas in Scotland, it’s a welcome distraction from her grief.
Widower Finlay is haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, but snowbound together in his Scottish castle, Grace starts to melt the ice around his heart. He never thought he’d find love again, but maybe finding Grace is his very own Christmas miracle…!
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Christmas in the Boss’s Castle is the third book in the ‘Maids Under the Mistletoe’ series. This particular book is by Scarlet Wilson. I haven’t read the first two books in the series, but you don’t need to have read them in order to fully enjoy this story.
This is a feel good story about a maid, Grace Ellis, who has always loved Christmas and is endeavouring to enjoy it this year although it is the first one to come since her beloved Grandmother passed away.
Grace works as a maid in a very swish hotel. One of the only hotels that hasn’t put up any Christmas decorations. It’s all stream lined, and although very smart looking, Grace really misses all the Christmas touches that other hotels have.
Finlay Armstrong is the owner of the hotel, he is a widower. He lost his wife 5 years ago, at Christmas time, and hasn’t celebrated the festive season ever since. It’s the reason you won’t find a Christmas decoration in his hotel.
Grace has never met Finlay, and she doesn’t know of his aversion to Christmas or that it’s his rule that no decorations be put up in the hotel. When she is given the job of preparing his suite for a visit, she unpacks his bags and comes across a beautiful Christmas tree ornament. She mistakenly thinks that the fact he carries it with him must mean that he loves Christmas. She excitedly goes to the hotel’s storage area and finds some old decorations and some lights to put up in his suite. A nice holiday surprise for him so that even though he isn’t at home he can still enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Of course when Finlay sees the room he goes nuts and demands that she takes all the ‘pretties’ down. She is obviously hurt, and when he realises that he’s upset her so much, he starts to pay attention to the very attractive Grace.
During the duration of the book he gets to spend time with her, and he even gets her to decorate the hotel’s lobby. He’s known for a while that he needs to move on with his life after losing his wife, and it seems a good way to start, by allowing some festive cheer into the hotel. He also finds himself very attracted to Grace, but he’s not sure if he can go so far as to having a relationship with her when he still feels it would be like being unfaithful to his wife’s memory. As for Grace, she lusts after Finlay practically from first sight. He’s a gorgeous man, and she can see past his bitterness and can empathise with his loss.
When he invites her to go spend some time with him in Scotland, she agrees to go, and although she thought they were going to stay in a hotel, things go awry thanks to bad weather and they end up staying at his place. His place being a genuine Scottish castle! It hasn’t been lived in for 5 years, and despite the huge mess that it’s in, they agree to make the most of it, and spend a lovely couple of days (and nights) there. Feelings are running high. Finlay can’t seem to let go of his wife, and Grace doesn’t want to play second fiddle to the woman’s memories. Will a visit to his family help or hinder any possible long term relationship between them both?
I adored this book because although both main characters are grieving, there are so many happy moments between them, and Grace manages to bring the joy of Christmas alive both within the hotel and within Finlay. There were some lovely light hearted moments, such as when they are in Scotland in the snow making snow angels. I love watching their relationship develop and seeing Grace bring light back into Finlay’s life after him living in such a dark place for so long. Of course being set at Christmas time, with all the talk of Christmas and the beauty surrounding it, you can’t help but end up feeling festive by the time you finish the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and found nothing at all I didn’t like about it. I recommend it 100%.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.