Elementary school teacher Mary Alice Reed wanted a nice, stable guy to share her happily ever after. When she thought she’d found him, everyone tried to tell her that the guy she thought was her Mr. Right, was really Mr. Somebody Else’s. Living with a town’s worth of I-told-you-so isn’t easy, but she’s coping. And definitely taking a break from love in order to get past her last disaster to chair her favorite Christmas charity.
Trauma surgeon Chad Phillips gave up the intensity and long hours of a big city hospital to move to Wishful. He wants a home and family, a town with a slower pace, where he can actually build a life. Being one of Wishful’s most eligible bachelors has gotten him a lot of pie and casseroles, but it hasn’t helped him find that special someone to come home to.
When a friend’s accident lands Mary Alice in his ER, Chad finds himself more than intrigued. Part Martha Stewart, part Mary Poppins, and all Girl Next Door, she’s exactly what he’s been looking for. Volunteering for the Fountain of Hope charity seems like the perfect way to get to know his Christmas crush. But just as he seems to be overcoming Mary Alice’s once bitten, twice shy caution, that one tiny thing from his past, that he probably should have told her about, shows up for a Christmas season visit. Chad’s gonna have some explaining to do.
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.
If you haven’t already read Nolan’s Make You Feel My Love (book 1 of Wishing for a Hero series) you might want to. Mary Alice and her breakup with Judd is featured in that book, which sort of sets the stage for her thoughts, emotions, reactions in The Christmas Fountain. That’s romantic suspense though, so if you’d rather stay firmly in sexy small town romance, you could get by without it.
I really felt for Mary Alice and was so looking forward to Nolan giving her an HEA. Nolan knows how to write a meet-cute and this one is hilarious, even though it’s more due to Mary Alice’s cousin, Tess, and her drunk antics. Chad is working the ER the day they come into the ER and there’s definitely sparks. He is a great guy, perfect for Mary Alice and they share common goals and dreams. Their romance is super sweet and yet very sexy. While there is a “big misunderstanding” exacerbated by a big announcement from her ex – Chad and Mary Alice work it out quickly. There’s even a terrific epilogue where we get a solidified HEA. Quick, but enjoyable novella.
If you’re like me and into reading stories chronologically, you’ll want to read Rowan & Nash’s book, Watch Over Me (Wishing for a Hero #2). If you want to skip the romantic suspense and just continue with the Wishful series, grab book #10 You Were Meant for Me which features Mitch and Tess.
Amy McFadden does a good job again bringing the Wishful folks to life. However, her portrayal of drunken Tess is absolutely side-splitting.
About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.
You can connect with Kait Nolan here:
About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: Hi! This part is all about me. Just me. It feels weird to write a bunch of stuff about myself but I don’t like pictures of me so I’ll have to use words instead.
I live in Michigan with my fiancé, Joe Anderson. He makes me laugh so much I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, it’s still a nice bonus to our love.
I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.
I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.
I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.
You can connect with Amy McFadden here:
My Favorite Quotes
Chad clearly had the wrong genitalia to be on the winning side of this conversation. – The Christmas Fountain by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #Novella #Holiday #Christmas #Doctor #TeacherTweet
Having an intelligent, attractive man’s total focus made her feel a little giddy. – The Christmas Fountain by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #Novella #Holiday #Christmas #Doctor #TeacherTweet
She looked…good in his kitchen. He was probably going to feminist hell for saying that. – The Christmas Fountain by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #Novella #Holiday #Christmas #Doctor #TeacherTweet
I’ve totally got “Hot for Teacher” playing in the back of my head. – The Christmas Fountain by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #Novella #Holiday #Christmas #Doctor #TeacherTweet
You’re right for me, and I’m a hundred percent, crazy in love with you. – The Christmas Fountain by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #Novella #Holiday #Christmas #Doctor #TeacherTweet