An Almost Perfect Christmas (Ocean City Boardwalk Series Spin-off)

An Almost Perfect Christmas (Ocean City Boardwalk Series Spin-off)

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by Donna Fasano

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***USA TODAY Bestselling Author***

When it comes to business, Aaron Chase knows how to succeed. But when his daughter, Izzie, asks him for the perfect family Christmas, the handsome widower feels at a loss about how to make his little girl's dream come true.

Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper has dedicated her life to taking care of children. She agrees


***USA TODAY Bestselling Author***

When it comes to business, Aaron Chase knows how to succeed. But when his daughter, Izzie, asks him for the perfect family Christmas, the handsome widower feels at a loss about how to make his little girl's dream come true.

Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper has dedicated her life to taking care of children. She agrees to act as Izzie's stand-in mom for this special holiday and throws herself into making the child's Christmas wish a reality. Maybe this selfless act will somehow alleviate her secret regrets and failures of the past.

The holiday is filled with fun and laughter, and it's amazing how three short days can be so life-changing. When the impish eight-year-old talks the adults into acting out a silly, make-believe wedding, young Izzie is certain the magic of the season will turn the pretend vows into the real thing. The little girl wants her daddy to have Christmas in his life--every single day.

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"Donna Fasano is a keen observer of human nature and creates characters that ring true to life." - Pamela Cohen
"The strength of [Donna Fasano's] love story can be found in her remarkably rich characters and their heartwarming interactions."

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USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano is the author of over 30 romance and women's fiction novels.

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An Almost Perfect Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Lit_Litehosue More than 1 year ago
Get your box of tissues ready for this one... I loved An Almost Perfect Christmas, yet at the same time a there were couple of times I almost hated it, but not enough to put it down. This one deals with a hard/emotional subject but it brought tears to my eyes and was beautifully written. Aaron will do anything to make his daughter Izzie's last Christmas everything she wants it to be even if it means giving her a pretend "Mommy".  Christy is going to work the Christmas shift at the hospital as usual so that everyone can have it off, but when she hears about Izzie's wish she feels she has to try to help make it happen.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
5 Stars doesn't even begin to capture just how much I loved this book. Donna Fasano’s writing is flawless, her story is emotionally charged, her characters are multi-dimensional and real, and this book is just….perfect! This book is novella length, but the story is paced perfectly and fills just the right amount of pages. It’s not often that a book can move me to tears, but what struck me as rare was the author’s ability to not just evoke one emotion at a time within me, but her ability to have me feeling multiple emotions at once – smiling like a fool while I was crying, having my heart ache while feeling such hope, or feeling dread at what I knew was coming while being optimistic at what the future would hold. Thank you Donna Fasano – this book is by far my most favorite read of the year and a true reminder of what is important in life and the fact that even though we may experience sadness, there is so much to be truly thankful for if we just open our hearts and minds to what is around us and live in the moment. I received this book from the author for an honest review.
DeleneY More than 1 year ago
My Review is for "An Almost Perfect Christmas" Included in this Holiday Box Set! I can hardly wait to read the rest of the Holiday Novels by a group of outstanding authors! If I could give this book written by Donna Fasano 10 Stars I would! Your heart is immediately captured by Izzie, an 8 year old impish, charming and smart little girl. Izzie, suffering from Leukemia has a Christmas wish, she lost her Mom 2 years ago and she wants a "family" Christmas!! Dad Aaron goes to the hospital staff and asks for a volunteer to come with them for a 3 day Christmas "family" trip. Pediatric Oncology Nurse Christy and Aaron plan one of the most beautiful and heart warming holidays with a little "help" from Izzie!! Read this book and see what Izzie has planned! Bring your tissues with you! In fact this book should come with them! Need a heart warming, heart tugging and Christmas spirit feeling book? Then this should be at the top of your list!! A keeper and must read every year for me !
caitlinallycesmum More than 1 year ago
Can the magic of Christmas turn a make-believe wedding into the real thing? I give this book 5 stars. I started reading this book by Donna Fasano and it touched my heart because I can connect with the characters in this story. The story is about a father, daughter, a wish list and a caring nurse.  Izzie is very ill with cancer, she is an avid list maker and she has asked her father for a family Christmas with a make believe mommy as she lost her mum 2 years ago, and this is where the story starts with Aaron (the father) asking the staff at the hospital if anyone can help him give his daughter (Izzie), the family Christmas she wants. Christy (the nurse) steps forward and offers her assistance, to help Aaron help Izzie to tick off everything on her list. I have to congratulate Donna Fasano on the compassionate way she has written this sad and beautiful love story, I read it in one sitting because I was drawn into this book. Emotion and love comes alive in these pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Good summer reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get out the puffs, you're going to need the whole box. Beautiful story. Thank you for writing about making and remembering beautiful precious memories. Truly there is no greater pain but yet the memories are what keeps us going every day. I would give this book 10 stars if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is also the third in the .99 boxed set of Ten Christmas Brides.
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LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
Perfect read for this time of year. This is book 3 in the Ten Christmas Brides Box set and a lovely edition to it, I believe. It is the perfect read for this time of year, quick with a great message. It all begins with a little girl, but yet so wise for her years, making a plan to bring her dad some happiness when she was gone. A perfect set up for two adults who only caught on after the fact. Two people that was drawn together; understanding the heart ache of loss and the void it caused found themselves in a place where they could relax and be themselves, discovering that there is a future in the midst of all the hurt and longing. A wonderful story with enough emotion to make it believable and enjoyable.
wazi More than 1 year ago
An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna Fasano It is amazing how much heart-wrenching emotion and angst was packed in this novella. I thank my lucky stars that I have never had to experience what these parents had to go through. I appreciate the joy and humor Ms. Fasano tried to weave into the story, but I personally found it hard getting past Izzie’s prognosis.   Aaron Chase, Izzie’s father, did every single thing he could to make his daughter’s Christmas wish list come true while his own heart was breaking. He was very lucky to have Nurse Christy by his side. She was just as determined to fill Izzie’s wish list for reasons of her own. The soul baring scenes between Aaron and Christy were emotional, heartfelt, and realistic. Ms. Fasano has a way of exposing her characters core through dialog and picturesque scenes that put you there by their side to share their joys, sorrows, and emotions. Izzie was a delight in her idealist romantic view of the world and it was fun seeing the Christmas lights and the season itself through her eyes. Ms. Fasano handled this painful story with realistic compassion and did an outstanding job leaving this couple with hope for an almost perfect future, which did leave me with a smile on my face and in my heart. I don’t think there are many authors who could have carried this theme through as gracefully as Ms. Fasano managed to do. I hope we get to see more of Aaron and Christy in her Ocean City Boardwalk series. Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant issues. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** November 10, 2014
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
A seriously sick kid is a sad thing, so calling An Almost Perfect Christmas a happy story feels wrong. But I still want to describe it as a “feel good story,” even though there are places you’ll feel everything but. It’s a romance, and at a high level has the typical romance storyline. But it goes beyond just romance with themes of the indomitable human spirit and how sometimes kids have a better handle on life than adults. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation for my opinion of the material provided.  A fan of holiday stories regardless of the time of year, I really looked forward to reading An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna Fasano. A beautiful, yet somewhat bittersweet tale of compassion, love and grief, Ms. Fasano’s story made me laugh, cry and remember to be thankful for my healthy family. Good character development, plenty of emotional angst, and the perfect pace kept me turning the pages. If you want a holiday romance with just a touch of spicy heat, then An Almost Perfect Christmas is one you’ve got to try. Ms. Fasano does a wonderful job developing all of the characters in this story from Christy, a pediatric nurse who understands pain and loss on a personal level, to Aaron Chase and his precious little girl Izzy, who’s wish is for a Christmas celebration at their beach house. The secondary characters, from Bridget, one of Christy’s co-workers, to the shop owners at the beach add just enough color and compassion to help the story move along. While Christy and Aaron are at different stages in the grief cycle, they are perfect for each other because of what they have and are going to experience.  Will Christy’s act of kindness to a sick little girl help her deal with her own issues? Will Christy and Aaron realize what Izzy really wants for Christmas? You’ll have to read An Almost Perfect Christmas to find out, it brought me to tears and that’s really saying something since I try not to cry over books!