The Christmas Baby Bargain
by Pam Mantovani
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 15 Nov 2019 | Archive Date 21 Feb 2020
BelleBooks, Inc., Bell Bridge Books
Christmas in Big Sky country…
Christmas has never been a big deal to event planner Emily Henderson. Holidays were for kids with families, not a girl whose big brother was the only thing keeping her out of a foster home. But now, her brother and his wife are gone—and the only family she has left is their little girl, Natalie. And Emily’s determined to give the child everything she never had. There’s only one problem…Natalie’s sexy maternal uncle.
Stockbroker turned lodge owner Carson McBride isn’t letting Emily take his niece anywhere. But it’s Christmas, so he offers a truce—Emily can spend the holidays at the lodge with him, his father, and Natalie, and they’ll figure out custody in the New Year. He’s sure Emily will realize that Montana is the best place for their niece to grow up.
Only, during the next week, the one thing Emily and Carson realize is that they can’t keep their hands off each other! But even as they grow closer—much, much closer—they’re still at an impasse. Will Emily leave with Natalie or will she give her niece up to Carson? Or will this unconventional family get a true Christmas miracle?
Praise for Pam Mantovani: "Big city meets small town in this perfectly sweet and heartwarming tale of family, loss and the healing magic of love and Christmas. Beautifully written, The Christmas Baby Bargain is one of those books that will remain on any romance lover's keeper shelf. Including mine!"—Naima Simone, USA Today bestselling author
“A winning combination of emotion, strong writing and wonderful characters.”—Joan Johnston, USA Today and NYT bestselling author
Author Bio: As an Army Brat, award winning author Pam Mantovani frequently had to leave friends behind. But no matter where she lived, romance novels were her constant companions. Then she met the man of her dreams on a blind date, and after she married her hero, Pam started writing her own love stories. Now she has more friends, imaginary and real-life, than she can count. She's still happily married to the man who swept her off her feet and gave her the romance of a lifetime. She loves writing about strong women and men who find each other and quilt the fabric of their lives together.
"Big city meets small town in this perfectly sweet and heartwarming tale of family, loss and the healing magic of love and Christmas. Beautifully written, The Christmas Baby Bargain is one of those books that will remain on any romance lover's keeper shelf. Including mine!"—Naima Simone, USA Today bestselling author
“A winning combination of emotion, strong writing and wonderful characters.”—Joan Johnston, USA Today and NYT bestselling author
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Emily and Carson both experienced the tragic loss of a sibling in a plane crash, his sister and her brother. The one silver lining is that their infant daughter was not with them at the time. Carson lives in Colorado and Emily lives in California. They are both fighting an attraction while also preparing for a possible custody battle over their niece, since their siblings didn’t leave a will. Emily agrees to remain in Colorado until Christmas, during which time they hope to come to some resolution regarding their niece’s custody. Will Carson and Emily give in to their attraction and will this enable them to create a happy home together for their niece?
The story of Emily and Carson. Following the death of their sibings, Emily and Carson find themselves with fighting over custody of their niece Natalie. They live in different parts of the country so each of them want to take Natalie to live with them - and Carson wants Emily too. Will they give in to their attraction? A great festive read.
A very interesting and lovely story from Pam. It is as though i'm living through the story. What a great writer.
4.5 Stars! I really enjoyed The Christmas Bargain by new to me author Pam Mantovani. This book is about Los Angeles event planner Emily Harrison, and Carson McBride, a Montana lodge owner that used to earn an good living as a stock broker in New York City. Emily's brother and Carson's sister were happily married, until they tragically lost their lives. Natalie, Emily and Carson's infant niece, is now their responsibility. Emily and Carson both want custody of Natalie, but are willing to put their animosities aside during the holiday season. Emily finds the cold Montana climate a bit difficult, however, her attraction to Carson keeps her warm. Carson enjoys Emily's company as well, and as they grieve together and take care of Natalie together, they fall into lust and love. Carson's dad encourages their relationship, and Emily looks up to him as the father she always wanted. This is a well-written, emotionally charged book with three engaging characters. Ms. Mantovani passionately combines emotion, friendship, and sexy times into this romantic story. I immediately connected with both Emily and Carson, and there was never a moment that I did not want them to form a family. Emily's sad and unusual childhood tugged at my heart. Overall, this is a terrific book with a happy ending that will leave a smile on your face. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Emily henderson rocked her three month old niece Natalie asleep. She should put Natalie in the crib and try to get some rest herself, she continued to rock. Natalie was all Emily had left for family. Five days ago had begun in sunny L A weighing the potential phase of her career, debating looking for another event planner position with another company versus taking the leap and buying the business from her current employer. Now she battled grief in unfamiliar surroundings. “You’re going to spoil her” Carson McBride said. She was surprised for the man. He had all the qualities any woman would notice. His features shows signs of sleepless grief. It was hardly surprising since they buried his sister and her brother two days ago. Eight weeks earlier they had stood side by side as godparents at Natalie’s christening. Now three weeks before Christmas they shared the terrible bond of each having lost a sibling in a plane crash. It triggered her heart to hear Carson’s exposed feelings. Carson owned and managed a hunting and fishing lodge and he’d handled all the arrangements and details since the plane crash. She’d willingly let someone else take control. Carson called ehr Sunshine and Emily hated the way her body responded every time he used that endearment that he’d tagged on her more than two years earlier. She wanted to leave Montana and take Natalie back with her.If she hadn’t put a halt to one memorable kiss, she would have first hand knowledge of whether Carson snored or not. She had felt a tingle on their first introduction. Thereafter, whenever their paths crossed, she’d been strongly aware of him, especially when she turned to discover him staring at her. Than the weekend of natalie’s christening he’d drove her back to the airport. After he removed her luggage and then he kissed her. She’d never forgotten the taste of him. Carson said Natalie was staying with him and Emily said no. Carson felt an intense attraction to Emily. He didn’t understand why she appealed to him. Carson let her know he had power of attorney over Natalie for the next six months. Then he asked Emily to stay at the lodge through the holidays. Natalie’s first Christmas without her parents. From an early age, Emily’s life depended on what needed doing. Her father had been a demanding man and Emily’s mother had deferred to his every mood and and command. Than when Emily was ten her father left and at eighteen Daniel got a job to support them. Emily did the cooking, shopping, and cleaning in addition to school. Her mother sat waiting for Emily’s father to return. Five years later her mother passed away. Daniel had been the one constant in Emily’s life. Sam- Carson’s and Suzanne's father cooked breakfast and gave Emily a lot of food. She remembered how once she’d used food as a comfort as a shield against the loneliness and misery she faced. It would be easy to slip back in the pattern to take her mind off the loss. Emily wondered what it was about Carson that fascinated her so. She had found out there was a good chance she’d never give birth. The man who she thought was the one soon left her after finding out about her lack of a good chance of having a baby calling her half a woman. Emily hadn’t allowed anyone close since that could hurt her like that again. Emily knew Carson wasn’t the kind of man she was usually attracted to. He was too confident and could always somehow make her question who she was and what she wanted. Excellent book. I loved this book and read this in one setting as I didn’t want to put this down. I loved Emily and Carson together and how they interacted. I loved Pop and Natalie and how they added to this book. I loved the ending. I loved the pace and plot.I loved that Emily and Carson didn’t indulge in instalustbut their bond grew as did their feelings. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.
The Christmas Baby Bargain is the latest offering by author Pam Mantovani. Emily Henderson and Carson McBride we’re present for the christening of their niece Natalie and named as godparents just a few weeks ago. Now that her brother Daniel and his sister Suzanne have been lost in a small plane crash, they are pitted against each other as to who gets custody of the sweet baby, Los Angeles Emily or Montana Carson. Soon after the funeral, Carson proposes a Christmas truce whereby Emily will stay with Carson, Natalie, and his Pop at their Montana lodge through Christmas. They are from different worlds with different priorities with the exception of Natalie’s wellbeing. As they wend their way from Thanksgiving to Christmas, Emily and Carson discover an intense attraction. But she will be returning to LA right after Christmas, returning to a high powered event planning position and the possibility of purchasing the company. After the first of the year, hunting and fishing trips will resume at the lodge. And they will once again be torn by job demands. This is a sweet story of loss and the wake that follows. But Emily and Carson have much to gain if they can just maneuver this new path. With multifaceted characters and beautifully described surroundings, this book will touch the heart. I did enjoy this book and I do recommend it!
The Christmas Baby Bargain by Pam Mantovani is a wonderful Christmas themed story that starts out with tragedy but evolves into a heart-warming and insightful tale of two damaged souls with different outlooks on life and the need to overcome their disparities for the sake of an innocent child. Ms Mantovani excels in her ability to bring reality and credibility to her stories and this one is no exception. I enjoyed following the natural progression of Carson and Emily’s relationship from adversary to tolerance and then finally love. Some extra special moments in the book with the interactions between Carson’s dad and the adorable Natalie. I’m sure other readers will gobble this book up in one sitting just as I did.
A bittersweet Christmas romance. When Emily's brother and his wife are killed in a plane crash. she comes to Montana from Los Angeles expecting to take her goddaughter Natalie back with her. Carson, who lost his sister, is the godfather, and he has other ideas. He has returned from New York, and now runs a hunting lodge and hotel, with his father Sam. Learning to work together for the good of their goddaughter, and learning to accept the attraction they feel for each other makes for a sweet and easy Christmas story. Would recommend.
I really enjoyed Emily and Carson's story. Having both lost someone they loved and having to take care of a baby because of this, brought into focus the holiday season for all. It was wonderful to watch them find a life together
The Christmas Baby Bargain is an entertaining and well written romance. Great plot, characters and setting. I recommend this book. I received an arc from the publisher and Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
I really enjoyed this sweet Christmas romance! I found the two main characters, Emily and Carson, to be very relatable and endearing. Carson’s dad, Pops, is quite the character. The beginning of the story revolves around the death of Emily’s brother and Carson’s sister and who will get custody of their baby daughter, Natalie. This is very heartwarming, sweet Christmas story full of romance, hope and love. I loved the ending. Perfect Christmas story♥️full of Christmas joy. Pam Mantovani is a new author to me. I am looking forward to reading more books by her. Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and author, Pam Mantovani, for the opportunity to read and review this book.
I loved this Christmas story! Emily and Carson were so fun to read about. This was a well-written and fun story that I read in under a day! Highly recommend!
The Christmas Baby Bargain by Pam Mantovani Publisher Bell Bridge Books Publication date November 15, 2019 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🎄MY REVIEW 🎄 The Christmas Baby Bargain is a sweet and heartwarming Christmas Story. I fell in love with this beautiful heartwarming story from the very first page.It kept me turning the pages all the way to the satisfying end. It was wonderfully written and full of great Characters. The main characters feel real, like people I could meet every day, and I cared about them from the very beginning. I enjoyed this story very much and I am eager to read other books by this author . Many thanks to the publisher , author , and netgalley for a ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #TheChristmasBabyBargain #NetGalley
This was the first book I have read by this author and wow was it great. It was such an emotional rollercoaster. One minute I was sad and then laughing because of Emily’s witty comments about the cold! I loved the characters and could feel their emotions and feelings for Natalie. Emily and Carson both wanted what was best for Natalie but had different ideas of what that would be. It broke my heart when Emily decided to give up the custody battle, knowing that if Carson lost Natalie it would hurt him while she would just return to her normal life. The book was a wonderful Christmas romance with a great family touch.