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Christmas at Waratah Bay (or Christmas Down Under) by Marion Lennox

Christmas at Waratah Bay (Christmas Around the World Book 1) - Marion Lennox

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Max Ramsey has been taking care of his neighbor Harold, the last couple of months, since the old man is dying. Now he's put him in the hospital, but one of Harold's money-grabbing, ungrateful step-daughters is back and wants to supposedly give the old man one unforgettable Christmas...Not if Max can help it.

He can't really, since the woman is Harold's legal family and she's slowly getting under Max's skin as well.

But Sarah Carlton isn't one of Harold's step-daughters. She's not even his family no matter how much she might wish otherwise. But Harold is the closest she's come to having a grandfather, and she's finally earned enough money to come for a visit, which turns out to be their last...And she's determined to give Harold—and Max—a wonderful family Christmas.

This story started off strong. Yes, there was the trope of the misunderstanding, no one bothers to correct, but it worked, and it served as "incentive" for the reader to get to know the main protagonists as they go to know one another.

The plot tugged at an occasional heartstring, the characters were rather well-developed and likeable, the romance came through as quite plausible, despite the speed at which it happened...The problem was the second half of the story which dragged on for a bit too long both in pace and the not-corrected misunderstanding.
It could've been a couple of pages shorter.