Title: My Mr. Manny
Author: Jennifer Garcia
Sort Story: Standalone
Publishing date: 27th Augustus 2013
Publisher: Renaissance Romance Publishing
Number of pages: 257 p.
Language: English only
Age category: Adult
Received an advance reading copy from this in no way influences my honest opinion.
About My Mr. MannyMia Balducci misses her childhood days and yearns for the big, Italian family that she left behind in small town Massachusetts. At the tender age of sixteen, Mia moves with her bachelor father to Los Angeles, but no matter how many years pass, it never becomes home to her.
The years spent living with her father aren’t easy, especially since she can’t stop thinking about what she once had. Her enrollment in the University of Southern California promises to bring exciting changes to her life, but Mia winds up with big problems instead. When she runs into an old friend from her old hometown of Winthrop, she gets swept up in nostalgia, and she soon loses herself in a quickly-progressing romance.
When the fantasy falls apart, she is left to raise her precious little girl, Lucia, on her own. The demands of Mia’s work schedule and Lucia’s needs increase, and their lives become increasingly hectic. It is soon clear to Mia that she needs help. Luckily, her life-saving cousin saves the day and brings the mother and daughter a male nanny – their new “manny.”
After losing his high-pressure job on Wall Street, Dominic Roberts wants to follow his dreams to have a family. He’s already one fiancée down, and there are no likely prospects for another. In order to find the family he so desperately wants, he finds himself getting into the manny business. Since he is fully qualified to provide child care and is eager to leave New York City behind, his sister-in-law is able to land him a job in California working for his first client – the beautiful and intriguing Mia Balducci.
Will Lucia like the new man in her mother's life? Will Mia? And will this new trio discover the happily ever after they all so desperately seek?
*This is going to be a bit personal, please bare with me :) or stop reading
This everything you don't want to read about when you just came out of a 7 year long relationship. This book could have been my live story minus the kid. Why didn't I want to read this?, well the first half of the book was about Mia's relationship with her ex-husband, even though she was marry she always had to do everything alone (which was a very confront story for me). Then she finds out why, and is left to raise their daughter alone. It was a really touchy story, or maybe it was just me that was emotional. I like how strong Mia was and that she pulled through putting her daughter for everything else.
Then the second half of the book consisted of everything I want a relationship to be. (Get my frustration with this book yet???) The second half is all peachy perfect, lovingly but careful. Mia and Dominic are attracted to each other from the start but they don't immediately jump each others bones the minute they see each other (the insta-love version). This relationship actually evolved when the book continues, because they are both still processing their past lives.
When I started this I thought it would be funny, light-hearted story, which was definitely not the case. I still pushed through even with blurry eyes at times. It was still a pretty good book, it was realistic and emotional, with characters that developed throughout the story. The only problem I am still have after finishing this, is the beginning! Yes I mentioned this also in my book blitz you can read it here: Click here . The first 20 per cent of the book was really rushed, so rushed that I wanted to stop reading around 10 per cent in, but I pushed through. After my blitz post I received an email from the author explain why she chosen this start for the book:
"A lot of people didn't like that I "skimmed" the first part, but it was just for background, the real story is between Mia and Dominic and how they become a family with Lucia."
This book is well written, very realistic and of course a happily every after makes this a great read. There for 3 skaters!