A Winters Tale – Carrie Elks

Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is determined to make the most of her new job as nanny to major producer Everett Klein’s son, Jonas. It might not be exactly the career she’d hoped for when she moved from London to LA, but thanks to her habit of freezing up in interviews, this is her last chance to impress a key player in Hollywood – if she can get this right, then surely he’ll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn’t allowed for is Everett’s sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – but love at first sight this is not.

Adam Klein may be sexy, but he’s also gruff and rude and in no way ready to make a fool of himself over the nanny – not after the year he’s had. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race . . .

As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam come to realise that the course of true love never does run smooth – and just maybe, it’s more interesting that way…


I wasn’t aware this book was part of a series when I started it, and I have to admit I think it works perfectly as a stand alone novel.

One of my biggest bug bears with romance novels is that they have romances I don’t believe in, characters I could never see being together, and whose chemistry just isn’t there. That was absolutely not the case with this novel. Carrie managed to create two such believable lead characters that their ups and downs and will they, won’t they end up together really had me routing for them.

Reading this book I could feel the crackle of electricity between Adam and Kitty, that spark of something you can’t ignore. Who can blame Kitty for wanting to enjoy Adam, who let’s be honest is possibly the sexiest male lead I have read in a very long time. Tall, dark, strong, brooding and handsome, I can imagine most women reading this book were wishing he would come and sweep them off their feet and back to his cabin by the lake. Thank you Carrie for giving me a couple I could believe in, I smiled, laughed and I have to admit to shedding a tear while they fought their growing feelings for each other.

The setting for this novel is a very snowy West Virginia and I have to say Carrie knows how to set a scene, I really found myself sucked into the cold winter vibe of this novel, I was imagining the scenes where Kitty and Jonas are out sledging and could almost feel the cold air. I found myself wishing I could enjoy one of Annie’s hot chocolates in the warm Klein house kitchen.

Another character I adored in this novel was little Jonas, his open heart and his relationship with Kitty was beautiful. I found myself hoping he had the best Christmas ever, surrounded by a family who adored him. His excitement over Christmas was great, and the fun he had with Kitty warmed my heart.

The family tension between Adam and Everett, the sparks of romance and lust between Kitty & Adam, as well as the clearly fraught marriage between Everett & his wife Mia makes the Klein Christmas a very interesting affair. Will all of them survive Christmas day unscathed?

This is my first Carrie Elks novel, but it definitely won’t be my last – I am heading off to search out the first of The Shakespeare sisters series. A wonderful story to warm your heart on a cold winters day, full of love, lust, laughter and a whole host of family drama.  I will be honest it was a book that kept me up until 2am reading, just to see what happened in the end. I fell in love with the characters of A Winters Tale and I hope you will too.

Thank you to Piatkus & NetGalley for providing me this copy for an honest review.


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