Release Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: 4 / 5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with the nanny.
When my wife left, she took the illusion of happiness with her, and I’ve been caught in a free fall ever since. For nine long months, I’ve been fighting to figure out how to be a single dad, how to be alone.
For nine long months, I’ve been failing.
When Hannah walked through the door, I took my first breath since I’d found myself on my own. She slipped into our lives effortlessly, showing me what I’ve been missing all these years. Because Hannah made me smile when I thought I’d packed the notion of happiness away with my wedding album.
She was only supposed to be the nanny, but she’s so much more.
The day my wife left should have been the worst day of my life, but it wasn’t. It was when Hannah walked away, taking my heart with her.
There’s always something so special with Staci Hart’s contemporaries. They always transport you into a world subdued yet beautiful. Her words are languid and her characters are vibrant with undertones of gentleness. A Little Too Late was no different and just what I needed!
I enjoy loud and enigmatic characters but I also hanker for those tender souls. Charlie and Hannah were perfectly molded together and they finely fit this category. What I loved about Charlie was his determination to become a better father to his two kids. Talk about sweet and sexy single dads!
Hannah was also someone externally subtle but beneath her was a strong personality. I saw compassion and empathy in her characterization. She has experienced troubles in her past as an au pair and now being tangled with Charlie’s past relationship. Still she was forgiving and spoke her mind. I was moved not only by Charlie but more because of this woman’s generous heart and unyielding love for her new-found family. Add to that her quirks that were so beguiling.
I initially thought Charlie’s excess baggage and insecurities will drag on the story but how he articulated his love for Hannah towards the end was a total redemption. I loved that the characters were still not the perfect version of themselves, it gave the story a more realistic vibe as they navigated their blossoming relationship.
I wanted Charlie’s heart before he was free to give it to me, when it was still damaged, when it hadn’t yet healed.
Staci Hart brought her A game with the world building as well. I wanted to learn how to bake and I wanted to learn Dutch after reading this. I was inspired to become a better mom. Staci Hart made the experience even more aesthetically memorable with the cohesiveness of self-discovery, parenting, diversities and of course romance.
A little more teasing and stolen moments before the turning point of the relationship would have made the romance more developed and bittersweet. But in the end, I am so glad that Charlie finally got his happily ever after. That epilogue gave me all the warmth and it just felt oh so right! A Little Too Late is a love story you would want to devour after a tormenting, busy plot line. It is an absolute palate cleanser!
Home isn’t home, not without you.