Feature book: The Millionaire and the Maid
Jo Anderson is a geologist and has spent the last eight years working in the outback. She has decided that she needs a change in her life. She wants a new career. With the help of her friend and boss, Russ, whom she saved when he had a heart attack, she is off to become housekeeper to Russ’s brother, Malcolm (Mac) MacCallum while she decides on what it is she wants to become. Mac is a celebrity chef, who had his own TV show. Jo is a tall woman, and she has always had a bit of a problem with her height and size, but she is also a caring and strong-willed woman who speaks her mind. She was brought up by her grandmother and great-aunt, but this caused a few problems–her grandmother would build her confidence up, and her great-aunt would knock it down. Now, Jo is determined to make a special birthday cake for her grandmother and settle the feud between them, and who better to do this than the housekeeper for a chef.
As a celebrity chef, Mac is known to everyone. He has cooked for royalty and is one of the best. On the show, he comes across as a hard and very particular boss. When there is an accident on set and Mac and one of the apprentices is injured, the show is canned. Mac takes off to his beach house to hide and write a cookbook that will help him pay for the care of the apprentice’s injuries, about which Mac feels so much guilt. He is not looking after himself. Russ is worried about him and decides to send Jo to be housekeeper for a few weeks.
Jo knows all about Mac’s injuries and was a keen follower of his show, but when she arrives at the house, she is shocked to see how Mac has let himself go and at how rude he is to her. Mac does not want anyone there. He wants to be on his own, but when he sees Jo, he is instantly drawn to her. He has not felt this way for a long time, and he is so self-conscious of his scars. But Jo is strong and determined to make Mac come to terms with his demons so he can get back to living normally. As they get to know each other, Mac also realises that Jo has issues of her own that need to be confronted.
This is such a beautiful story. Ms Douglas really knows how to write a story that will pull at your heartstrings, have you grabbing for tissues, smiling and cheering them on. I love Jo’s determination and straight-talking and how Mac keeps telling Jo how beautiful she is. This is a sensual, heartwarming and emotional story that will have you turning the pages. The setting is just wonderful, and the characters of Bandit the dog, Jo’s grandmother and great-aunt all add to the story. Don’t miss the way in which Mac and Jo both come to terms with their demons. I loved it. 🙂
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment by 1 July 2015 will go into the draw to win this book. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Malvina.)