The Christmas Wish
The Christmas Wish
by Lindsey Kelk
Published by: Harper Collins
Publish Date: November 2022
Genre(s): Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Holiday, Magical Realism
HB&W Rating: 3
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Newly single lawyer Gwen Baker is hoping that a family Christmas—countryside, a mountain of food and festive films—will salve the sting of her career hanging by a thread and her heart being trampled on. Because everyone else has their life sorted: even Dev, her boy-next-door crush, is now a tall, dark and handsome stranger with a fiancée. She can’t help wishing her future was clearer.
Then Gwen wakes up to discover it’s Christmas day all over again. Like Groundhog Day but with eggnog. And family arguments. On repeat.
As she figures out how to escape her own particular Christmas hell, Dev is the one bright spot. He might be all grown-up but underneath he’s just as kind and funny as she remembers.
Maybe, just maybe, her heart can be mended after all.
But how do you fall in love with someone who can’t remember you from one day to the next?
Synopsis source: Goodreads
Thank you to Harper Collins and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Not a bad story, but this one was just okay for me.
I felt like a fish out of water reading it at times due in part to dropping into the story without any real lead in and in part to many missed cultural references. I could have looked them all up but I’d have spent more time doing that than reading.
I also didn’t really care for or relate to Gwen, a supposedly clever corporate lawyer who does not come across that way at all.
Lastly, I was led to believe that this was a holiday romcom, but this marketing is a bit misleading. It has romance, yes, and it had a lot of humorous lines and situations, but the focus of the story wasn’t romance so much as it was about family dynamics and understanding that people aren’t always as together as they seem. Still, I think she illustrated this very well and I loved the time-loop device as well.
Do you enjoy seasonal mood reads? I admit that as soon as the calendar flips to certain seasons, I’m all about them! Bring on all the fun holiday reads! Do you have a favorite? Leave it in the comments for me!!
Until next time, happy reading!
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