Friday, December 15, 2023

Book Review: The Christmas Wish

By Melissa Smoot

Newly single lawyer Gwen Baker needs a family Christmas to bury her woes, with festive films, country walks and a mountain of chocolate.

Her teenage crush Dev is back in their small village as well – and it turns out he’s just as kind, funny and good-looking as she remembers.

But then Gwen wakes up to discover it’s Christmas all over again. She’s trapped in a snowy Groundhog Day. But would repeat meet-cutes with Dev really be so bad for a heart that needs mending? (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

I love every book that Lindsey Kelk has written, so I knew I would love The Christmas Wish as well. The story takes place in a small town in England, a few hours from London. The main character, Gwen, travels back home with her cousin for a traditional family Christmas. The only problem is Gwen has just been dumped by her long-time boyfriend and she is also in a bit of trouble at the law firm she has worked at for a decade. To say the least, Gwen is not thrilled to go home and face her family, especially her not-so-nice older sister or her father, who both happen to be lawyers as well.

Gwen wakes up Christmas morning in her childhood bedroom and the day is filled with disaster after disaster. Gwen can’t wait to leave and head back to London, but then something strange happens. Gwen wakes up the day after Christmas only to find that she is back in Christmas day. The story takes on a Groundhog Day feel as Gwen must figure out how to get back to the present day and fix whatever it is the universe is throwing at her, or be stuck in a never ending loop of horrible Christmas Days. 

I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book, as I knew I would. The twists and turns as well as the shocking surprises throughout the story make this a very fun holiday read. If you want to believe in the magic of Christmas or the spirit of the Holiday season, this is the book for you. 

Thanks to HarperCollins for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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