Review of the Christmas Wish by Lindsey Kelk

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 turkey. 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?

Sometimes it’s nice to read outside your usual genre, and whilst contemporary romance isn’t what you would usually associate with my reading tastes, when I do pick one up I do inevitably enjoy it! The Christmas wish is nothing short of a delightfully warm blanket of a read. I loved wrapping myself up it it’s pages as Gwen’s experience of Christmas day went from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again in the most charming of ways.

A festive groundhog day, Gwen finds herself transfixed with the wishes her family would make on the Christmas Pudding sixpence, doing her best to give everyone their hearts desire, whilst childhood crush and neighbour, Dev, is never far away.

I loved the family dynamic and how everyone’s frustrations and secrets were written in a way that still kept humour in the story, never feeling heavy or downbeat, things were always solved by some Bailey’s, fireworks or a hot tub! Gwen’s nan is fabulous and her scenes never failed to make me laugh, because we all know a no holds barred family member like her. There wasn’t a family relationship that I didn’t enjoy reading about, be it sibling rivalry, parental expectation or walking in on your cousin taking *lower half” pics

Gwen’s self discovery is lovely to read, the romance is pretty sweet and all in all it’s a lovely festive read that ties itself nicely with an oversized bow.

Thank you so much Harper Fiction for sending me a copy for review!

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