Title: The Christmas Wish List (Wynbridge #7)
Author: Heidi Swain
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction/ Romance. Holiday
Goodreads Rating: 4.26
After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .
Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.
As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?
I have made it my mission this year to work my way through Heidi Swain’s backlist after discovering her last year. So far I am doing well and only have 1 more book left in this series (until the Christmas release of the next one).
Whilst each of these books is about a different character in the village I would recommend reading them in order so you don’t miss out on the lovely community and back stories. One of the things I love about these book is how the different characters from previous books pop up to say hello and we get a little glimpse at how they are getting on. I’m also enjoying seeing how the Cherry Tree franchise develops in each book, to think at the start it was a little cafe compared to what Lizzie and Jemma have achieved now!
This story focuses on Hattie and her beautiful friendship with the lovely Dolly. Whilst their pairing may seem a little odd, given the age gap between them ,the two friends have an undeniable friendship that made this book all the more special. Out of the two I have to say Dolly was my favourite, her gently meddling ways made me smile. She wasn’t interfering or controlling but she often gave Hattie a nudge in the right direction and guided her friend along a difficult path.
The idea of a Christmas Wish List is just brilliant and like our loveable Beamish it showed me just how magical Christmas can be when you think of the array of celebrations on offer. From making gingerbread houses, to decorating a tree with every bauble possible these are all things we take for granted during the season. I’m looking forward to putting a Christmas list together with my two little boys and making our Christmas as magical as possible.
Once again it was the community spirit that brought a smile to my face. It was lovely to see Wynthorpe Hall making a feature along with it usual cast of Christmas crackers. Every time I read (or listen) to one of Heidi’s books it makes me crave the quaint village living where you get a real sense of community. Another great read for a fabulous series!