Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster for the blog tour invite and ARC of ‘The Christmas Wish List’ by Heidi Swain. I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour today!
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?
What does TWG think?
Heidi Swain is one of my ALL TIME favourite authors and I now have every single book that she has published, reading ‘The Christmas Wish List’ just cemented my love for the author and the way she makes her characters come to life in her own I unique way.
Even though this book is another installment in the ‘Wynbridge’ series, each book in the series can be read as a standalone. Of course, I highly suggest that you read each and every one of Heidi Swain’s novels just so that you can experience the magic in each book.
What I loved most about this read, was the way we got to see other characters from other books as they made this storyline come to life and it was such a joy to catch up with characters from the very beginning.
‘The Christmas Wish List’ is full to the brim of festive delights, Christmas antics, and enough magic to make the Christmas dreams of all ages come to life. Despite that, there is quite a dark theme to the story as the main character, Hattie, is going through something which is quite difficult to read in terms of the subject of coersive control, something which needs a lot more awareness than its currently getting.
Hattie is such relatable character, and her situation is one that people will be able to find strength in. I think that Heidi Swain’s addition of such a misunderstood subject, is a genius move and one that should be applauded due to her sensitivity and poignancy.
I fell in love with ‘The Christmas Wish List’, and I loved feeling as though Christmas was just around the corner. From start to finish, the storyline captured my heart and left me bereft at the very end. Another absolutely stunning, iconic read that is full of heart, hope, and sheer beauty. Heidi Swain, you’ve done it again!