Tuesday 31 January 2023

Book ~ "The Christmas Wish" (2022) Lindsey Kelk

From Goodreads ~ 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?

It's Christmas and Gwen is heading home with her cousin, Manny, to celebrate with her family. She's hoping it will lift her spirits because her long time boyfriend recently broke up with her to be with someone else and she has been suspended from her job as a lawyer at a big law firm because she threw a stapler at a rich client.

Christmas Day doesn't go as planned ... she's fighting (as usual) with her older sister, her brother-in-law is drunk and snarky, her grandmother hates her dress, her father finds out she's been suspected from her job, and more! She is happy when the day is finally over ... only to discover that when she wakes up the next morning, it's Christmas Day again and again and again.

Gwen suspects it must have something to do with the sixpense hidden in the rum pudding ... apparently whoever finds it gets have a wish granted. So every day she focuses on a different family member asking what their wish is and trying to fulfill it so she will hopefully wake up and it's Boxing Day.

I thought it was a cute story. I found the writing draggy and slow so skimmed a bit during the middle ... I didn't want to give up on it because I wanted to find out the ending. The story takes place in England so there are references I wasn't familiar with. It is written in first person perspective in Gwen's voice. As a head's up, there is swearing.

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