Originally published: 10 November 2022
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Published by: HarperCollins
Page count: 352
Reading dates: 12-15 November 2022
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?
I’m all about the Christmas books this year. I haven’t planned anything to do with actual Christmas but I’m thoroughly enjoying the festive reads! In The Christmas Wish, we meet Gwen who is looking forward to a Christmas with her parents, her nan, her beloved cousin Manny and her spikey sister and awful husband. She knows it will be lovely and there will probably be arguments, but she needs to be with her family. She has recently split up with her boyfriend, is living in a pokey flat above a shop and has been suspended from her high-powered lawyer job after an incident with a stapler.
Christmas day goes much as expected – but then she wakes up and it is Christmas day again, and again and again! Gwen doesn’t know how to break the loop – she decides she needs to try and solve her families’ problems, each day doing something to help one of them but still not being able to break the curse. On top of this, she keeps bumping into her childhood crush next door neighbour Dev who unfortunately has a fiancée but seems to be there to help in different ways on each Christmas day.
I can’t believe I have never read Lindsey Kelk before, and I am overjoyed to have a new author I love with a whole back catalogue of books. It can be hard to write a Groundhog Day style book, without it being repetitive but Kelk has managed it here. She writes with humour without trying too hard, she has great characters who I loved, and the story was romantic and a little bit sexy! I loved Gwen so much – being inside her head was a fun place to be even though she is sad about her boyfriend.
Highly recommended as a light-hearted and fun Christmas read! 🎅🎄
Many thanks to Harper Fiction for sending me a beautiful, finished copy of the book!
I am running a giveaway at the moment in collaboration with HarperCollins to win a copy of The Christmas Wish as well as the complete I Heart book series – enter here! Closing date 24th November.
About the author:
Lindsey’s books include the Sunday Times bestselling I Heart series, as well as several standalone romcoms including In Case You Missed it and One in a Million, and the children’s series, Cinders & Sparks.
A fan of lipstick, pro-wrestling and cats (although not necessarily at the same time), Lindsey also co-hosts the award-winning beauty podcast, Full Coverage, as well as Tights and Fights, a professional wrestling podcast on the Maximum Fun network. Born and brought up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, she worked in publishing as children’s book editor before moving to New York and becoming a full-time writer. She now lives in LA.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LindseyKelk