Book Review – The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain


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 had seen this book around and was thrilled when I saw it on the library app. There was a bit of a wait, but it finally became available and I wasn’t disappointed!

I honestly couldn’t put this book down once I had started. The writing was clear and engaging and really drew me in to the characters’ world. 

The chapters were fairly long so you had an uninterrupted flow. It was a nice easy read that you didn’t have to think too much about. There were some serious undertones to it, but they were written sensitivity and the overall message of love and family shone through. 

The characters were well written and aside from one character they were all lovely. The dislikeable character was needed to really emphasise that you are never completely on your own, even if it might seem that way. 

Lastly the settings. Well, it was the picture perfect Christmas. Village setting (with the grand hall) cottage, snow and decorations. What more could you ask for?! Everything about the story was Christmas and I really enjoyed it. 

I highly recommend reading this book, but be aware that there are some serious issues that are dealt with.

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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