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Book Review: Home Sweet Christmas by Susan Mallery

Having been lucky enough to read the first Wishing Tree book last year I was very excited when I saw that there was a second book. Then when Mills and Boon emailed me about a tour I was crossing my fingers extra tightly that I’d get chosen and I’m so grateful that I was.

Genre: Christmas Romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pages: 400

What’s the book about?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to fall in love

Returning to her home town of Wishing Tree is definitely temporary for Camryn. She can’t wait to leave and get back to her ‘real life’. Until she meets Jake. Suddenly Camryn starts to see the town, and it’s Christmas traditions, differently. She thought she’d put her future on hold…but maybe her real life was here all along, waiting for her to come home.

New in town, River is charmed by Wishing Tree’s Christmas traditions and warm-hearted people, especially Dylan Tucker whose snow melting kisses bring her to the brink of love. But Dylan has a secret and River can’t risk falling for him until she uncovers it, even if that means losing him forever.

Both women find themselves faced with difficult decisions. But if they are prepared to risk their hearts, they might find they are about to have a Christmas to remember…

My Review

I absolutely loved Wishing Tree when we first visited back in the Christmas Wedding Guest so was excited to be going back and spending time at The Wreath. I absolutely love how the Americans celebrate Christmas, it just keeps all the magic alive and seems to focus on community, family and friends. Plus they go massive with lights, decorations and festive activities – I mean a giant advent calendar full of activities for the town to participate in?! I’d love that!

Anyway, onto the book itself! In this we are split between Camryn and River who have both recently moved into Wishing Tree, both definitely NOT looking for a man though…

Camryn has come back after her mum fell I’ll and then sadly die to look after her younger twin sisters and take over the running of Wrap Around the Clock – yupp, you guessed it, a shop based on wrapping paper for every occasion and even wrapping parties! She will be going back to Chicago once the twins have gone to college though so is adamant that there’s no point in finding a man – that’ll come when she gets back to her old life…

River is a super shy computer geek so it’s not necessarily that she doesn’t want a man but she has major trust issues and also feels very awkward in ‘dating’ situations or when she’s the centre of attention.

The male interests in the book are Jake, who we have heard of before, and Dylan. Jake is the guy who left Reggie a couple of days after their engagement so first opinions are very sceptical but we get to know the real reasons behind this and I actually really liked Jake by the end of the book. He is such a kind hearted and good man who made a mistake because of self doubt, his friendship with Dylan is also extremely strong and the two of them have a really special bond throughout the book.

I could keep going on for ages about this book but I won’t, I really enjoyed it and although it took me a while to finish because of illness I kept wanting to reach out and read a few more chapters. The characters are absolutely lovely and the setting is just magical, I really hope that Susan takes us back to Wishing Tree again soon!!!

About the Author

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.


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