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The Christmas Wishlist 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 thoroughly enjoy Heidi's books. I first came across them last year and devoured all of her backlist within a matter of weeks and have been eagerly awaiting each release since. I was therefore very excited indeed to receive this book in the post and couldn't wait to get started completely breaking my rule of only reading christmas themed books in December.

I loved The Christmas Wish List for several reasons. I love meeting new character Hattie and following her story as she starts to work through a Christmas themed wishlist with her friend whilst staying with her on a short holiday. The story itself is really sweet and i particularly love the friendship between Hattie and her older friend Dolly. 

I loved the Christmas elements of the book and this is absolutely the one you need to read when you get to the point of the year when you want to fully indulge in all things festive. As frequent visitors to Wynbridge already know they know how to do Christmas and have plenty going on to get into the seasonal spirit.

As always I loved getting back to Wynbridge itself. Whilst it can be happily read as a standalone I love how the story included so many cameos from the various characters from previous books. Catching up with them was lovely and feels like you are coming back to catch up with old friends.

All in all a fantastic read that I loved.