The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant

Synopsis: Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

My Rating: 3/5

My Review: I am a fan of Tilly’s books and although we are now in March I was looking forward to reading this Christmas book. However, something strange happened which hasn’t happened with one of her books before, which was that I didn’t like the main character all that much. Esme is the leading lady and don’t get me wrong I didn’t dislike her as such, I just hated the fact that for the first half of the book she seemed like such a weak doormat and I just didn’t like it. 

When she finally takes a risk following the death of her Grandmother by going to Lapland, I thought we may see an instant turn in her but it took much longer. The story was fun and so easy to read. Esme meets up with three other solo travellers Zach, Hortense, and Brian. Now Hortense and Brian were brilliant and I loved them as characters. I also liked Zach but…mmmm…I just can’t quite explain it.

Like I say this wasn’t a bad book but I just couldn’t warm to the character enough and as such couldn’t warm to Zach either. The lovely descriptions of Lapland were great and I enjoyed the story overall, but this hasn’t been one of my favourites by Tilly just because of those things. I will as always look forward to her next book which thankfully is out in a few weeks (see details below). 

NEW RELEASE DUE 04 APRIL 2019

Synopsis: When Lizzie loses her larger-than-life dad she doesn’t know how to move forward. Encouraged by a childhood dream she shared with her beloved father, she is determined to continue his legacy and moves to the old Mill on Magnolia lane, a place he had always longed to own.

Restoring the old windmill is a much bigger job than Lizzie bargained for, especially when she is distracted by her new next door neighbour Jude, who has temptingly twinkly eyes and a body to die for. But when Jude’s ex- girlfriend Harriet arrives back on the scene, Lizzie begins to wonder if life wasn’t far simpler before she moved to the mill. Especially when it emerges that Harriet knows something about Jude’s past, something that could shatter her new start and her heart into smithereens …

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