October 18, 2016
Three friends, three wishes—one Christmas!
Riley Erickson, her pregnant sister, Jo, and their friend Noel are all wishing for the same thing: the perfect man. Or at least men who are perfect for them. Riley’s hasn’t turned out to be too impressive, dumping her for her bridesmaid three weeks before the wedding. Jo’s husband is being perfectly stubborn. And Noel has given up completely.
When the three women visit a shopping-mall Santa on a lark, the guy is full of predictions. Riley’s going to meet her perfect man in a memorable way. Noel is going to get a good man to go with that house she’s trying desperately to buy. And Jo, well, a new man is about to come into her life. What on earth does that mean? She already has her hands full with the one she’s got. As for Riley and Noel, they have some holiday challenges to meet…
But Christmas wishes can come true, as these three women are about to discover. Because in spite of romantic setbacks and derailed dreams, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
I’m a sucker for a Hallmark Holidays movie, so I should have known that this story would be right up my alley. (Two other books by Sheila have been made in to Hallmark and Lifetime movies, respectively.) This romantic comedy provided all the feels – laughter from Noel’s kooky antics, tension and anxiety as Jo struggles with the idea of her husband re-enlisting, leaving her for months at a time with a newborn, and loss and love as Riley loses and wins again in love. The characters are well-written and fun. Riley’s character was the most relatable (although her turnaround in the love department did need a leap of faith – but hey, this book will leave you feeling good enough not to care.)
Is it a bit of a fairy tale? You betcha! It’s a fairy tale for grownups, complete with a mysterious wish granting Santa and Mrs Claus, and I loved every minute of it. Sheila Roberts has once again delivers a heart-warming book that will leave you feeling warm and happy.
About the Author
Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have been published in several languages. Her book, Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network and her novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas, was made into a movie for Hallmark . You can find Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http://www.sheilasplace.com).
Disclosure: I was provided an advanced reader copy by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.