*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Christmas is approaching and love is in the air at Bay View Care Home. Supervising carer, Callie Derbyshire, is blissfully happy with new boyfriend, Rhys. The tree’s up, the lights are twinkling, and, with the Christmas Eve wedding of one of the residents, Iris, to look forward to, everything is perfect.
Rhys’s ex has him at her beck and call, yet refuses to let Callie meet their baby daughter. Callie’s ex is intent on stirring up trouble. And Callie’s favourite resident, Rhys’s nanna, Ruby, hasn’t been her usual self since Iris announced her engagement.
Convinced that Ruby’s lonely, especially after discovering the truth about her lost love, Callie’s determined to give Ruby’s romantic story the happy ending it deserves. Ruby might be adamant that the past should be left in the past. But, when it comes to true love, surely a little well-meaning meddling and a Christmas wish or two can’t do any harm. After all, it’s never to late to let love in again. Or is it?
A heartwarming Christmas story of finding new love, and the courage to revisit a love that was lost long ago.
This is a sweet and light-hearted romance, tinged with some sinister goings-on from one of the most unpleasant philandering bullies I have come across.
It is the second instalment in the story of Callie and Rhys, so I would recommend reading the novella Raving About Rhys first, for a proper introduction to all of the characters you will meet here.
Ruby is back again, but is sadly lacking some of her usual verve (for plot reasons), but gradually revives as the story progresses. Callie as usual is a delight from start to finish: irreverent and flustered; thoughtful and caring. If anything, my only criticism here would be that maybe Callie is a little TOO good! She never seems to have a mean word or a short fuse (unless a polite telling-off is well-deserved, of course), and her forgiving spirit borders on the saintly!
There are a few bumps here along Callie and Rhys’ romantic road, but most of the story focuses on Callie’s urge to help all of those around her find the same happiness she has, with varying degrees of success.
Callie’s Christmas Wish is a warm-hearted seasonal romantic read for those who love a happy ending (almost) all round!
I waited for ten excruciatingly slow minutes, smiling politely as various colleagues left, wishing them a great Friday evening, and pretending nothing was wrong. He wasn’t coming. I reluctantly pulled my bag onto my shoulder, wrapped my scarf a little more tightly around my neck, and set off on foot in the direction of home. Crap, bollocks, crap.
I was halfway home when I became aware of a vehicle slowing down beside me. Rhys?
But it wasn’t Rhys.
‘Well, well, well,’ said a male voice. ‘It’s the home-wrecker who likes to get people sacked.’
My pulse raced and a wave of nausea hit me. My ex, Tony Sinclair.
– Jessica Redland, Callie’s Christmas Wish
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