SERIES: The Christmas Carousel #6, 12 Days of Heartwarming Christmas
GENRE: Contemporary Clean/Christmas Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 9, 2018
Dylan King never intended to get involved with Christmas Town. He’d arranged his business trip to include a short visit with his Aunt Odette. But now he’s fixing furniture for Over the River Retirement Home residents, welding a fence for the carousel and extending his stay every other day. If he stopped making up excuses to spend more time with Sadie Kent, he could finally get back to business like he wanted.
Sadie Kent has fallen to a new low. Not only has she ditched Santa School (a birthday gift from her young daughters to regain her Christmas spirit after her holiday divorce last year), Sadie has seriously embellished her culinary skills. Between keeping her volunteer commitments and trying to find a job that won’t interfere with her daughters’ school schedules, baking and decorating Christmas cookies to help raise money for the carousel refurbishment might be one step too far. If Dylan King stopped offering suggestions and distracting her, and reigniting her holiday spirit, Sadie could prove she had everything under control.
Welcome back to Christmas Town where wishes in the heart, no matter how deep they’re buried, find a voice. And the power of family and love endures.
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Five Golden Wishes is another Christmas Carousel story, set in the fictional (but I wish were real!) Christmas town as part of the 12 Days of Heartwarming Christmas series. There are two parts to this series, written by Harlequin Heartwarming authors – A Christmas Wedding (6 books) and The Christmas Carousel (6 books) – and while each book can work as a stand alone they are best enjoyed by reading all the Christmas Town books.
In this story, hunky brain-game designer turned temporary handyman Dylan is swoony and sincere, and Sadie is a genuine, warm heroine with two adorable little girls. Both Dylan and Sadie are struggling to find their Christmas spirit this year, and the Knotty Elves (a hilarious group of meddling senior citizens!) and Sadie’s daughters are trying their best to help them out. In the process, these two hurting hearts may find more than Christmas, too.
The writing is witty and warm, in turn, and Sadie’s girls are a highlight of the story. For her part, Sadie is really likable but her over-commitment during Christmas stressed me out for her. Dylan provides a refreshing distraction for Sadie – and she for him – and I really enjoyed watching their friendship blossom into something more. It took a while for me to feel connected to their romance but the last third of the book really took off for me and finished with all the heartwarming feels I look for in a holiday read.
Bottom Line: Five Golden Wishes has a hurting, hunky hero and a struggling, over-extended heroine, two sweet little girls, a meddling Aunt Odette (and her posse of geriatric co-conspirators), and a delightful Christmas Town that feels almost magical. The setting and the season fit together perfectly, and readers will want to ‘book’ another visit there soon.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Enjoyed it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.
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