Book Review (and a Giveaway!): His Christmas Wish by Allie Pleiter

Posted October 27, 2020 by meezcarrie in Allie Pleiter, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 11 Comments

Wander Canyon #3

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: October 27, 2020
PAGES: 224

All he wants for Christmas is a family…

To make his little nephew happy,

this bachelor will need help…

After his nephew, Cole, is orphaned, Jake Sanders vows to give the little boy the best Christmas possible…except Jake doesn’t know the first thing about kids! So when Cole’s preschool teacher, Emma Mullins, offers to pitch in, Jake’s grateful for her guidance. But while Jake and Emma share an immediate connection, their blossoming love must first survive the secret she’s hiding…


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Y’all. This story undid me in every way. And the reason can be summed up in three words: Emma, Jake, and Cole. Oh my heart. These three characters tugged on it in nearly every way imaginable, sending me into giggles, swoons, tears – and a few times where my stomach bottomed out in the way it does when you read shockingly sad news about dear people. I was fully engaged in His Christmas Wish from beginning to end and everything in between.

First, Cole is just all kinds of adorable. He is the perfect blend of precocious, loving, and cute without being overdone. And the kind of grief he’s living through – the loss of his parents – is something no little preschooler should have to endure. But through his “fun” uncle Jake and his warm teacher Emma, he IS living through it. I really appreciated how the author addressed this theme throughout the book. His grief isn’t passed over – it’s brought out into the open in ways that felt natural for a boy his age – and with Jake & Emma as a support network (along with nearly the entire community of Wander Canyon) readers know he’s on his way to healing.

Jake and Emma each have their own separate grief to deal with – Jake is grieving the loss of his sister (Cole’s mom) and Emma is still grieving the loss of her own family in various ways. Their shared bond & love of Cole gives them an instant connection, and watching it develop into sparks and deeper feelings is a lot of fun to read about. The magic of Christmas, the hope of the season, the beauty of can’t-resist-any-longer kisses – all of it combines to deliver an inspiring and heartwarming romance that will linger with you long after you’ve finished the book.

Bottom Line: In His Christmas Wish, Pleiter has crafted an exquisitely tender story of love, family, Christmas, grace, grief, restoration, and of course romance. Vivid, layered characters will grip your heart and involve all the emotions, from laughter to tears. The charming setting (one particular Scroogette not included lol) adds to the warm tone of the book, and the reminder of the true meaning – and healing power – of the season is icing on the cake.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / fabulous!!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter spends her days writing books and finding new ways to avoid housework. She grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University, and speaks nationally on writing, faith, and creative productivity. Allie currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Sign up for her newsletter at

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11 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): His Christmas Wish by Allie Pleiter

  1. Sonnetta Jones

    My niece lost her father at 3 years old and there are days where she something would trigger her grief. She would come to us and say she misses her dad and she is sad. I wonder how the author addressed grief for this young child.

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