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𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐖𝐢𝐬𝐡 by Lindsey Kelk is one of the Christmas books I just recently finished. A huge thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this one to enjoy this holiday season!
This brilliantly written British romantic comedy was just perfection! It centers around Gwen Baker who is at a huge crossroads in her life. Recently separated from her long-time boyfriend, on leave from her prestigious work at a law firm and headed home for Christmas with her family. She finds herself stuck in a time loop of repeating Christmas Day (think Groundhogs Day) where she must figure out how to get to tomorrow.
Her family really has no idea how unhappy Gwen is with the things in her life and Gwen has mastered the ability to “put on a face” and pretend to be happy no matter how awful things are. So as the days repeat, she starts to realize that it’s not about making everyone else happy that matters, but that she really needs to look long and hard at her own life. Facing the bad things that have happened (her boyfriend leaving her), how much she dislikes her job and changing those things that she can in order to make herself happy.
My favorite part about this story, besides the heart warming humor, is that it focuses on Gwen facing herself. The things in her life that have fallen apart, asking herself what she wants to do with her life, and watching Gwen transform from this unhappy woman into a shining star. This story really helped to remind me that living every day to our fullest and doing the things that bring us together in happiness is what it’s all about.
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Newly single lawyer Gwen Baker is hoping that a family Christmas—countryside, a mountain of food and festive films—will salve the sting of her career hanging by a thread and her heart being trampled on. Because everyone else has their life sorted: even Dev, her boy-next-door crush, is now a tall, dark and handsome stranger with a fiancée. She can’t help wishing her future was clearer.
Then Gwen wakes up to discover it’s Christmas day all over again. Like Groundhog Day but with eggnog. And family arguments. On repeat.
As she figures out how to escape her own particular Christmas hell, Dev is the one bright spot. He might be all grown-up but underneath he’s just as kind and funny as she remembers.
Maybe, just maybe, her heart can be mended after all.
But how do you fall in love with someone who can’t remember you from one day to the next?
AUTHORS LOVE LINDSEY KELK
”The kind of book you can’t put down, but also want to last forever”—EMILY HENRY
”I fell head over heels in love”—BETH O’LEARY
”The literary equivalent of opening a glass of wine with your best friend”—MHAIRI MCFARLANE
”So uplifting and wildly romantic”—MARIAN KEYES