The problem with Christmas books is that the plot has to be all wrapped up by Christmas.
And, because it’s Christmas, everyone has to live happily ever after – which can make things a little saccharine.
Thankfully, Kate Blackadder deftly keeps Stella’s Christmas Wish on the right side of syrup.
This is a lovely, heart-warming festive read.
Blackadder writes confidently and with a great sense of pace.
Six days before Christmas, Stella must rush home to Scotland when her grandmother is taken to hospital.
As she reconnects with her past, old flames are rekindled.
And as Christmas fast approaches, Stella begins to wonder if her most heartfelt wish can come true?
This is a fine debut novel and, if the plot is a little predictable and the loose ends get tied up just a bit too conveniently, who cares?
It’s Christmas – and this feel-good romance is a delightful bit of escapism.
Slip it into someone’s Christmas stocking this Christmas.
Review by Sue Featherstone.
Available to buy on Amazon.