This past week, I enjoyed three Christmas stories. All the books had been provided to me by the publishers (both ebooks and audiobooks) which gave me the opportunity to do read/listens. All of these books gave me that Christmas Spirit that I was looking for.

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The Christmas Wedding Guest (Wishing Tree #1) by Susan Mallery, Tanya Eby (Narrator)

Published September 28th 2021 by Harlequin Audio, HQN Books

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When the Somerville sisters get the message that their parents want to renew their wedding vows at Christmas, Reggie comes home to Wishing Tree. She left after her short engagement ended and she needed to get away. She is very successful and keeps busy. She returns home to help with the planning and to spend time with her sister, Dena. Dena is a teacher, runs a B&B and is a single woman who chose to have a child alone, giving up on love. Dena is nearing the end of her pregnancy and is tired of people telling her she will never find a husband now. What Reggie wasn’t ready for when she returns home is that her highschool boyfriend, who she still loves, will also be home in Wishing Tree.

The Christmas Wedding Guest (Wishing Tree, #1)

This was a wonderful story. We have so many great characters who I fell in love with. The two male characters who become important to the Somerville sisters were well written and developed. Micah is a singer/songwriter who is hoping a snowy Christmas season will give him inspiration to write a new song. He does get that inspiration, but it is from a certain teacher. As Dena and Micah spend more time together they help each other heal, trust and love again. Toby, is a single father, entrepreneur and all round great guy. He has some secrets that have cause him not to trust again, and those walls need to be broken down. Toby’s son and Reggie’s dog steal the show for me. I love them both, especially as they bring Toby and Reggie together. This is a story of family, friendship, grief, secrets, second chances, love and Christmas. I did a read/listen and the audiobook was narrated by Tanya Eby. There were times I enjoyed her narration, and other times it grated on me a bit. Overall, she did an okay job giving voice to the various characters. I recommend this lovely Christmas story and am sure that it will make you smile.


On Christmas Avenue: A Christmas Romance by Ginny Baird, Amanda Stribling (Narrator)

Published September 21st 2021 by Hallmark Publishing

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On Christmas Avenue was a truly Hallmark Christmas experience. The story is set in the small town of Clark Creek. The town needs more tourists and others to visit in order to keep going, so the town council decides to hire a Christmas Consultant, who proposes a town Christmas Parade. Evan, the county sheriff and son of the mayor, it totally against this activity that will bring in traffic and cause all kinds of issues as far as he is concerned. Mary, the consultant, is sure that a parade will be a fantastic fundraiser and bring lots of people to town. She has the answers for every concern and everyone except Evan supports the parade. As Evan and Mary are forced together over and over, they begin to have feelings for one another.

On Christmas Avenue: A Christmas Romance from Hallmark Publishing

I enjoyed this Christmas story and just escaped into the Christmas spirit. This was an enemies to lovers trope which is common in Hallmark stories. I loved all the support that small towns and communities give to this type of event. Of course there has to be a roadblock of some sort and this one was a bit telegraphed, but I loved the way it was solved. The Christmas activities, family chemistry, and fun parade and activities that went with it, makes this the perfect book for a bit of Christmas magic. I did a read listen with this one and enjoyed both. I can now not wait for a movie to watch. The narrator, Amanda Stribling, does a fine job with the story, giving each character a voice. I did speed up the book as I felt the pacing was a bit slow for me, but that is personal preference. If you enjoy a Hallmark Movie, then this is for you.

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Dreaming of Christmas (Dreaming of…) by T.A. Williams, Anne Marie Piazza (Narrator)

Expected publication: October 29th 2021 by Saga Egmont, Published August 27th 2018 by Canelo Escape

4 Stars (Audio), 5 Stars (Story) 4.5 Average:

Dreaming of Christmas was released in 2018, but I never got the chance to read it. When the audibook was offered for review, I jumped at the chance. I love T.A. Williams’ “travel romance” books and this was another winner for me. The book opens with Zoë being dumped by her boyfriend of ten years on Christmas Eve. We then fast forward one year to Zoë and a group of her university friends being invited to a lavish hotel for an all expense paid holiday in Austria. Everyone in the group had lived in a house together and one of the group, Billy, is now a multi-millionaire. He invites them all for a reunion. The only problem is that Grant, her ex is probably going to be there. But her best friend Jules persuades her to take the plunge, after all it’s an all expense paid vacation to a gorgeous ski location in Austria. What more could you want at Christmas. The other problem is that Zoë is working for a not very reputable newspaper and her boss wants her to get an interview with the elusive Mr Billy Fischer. Knowing her boss, he wants dirt. Can Zoë risk her friendship and the privacy of her friend, or will she let her career and the idea of promotion take over? What will happen when Zoë and Grant meet up again for the first time in a year?

Dreaming of Christmas

Dreaming of Christmas is a beautiful story about friendship, relationships, second chances, finding oneself, secrets, fun, humour, wit and drama. The cast of characters is diverse with everyone having a problem or some issues. I liked Zoë and was thrilled to see her stand up for herself on more than one occasion. Billy, the person responsible for the reunion is another great character. He was a geek in university, so the others didn’t know him as well as they liked, but he remembered them. He was still a bit quiet but over the story, he and Zoë talk a lot and we get to know what a great guy he is. There are a few things that happened that didn’t surprise me at all, but I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone so won’t say what they were. I loved the descriptions of the various activities at the resort and the Christmas activities in the town. I will tell you there is a happily ever after, but you will need to read the story to find out who gets it. All the characters have some growth and sort out some things in their lives, so it is a winning trip for all who attend. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy romance, armchair travel and Christmas stories. The book was narrated by Anne Marie Piazza. She gives voices to the various characters and uses expression, tone and emotion to add interest to the story. Besides the voice of Billy, which I disliked a lot, the audiobook was a nice way to experience this story.