Title: The Christmas Wedding Guest
Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN Books
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Page Count: 423
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Susan Mallery, author of the Fool’s Gold romances, cheerfully invites you to Wishing Tree, where Christmas comes to life…
The Somerville sisters believe in love, but they’ve lost faith it will happen for them. Reggie hasn’t been home since the end of the world’s shortest engagement. When her parents decide to renew their vows, she buffs up her twinkle to help with the Christmas wedding. Unexpectedly, Toby, her first love, is back too, and the spark between them shines as brightly as ever. In the spirit of the season, will they let go of past hurts and greet the New Year together?
Done waiting for the one, Dena is pregnant and on her own—on purpose. But then a gorgeous, sad-eyed songwriter checks in to a room at her inn. Micah, unable to write since he lost his wife, finds inspiration in Dena’s determination to be a mom. One snowflake-speckled kiss and he’s a goner. But Dena is afraid to believe that a rock star could fall for a cookie-cutter small-town girl like her.
As the Christmas wedding draws closer, these two sisters just might unwrap the most treasured gift of all—love.
The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery is the first full length novel in the contemporary romance Wishing Tree series. There is also a prequel novella already available in the series and as with a lot of contemporary romance each book changes the main characters in the story with the setting of Wishing Tree, Washington being the common theme. This means that each book of the series can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so.
The Christmas Wedding Guest is a two for the price of one contemporary romance set at Christmas time, of course. The story features the Somerville sisters, Reggie and Dena, who both are in search of love. Reggie is back after going through as what she thinks of as the world’s shortest engagement and Dena is pregnant but without a partner to help.
Both sisters are helping to plan their parent’s vow renewal ceremony as the holidays approach. Reggie unexpectedly finds herself crossing paths with Toby who was her first love before she had left and sees those old flames are still burning. Dena on the other hand had given up on waiting for a man for her chance to become a mother but now that she’s pregnant she finds herself falling for Micah, a guest staying at her inn.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical going into The Christmas Wedding Guest since it was going to be following not one but two couples. My concern was how would it have time to introduce so many characters and make me engaged in not only their lives but their new relationships. Well, concern flew out of the window pretty darn quickly as I sat down with this lovely tale. I really did enjoy both relationships and was completely onboard with not only the characters but found the setting and story just lovely too. Definitely a holiday winner and I’ll be interested in reading the rest of the Wishing Tree series in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.
Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.
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