Review of “The Christmas Wish” by Nora Roberts

Roberts, Nora. The Christmas Wish. New York: Silhouette Books, 2017.

Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1335005083 | 346 pages | Contemporary Romance

All I Want for Christmas (1994)

4 stars

This one is cute and exactly the sort of story I was looking for during the holidays. I love romances that involve children at any time of year, so to have one that features two young boys who so adamantly believe that their teacher is meant to be part of the plan to make their (and by extension, their father’s) Christmas wishes come true, I knew I was in for a treat. Despite being something of a cliche in romance, I love the way Zeke and Zach were so directly involved in pulling for the romance to work out, even when things fall apart. And despite any misunderstandings, Mac and Nell really do work well together. This is one that I dearly wish had been longer, to see what else it could have been, but for what it is, it’s a sweet story.

First Impressions (1984)

3 stars

This one, by comparison, felt like it dragged a lot in places, which is a shame, since it has a promising premise, with reclusive Vance butting heads with the more outspoken Shane. And Vance’s characterization was really one of the best parts of the book, given that it explores the bad things he’s been through without endless pages of brooding on his part. However, the middle of the book suffered from a lack of anything interesting in the way of plot, so the book felt a little uneven. However, it did still end on a good note.

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