Make My Wish Come True – Fiona Harper
Title: Make my wish come true
Author: Fiona Harper
Publisher: Mills & Boon
My rating: ★★★★✫
I randomly picked another one of the Christmas novels on my Kindle. This one didn’t have Christmas in the title, so I was wondering if it would put me in the right mood for the holidays, but since it was still November, it didn’t really matter whether that was the case or not.
What the book is about
Family-orientated and Christmas-dinner cook extraordinaire Juliet is trying to keep it together in the wake of her marriage breakdown two Christmases ago, but the cracks are beginning to show. Bright and vivacious Gemma was always the favourite daughter… So she has no qualms about leaving Christmas in her sister Juliet’s capable hands; and escaping the pressures of her glamorous job, and the festive madness by jetting off to somewhere warm.
When Gemma shirks responsibility once too many and announces she’s off to the Caribbean (again!); Juliet finally snaps. Gemma offers her sister the perfect solution – to swap Christmases: she’ll stay home and cook the turkey (how hard can it be?) and Juliet can fly off into the sun and have a restorative break.
In the midst of all the chaos, there’s Will, Juliet’s dishy neighbour who’s far too nice to float Gemma’s boat and may secretly harbour feelings for her sister; and Marco, the suave Italian in the villa next door, who has his own ideas about the best way to help Juliet unwind. Will the sisters abandon caution and make this a Christmas swap to remember?
What I think about the book
In the beginning this novel didn’t give me the happy holiday feeling that other Christmas novels did. The story is about two sisters who are not getting along. They’ve got their reasons, for sure, but they hardly want to spend Christmas together. In the end they don’t have to. Gemma is giving up her fancy holiday in the sun and sends her sister Juliet to the tropical island instead. Gemma will stay at home with Juliet’s four children. A swap that will ask for certain problems.
Juliet and Gemma both get to overthink their life away from where they were supposed to be in the first place. That gives them a new perspective on life. It changes them, which is a good thing. Still it does not seem to be enough to bring the two sisters back together. In fact, it even seems to screw things up worse for them. The end of the book is really sweet though and that brings back the Christmas spirit to this story.