ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s nearly Christmas and it’s snowing, hard. Deep in the Yorkshire Moors nestles a tiny hamlet, with a pub at its heart. As the snow falls, the inn will become an unexpected haven for six people forced to seek shelter there…
Mary has been trying to get her boss Jack to notice her for four years, but he can only see the efficient PA she is at work. Will being holed up with him finally give her the chance she has been waiting for?
Bridge and Luke were meeting for five minutes to set their divorce in motion. But will getting trapped with each other reignite too many fond memories – and love?
Charlie and Robin were on their way to a luxury hotel in Scotland for a very special Christmas. But will the inn give them everything they were hoping to find – and much more besides?
A story of knowing when to hold on and when to let go, of pushing limits and acceptance, of friendship, love, laughter, mince pies and the magic of Christmas.
Gorgeous, warm and full of heartfelt emotion, I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day is the perfect read this winter!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Ebook, Audio, Hardback & PAPERBACK (11 November 2021)
Source: Purchase of Audio Book
My thanks to Courtney of EDpr for the tour invitation and for asking me to re-share my review to celebrate the paperback launch celebrations for I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – out TODAY. I don’t normally re-share reviews but I will make an exception for this book as it was one I enjoyed so much and it thoroughly deserves every shout out. I purchased the audio book last year so my review is based on that format – but whether you listen or read, its a fabulous book and a lovely wintry story to cosy up with.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I’m so glad I decided to buy the audio book for this one as I’ve spent a wonderful few hours in the company of the ‘Figgy Hollow Six – a group of people taking refuge at an empty Inn in a deserted hamlet during a ferocious snowstorm on their way to other destinations. With no landlord at the Inn, they have no alternative but to help themselves to food and lodgings.
The narration by Colleen Prendergast was excellent and the different voices for each character bought them all to life – even Radio Brian, ‘the alternative BBC’ whose radio commentary kept them entertained (and me) over their unexpected Christmas together.
For 3 couples (well, really only 2 were and 1 of those were in the process of divorcing), they all tried to muck in together and make the best of the situation. With no landline or mobile signal, phones were useless so they had to make their own entertainment with whatever outdated games they could find in the cupboards. Luckily for them there was a fully stocked kitchen and bar to keep some Christmas cheer going but despite Luke’s cheesy cracker jokes and the Baileys, not everyone was happy and for some there was sadness and big decisions to make.
There wasn’t one character that I didn’t take to, I was totally invested in all of their lives – Robin and Charlie were such a wonderful pairing and I was so hoping that king of the scone empire, Jack, would get his act together and see what was obvious to everyone else.
The author’s trademark warmth and wit was evident throughout – together with a little bit of magic. Alongside the humour was past hurt and sadness in this lovely story of self discovery, realising what you really want from life and making sure you live life to the full. I loved it and felt quite bereft when I said goodbye to the Figgy Hollow Six.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A Sunday Times bestseller, she is one of the Top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK, and with millions of copies of her books sold across the world, Milly’s star continues to rise. Milly was chosen as one of the authors for The Reading Agency’s Quick Reads 2020 campaign. My One True North is her seventeenth novel. Milly writes from the heart about what and where she knows and highlights the importance of community spirit. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience, and celebrate love, friendship and the possibility of second chances. She is an exceptional writer who puts her heart and soul into every book she writes and every character she creates.