UK Publishing Date: 1st Oct 2015. 400 pages.
Livvy is married to Adam. They’ve been together for about twenty years and have a son. Joe is a good kid. He has Asperger’s and has sometimes been difficult to manage over the years. Livvy has just discovered that Adam has been having an affair with Emily. She sends him an angry text to let him know that she knows about his indiscretions and then Boom. She’s hit by a learner driver in a supermarket car park. It is a couple of weeks to Christmas and Livvy is dead.
“Make a Christmas Wish” is not your average Christmas fare. You could pick this up expecting a fairly Mills and Boon experience because the cover is fairly typical of schmaltzy Chick Lit. This is more Dickens’ A Christmas Carol meets Beetlejuice with a touch of It’s a Wonderful Life.
After almost a year spent stuck in the car park Livvy starts listening to her spirit guide, a black cat called Malachi. Suddenly she is free and is back to reclaim her old life. This isn’t as easy as she first thought though. Adam has moved on, and is about to ask Emily to move in with them. Joe is growing up and has a “girl” friend and even her own Mum seems to have forgotten about her. Livvy is angry and sets out to reclaim her family.
MACW is quite a hard book to categorize. It’s an interesting book from a psychological viewpoint because as the book progresses Livvy starts to realise why things had gone wrong between her and Adam and what had caused the huge rift between them. I’ll even admit to shedding a tear or two towards the end of the book and when you do most of your reading on public transport that’s quite embarrassing!
If you fancy reading something Christmassy that is a bit quirky and different this is the perfect choice. At the time of writing it is a bargain 99p on the UK Kindle store so give yourself an early Christmas present!
Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
You can get the book here: Make A Christmas Wish: A heartwarming, witty and magical festive treat
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