by Emily March
Series: Eternity Springs #15
Published on September 25, 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Sometimes life's most magical journeys bring you back to where it all began...From USA Today bestselling author Emily March comes The Christmas Wishing Tree, an enchanting account of the magic and miracle of Christmas.
A man who loves adventure and the open sea, Devin Murphy returns for a short Christmas trip to his small hometown of Eternity Springs. Immersed in the joy and magic of the holiday season all around him, he doesn't hesitate to play along when a young boy phones Santa to ask for a very special wish. Devin never guesses that a wrong number has the potential to make everything in his life so right.
Jenna Stockton adopted Reilly when he needed a mother and she intends to keep him safe. A small town across the country called Eternity Springs seems like a good place to hide from their past without any complications --until sexy Santa himself discovers her secrets. When Devin proposes a daring plan to face down the danger together and defeat it once and for all, she is tempted. Maybe Devin really is capable of making wishes come true? Perhaps in a Christmas wish they'll both find the miracle they've been looking for all along...
A delightful Christmas novel in the New York Times bestselling Eternity Springs series.
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Despite being a Christmas love story, The Christmas Wishing Tree wasn’t as lighthearted as I expected.
Maybe it’s just me and my preferences, but I’m not really a fan of stories with darker themes. I read romances for the happy escape. Sure, there will be obstacles but they’re often not so serious? But this book dealt with Jenna and Reilly (her son) attacked and forced to go on the run more than once before they find a haven in Eternity Springs.
It just didn’t feel like the small town romance I wanted when I picked the book up. Instead, I thought it should have been more in the romantic suspense category with the way the mystery of their attacker played out in the background. This contrasted with the mellow town life that Jenna was hiding them in and the two pieces just weren’t quite meshing.
As for Jenna, the only part of her character I really got behind was her devotion to her son. She’d do absolutely anything for him and that love came off the page. Unfortunately, beyond that, I felt like her character became a means to a romantic end as soon as Devin was introduced. The two had some serious insta-lust but the relationship itself felt rushed and awkward in the context of the rest of the story. I never got behind it or either character.
I really don’t have much else to say about The Christmas Wishing Tree. It wasn’t the type of story I go for due to the romantic suspense element (something I tend to avoid), and I didn’t really care about either character or their romance. I’ve enjoyed other books in this series, though, so I’ll keep on reading despite this book.