Book Review - Christmas Wishes by Sue Moorcroft

One of the reasons I love Netgalley is the opportunity to read books that I may not be able to access in Canada. Sue Moorcraft is an author I see coming up on my instagram feed quite frequently and I’ve been wanting to read one of her books. Therefore, when the opportunity came up to listen to this enchanting Christmas audiobook, I jumped at the chance. 


Hannah is a shopkeeper in Stockholm and lives with her boyfriend. She takes pride in the shop although it hasn’t been doing as well as she has hoped. When her brother Rob’s friend Nico stops by her shop, the two become reacquainted quickly. Nico is now a single father of eight year old Josie from his former marriage. Hannah enjoys Nico’s company and looks forward to seeing him again at Rob’s upcoming wedding in her hometown of Middledip.

Nico thoroughly enjoys his life as a single father, but between work and Josie he hasn’t much time for anything else. When he brings Josie to see her mother for an overnight stay, it’s very evident that he cannot leave her here. In fact, he cannot leave Josie’s two year old half-sister Maria there either. Suddenly his life has become much more complicated.

At the wedding, Hannah and Nico spend some time together dancing and talking and Hannah realizes that the relationship with her boyfriend has lost its magic. When Hannah returns from the wedding, she is surprised to learn that she has lost her shop, her home and her boyfriend. She returns to Middledip to care for her Nana and to start repairing her life. Hannah and Nico develop a strong friendship and romance, but will it be strong enough to overcome so many obstacles?

This is a beautiful story perfect for the Christmas season. I really appreciated how this book felt as though I was observing a real story. I loved these children and the sweet element they bring to the story. I appreciated the therapeutic relationship between Hannah and Nico and the spirit of giving and helping others. There was a key message in this enchanting story - one that speaks of keeping yourself healthy first and understanding the limitations when helping others. The author provides great character development of the protagonists and I felt I really knew and liked the characters. The story is engaging, and a joy to read.

I listened to the audiobook version which was narrated by Julia Woodwind. I really enjoyed her performance and found her voice to be crisp and articulate. I particularly enjoyed her portrayal of Maria and her charming “My Dad”! I listened to this book at 1.5x speed which is slightly faster than my normal speed of 1.25x. I would definitely recommend the audiobook version of the book to those that enjoy this format.

Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins Audio for the ARC of this audiobook in exchange for the honest review provided here. 

My rating: 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄/5.

32 comments:

  1. I love sound of the setting of the book, definitely sounds like a cosy one to read right now. Great review!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  2. Great review! I really enjoy Christmas fiction but haven't heard of this one before. It sounds like a lovely book to read though.

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  3. Another cosy Christmas read, Jodie. This one sounds like a lovely slow burn too :)

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  4. This sounds wholesome and festive! And also quite cozy. Glad you liked it!

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  5. Lovely and festive review! Happy to hear you enjoyed it~

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  6. Sounds like a lovely and cosy festive read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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  7. This book sounds like such a lovely and engaging read, with a well thought out storyline and characters. With all the twists and turns, it sounds intriguing. Excellent review!

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  8. Hi. What a great review - sounds as though you really enjoyed it. May I ask, as a non-audio book listener, what's with listening at a faster speed? Is the standard narration too slow?

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    1. Thank you! Yes sometimes the narration is a little too slow, or fast, when compared to my preferred speed so I adjust the speed accordingly. Great question!

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  9. Another book about Christmas, it's just amazing!

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    1. Thanks. I really enjoy them- especially this year! 😊

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  10. Thank you for such a lovely review of Christmas Wishes! 😊🌹 I’m delighted you enjoyed it so much. Julia Winwood did a great job of the narration. PS My new release in Canada is ‘Home for the Holidays’. It was ‘The Little Village Christmas’ in the U.K. My schedules are slightly different in different countries.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment! I will definitely be looking to read more of your books, Sue Moorcroft! 😊

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    2. Good news for me! :-D Have a lovely week.

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    3. Thank you! Wishing you a lovely week as well. 😊

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  11. This sounds like such a cosy Christmas read! I absolutely love the sound of it x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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  12. Thank you for the review! It sounds like a warm story to read.

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  13. This sounds like a lovely cosy read, I really enjoy stories that feel like they could be real and somehow relate to/ understand the characters so I think I'd enjoy this!

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  14. It seems like a nice book to read and to learn from these holidays. Another lovely review.

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