Sally reviews Wishing for Wonderful – The Reader Salute
This is the first book I have read by Bette Lee Crosby and I can assure you it won’t be the last. I was expecting the usual sweet and fluffy Christmas story, the no brainer with a happy ever after ending that I read and enjoy at this busy time of the year. What I got was a wonderful story that sucked me in from page one and did not let me go until the last page.
There are three stories all intertwined here, not just John and Eleanor’s. John’s daughter is a main focus as well, and Eleanor’s son also has a major role to play, but is not front and centre. Oh, and then there is the hunky veterinarian, pwaar! The pacing of the story is just right; and the plot is more complex as would first appear. The human characters are so well-defined that I felt as though if I went and knocked on the door they would all be there inviting me in to share a cuppa with them and let me cuddle the dog.
And then there’s Cupid – how to describe him? Not a traditional cupid by any means – this one is wonderful! He is not described but rather than the traditional fat cherub with wings and a bow and arrow, I imagine a more mature man, a sort of a Dumbledore type, but shorter! His interactions with God and Life Management are very well done with humour, pathos and plain old tenacity in his pleadings. A heart warming tale and one of the best Christmas themed books I have read in a long while. I sort of wish I hadn’t read yet because it would have been a perfect Christmas Eve read – with a glass of red wine, Christmas music and twinkling lights. Oh wait a minute – that’s how I did read it!!!