The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant

Lose yourself in this beautiful romantic comedy set in a land of sleigh rides, sparkling starry skies and gingerbread cottages. Perfect for fans of Karen Swan, Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.

Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme Greenwood. Recently jilted by her cheating fiancee Warren, she’s had enough of London life and escapes to Thimble Cottage in the Peak District, home of her beloved grandmother Matilda.

While Esme mourns for the wedding she’ll never have, Matilda puts her granddaughter back together again with comforting words and generous helpings of fruitcake and together, they plan the trip of a lifetime, to Lapland to see the northern lights, somewhere Matilda has always dreamt of going.

But tragedy strikes and when Matilda dies, Esme screws up the courage to go on the trip on her own to honour her beloved grandmother’s wishes. At the airport she meets a motley crew of characters including Zach, a handsome, brooding, out-of- work actor and together they set off for an adventure.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, Esme and Zach grow closer. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something very significant – will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent of Zach’s own secret past, is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?


I do enjoy a Christmas story and this is a lovely heartwarming Christmas romance. 

The story was enchanting and the author has expertly described the beautiful locations so well that I could believe I was there. It has always been a dream of mine to see the northern lights and despite living in Orkney for a couple of years I have yet to see them at their best – although I did spend many nights driving the island with my mother and our cameras trying to catch sight of them…

This is a well-written story, with lovely supporting characters which made this a fun and entertaining read.

This was my third Christmas read so far this year and I am feeling so Christmasy now.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Tilly Tennant for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

  • TITLE: The Christmas Wish
  • AUTHOR: Tilly Tennant
  • PUBLISHER: Bookouture
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 22 October 2018



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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

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