Thursday 13 October 2022

The Twelve Wishes of Christmas by Ruby Basu Birthday Blitz

 We all need feel good stories in our lives, especially the way the world is at the moment.

And what better book than a Christmas one.

Festive cheer always puts a smile on my face and that's exactly what Ruby Basu's story did. The Twelve Wishes of Christmas is celebrating its first book birthday and I'm here with my review to join in with the celebrations.


When Sharmila discovers her late friend, Thomas, has gifted her the holiday of her dreams, she can’t pack her bags fast enough. Arriving in Pineford, it’s everything she’d ever hoped for and more.

But she’s in for another surprise, because Thomas has left her with one last request: if she completes his Christmas wish list of festive activities, her chosen charity will receive a big donation. Or so Sharmila thinks.

…He’s there to reclaim his family’s legacy

Little does she know, she’s set to inherit Thomas’s estate too, much to his nephew Zach’s disbelief. Determined not to see his family’s legacy left to a stranger, he’s come to Pineford to do whatever it takes to stop Sharmila from fulfilling that list.

When Sharmila and Zach meet, neither are prepared for sparks to fly. For Sharmila’s sworn off love, and Zach doesn’t trust her. But with every passing wish they find themselves growing closer. And amongst the twinkling town lights and fallen snow, Sharmila can feel her heart opening up to Zach. But when she learns he’s been keeping a secret from her, can Sharmila forgive him and get the happy-ever-after she’s always wished for this Christmas?

This book is totally swoon worthy.

A quick read, I did not put it down until I'd finished the lot.

It's a gorgeous tale, which I think would be made even better when snuggled under a blanket with a glass of mulled wine (maybe I'll re-read it in months to come).

What I'd describe as a rom-com, there is plenty of love and lust held within the pages of this book.

But what Basu does well is actually tell a meaningful story alongside the budding romance.

The main characters each have fairly detailed back-stories and this made the emotions quite strong and I really felt the extremes from excitement to melancholy. And the supporting cast added so much more, the community of Pineford were an absolute delight. I wouldn't mind living there myself, even if everyone does seem to know everyone else's business.

In the book Sharmila loves to watch those cheesy Christmas movies and I guess this is how this comes across - and I am a huge fan.

I'm a total Xmas lover and I found myself fully immersed in all of the activities that culminated in Sharmila's twelve wishes.

The question is do they all come true?

Of course they do silly!

Everyone wants a happily ever after in the snow.

Cosy and amusing, The Twelve Wishes of Christmas offers Hallmark idealism and as a debut novel, it really gave me positive feels.

Happy birthday to this cracker of a book.

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