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    Sweet Novella

    (This is the first book in this series that I've read so everything below is based solely on this story. If there are any additional bits of information in the others then it won't be reflected here. I think that this story can stand on its own as it feels complete to me, but I can't say that for sure :) ) I know I shouldn't, but I'm going to start with things that didn't work and move things that did, so make sure you read to the very end! I want everyone to know that there is so much to recommend this book and not to get held up on anything else. I wasn't a fan of Julia hiding her plans from her family. I understand her reasoning, with the wedding and how they treat her, but she has to know how much it is going to hurt them when they find out. But it kinda works to make the story more realistic. Characters don't have to be perfect all the time and as long as they have growth a good author can make it work. And I think that Richardson definitely does just that. I do admire how resilient Julia is. She had a horrible experience as a mid-teen, something that forever changes her. Overall though, she seems to have bounced back and made a life that works for her. But time spent with Isaac does show that in some ways she's just pretending and he helps her look at some of those things a little more closely. Isaac is all sorts of fantastic. He's caring, supportive and tries hard to win Julia's trust & her heart. The way he goes about winning her back after he messes up in her eyes is just beyond fantastic. But I feel like Richardson may have glossed over Isaac's PTSD just a little bit. We get a glimpse of it but I'm not sure that it was properly addressed. And I'm also not 100% sure why he was never in contact with these people after leaving for the Navy. I get that life as a SEAL is difficult and that he left under not-so-great circumstances, but some sort of communication wouldn't have been amiss. While the story isn't perfect, it holds together really well, especially for a novella, and any complaints I have are easily overshadowed by the multitude of good parts - the pacing is solid, the characters are real, and their journey to a HEA (over a decade in the making) is so very touching. I'll definitely be looking for more books by this author. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
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    Perfectly captures the spirit of the season

    Julia was my favorite character from the previous book and I love that she gets her own story. Julia is wheelchair bound but is determined to take charge of her own life away, from her overprotective but well-meaning family. She's accepted that love and marriage are not in the cards for her, but when the man she's been in love with all her life returns just before the start of her new life, will she give up the chance to follow her dreams or will she give up a chance for happiness? Or can she have both? Joining the Navy saved Isaac Nash in more ways than one and after twelve years, he's back home with one thing on his mind- winning over the one woman who was his lifeline through every mission. Julia has other plans for her life that don't include him but Isaac is determined to find a place in her life and help her understand that leaning on someone doesn't make her weak. Julia and Isaac's story was unexpectedly emotional. Julia had every reason to be bitter about how her life turned out, but she was so upbeat and funny and smart and I loved her. However, with Isaac's return, she had to deal with the buried fears, pain and struggles from when she first had the accident as well as the unresolved feelings from Isaac's abrupt departure, in order for them to have a chance at a future. I love that Isaac was unwavering in his support for Julia and his respect for her desire for independence. ONE CHRISTMAS WISH perfectly captures the spirit of the season - love, hope, healing and new beginnings. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    Had me emotional...

    This story made me really emotional. Julia could have easily been bitter about all that she had to face within her young life. Yet she handled the obstacles put before her with strength and optimism. In fact she dealt with it better than those around her. Her courage is what I believe help Isaac to face his own issues. Her gentle spirit and kind heart made her resilience all the more incredible and is what was most inspiring about this novel. I have read exactly two stories by Sara Richardson. Something Like Love and One Christmas Wish. Her ability to write inspiring characters is a beautiful facet of her storytelling. Requested an ARC of One Christmas Wish from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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