Review: Christmas Wish List (Hartbridge Christmas #2) by N.R. Walker

Rating: 5🌈⛄️

Ever read a book that feels like all your favorite Hallmark movies gathered together with extra helpings of the sounds of carolers and the sight of fresh falling snow on Christmas Eve? Well, if you haven’t before, you will once you’ve read the heartwarming holiday romance Christmas Wish List!

N.R. Walker returns to that most Hallmark like of small towns, Hartbridge, Montana for her second and, honestly my favorite novel, in her Hartbridge Christmas series. A series that finds out of place Aussies stumbling into a Christmas wonderland and their HEA . Ok sighing again

Walker created a remarkably believable Hartbridge in her first novel in this series, Tic-Tac Mistletoe Christmas We learned about its families, it’s stores, it’s diners, it’s community and traditions.

I was ready to grab up a plane ticket…it’s so real.

Now we return with chef Jayden Turner. He’s been hired as a new B&B chef through the holidays, which happens to be n Hartbridge.

A Aussie who’s been rootless and now wants a home is coming into a place that will fill him with wonder , warming him with magical Christmas scenes that bring home the holiday spirit and a place where suddenly it starts to feel like home.

A huge part of that is Carter “Cass” Campion and his renovated grand house, Arabella Manor. Cass is a man who’s poured his heart into this renovation and new business but he needs assistance . Cass also has a personal issue he’s dealing with that’s causing him enormous guilt and isolation. Help for everything arrives in the form of Jayden.

I can’t begin to tell you how right Walker gets their relationship . How believable it is as they navigate first their working and personal relationship then as they move through each man’s issues by communicating and effort to arrive at their HEA.

I DID NOT want this to end. I absolutely fell madly in love with Jayden and Cass.

That I adore Hartbridge goes without saying, more of Carl, his diner, and the community.

Plus of course, there’s our other couple too. Can’t forget Hamish and

Ren from Tic-Tac Mistletoe Christmas. Love them too.

So yes. Need a book or two to make you sigh happily, grab for the hot chocolate, and maybe want to listen for the sound of tiny silver bells?

These are must reads for the holidays or any time of the year! I highly recommended them both.

⛄️Hart ridge Christmas series:

✓ Tic-Tac Mistletoe Christmas #1

✓ Christmas Wish List #2


In need of work and a change of scenery, Aussie ex-pat Jayden Turner agrees to a short-term chef position at a Bed and Breakfast over the Christmas holidays. After all, how hard could it be in a small town in the mountains of Montana? What he finds is a grand old house in a beautiful town, and his new boss is gorgeous, gay, and single.

After his divorce, Carter “Cass” Campion bought his great-aunt’s rundown country manor in his home town, and he’s determined to get it ready for the busy holiday period. Recently out as gay, he’s been focused solely on his business and hasn’t had time for a man. Not that many gay men come through Hartbridge . . .

As his new clients arrive, and being away from his two kids, celebrating Christmas is the last thing on Cass’s mind. But his new chef has other ideas. And if there’s one thing on his Christmas Wish List this year, Jayden can make it come true.

N.R. Walker

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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