The Wish Book Christmas Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From the best-selling author of If I Were You comes a nostalgic and endearing holiday story that reminds us that sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the ones we least expect and don’t deserve.
Best friends Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in postwar America, thrilled at the prospect of starting new traditions with their five-year-old sons. But when the 1951 Sears Christmas Wish Book arrives and the boys start obsessing over every toy in it, Audrey and Eve realize they must first teach them the true significance of the holiday. They begin by helping Bobby and Harry plan gifts of encouragement and service for those in their community, starting by walking an elderly neighbor’s yellow Lab - since a dog topped the boys’ wish list for Santa. In the charming tale that follows, Audrey and Eve are surprised to find their own hearts healing from the tragedies of war and opening to the possibility of forgiveness and new love.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 48 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 07 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #88,101 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#316 in Friendship Fiction
#3,687 in Holiday Fiction
#5,788 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Such a fun, heartwarming book. The hardcover is a cool compact size - yet print size is very readable.
Bobby Barrett and Harry Dawson, two 5-year-olds from Connecticut, pour over the Sears Wish Book in December 1951. They are convinced that if they just mark the toys they want, Santa will find a way to make their wishes come true. When they each consider asking Santa to bring them a dad, their single mothers decide it’s time to teach them the true meaning of Christmas.
Audrey and Eve create a project they term the ‘Wise Men’ and offer help to neighbours, hoping that their boys will embrace the true spirit of Christmas. While intended to teach a lesson to their sons, the mothers also learn about receiving help, accepting forgiveness, and being open to love.
Knowing the back story of these two mothers, helps readers appreciate the choices made and the lessons taught. I felt as if I was watching my friends teaching their children an important life lesson, rather than simply reading about characters and their choices. I’d become invested in the characters and swept into their lives as a result of the author’s skill. Much of this story has a spiritual and personal growth focus. These single mothers want to provide for their sons, yet still want to keep them grounded and understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.
If you are a fan of Christmas stories or beautiful stories centered around the Nativity, this five-star Christian story will have you reaching for the tissues and create an urge to go out and help someone. Just looking at that gorgeous cover will bring back memories of Christmases long ago, but this nostalgic and heartwarming read will fill you with warmth and Christmas cheer!
I was gifted this superb advance copy by Lynn Austin, Tyndale House Publishers, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
Thanks to #netgalley for this eARC of #theWishBookChristmas
Top reviews from other countries
These two women have suffered heartache as well. Through it all, they have remained best friends, encouraged each other and supported each other through thick and thin. Their boys keep looking at the Sears Christmas Wish Book, as usual for kids, wanting every toy they see. Together the moms come up with unique ways to teach the value and blessing of being givers to others in the community.
The hardest part for Audrey and Eve is being willing to open their own heart to romance. I didn’t realize when I started the book that the two characters are from the novel, If I Were You, which I haven’t read. I still enjoyed the book as it brings to the forefront that people can make a difference right where they live. I loved how the two moms worked together to teach their sons to look up from the wish book to see folks who they could bless in creative ways.
Lynn Austin did a superb job of showing how friends can support and encourage one another, as well as how faith can embolden people to step out of their comfort zone. Throughout the book, there are references to what each character experienced before their current living situation and season, which is revealed in If I Were You. Whether you read that book or not, I highly recommend reading The Wish Book Christmas and sharing with family and friends.
This is a sweet story of two moms teaching their kindergarteners the true meaning of Christmas. In the process, the adults learn some pretty amazing lessons themselves. Grief, betrayal, guilt, forgiveness. Throw in a dash or two of romance. Focus on the greatest Gift of all--Jesus. I agree with what another reviewer said about this making a nice Christmas movie.
The Wish Book Christmas gives us a fresh perspective on giving and receiving. The story of the two young boys and how they pour over the Christmas catalog is so real. Makes me think of my childhood. Add to that the struggles of the time and the possibility of seeing the needs of those around us, opens the door to the true spirit of the season.
This is a sequel to If I Were You, another book written earlier by Lynn Austin. If you want to read the backstory to the lives of these young boys, then start there. You will pick right up in their story from the first book, but if you want to just focus on the holiday spirit then jump right into the The Wish Book Christmas. Either way, you can't go wrong. My heart is so much better prepared for the season of Christmas after having read this book. There is an art to giving and receiving, and this is a great reminder of all that encompasses.