“On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…” Okay, so now is not really when you’d traditionally start counting the 12 Days of Christmas but it is the 6th day of the 12 Days of Christmas blogtour to celebrate the paperback release of Milly Johnson’s fabulous I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day. I read this last year when it was out in hardback and absolutely loved it. I’m happy to be sharing my review again today
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day is just the perfect Christmas read – or indeed a great read at any time of the year. There are just six characters who we get to know very well over the few days that lead up to Christmas as they are snowed in at a deserted inn. The six have found their way to this haven following unexpected and very heavy snowfall as they all were making their way to various locations to celebrate Christmas. If you need to be snowed in anywhere, it might as well be in a deserted pub, in a deserted hamlet, in a place that doesn’t even seem to be on a map. There’s more than a hint of magic about the mysterious Figgy Hollow…
I loved all the characters in this books who are all so well drawn. Mary is the efficient yet invisible PA to Jack who she loves passionately, but hers is an unrequited love. This was the year she was finally going to put her hopes of being noticed firmly behind her. But as the others immediately recognise Mary for the wonderful (and yes, efficient) person she is, Jack begins to wonder how he hasn’t noticed this before…
Bridge and Luke were once so in love so where did it all go wrong? They were only supposed to be meeting briefly to finally sign their divorce papers before heading on to celebrate Christmas with others. Bridge describes Luke as someone who made her believe she was someone worth loving. Milly Johnson included some subtle hints as to why this might be and my heart went out to her. Luke has also obviously had some difficulties in his younger life but as with Bridge, these problems only served to make him a more determined and driven person. As the two are forced to spend time together, they begin to reminisce about all the good times they shared together.
I have to admit though that my favourite characters were Robin and Charlie. They had been heading to Aviemore for a romantic Christmas getaway that was going to be so special for them both. There was such a deep love between Robin and Charlie, so beautifully shown in their care and tenderness towards each other as well as their gentle teasing of each other. There was one particular conversation between the two that brought tears to my eyes, it was so beautiful and emotional.
BBC Radio Brian deserves a special mention too with his gentle voice, corny humour and classic Christmas songs. With no phone signal and the landline down he’s the Figgy Hollow Six’s only contact with the outside world. To be honest, Figgy Hollow sounded like just a perfect place to spend Christmas whether snowed in or not. It sounded cosy and comfortable and you will definitely be craving at least a mincepie after reading about all the delicious food our snowed in characters conjure up.
Milly Johnson’s books are just a joy to read. They make you laugh and they are full of heartfelt emotion. I love Milly Johnson’s books and I love a Christmas story so this was a win-win for me and yes, I loved it. This is definitely a book that will get you in the Christmas mood and just maybe hoping for a white Christmas!
My thanks to Courtney at EDPR for inviting me to take part in the tour and to Sara-Jade at Simon & Schuster for sending a hardback copy of this book last year. I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day was published by Simon & Schuster on 11th November 2021 in paperback, priced £8.99. Please support a bookshop when buying your copy if you are able to. You will also find buying options for various retailers on the Simon & Schuster website here: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
From the back of the book
It’s nearly Christmas and it’s snowing, hard. Deep in the Yorkshire Moors nestles a tiny hamlet, with a pub at its heart. As the snow falls, the inn will become an unexpected haven for six people forced to seek shelter there…
Mary has been trying to get her boss Jack to notice her for four years, but he can only see the efficient PA she is at work. Will being holed up with him finally give her the chance she has been waiting for?
Bridge and Luke were meeting for five minutes to set their divorce in motion. But will getting trapped with each other reignite too many fond memories – and love?
Charlie and Robin were on their way to a luxury hotel in Scotland for a very special Christmas. But will the inn give them everything they were hoping to find – and much more besides?
A story of knowing when to hold on and when to let go, of pushing limits and acceptance, of friendship, love, laughter, mince pies and the magic of Christmas.
Gorgeous, warm and full of heartfelt emotion, I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day is the perfect read this winter!
About the author
Milly Johnson was born, raised, and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A Sunday Times (London) bestseller, millions of copies of her books have sold across the world. Milly writes from the heart about what and where she knows and highlights the importance of community spirit. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience, and celebrate love, friendship ,and the possibility of second chances. She is an exceptional writer who puts her heart and soul into every book she writes and every character she creates.