About the Book
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.
In My Opinion
While A Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin stands on its own two feet, it is also a follow up story to Eve and Audrey from If I Were You.
This novel is a quick read filled with nostalgia as two little boys’ mothers strive to teach them the true meaning of Christmas. I loved how the boys quickly got into the spirit of giving to those less fortunate than them. Sure, there was some grumbling at first but once they got started, the boys embraced their project with enthusiasm. I also loved how Eve and Audrey were challenged and blessed by watching their boys.
There are moments of humor (especially during the children’s Christmas program) and the heartfelt ending will warm your heart and have you ready for the holidays. And added bonus is the beautiful hardcover book. It makes a wonderful gift or stocking stuffer for someone you love in and of itself.
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