To Wish Impossible Things by B. Ripley

Heather Says "As a good Canadian, I am always a sucker for a story set here... but even if you live elsewhere you'll love To Wish Impossible Things, I promise..."

From the blurb:

The one last name in all of Hadley, Saskatchewan that can send a chill down my spine. The Carmichaels are rude, loud and dangerous. Everyone in town knows to avoid them, so when my mother lets it slip that she’s hired one of them at her bakery, I can’t help but think that she’s playing with fire. When a fall sends her to the hospital, I head home early for Christmas, unwilling to let all of her hard work fall apart at the hands of a Carmichael.

I didn’t expect him though.

Avery Carmichael is a whirlwind of ridiculous ideas and impossible dreams. Growing up under the shadow of his last name has only made him more vibrant and I don’t know what to do with how he makes me feel. I came anticipating a fist fight and all I’ve gotten are snowballs, sugar cookies and the urge to let him kiss me like I know he wants to.

I’m used to calm, predictable things and Avery is anything but. It’s impossible for me to want him like I do, but beneath the mistletoe, impossible wishes can become real.

Can’t they?

Heather's Review:

To Wish Impossible Things is a fairly low angst holiday romance, featuring a sweet man named Avery who has struggled to get out from under his family's reputation AND be an out gay man in small town Saskatchewan and the son of the owner of the bakery where Avery works, who is home from the big city to help while his mom recovers from a fall...

This is another wonderful addition to the Home For the Holidays series, well paced, sweet, with the right amount of steam and some wonderful character growth for a novella.  

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's' Review:

Part of a multi-author series (Home for the Holidays) but all are standalone stories. Slow burn. Age gap. Quick read. Dual POV. 

Avery loves working at the local bakery trying to stay positive no matter what, but living down his family name is hard in his small hometown. Eldon has to return home to help at his family’s bakery, but he’s an accountant not a baker so he must rely on Avery and trust that Avery is nothing like his family. Avery is hardworking, sweet and always upbeat, and Eldon is overworked, lonely and kind, so as they work together they start a friendship and attraction that quickly builds to affection. Avery and Eldon share honest communication and trust which leads to falling for each other in the mad rush towards the holidays. Even though Eldon is only there temporarily, they agree to work to stay together so this cute romantic story gets them their HEA.

Rating: 4.5 Stars rounded up.

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