The Christmas Wish

The Christmas Wish

by Katy Regnery
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The Christmas Wish by Katy Regnery

Waitress Tess Branson is looking for love in all the wrong places…until the scarred Lucas Flynn arrives in small-town Gardiner, Montana, giving them both a second chance at love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045373197
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2013
Series: Heart of Montana , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 196,359
File size: 134 KB

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The Christmas Wish 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katy writes amazing series, but this thing was awful.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This standalone Christmas novella brings us back to the small town of Gardiner, Montana and is the story of Tess, a waitress and Lucas, a short order cook. Tess was previously introduced as a minor character in Katy's debut novel By Proxy - a fallen woman in a predominantly Christian town, known for making bad choices in her life, particularly with men. Lucas is a recently released convict who has been silently working with Tess and waiting for his opportunity to show her that she needs a special someone in her life, and that he is it. This short (approx 40 pages) tale of two bruised lonely souls is captivating from the first page. Don't let its length fool you - there is a wealth of emotion and depth to the story that is clearly presented in such a way as to pull the reader in quickly and completely. Neither Tess nor Lucas believes they are worthy of the other - and yet it is their emotional vulnerability that makes the feelings they develop for each other so strong. This is romance the way it should be written - sweet and tender, emotionally uplifting, leaving the reader with a smile on her face and joy in her heart. Definitely a 5 star read and one of my favourites of this year!
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This is about two people who feel that no one could love them or want to be with them due to past experiences.  It was a whirlwind romance but it was a fun trip. Loved the story and characters. Can't wait to read more from this author.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Well, this was a short but very touching story. It involves Tess, a waitress with a bad reputation in town as an easy girl. She’s a larger woman, with curves, and has had bad luck with men. All they ever want from her is something physical. Lucas is an ex-con who works as a short order cook in the same restaurant as Tess. He’s watched her closely in the four months he’s worked there, and finally decides to ask her out. What ensues is a sweet story about two damaged people who find absolution with each other. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I think now I’m going to have to read her other works. I was really taken by this story, which is a feat considering it’s only 40-some pages long. But I was invested from the get-go. Tess just thinks so little of herself, and thinks that no man really wants her for anything else than what she can offer them physically. Lucas changes all of that for her. He may be an ex-con who was just released from prison, but you come to find that his reasons for being in prison were honorable, and that he is simply an imperfect human with his heart in the right place. What he gives to Tess is so beautiful. Plus, you can’t really go wrong this time of year with a sweet Christmas themed story. Christmas is kind of a magical time for people, and this story manages to capture a little bit of that magic. I really enjoyed this story. It packs a punch for a short story. And, it totally put me in a Christmas mood. The pacing, the plot and character development were that of a much more involved and longer story. I think it takes a lot of skill to pack that into 40 pages. I know I’ve given a lot of these lately, but I wouldn’t feel right giving it anything else but 4.5 stars. The only wrong with it is that I was sad when it was over! Reviewed by Sara at Crystal's Many Reviewers *Received an ARC for honest review*
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Lucas Flynn is short order cook working in Gardiner, Montana. Lucas has had a special eye on "Fast" Tess Branson since arriving. To Lucas, she's the ideal woman and sadden by how she's treated by others. Tess Branson can't believe the jerks and idiots like her boss for the constant innuendo about her. Tess is stunned when Lucas asks her to wish on a star because you never know it might come true. Lucas treats Tess as if she's special and like a lady. What surprises are in store for Tess and Lucas? Your answers await you in The Christmas Wish.
SamantheTucker More than 1 year ago
I loved Regnery's debut, "By Proxy," so I scooped this novella up on her name alone, but, to be honest, I was feeling a bit Scroogy at the time. You know how it is...you look at the calendar and, holy smokes, it's November! Christmas is around the corner, and there's so much to do, and you're not ready, and how the heck did it get to be holiday season already! My enthusiasm was at a low mark, to say the least. I started this story with the intention of kind of forcing myself into the Christmas spirit. Well, it worked. Big time. In the best, sweetest, most heartwarming, feel-good way! Tess and Lucas are both overcoming difficult pasts. They're a little beat down by their present circumstances. They're not glamorous, and they're not perfect. But they are perfect for each other. I rooted for them from word one and looked forward to watching them wrestle with their insecurities and learn to trust and love. Because trust and love are the most important gifts they can give to each other--and that's a nice piece of perspective to get no matter what month of the year. Sometimes good things do come in small packages. Regnery delivers a novella packed with all the emotion of a full-length novel, without the time commitment. It's like she knew I was going to be schlepping to the grocery store, and the post office, and Toys R Us, and feeling too overwhelmed to indulge in 90K words worth of "me time" over the holidays. "The Christmas Wish" was a wish come true!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
** 3.5 stars ** The Christmas Wish is the story of Tess, a waitress briefly introduced in By Proxy. In that story, Tess seemed sleezy and way too forward. In The Christmas Wish, we learn that Tess is a sweetheart, a sad girl who's never known true love. This also features Lucas, recently released from prison for attacking the man who abused his sister. Lucas doesn't see Tess as the town's sure thing, he sees a kind young woman whom he could easily fall in love with. A wish on a star, a tentative romance, and a Christmas to remember will bring these two sad but lovable characters together. The Christmas Wish was such a neat story. I really liked that the two main characters were not exactly heroic, but became heroic to one another. Despite being an extremely quick read, it managed to touch my heart. Favorite Quote: "I'm not going anywhere unless you're going with me, because you're my destination. Wherever you are, I'm home."
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
I loved this novella!  I'm a hopeless romantic so I love reading about 2 people who haven't had a chance of finding true love. Tess and Lucas have made some mistakes in the past, which for Tess is a constant reminder as a result of living in a small town. I really enjoyed Tess and Lucas because they were realistic characters, someone you may easily know.  They aren't supermodels with perfect bodies. They are normal, hardworking people who we can all identify with. This is the second book I've read from Katy and I am a huge fan of hers! This story brought up mixed emotions for me: from anger and sadness for the way Tess had been treated by the town, to heart pounding and tears for the romantic moments!  For me these are signs of a good writer! This novella is only 44 pages but I think it was a perfect length for their story. The story was well written and didn't drag at any moment. But I do hope that Katy treats us to more of their story in the future! This is a novella for the Hearts of Montana series, but it is written so it can be read as a standalone.  But I do recommend you read the first book By Proxy so you can enjoy more of Katy Regnery and the people of Gardiner, Montana!
GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
A second chance at love…and life A few decades ago, there used to be a line of books called, “Second Chance at Love”. Every story was built around the theme of characters finding a second chance at love. “A Christmas Wish” by Katy Regnery is all about the courage it takes for that second chance at love. Readers met Tess Branson in Book#1 “By Proxy” as a flirty waitress with a bad reputation.  In “A Christmas Wish”, we get to learn more about her, her past, and her hopes for the future. Lucas Flynn, is a short order cook and ex-con recently released from prison for beating up his sister’s abusive boyfriend.  We often read about heroes and heroines that could be cover models/ CEOs of Fortune 500 companies trying to find love amidst their first world problems, but Regnery has a talent for writing about real people finding romance amidst a turmoil of life without all the monied privileges.  Lucas falls in love with Tess for innocence. Not a physical innocence, but an innocence of spirit. With all the ugliness she has experienced in her short life, it hasn’t crushed her hopes.  Tess suffers from a lack of self-confidence and having Lucas treat her with respect gives her the boost she needs to set the entire town straight.  If you’re looking for heart-wrenching books about everyday people finding love, you are guaranteed to find a winner in Katy Regnery. I can’t wait for the rest of the “Heart of Montana” series. *SPOILER ALERT* I was surprised at the proposal at the end, he knows her for 4 months and he proposes! That seemed fast…and for someone known as “Fast Tess” maybe true love is when she needed to slow down. I was also curious about what happened to Roy? He killed Joey, but did he go to prison? Hold up in his condo and then was killed during a police shoot-out? Fled the country and is suspected to be living in Mexico?  Did I miss it?