One Christmas Wish

One Christmas Wish

by Sara Richardson

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Overview

'TIS THE SEASON FOR SECOND CHANCES . . .

There's nothing like a Christmas wedding to warm a girl's heart-or to distract everyone else from the fact that one particular bridesmaid intends to quickly skip town. Julia Noble's accident was years ago, and she's tired of being overprotected. She needs to be on her own. But before she flees Aspen, Colorado, Julia wants to make sure her brother has the perfect wedding and all her ducks are in a row. Yet duty soon turns to pleasure when three days before the big day Julia runs into the only man she ever dreamed of marrying.

Fresh out of the navy, Isaac Nash just wants to feel normal again. But starting his new life means winning back the girl who captured his heart years ago. Isaac didn't know the truth behind the tragedy that changed Julia's life forever, and he can't stop blaming himself for not being there for her. After all this time, he knows that Julia is what he wants, this and every Christmas. Now Isaac just has to convince her that she's earned a miracle, too . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455591510
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Series: Heart of the Rockies , #3
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 162,127
File size: 346 KB

About the Author

Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado's rugged mountains. She's climbed to the top of a 14,000 foot peak at midnight, swum through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.

Eventually Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After a brief stint in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons.
Learn more at: www.sararichardson.netTwitter @sarar_booksFacebook.com/sararichardsonbooks

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One Christmas Wish 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
(This is the first book in this series that I've read so everything below is based solely on this story. If there are any additional bits of information in the others then it won't be reflected here. I think that this story can stand on its own as it feels complete to me, but I can't say that for sure :) ) I know I shouldn't, but I'm going to start with things that didn't work and move things that did, so make sure you read to the very end! I want everyone to know that there is so much to recommend this book and not to get held up on anything else. I wasn't a fan of Julia hiding her plans from her family. I understand her reasoning, with the wedding and how they treat her, but she has to know how much it is going to hurt them when they find out. But it kinda works to make the story more realistic. Characters don't have to be perfect all the time and as long as they have growth a good author can make it work. And I think that Richardson definitely does just that. I do admire how resilient Julia is. She had a horrible experience as a mid-teen, something that forever changes her. Overall though, she seems to have bounced back and made a life that works for her. But time spent with Isaac does show that in some ways she's just pretending and he helps her look at some of those things a little more closely. Isaac is all sorts of fantastic. He's caring, supportive and tries hard to win Julia's trust & her heart. The way he goes about winning her back after he messes up in her eyes is just beyond fantastic. But I feel like Richardson may have glossed over Isaac's PTSD just a little bit. We get a glimpse of it but I'm not sure that it was properly addressed. And I'm also not 100% sure why he was never in contact with these people after leaving for the Navy. I get that life as a SEAL is difficult and that he left under not-so-great circumstances, but some sort of communication wouldn't have been amiss. While the story isn't perfect, it holds together really well, especially for a novella, and any complaints I have are easily overshadowed by the multitude of good parts - the pacing is solid, the characters are real, and their journey to a HEA (over a decade in the making) is so very touching. I'll definitely be looking for more books by this author. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "You got me through..." Stars! One Christmas Wish takes us back to Walker Mountain Ranch for Julia Noble and Isaac Nash’s story. I actually met this couple in the book that released after this novella More Than a Feeling, and the hints at their story left me all-sorts of intrigued, so it was great to get to read of how they came together, especially after you learn early on in this novella that theirs is a love story twelve years in the making. He’d smiled more since seeing Julia again than he had in twelve years. Isaac is one of Julia’s older brothers best friends, and initially just back in town for his wedding, it takes them both a little by surprise after reconnecting at the rehearsal dinner, just how much their feelings for each other have not changed for each other. "Everyone’s damaged... It might be more visible on you, but everyone has something to overcome." The intervening years have changed them both though, Julia now used to living with the limitations that her wheel-chair brings about, is looking to start living her life independently and away from her family, doesn’t initially realize just how much of an impact Isaac’s time in the Armed Forces has had on him mentally. "I didn’t know how you felt." A road trip, and being stuck in a cabin together overnight, brings about a lot of revelations, and forces them both start talking about the past, face up to their own personal demons and to realize that their futures may well belong together. "I want to be with you... I’ve waited so long." A really enjoyable read, once Julia shook off the martyr cloak she had on in the first half, and let Isaac in, it was full steam ahead, the drama was still on manageable levels, and this is a novella that can absolutely be read as a standalone, independently of the Heart of the Rockies series. This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy of the book.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Julia was my favorite character from the previous book and I love that she gets her own story. Julia is wheelchair bound but is determined to take charge of her own life away, from her overprotective but well-meaning family. She's accepted that love and marriage are not in the cards for her, but when the man she's been in love with all her life returns just before the start of her new life, will she give up the chance to follow her dreams or will she give up a chance for happiness? Or can she have both? Joining the Navy saved Isaac Nash in more ways than one and after twelve years, he's back home with one thing on his mind- winning over the one woman who was his lifeline through every mission. Julia has other plans for her life that don't include him but Isaac is determined to find a place in her life and help her understand that leaning on someone doesn't make her weak. Julia and Isaac's story was unexpectedly emotional. Julia had every reason to be bitter about how her life turned out, but she was so upbeat and funny and smart and I loved her. However, with Isaac's return, she had to deal with the buried fears, pain and struggles from when she first had the accident as well as the unresolved feelings from Isaac's abrupt departure, in order for them to have a chance at a future. I love that Isaac was unwavering in his support for Julia and his respect for her desire for independence. ONE CHRISTMAS WISH perfectly captures the spirit of the season - love, hope, healing and new beginnings. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
After reading Something Like Love the first thing I thought was I am dying to find out who Julia ends up with. Wish granted. One Christmas Wish gave a much deeper look into Julie beyond her smart, funny and snarky dialogue. Julia wants to escape from her over protective family. She's never been able to live her life and forced to follow her family wherever they take her after an accident that left her paralyzed. She has a new job lined up and she's going to sneak off after her brother's wedding. There's only one problem. The love of her life, Isaac, walks right back into her life after serving 12 years in the Navy. Isaac wants to feel normal again and the only person who has done that for him is Julie. Unexpected circumstances lead them to getting to know each other as adults and they can't deny their love or attraction. If you enjoy a steamy romance that's perfect for a lunch break, I highly recommend One Christmas Wish.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
This story made me really emotional. Julia could have easily been bitter about all that she had to face within her young life. Yet she handled the obstacles put before her with strength and optimism. In fact she dealt with it better than those around her. Her courage is what I believe help Isaac to face his own issues. Her gentle spirit and kind heart made her resilience all the more incredible and is what was most inspiring about this novel. I have read exactly two stories by Sara Richardson. Something Like Love and One Christmas Wish. Her ability to write inspiring characters is a beautiful facet of her storytelling. Requested an ARC of One Christmas Wish from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.