The Wish Book Christmas

Written by Lynn Austin
Review by Dorothy Schwab

Christy Award-winning author Lynn Austin shows readers that “it’s better to give than to receive.” The Wish Book Christmas is a “wise man’s” gift to readers as Austin unwraps the true meaning of Christmas through this follow-up to characters in her World War II novel If I Were You. In December 1951, Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson are sharing a house with their five-year-old sons in postwar America. Harry and Bobby discover the Sears Christmas Wish Book and become obsessed, wishing for toys from every page. How will two single moms provide toys but also lessons on giving from the heart? In this stand-alone novel, Austin expertly provides the background of Audrey and Eve’s earlier lives that led to feelings of unworthiness, insecurities, and self-doubt in 1951. She lovingly weaves one “unexpected, undeserved, unbelievable” gift from over 2000 years ago with another gift that will change the hearts and lives of Audrey and Eve. This is a “curl up by a crackling fire with a cup of cocoa” book, a reminder of 1950s America and “the reason for the season.”