A Christmas Wish on a Carousel
By Lottie Cardew
What it’s about?
Snuggle up under your favourite blanket and escape to the beautiful village of Pebblestow this
winter, for one of the most heartwarming stories of the season…
When Cara Mia Shaw makes a desperate wish one night, while riding on a carousel at a Christmas market, little does she know her small, but safe world is about to spin off its axis.
Befriending a fascinating returnee to the village, an elderly woman called Perdita with a jaunty pink beret and the wisdom of a life well lived, might set Cara on a different, albeit harder, course, if she’s brave enough to listen. Art was always her passion, after all, even if fate seemed to have other ideas.
And then there’s the new man in her life, who her friends think is perfect for her because they set her up with decent, reliable Greg in the first place. Cara’s been hurt enough times to know the
difference between a good man and a feckless one.
Until Wilfred comes along – moody, sarcastic,
and scattered – just to complicate matters and meddle with Cara’s resolve, to the horror of almost everyone around her. But is either man ultimately meant for her, anyway? And will she self-sabotage as usual, or gamble everything this time, including her heart?
It might take the highs and lows of friendship, the risk of a forbidden romance, and a Pomeranian called Loki – not to mention some much-needed Christmas magic – before Cara finally realises the wish she made that night on the carousel might just be about to come true.
What I think:
As the winter night’s draw in, everyone needs some cosy, feel-good festive reads on their reading list. And A Christmas Wish on a Carousel is a perfect choice. Romance, fun and a sprinkling of Christmas magic, this is a lovely book.
Cara is such a likeable character. She has a complicated and tragic story that gradually emerges. While she has lots in her life that she likes, she is a bit lost and lonely. She makes a wish while riding a carousel at a Christmas market and suddenly her quiet, predictable life is in a bit of a spin.
Cara finds herself faced with two potential love interests. Lovely Greg, who is perfect on paper and potential husband material, or gorgeous, unpredictable and off limits Wilf.
And then there is Perdita, an enigmatic old lady visiting the village who befriends Cara and offers her words of advise and wisdom that encourage her to be braver and spread her wings.
This is a great book with complicated and interesting characters, fizzy dialogue and a little dog with a big personality!
If you are looking for a festive read that doesn’t smother you in tinsel and is a bit less predictable than your average holiday romance novel I definitely recommend this book.
If you fancy some carousel magic use the pur have link below:
About the author
Lottie Cardew was born during the Great Lockdown of early 2021, and writes uplifting,
heartstring-tugging romcoms with no mention of anything remotely resembling a pandemic.
She lives in North Wales, subdues the other members of Novelistas Ink if they misbehave – including the popular authors Trisha Ashley and Sophie Claire – and is a huge advocate of diversity and OwnVoices in fiction.
Lottie has previously written as Valerie-Anne Baglietto, and is diagnosed autistic with suspected ADHD. Her home is currently overrun by husband, not-very-small children, and a ball
of fluff masquerading as a Pomeranian, so Lottie often takes refuge at her pop-up desk in the
Lottie guarantees her books will have a HEA ending, and some might possibly have a tiny hint of magic, too. They will always be warm, emotional, and witty (she hopes), and transport her readers to lovely places because everyone needs somewhere safe to escape to at times.
Thank you for my gifted copy of A Christmas Wish on a Carousel and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this magical blog tour.