Monday, November 22, 2021

Tour Review - - The Christmas Wedding Guest

The Christmas Wedding Guest
by Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Reviewed by PJ

The Somerville sisters believe in love, but they’ve lost faith it will happen for them. Reggie hasn’t been home since the end of the world’s shortest engagement. When her parents decide to renew their vows, she buffs up her twinkle to help with the Christmas wedding. Unexpectedly, Toby, her first love, is back too, and the spark between them shines as brightly as ever. In the spirit of the season, will they let go of past hurts and greet the New Year together?

Done waiting for the one, Dena is pregnant and on her own—on purpose. But then a gorgeous, sad-eyed songwriter checks in to a room at her inn. Micah, unable to write since he lost his wife, finds inspiration in Dena’s determination to be a mom. One snowflake-speckled kiss and he’s a goner. But Dena is afraid to believe that a rock star could fall for a cookie-cutter small-town girl like her.

As the Christmas wedding draws closer, these two sisters just might unwrap the most treasured gift of all—love.

PJ's Thoughts:

Have you ever finished a book with the feeling that the author wrote it specifically for you? That's exactly how I felt while reading Susan Mallery's newest Christmas classic, The Christmas Wedding Guest. I adored it! I'm ready to book a trip to Wishing Tree (don't you love that name?). I'll be staying at Dena Somerville's Wishing Tree B and B where I will happily engage in the evening wine and snacks event while mingling with the other guests, and hoping to catch a glimpse of Micah Ruiz. Yes, I know he's head over heels for Dena and I love him for that. Actually, I love him for a lot of reasons.

Of course, I'll volunteer to help Dena and her sister Reggie with the elementary school's annual holiday charity project. Those kids are so creative and young Harrison (along with his dad) are real heart-stealers (just ask Reggie). Their journey together is an emotional one with some significant obstacles to overcome. I'm pulling for them! 

I'll also be on pins and needles waiting for the horns and sirens to announce the first snowfall so I can join everyone at The Wreath for the big celebration. And I'll probably lose my heart to Belle (who am I kidding, it's already hers), Reggie's fashionista Great Dane. Or maybe I'll just curl up in my favorite chair, with a cozy blanket and a mug of hot cocoa, and lose myself again in Susan Mallery's humorous and heart-tugging novel. It's definitely worth a second read...or more. 

These characters are among my Mallery favorites and will not soon be forgotten. Their book is going straight to my keeper shelf where I will no doubt revisit them each Christmas. 

I enthusiastically recommend adding The Christmas Wedding Guest to your holiday reading list. It made me laugh, made me cry, and filled my heart with joy. 


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Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations," and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She's passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.


  1. Sounds very good thank you,

  2. Thank you so much for the review. This sounds like a heartwarming addition to my Christmas bookshelf of keepers. The lucky ones of us find just such a B&B or Inn to land and cozy in for a wonderful visit. I will be looking for this one.

  3. Thanks for the terrific review. This sounds like such a sweet story.....and anyone who has a Great Dane has to be a wonderful person.

    Hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

  4. On the waiting list at the library. I figure in about another week I will get it.