The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery

Posted on November 26, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 10 Comments

The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery is the first book in the Wishing Tree series. If you are looking for heartwarming and swoon worthy holiday romance set in a small town, then The Christmas Wedding Guest will make the perfect addition to your reading list. This latest offering from Susan Mallery features two sisters, who while planning their parents’ renewal of vows ceremony, discover love.


The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan MalleryTitle: The Christmas Wedding Guest
Author(s): Susan Mallery
Series: Wishing Tree #1
Also in this series: Home Sweet Christmas
Published by Hqn on September 28, 2021
Pages: 432
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon|B&N|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne Flame

“This two-in-one romance starts a new series that Mallery’s many fans will devour like a Christmas cookie.”—Booklist

Susan Mallery, author of the Fool’s Gold romances, cheerfully invites you to Wishing Tree, where Christmas comes to life…

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. 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I am late in discovering the greatness of Susan Mallery, this being the third book of hers I have read. Based on experience with the two books read prior to this one, I expected an enjoyable story and she didn’t disappoint.

I had a wonderful time visiting the quaint town of Wishing Tree. A town where the residents celebrate the first snowfall. Everything about The Christmas Wedding Guest was awesome. The characters, the romance, the setting, the writing and let me not forget the dogs.

The Christmas Wedding Guest introduces two sisters, Dena, who tire of searching for Mr. Right and ending up with Mr. Wrong and Regina, whose fiancée proposed and dumped her in the space of one weekend. Dena gave up looking for the one went and got pregnant on her own terms. But then a gorgeous musician/songwriter, staying at the bed-and-breakfast Dena operates, will prove to her that love comes knocking when you least expect it. One year after the breaking of her engagement. Reggie returns home to help in the planning of her parents’ renewal of vows. After an encounter with her high school sweetheart, she discovered he still owned the key to her heart. However, circumstances from the past threaten to ruin the possibility of a second chance at love.

Mallery created a feel good romance, which I enjoyed from start to finish. The story touched on abuse. It played a role in the decision made by Reggie’s love interest. A decision, which I understood the reason for it being made, however I expected it to change because of his past with Reggie.

Micah, Dena’s love interest will made me swoon. He had his share of loss, but knew he had a second chance at love with Dena. I loved how he treated her, especially when she experienced bouts of nausea because of her pregnancy. Although it did not take away from the overall story, I found the handling of  drama introduced near to the end disappointing. The initiator of the drama and the underlying issue were not addressed.

In The Christmas Wedding Guest Mallery delivered the perfect story to get you in the mood for the holiday season with two swoon worthy romances. It’s a wonderful story of second chances, healing and love. It  will make you laugh, shed a few tears, and have you believing in happily ever after. 


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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star


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About Susan Mallery

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives―family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at

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