BLOG TOUR - Make A Christmas Wish by Julia Williams

Title - Make A Christmas Wish
Author - Julia Williams 
Publication Date - October 1st 2015
Publisher - Avon
Format - Kindle Edition 
Pages - 400

Last Christmas, when Livvy was knocked down in the supermarket car park she certainly wasn't ready to actually be dead! For months now she's floated around on the edge of the afterlife, generally making a nuisance of herself.

And she's not ready to go just yet! She's furious about the new woman in her husband's life and she's worried about her beloved son who doesn't seem to be adjusting to life without her at all.

This Christmas, Livvy is given one last magical chance to make everything right. Will she take it and give her family the perfect Christmas?

I'm thrilled to be sharing my review of Make A Christmas Wish by Julia Williams today as part of the fabulous blog tour organised by Avon! There are some who will say that it's far too early to be delving into the Christmas books already and I totally respect that, but for Christmas fanatics, it's much harder to hold back and not cave. That's exactly what I've done by the way, caved. But can you really blame me? Look at that cover! Look at the blurb! For me, it is never early to get the Christmas books under-way...

In Make A Christmas Wish by Julia Williams, we're introduced to Livvy. Recently deceased, and not entirely sure of what it is that she's supposed to do while stuck on the car park she was struck down on, Livvy's confused. But slowly, fragment by fragment, bits of Livvy's memory begin to come back to her, and rather than listen to her spirit guide Malachi (who comes in the form of a black cat and seems to be very disapproving) Livvy is hell-bent on seeing her husband and son once more. Not only that, but she's determined to not let Adam's new girlfriend Emily worm her way into Livvy's spot in their family. No way!

When I first met Livvy, I could tell she was going to be a fun, entertaining character, and boy was I right. She was exactly that. I think Julia Williams chose a premise for her novel that threw up endless possibilities for Livvy as a ghost, possibilities that yes, were far-fetched, but in fiction, there really are no limits. Julia told Livvy's story in the most beautiful of ways, taking the reader back to the past in order for us to watch where it all began to go wrong, and then into the future too, where Livvy could see how their life would have continued if she hadn't of died. Malachi the spirit guide was a character who I found absolutely hilarious. He was so full of wise words and advice for Livvy, but she was a very stubborn woman and refused to listen to a single word. It's odd because, at the beginning of A Christmas Wish I found myself taking sides with Livvy. As ridiculous as it sounds, I found I was imagining myself in Livvy's position and was able to see where she was coming from. How gut-wrenching would it be to watch your husband and son move forward in life without you? To watch your husband declare his love for another woman? To watch your son replace you as a mum? Heart-breaking probably doesn't even cut it. Livvy, to me, was fantastic. I loved her attitude and, when the haunting of her home began, I was excited to see just how far she would go. As I mentioned before, the possibilities were endless and Julia pulled it off amazingly.

Of course, there were moments of soft tenderness within this novel too, it wasn't all fun and games, providing Make A Christmas Wish with that perfect combination of the two. There were times when Livvy would look upon her past with Adam and Joe, and feel regret for how she had handled things in the early days. It was so sad, and I couldn't help but to feel sad for the three of them. It truly put into perspective how different our futures can turn out to be... 

Alongside Livvy's character, we were able to meet Adam, Joe, and Emily too. When I was first introduced to Adam, as I mentioned previously, I'd already taken Livvy's side. I couldn't believe that he'd been messing around with another woman and felt angry towards him on Livvy's behalf. But, as the past began to become clear to me, I was able to understand more clearly why Adam had felt the way he had. It all began to make sense and I wondered how Adam would continue after Livvy's death. There's also their lovely, lovely son Joe, who I adored. Throughout the telling of this story, the author included snippets from Joe's Notebook, and these told us everything we needed to know. Joe wasn't very good with words, preferring to keep things simple in his mind, but within this notebook we're able to really see how Joe's feeling about everything that's happened. Joe was the only one, when things began to get scary, who knew it was Livvy. He tried numerous times to tell everyone that it was Mum, but no one would listen. Whenever Joe and Livvy were near one another, I couldn't help the sadness that washed over me. Mother and son, but in two different worlds. And then of course there is Emily, the new woman in Adam's life, who Livvy refuses to let wiggle into her family. The fun to be had between Emily and Livvy was endless, but it doesn't take long for realisation to hit Livvy, especially when Malachi shows her the not-so-very-comfortable future. 

I loved this book. It was magical but amusing at the same time. Very A Chrismtas Carol-esque, with the swapping of the past, present and future. The characters were all absolutely wonderful, bringing this story to life and making it all the more enjoyable for me. Becca's Books is awarding Make A Christmas Wish by Julia Williams FIVE GORGEOUS CUPCAKES! A story about forgiveness, letting go, and moving on, even when it seems like the hardest thing in the world to do...


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