#BookReview: Love, Me: A Christmas Wish Novel by Jacquie Biggar @JacqBiggar #Romance #Novella

Hi everyone. Today I have a book review for you by an author whose books I’ve read and enjoyed previously, Jacquie Biggar.Β  I’ve had this sitting on my ereader for a long time … ahem. Here’s my review >>>

About the Book:

Will a Christmas wish bring two lonely hearts together and give a little girl the family she’s always wanted?

Single parent, Grace Donovan arrives in the small town of Emerson with the hope a trial program at the local cancer clinic will be the answer to prolonging her young daughter’s life. She doesn’t expect to fall for her handsome boss.

As principal of Emerson Elementary, he is aware of the students’ medical issues and his heart goes out to little Cassie Donovan and her mother. When he learns Grace is in need of a job, he fabricates a childcare program, and is pleasantly surprised by its success. Now, if only he could help Cassie’s recovery and get Grace to give him a chance before she learns of his duplicity.

Cassie Donovan barely remembers the father who died when she was just a toddler, but she does know her mother is sad. Even though Cassie wants a puppy more than anything, she gives up her wish to ask for a daddy from Santa Claus, that way if she gets sick again, Mommy won’t be alone.

This Christmas, two families are brought together by a Christmas wish and a child’s need for a miracle.

My Review:


A heartwarming family romance

Although you know where this story is headed from the start, it’s the way it winds its way there that brings on the charm. This is a tender tale of a widowed mother left to raise a daughter, who’s suffering from Leukaemia, and Mum has to move them both to a new town so Cassie can take part in a cancer treatment trial. While the move offers a fresh start for them both, it also brings its challenges. When Grace meets the school principal, Kyle, long-dormant feelings reawaken.

I love that this book is inspired by the true story of a young girl the author met online, which–for me–brings an added poignancy. Here are some lines that stood out for me …Β 

‘Cassie looked up from the peas she’d been chasing around her plate …’Β This is such a kiddie thing to do and brought a sense of authenticity to the read for me.

And …Β 

‘… placed her talons/fingers on his arm.’Β … Teehehee! This says so much, using just two words.

And …

‘… her legs were weaker now–so was her confidence.’

Despite the potential for being a difficult and depressing read, the author handles this story with grace, elegance, and humour. I can’t count the number of times this book both tugged at the heart strings and had me chuckling aloud. Love, Me gets five stars from me.


NOTE ON RATINGS:Β I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER β€” Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! β€” An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS β€”Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA β€”Lots of issues with this book.

For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08B8BDLW1/

US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B8BDLW1/

I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚Β 


28 Comments on “#BookReview: Love, Me: A Christmas Wish Novel by Jacquie Biggar @JacqBiggar #Romance #Novella

  1. Hi, Harmony. I read this one when it was released and really enjoyed it. At first I was worried I would find it sad, but that’s hardly the case. A wonderful review for a wonderful book!

  2. A lovely review, Harmony. It’s a wonderful feel-good read for any time of year. I really like the way Jacquie includes kids in her stories. They’re adorable. Congrats to Jacquie on the wonderful review. πŸ™‚

    • Perfect for any time for sure! Agree with everything you say 😁 Thanks, Diana πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you, Harmony, for sharing your review of Love, Me. Much like you, I enjoyed the story and posted 5-stars. It was a heart-warming read. Congratulations to Jacquie! ❀️

  4. A lovely review to share, Harmony. It’s wonderful to feel the full range of emotions while immersed in a book. Bravo to Jacquie! xo

    • It sure is, and Jacquie pulled it off brilliantly. Thanks, Natalie πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  5. Nice review, Harmony. I read this book a year or so back and enjoyed it. I’d forgotten it was inspired by a true story.

  6. Jacquie always writes a heartwarming tale. That this is based on a true story only makes it more profound. Excellent review, Harmony. All the best to Jacquie.

  7. Hi Harmony. Another great review,
    It’s easy to forgive my pet hate – stories with illness as a main theme – when this is based on truth and clearly enchanting. I loved the “chasing peas” quote.
    Lots of hugs – keep reading hon.

  8. Obviously another review from the heart but where the head has become involved too. Your rreviews are alkways well rounded though not afraid to criticize where necessary, your ratings are always fair and we can rely on you to give good reasons for any negative issues.
    Huge Hugs Harmony, xxx.