MY WHAT IF CHRISTMAS WISH by Daria White is an ultra sweet holiday romance. It features both a both black heroine and a black hero and is a standalone book, not part of a series. I love Christmas stories for their simplicity and for the warm fuzzies they leave me with and this one certainly fits the bill. Have you ever wished you’d said “yes” instead of “no”? This tale explores that ageless question of what might have happened if a different fork on the road of life had been selected.
Patrice Nelson, our heroine, is a psychologist with a burgeoning practice. It’s almost Christmas and she has plans to spend the holiday with her family for the first time in two years. When she finds that she has a long break between client sessions, Patrice decides to enjoy a sit-down lunch at a favorite restaurant where she has a chance meeting with an old flame and the story’s hero, Adam Chambliss. They had originally met as college students and their relationship had not had a satisfactory ending seven years ago. Patrice and Adam reminisce a bit before he breaks the bombshell news of his impending marriage. Patrice is devastated but doesn’t let on to Adam. When she gets home, she falls into a dream from which she doesn’t want to wake…one in which she had made a different choice.
There was oodles of SWEET and some HUMOR too. Following please find some of my favorite quotes illustrating both via the couple’s dialogue:
They met in the student union as Adam was walking away from the counter with his food order. Patrice was reading a passage from her book when she accidentally bumped into Adam. His drink and food spilled over them and the floor.
“I’m sorry. I thought I was watching where I was going.” Patrice said. Adam was taken with her right away.
“That’s alright, are you okay?” Adam replied as he picked the remaining French fries out of her hair. Patrice smiled even though she was embarrassed.
“I’m okay. Thanks for not being upset. I know I should’ve paid more attention,” Patrice added as she picked up her books.
“Well if you did, we probably wouldn’t have met,” Adam said with a smile.
“I’m getting the feeling you’re flirting with me,” Patrice responded smiling back at him.
“If I told you I was would you go out with me tonight?”
“Maybe, but I don’t know you that well to go out with you.”
“That’s the whole point of going out with me so you can get to know me.”
“Do you mind if I call you?” Adam asked.
“You can if you want to,” Patrice replied as she unlocked her dorm room door.
“Can I get your number?”
“You already have it.”
“Check your right pocket in your jacket.”
“How was your day?” Adam asked.
“Long, very, very long.”
“You didn’t have fun with Junior?”
“Yeah I had the best time changing his diapers,” Patrice replied teasingly…
“How was your day?” Patrice asked hoping she would never wake up from this dream. She wanted to prolong it.
“Same as yours long, but I didn’t have to change diapers, ” he replied smiling.
“So Patrice,” Mr. Chambers asked over the dinner table. “What are you studying in school?”…
“Well sir, I’m studying psychology.” Patrice replied as Adam held her hand underneath the table.
“Psychology, that sounds good to me. That’s good for you too Adam. In case you go crazy, this woman can help you out,” Mr. Chambers joked in response.
This was a short read at only 126 pages. It was a second-chance-at-love story with relatable, well-developed characters. The tale was enjoyable and I never considered putting it aside. I didn’t rate it higher as Patrice’s dream was almost too perfect and Adam seemed too good to be true. There were also some minor grammar issues – nothing major. However, the tale thoroughly fits the model of a perfect Christmas romance and the surprise ending left me smiling. If you are looking for a quick, sweet Christmas romance, you won’t go wrong with MY WHAT IF CHRISTMAS WISH!
-Reviewed by Linda