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"A heart-warming story that shouldn\'t be missed"

Returning to her luxurious home after a photo shoot, Simone had everything she could possibly want, except good weather for her drive to Vermont to see her family. After relaxing with her cat, she receives a call from the doorman with a present. It is a beautiful gold spun Christmas tree with a card stating: "Wish upon the Christmas tree and true love will come to thee." The Wishing Tree had been in the Miller family for generations, well over one hundred years if she recalled the story correctly. Legend had it, one of the single Miller women received it from the previous owner every twenty-five years. The new woman had the option to make a wish for true love or pass it on to the next eligible female of their clan, but a minimum of twenty-five years must pass before giving it away. Now it was hers and she spent the better part of the evening thinking about her perfect match. Bringing up and discarding features, character, etc.

Caught in a snowstorm on her way to Vermont, she spies a cabin in the gloom which she assumes is her family's holiday home. Sliding off the road, she begins to walk the last short way. She is nearly beheaded by someone falling from a tree! A deputy putting back a birdhouse - in the dark - on her property. Dan Jensen meant well but it wasn't the night for a climb and as he crashes to the ground, he can't help but notice the beautiful woman trying to help him up.

Fast forward twenty-five years. Genie Jensen is tired of mourning her dead fiancé but can't get out of the rut. Home for the holidays she goes, to find serenity in family and this year, she gets the Wishing Tree. She needs it more than anyone else. Needs to find a life without Mark, her first love, since he is now gone. What will the Tree bring her? Love? Happiness? Joy? Peace?

A heart-warming story that shouldn't be missed. It shows that love will always find a way and I truly enjoyed the histories of the Wishing Tree ladies. The writing was done well, I might have made the book a bit longer and fleshed out the stories a bit more but it is a good read. I would like to have known how the Wishing Tree actually came to be, especially if Orlando's theory is correct. It must have been a magical creation!

Reviewed by Nancy Eriksen
Posted March 8, 2009

SUMMARY

A plain family heirloom—a Christmas tree crafted of chiseled gold laced with sparkling crystals known as The Wishing Tree—has been passed down to the women of the Miller family for generations. Legend has it if a heartfelt wish for true love is made on the tree, one's soul mate will be brought to them by mysterious happenstance.

1958. Simone Miller, top fashion model for the Astor Modeling Agency, is on a break between assignments and decides to meet with her family at their cabin in Vermont for the winter holidays. Joyful times are had by all for the entire week leading to Christmas Day where she inherits the ornament and all the possibilities the gift represents.

1983. Genevieve Jensen mourns the loss of her fiancé who died in a car accident two months prior to the holiday gathering of the Miller clan. At the insistence of her parents, she arrives at the Miller cabin, finds solace and comfort in their established traditions and begins to smile again, sharing in the love and laughter of her close knit family.

2008. Fiona Landis, top notch interior designer, barely makes it to the Miller family cabin to share in the holiday festivities. On Christmas morning Fiona's high-end sensibilities are put to the test when The Wishing Tree appears beside her, calling to the jaded young woman to make her wish.

Will Fiona break the cycle and reject The Wishing Tree? Or will she too succumb to the time honored tradition the women of the Miller clan have shared for well over a century?

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas

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The Wishing Tree
by Erin Sinclair

eXtasy Books (Devine Destinies)
December 1, 2008
Available: December 15, 2008
ISBN #1554872073
EAN #9781554872077
108 pages
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