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The Christmas Wish

(Heart of Montana #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A Heart of Montana Novella

Waitress Tess Branson has earned a bad reputation, and the nickname “Fast Tessie,” as result of her poor judgement where men are concerned. She learned from a young age that men – of all ages – were only interested in one thing, which has made Tess distrustful even though she yearns for love.

Lucas Flynn, the short order cook at the restaurant wher
ebook, 44 pages
Published October 27th 2013 by Boroughs Publishing Group
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

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The Christmas Wish is book #2 in The Heart Of Montana series by Katy Regnery. This is a very short novella but there is so much packed into these pages.

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Tess Branson has a bad reputation in Gardiner, Montana where she lives with her mother and works as a waitress at the local diner. Most of it is from her own choices. All she wants is acceptance, friendship, maybe even love. She just has gone about attempting to obtain these things the wrong way. Tess doesn’t believe in
Katy Regnery
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved writing this little story! I hope you like it too...please leave a review to share your thoughts! :)
Wendy Marcus
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for having everything I look for in a holiday romance story!
Kathy (My Nook Books and More)
I loved this novella! I'm a hopeless romantic so I love reading about 2 people who haven't had a chance of finding true love. Tess and Lucas have made some mistakes in the past, which for Tess is a constant reminder as a result of living in a small town. I really enjoyed Tess and Lucas because they were realistic characters, someone you may easily know. They aren't supermodels with perfect bodies. They are normal, hardworking people who we can all identify with.

This is the second book I've read
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heart-of-montana
"You know what sucks, Tess? People have treated you like trash for so long, you believe it. You buy it. You don’t think you deserve someone who treats you decent, who sees your goodness, who loves you!" - Lucas Flynn

What did I tell you? I knew Jenny was what ruined the first book for me! If it was just the writing style, the case would have been the same with The Christmas Wish . But I rather enjoyed this one - too much, if I may say so myself.

Tess Branson - the waitress from By Proxy with the l
Lydia H
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
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A quick and short, yet truly romantic and beautiful story. “The Christmas Wish” is yet another perfect read for the Holidays by Katy Regnery!
“You can put lipstick on a pig,” she whispered. “But it’s still a pig.”

Tess is a waitress we briefly met in “By Proxy” (Heart of Montana, book one). She had a horrible reputation and because of her troubled past, she didn’t think she was worthy of being loved. People treated her badly and judged her as if the
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, read-in-2013
This is a sweet little Christmas novella that is part of a series but can easily be read as a standalone. The main characters from the previous novel are very subtly mentioned but without spoilers. If anything, if you enjoy this novella, it will make you want to read the first book, By Proxy, which I loved.

As for The Christmas Wish, this is a sweet story of two people whom society looks down on, but they themselves are so full of hope and warmth, that it is no wonder they are brought together.
Julie Barrett
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Wish (Heart of Montana) by Katy Regnery
Lucas Flynn out of prison, works as a short order cook at the diner.
Tess Branson is a waitress at the diner. He's watched how others have bullied her and he knows she is special=to others who are down on their luck and children and lone dogs.
The reason I wanted to read this book is because I love holiday books and love the setting of the Yellowstone River in this one.
He asks her for a date and she agrees after hearing how he got back the 3 bu
P.A. Warren
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest Review

The Christmas Wish is a Novella and I was able to read it in one sitting.I enjoyed it.It comes after Katy Regnery By Proxy.I have not had the chance to read By Proxy but this pretty much is a stand alone Novella.So never fear. I enjoyed the writing and thought it flowed pretty well.There were a few places I think could have used some more background and I do think the romance happened rather quickly..BUT with that being said it was a great read.I loved Tess
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tess and Lucas, the main characters in this novella, are people who are held apart from other people in their town. Tess has a reputation as an 'easy' girl, and Lucas is an ex-con who has served his time and wants to build a life for himself. Lucas sees something in Tess that no one else sees, and she feels the same way about him. A really lovely, feel good, Christmassy story.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another beautiful, short and sweet romance novella... beautifully written with really nice characters..!! Loved it..❤️
3.5 Stars

I'm not sure how to rate this one. I liked it but didn't love it. While Tess and Lucas REALLY deserved each other, and deserved happiness and love in their lives, I didn't really connect to either of them.

We've met Tess in the previous installment, she is a waiter at a local diner in Gardiner. Last we've seen of her she was oggeling Sam (the MC in the previous book). It was very cheap and in my opinion SO inappropriate even if everyone calls her "Fast Tess". I mean, acting provocative
Roses Book Blog
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lucas Flynn knows he should stay away from Tess Branson, but one night after she dumps a container on ice water on three patrons he finally goes to her to talk. He asks her out on a date and like so many other times, she's looking for the his hidden agenda. Little does she realize that Lucas doesn't have one, he just wants to get to know her better as a person. Lucas tells Tess that she should make a wish for Christmas and that if she does, it will come true.

Tess was quick to judge Lucas as the
Tami Talbert
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was offered this novella arc in exchange for an honest review. I've only read a few novellas and honestly tend to shy away from them because so many seem to rush the story without giving much background of the characters. This always makes me feel like I haven't been given the chance to get to know them. But having read Katy Regnery's first novel in the Heart of Montana series and very much enjoying her writing style, I was extremely pleased to have the opportunity to read The Christmas Wish a ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A second chance at love...and life

A few decades ago, there used to be a line of books called, “Second Chance at Love”. Every story was built around the theme of characters finding a second chance at love. “A Christmas Wish” by Katy Regnery is all about the courage it takes for that second chance at love.

Readers met Tess Branson in Book#1 “By Proxy” as a flirty waitress with a bad reputation. In “A Christmas Wish”, we get to learn more about her, her past, and her hopes for the future. Lucas Fl
Krystle ~A Booknatic~
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to read this novella in exchange for an honest review, and I truly adored it!

This is a very sweet novella by Katy Regnery, and if you've read By Proxy, you'll be glad to hear mention of some familiar characters!!

Tess “Tessie” Branson is a waitress at the local diner, who's past has earned her the nickname “Fast Tessie”. She's no stranger to being used and tossed aside by men, and since she's never opened her heart to any of them, that was always okay. Until one night, when Tess has
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Tess Branson has developed a bad reputation when it comes to men. She has become distrustful and automatically assumes that men are only after her for one thing. When Lucas Flynn, a fellow worker at the restaurant, asks her out on a date declaring that he only wants to get to know her, she begins to think that true love may be within her grasp.

The Christmas Wish is a novella so I can't fault it too much for what seemed like an abrupt romance. It is to be expected. Though, (view spoiler)
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads
A nice lovestory that tells us there's more than what it seems to be, more than what we see with a naked eye. There are struggles everyone's dealing with, and Tess isn't the exception. A mistreated girl that's been taken for granted by everyone, that see her as a lost cause but have never bothered to stop a while and see what's inside. I have tried my whole life not to be judgemental with anyone, I've been in the other side and felt what is it like, so that has gave me a different POV. First tim ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
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Samanthe Tucker
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Regnery's debut, "By Proxy," so I scooped this novella up on her name alone, but, to be honest, I was feeling a bit Scroogy at the time. You know how it look at the calendar and, holy smokes, it's November! Christmas is around the corner, and there's so much to do, and you're not ready, and how the heck did it get to be holiday season already? My enthusiasm was at a low mark, to say the least. I started this story with the intention of kind of forcing myself into the Christmas s ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this from Library Thing to read and review. This is another fantastic story by Katy Regnery. Tess is a waitress, whom everyone in the small town treats not so well. In fact, her reputation is not all that good either. Enter Lucas Flynn, short order cook where Tess works. Lucas is a recently released ex-con, who wants to make a new life for himself. Though people often think badly of ex-cons, anyone who meets or encounters Lucas will realize at once that he is a decent sort of guy, wit ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest review.

This novella is book 1.5 in Katy Regnery's Heart of Montana series. The first book in the series is By Proxy (read my review here ). There are some references to characters/events in By Proxy (and vice versa) but the 2 stories are separate and can be fully enjoyed in any order.

The Christmas Wish is a sweet winter/Christmas love story. Neither Tess or Lucas are typically 'nice' people, as d
Maria Rose
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This standalone Christmas novella brings us back to the small town of Gardiner, Montana and is the story of Tess, a waitress and Lucas, a short order cook. Tess was previously introduced as a minor character in Katy's debut novel By Proxy - a fallen woman in a predominantly Christian town, known for making bad choices in her life, particularly with men. Lucas is a recently released convict who has been silently working with Tess and waiting for his opportunity to show her that she needs a specia ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lucas Flynn has an angry past, and Tess Branson has an embarrassing sexual past. Working together at Stu's Blue Moon Raccoon Salon Lucas was able to notice Tess and the way she was treated by the whole town. After seeing a disgraceful incident between Tess and two other men who were treating her like a whore Lucas decided to do something about it. Lucas found Tess and told her he wanted to take her out to dinner, after he told her to wish on a star. Tess mentioned wishing on stars doesn't come t ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

You know when you read a story and it speaks to you?
This is that story.
Two people who the world/society have given up on.
Tess takes whatever scraps of kindness given to her. She has a “bad” reputation and lives down to it. She is given a new perspective when Lucas enters her life.
Lucas-oh Lucas. He has been punished for protecting a loved one. When he meets Tess he actually sees her. The real her, not the tough persona she shows the world. He wants to know her. How can he help her see h
Kella Campbell
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christmas
A sweet and inspiring Christmas novella. I read it straight through in one sitting (by staying up well after I should have been asleep) and really enjoyed it.

I particularly appreciated that Tess and Lucas aren't unattainably perfect — neither one is supermodel-gorgeous or a gifted genius or rolling in money, and neither has lived an unblemished life — so they feel genuine and accessible.

Overall, it's a touching and inspirational romance, best to read around Christmas for the seasonal good cheer
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Regnery continues her Heart of Montana series with a Christmas novella to tie us over until we get Erik's story in book two. Since I did not read a synopsis of this book prior to reading it, I was surprised to find out it was not a continuation of Jenny and Sam's story. Instead we get to learn more about Tess Branson the waitress from book one and Lucas Flynn, a new character.

Being a novella, the book is a very quick read but it was a refreshing love story. The great part about the story was tha
So, I Read This Book Today
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance
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A sex symbol becomes a thing.... I just hate to be a thing. - Marilyn Monroe, Ms. magazine, p. 40 (August 1972).

The kind see kindness; the wise see wisdom. - Anonymous

The Christmas Wish is a short story, only 15K words, but the impact of those 15K words is tremendous. Books seldom make me cry cleansing tears, but this little story did.

Lucas Flynn is an ex-con, just out of prison and trying to rebuild his life. Tess Branson is a waitress at the cafe where Lucas works. Tess is sweet and compassio
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday
Tess was the girl all the girls hated and all the boys loved, for the night. She had a reputation for being the bad girl. But Lucas, the ex-con that worked as a cook at the restaurant where Tess worked, saw more than that. Tess had once again been treated like garbage by a man, when Lucas went to see if she was OK. Deciding now was as good a time as ever he finally got the nerve to ask her on a date. Tess had never been out on a proper date. Most of her dates ended up in the back of a car with n ...more
Nov 05, 2013 added it
Shelves: 2013
*I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*

The Christmas Wish is a sweet love story set in Montana during the holiday season. I am a huge fan of Katy Regnery's By Proxy. In my last review, I said that Katy's book reminded me of Lifetime/Hallmark movies that I love to watch during the holidays. This novella is no exception. It's a heartwarming, feel-good story that definitely made me feel Christmasy. Sadly it's rare in the books that I read. But I love when a book has an underlying mes
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery has a heart for smart romance featuring strong women and decent men. Almost exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of over 45 titles, including three RITA® finalists. Translated into French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Turkish, Katy has sold over 1.8 million books worldwide.

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