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His Christmas Wish

(Mountain Rescue Romance #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,299 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Carly Bishop loved Christmas…until tragedy struck.

Distraught and grief-stricken over the deaths of her fiancé and brother, she left Hood Hamlet and her Christmas spirit behind, to start over somewhere new. But now, six years later, her family needs her. Carly returns home to face her past and give her niece and nephew the best Christmas ever.

Burdened with guilt, Jake Porte
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Cardinal Press, LLC (first published November 1st 2008)
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Sue Riley The details above say it's 170 pages, and both my paperback and original mobipocket digital version of the original story 'Rescued by the Magic of Chr…moreThe details above say it's 170 pages, and both my paperback and original mobipocket digital version of the original story 'Rescued by the Magic of Christmas' were about that length. Where did you get the idea it was only 6 pages long?(less)

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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Rescued By The Magic of Christmas is by one of my favorite authors, Melissa McClone.

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It is Christmas Eve and the day before her wedding. Carly Bishop and her fiancé, Iain, have had an argument because he and her brother, Nick are going climbing up Mount Hood. She doesn’t want them to go. Little did she know that that argument would be the last words they would ever share. Nick’s best friend, Jake Porter, is part of the mountain rescue team that went up to search for them and brought their bo
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4 Stars

Carly and Jake's story seems like a dream come true. Jake does everything in his power to get Carly to love Christmas again and if she ends up falling in love with him during the process, that's an added bonus!
Katie W
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly the type of Christmas story that hits that sweet spot. Mixed with grief and love, loss and hope, and some adventure, His Christmas Wish delivers a tale that embraces all of the magic of the holiday season.

Years ago, Carly lost her brother and fiance in an accident. She left town and hasn't been back...until now. Both Carly and Jake experience guilt from the accident and have to work through things in their own ways. I love how they rely on each other, especially as one's strength
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christmas is a hard time of the year for many people. Carly was no exception. Her fiancee and brother died just before the wedding and Christmas in a hiking accident. The mountain near her childhood home loomed to close for comfort, so she moved across the country.

Six years later, she comes home to help her brother's widow, who has moved on with her life. But Carly is still stuck in the past. Her love of the Christmas season has dimmed and she is unwilling to take another chance on love.

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Cute couple sharing a close cuddle while smiling adoringly at one another.
Good cover composition overall. Synopsis sounds like a loving Christmas-themed story.
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POV ~> Third-person

Carly and Jake grew up in Hood Hamlet. He was her brother’s best friend. Though she had a childhood crush on him and he later began noticing the beautiful young woman she was becoming, her brother, Nick, was always taken into c
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carly Bishop lost her parents, brother and fiancé.
The death of her brother, Nick and her fiancé
happened in the mountains the day before their
wedding was to take place.
She left Hood Hamlet and the sight of the mountains
for New York City. She has not celebrated Christmas
since that dreadful day.
Now she is returning to Hood Hamlet, Carly will be
caring for her niece and nephew while their mother
who remarried is having a baby with her new husband.
Jake Porter grew up with Carly as he was her brother
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean; Christian Faith elements; Series but stand alone read
Carly and Jacob's story is a heartfelt romantic read. Two adults both hurting from the deaths of two important people in their lives. Carly's healing involves not only her heart, but her faith. Jacob has long held feelings for Carly.
Great characters, fun setting, strong secondary characters. This reminded me a bit of Susan May Warren's writing. I loved the mountain scenes and the elements involving the rescue, climbing, skiing
Kate McMurry
A cozy, G-rated, small-town, Christmas romance

Jake Porter has known Carly Bishop all their lives. He was best friends with her older brother Nick and, throughout their childhood, he treated her as a little sister since she is four years younger than he and Nick. When Carly was 22, Jake was on the verge of asking her out and hopefully creating a committed romantic relationship with her. But before he could make his move, she fell in love with a 23-year-old, avid mountain climber named Iain Garfie
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ebook review copy of this book but was under no obligation to post a positive review

His Christmas Wish is a sweet, touching, heartfelt and lovely love story between 2 life long friends.
Six years ago Carly Bishop lost not only her older brother but also her fiancé in a climbing accident.
Heartbroken and depressed she decided to leave her hometown of Hood Hamlet and start anew in Philadelphia, leaving behind all her friends and family.
Among those are Hannah, Kendall and Austin-
Elena Johansen
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Bleh. I had good luck with a different McClone Christmas romance as being good without being drenched in the "magic of Christmas" like it was a bad perfume, but this is terrible.

Jake and Carly are both incredibly hot-and-cold with each other about a possible romantic relationship for the entire book. They constantly flip back and forth about what they want, both out loud to each other and internally to themselves. Their friendship is obviously strong--the moments when they're being "just friends
Christine Jensen
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Holiday romance just the way I like it! Heartfelt, sweet and a classic Happily Ever After!

Life hasn't gone the way Carly and Jake expected, that's for sure. Both of their lives were shattered six years before when Carly's brother (who happened to be Jake's best friend) and her fiance died in a hiking accident, the day before Carly's wedding. Jake was one of the Mountain Rescue team members who was supposed to save them! Carly ran off to the city and Jake poured himself into running his family's
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet Christmas romance just right for a little holiday escapist reading. Jake and Carly have known each other for much of their lives. She's his best friend's little sister. When tragedy strikes and Carly's brother and Jake's best friend Nick dies in a mountain climbing accident alongside Carly's fiancee Iain, Carly leaves her home and goes into deep denial of all things Christmas.

Six years later she returns to help her best friend and brother's widow (who has remarried and moved on) with a ne
Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
His Christmas Wish (Mountain Rescue Romance Book 1)

The love story of Carly and Jake. Six year ago Carly lost her love of Christmas. Now she has return home because her sister -in-law is having a baby. Can she bring Christmas joy her brother 's children? Great story.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nice holiday read.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book did not start out how I expected it, and it kept me on my toes pretty much all throughout. It was lovely and engaging and the perfect way to start my Christmas reading!!
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
The couple: Carly and Jake

Romance genre: second chance/holiday story
Part of a series: Yes (Mountain Rescue Romance)
Length: 262 pages

Plot: Carly and Jake are good friends (even though Jake has always had a serious crush on her). Carly is engaged to Iain, and both both of the guys, along with Carly's brother (who is Jake's best friend), are part of a mountain rescue team. Iain, a couple of days before their wedding, goes climbing (for fun), along with her brother, and they are both killed in an ac
Isha Coleman
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
No person knows how strong they really are until tragedy comes knocking at their door. Carly and Jake are about to find out. His Christmas Wish is a tale of heartbreaking loss, courageous love and emotional healing. McClone sets out to remind that beauty can be found in the midst of heartache. For Jake and Carly theirs is a journey of forgiveness and romance at an unexpected time. Grief is a feeling not easily forgotten, but for these two a little bit of hope and a whole lot of love are what har ...more
Dixie-Lee Campbell
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
I enjoyed this Christmas theme. It was interesting to gain some insight into the joy of climbing and mountain Search and Rescue element. There was a sad overtones to the storyline regarding loss of lives and tension of with living in mountain town. Life goes despite loss of life tragedy, accepting it and moving on towards second chances with love. ... even though we find love and get what we want... HEA could end .... so live life now.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Great Holiday Story!! This is a really sweet and fun story!! I loved getting to know Jake and Carly!! Jake being a mountain rescuer was very interesting to me. I haven't read a lot of stories using that angle. I also loved how he was able to help Carly get over her devastating loss and open her eyes to loving Christmas again, it really touched my heart. The kids were a great bonus too! A lot of fun!! Can't wait to read more of this new series!! ...more
Maree Repa
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So totally enjoyable. Such a lovely Christmas romantic treat!
Patti Lucas
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
His Christmas Wish is the first book I have read by Melissa McClone, and I really enjoyed it. It was free on Amazon recently and I downloaded it, because it seemed like a book I would love. His Christmas Wish is the story of Jacob "Jake" Porter and Carly Bishop. It is the first book in the Mountain Rescue Romance. Jake is the manager of his family's brew pub, who always had a crush on Carly, but never acted on those feelings because Carly is the sister of Jake's best friend growing up. Carly has ...more
Grace Tolman
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book from this author. I read this for a book club that I'm participating this month.
What I like about it:
I liked the setting. The Christmas theme made me excited about the upcoming holiday. The traditions that were added into the story like baking cookies, visiting Santa, decorating and wrapping presents have gotten me into the holiday mood.
I thought that Jake was such a sweet guy.
I found the whole mountain rescue process to be fascinating. It made me appreciate the volunte
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While His Christmas Wish is a beautiful love story, it’s about so much more. It’s about learning to live again, without the guilt of moving on, or even surviving when others didn’t. Carly lost not only her brother and her fiancé, she also lost her home and traditions by moving away in hopes of easing the pain. Jake lost his best friend Nick, but he also lost Carly, who he loved but never shared his feelings. Now that Carly’s back to help her family during the holidays, Jake can’t help but feel h ...more
Marie Bourgery
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carly Bishop lost her brother and her finance six years ago to their love of climbing Mount Hood right before Christmas and her wedding. Christmas hasn’t been the same for her since. But she comes home for the holiday to visit her brother’s family and support her almost due to give birth sister-in-law Hannah. Hannah has managed to move on and find love again, why can’t Carly? Jake Porter has been attracted to Carly for years, but she was his best friend’s sister and then engaged to another man. ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a stand alone book. It begins with great sadness for many. Carly lost her fiancé the night before her wedding and her brother on Mount Hood by Hood Hamlet. Story picks up 6 years later when Carly comes home to help her former sister in law after she has a child with Heather's new husband and help take care of her brothers two children. Jake was Carly's brothers best friend. They all grew up together and worked in search and rescue for the mountain. Both Jake and Carly have dealt with the ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author, purchased
I totally enjoyed reading His Christmas Wish by Melissa McClone, book one in her Mountain Rescue series. This is a heartwarming, sweet Christmas romance. Carly had always loved Christmas until that one Christmas Eve when her life would change. Carly left Hood Hamlet hoping to start her life over but now, six years later her family needs her to return home. Jake has lived with the guilt of not being able to save his two best friends. He plans to show Carly the magic of Christmas, hoping to make a ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, reviewed
When I put down His Christmas Wish there was one word that came to my mind: charming! It is absolutely charming!! I could not stop smiling as I was reading, enchanted by the characters, scenery, and the Christmas magic. Jake is the man that every girl dreams of and even though you can understand why Carly is incredibly guarded you want to reach through the pages and shake her! Jake is perfect and is in love with her! He treats Carly like a queen, is an amazing help to his best friends family eve ...more
Bonnie Tucker
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet love story

The story of Carly and Jake had me hooked from the very beginning. He was the best friend of her older brother. After Carly's brother and her fiance are killed mountain climbing Carly moved away from her hometown and the memories of her greatest loss. The story opens six years later when she returns home to help her former sister-in-law and her new husband care for Carly's niece and nephew. Jake had always had a crush on Carly and the two of them working together to watch the chi
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christmas
I love to read Chtistmas stories at Christmas time. Mushy romances, adorable childrens books, it really doesn't matter.

Normally though the Christmas part of the sappy romances is kind of lacking. You could pull out two paragraphs and set the story in may. Not this story.

Carly lost two people close to her six years ago at Christmas. She hasn't celebrated it since. She moved away and didn't look back.

So when her brother's widow is close to giving birth at Christmas, it's the hand of angels guiding
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed reading this book!
It's a refreshing, sweet & touching story.
Makes the perfect Christmas romance.
After an unforseen tragedy happened,
it changed Jake & Carly's life forever.
Jake was Carly's older brother's BFF.
They had always been close, till she
moved away six years ago.
Carly's has returned to Hamlet Hood
to spend Christmas with her family.
Carly's visit is a happy & emotional one.
Jake is happy Carly's coming home.
Even though he's tried to move on,
he still cares a great deal for h
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