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A Wish for Christmas

(Cape Light #10)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  529 ratings  ·  63 reviews
In Cape Light, Christmas brings unexpected gifts that will never be forgotten.

This Christmas, the people of Cape Light reflect on their past and revel in their future.

David has returned home after serving in Afghanistan to find his widowed father, Jack, remarried, and a young stepsister in the house. Further, his own physical injuries may never heal. He's having troubl
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Berkley Hardcover
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Ronda  Tutt
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
This book is dedicated to the men and women in the U.S. military and to their families.

This book is about three families - The first one is about Jack's son David who has return home from Iraq early due to an explosin that crushed his legs and now has to use a walker to even walk. David's story goes into the trials and pains he has to endure while going to Physical Therapy, nightmares he has every night that keeps him awake, the pain he is always in, and of course the loss of his self esteeme t
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
I didn't actually finish this book, just skimmed the ending. It had to go back to the library and because I wasn't too interested in the story anyway, I returned it without having finishing completely. Pretty much everything I said about #9 of this series applies to this book as well.

Summary: Grace and Digger Hegman find a large amount of money in their attic and become Secret Santas to the town of Capelight. Meanwhile, elderly Lilian Warwick insists on continuing living in her large house but
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great read though it took me longer than planned to finish it. Welcome to Cape Light, a small town of friendly folks all of whom have issues going on over Christmas this year. The spirit of Christmas and all it entails slowly but surely finds its way to Cape Light in a series of events inspiring hope in the residents of this small town.
Adeline Kam
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect book to read 4 weeks before Christmas. A beautiful story of family love and reunion. Of hope where there is no hope. And a reminder that God is in control of every situations in our life. I loved this book, easy to read and makes me roll my eyes and put a smile on my face at the different characters in this story. Blessed Christmas everyone!
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a heartwarming story about three families that lived in the same town. The first was an elderly woman that refused to have live-in care against her daughters' will; the second, a young man returning home to his father after receiving injuries in Iraq and third was a woman and her father looking to spread Christmas cheer this year.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
I found "A Wish for Christmas" to be fairly enjoyable. While it is the 10th book in the Cape Light series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. The characters are lively and believable without being caricatures and demonstrates an understanding of what a gift it is to be able to give.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite of the Cape Light books! I love how a father and daughter can do something really special and fun together. you never know who God will use to be a blessing to you. It could be the most unlikely people.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Cape Light, unexpected challenges and gifts come when least expected.

Jack Sawyer's son, David, has returned home after serving in Iraq. He was wounded over there and has several surgeries to help him recover, but he still is having problems both physically and mentally. He comes home to find things have changed: his dad is remarried and he has a young stepsister to boot. Jack is elated to have David back and does as much to help him as possible.

David has decided he needs to get back to physic
Melissa Brasil
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great book. The story captures you and will have you awaiting for the next life event.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
A very light, easy, predictable Christmas read. If we could give half ratings I would've given this a 2.5.
Megan Westfield
Set in Cape Light, the picturesque New England seaside village often featured in Thomas Kinkade’s paintings, A Wish for Christmas follows three community members through the holiday season.

David is a service member who has just returned from deployment with physical and mental injuries, and is trying to adjust to civilian life while hoping to rekindle a relationship with his ex-girlfriend. Lillian is a feisty elderly woman who finds herself reconnecting with a lifelong male friend as she resist
Julie Barrett
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Wish for Christmas, A cape Light Novel by Thomas Kinkaid and Katherine Spencer
Lilian is recovering from her fall and her granddaughter and husband are going to move as they need time being newlyweds. The other daughters are local and usually drop whatever they are doing to come to her rescue. When they arrive it's to find that she's just lonely. She has a new love interest.
David is home from the war, injured and his nerves don't feel a thing, yet. His father has remarried to Julie and her daug
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
Book #2 of the 2011 Christmas season for me. Also a first time read by this popular author.

I enjoyed this book and liked the sub stories of three people in Cape Light and their struggles during the holiday season. Warm and inviting for the holiday time of year.

David – Just out of the service is adjusting to his injuries and living back home with his family. He is learning to manage his life with the help of an old friend, controlling his anger, and setting goals to get back on his feet.

Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This Christmas novel showcase two families, first David who has returned from war to find his father has remarried and he has gained a young stepsister. The focus is on his physical injuries as well as flash backs which happened frequently at night. His breakthrough came when he went for therapy at the VA and left home for some solitary time to reflect on which direction he wanted his life to travel. It shows the strength and devotion of families especially his young sister in her devotion to hi ...more
Jennifer Gentry
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
This was a very good Christmas story and a delightful continuation of the Cape Light series. I always come away from reading these books feeling like I've caught up with good friends over tea. There was a wonderful surprise awaiting me at the end that I'm sure loyal readers will appreciate.

My only complaint with the book, and the reason I did not give it 5 stars, was the authors' use of the word "damn" in several places in the book. I go out of my way to avoid reading books with profanity in the
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Thomas Kinkade should stick to's not that this was a bad just wasn't particularly good. I picked it up at the bookstore for a Christmas time read, and finished it in January... It was very slow in the beginning. There were too many characters, so they were not developed enough. I would have like to have seen the focus on less characters and to go a little deeper (especially considering that this is the 10th book or so in the Cape Light series....[although I haven't read ...more
Clara Roberts
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful book that had four concurrent stories of four different families. This was a fast read. It held my attention and was not too sappy, as are many books with Christian themes. I found it in the new release section of our local library. It is a 2009 release. The character descripions were excellent when adults were the characters. You could just visualize the quarlesome old woman, the injured soldier from Iraq,etc. The childrens description was weak. You could tell that they ha ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great story of hope and good works and love. I didn't know Thomas Kinkade wrote books or he puts his name on them and Katherine Spencer writes them. There are 3 stories within the story: David, a young soldier returning from Iraq trying to recover from extensive injuries; Lillian Warwick a cranky old rich lady who loves making life miserable for everyone she comes in contact with except Ezra; and lastly Grace and her Dad Digger who become the whole town's secret Santa. A great book for the hol ...more
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have given this book a 5 star rating because it is the next in the wonderful Cape light series. The entire series is just superb; I feel like I am a part of this little community.

It is not that these books are the best from a literary viewpoint, but they are the best from a "heartwarming" perspective.

While I normally wait until Christmas each year for the release of the newest title, it seems that this year there will be a new title released in April, 2010!!!!!!!!!!
Debbie Phillips
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians - high school to adult
A great read. Wonderful characters. A great, inspirational Christmas story... it would make a good movie too!!!

Thanks to one of the characters in the book, Lillian, I thanked my mother for being agreeable when we, as a family, decided it was time for her to sell her home. She moved in with my sister. I miss the home I grew up in, but Mom is in a better place. Thanks Chris and Dave, for all you do for Mom every day.

Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another excellent installment of this series. I like the evolution you get of the main characters throughout each of the books and those that are mainly in an individual book. The only "complaint" I have about these books is that sometimes it feels like the endings are a bit rushed and he glosses over some things.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer! Made me want to go back and reread the previous nine to refresh my memory of some of the people and family situations. These Cape Light books bring to light that even the best of people go through rough times and tribulations but also teaches us to handle them with patients and the help of God.
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This is our December book club book. And is one that I really wish I could have given half stars too. As it was better than a three, but not quite a four. It was pretty predictable, and reminded me of a cheesy made for TV movie story line to it. But it was good for a Christmas, and a not kind of thinking in the month of December book.
Jacklynn Pragosa
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Jul 30, 2011 added it
This is by far one of the best series that I have read!! Katherine Spencer is a wonderful author and has a way of bringing the past into the current book that sparks the memory of what has taken place previously! I have read the entire series and wait impatiently every year for the next one to be released! I HIGHLY recommend this series!
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A really lovely book. I've enjoyed this whole series so much. For some reason, I found this one to be particularly moving. It's interesting that subjects and characters that could be so maudlin and sappy in another author's hands turn out to be just beautiful and inspiring in this Thomas Kinkade/Katherine Spencer series. Sensitive and intelligent writing...can't wait for the next installment.
Mary Sewell
Very good as all of his have been. This one delved into some of the lesser expanded upon characters, like Lillian Warwick and David Sawyer, Jack's estranged son home after years away. I loved this one and had a hard time putting it down at night and go to sleep.
Jeanne Adamek
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found myself actually quite enjoying this book although I didn't start it with much hope. Lillian was especially well described. I couldn't stand her, but could appreciate the emotions that she was going through and I loved the last decision she made. It made her human...
 Barb Bailey
A warm and comfortable Christmas read. This is a story that follows three very different residents of Cape Light through their holiday season. It brings to the reader the true meaning of Christmas, Faith, Hope and Charity! 3.5 stars
Laurie Dewberry
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what about this book kept me interested after about page 30 because I knew then exactly how the book would end. But, I guess it's kind of like how I watch one of the cheesy Lifetime or Hallmark channel movies at Christmastime just because I know they will end predictably.
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Thomas Kinkade was known as the "Painter of Light." His works, although spurned by the secular art establishment, were very popular with Christians and many others.

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