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Book Review | Waiting for a Miracle by @JWilck #holidayromance #ownvoices #bookreview #Hanukkah

Title: Waiting for a Miracle

Author: Jennifer Wilck

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance

Book Blurb:

Benjamin Cohen, widowed father of six-year-old Jessie, is doing his best to hold it together through order and routine. The last thing he needs is his matchmaker mother to set him up with her next door neighbor, no matter how attractive she is. Rachel Schaecter's dream of becoming a foster mother is right within her grasp, until her meddlesome neighbor tries to set her up with her handsome son. What's worse? He's the father of her favorite kindergarten student! She can't afford to let anything come between her and her dream, no matter how gorgeous he may be. Can these two determined people trust in the miracle of Hanukkah to let love and light into their lives?

My Review:

Widower Benjamin Cohen is doing what he can to raise his six-year-old daughter, Jessie. Losing his wife devastated him and the only way he can cope is through an orderly routine. He doesn’t have time or the inclination for dating or falling in love. When his mother fixes him up with his daughter’s teacher, Rachel, he reacts badly. So bad, he has to apologize numerous times. But fate seems to continue to throw them together and when he kisses her, his heart takes over. Can he finally put his fear of losing another woman to rest and let Rachel in or will he drown in darkness?

Waiting for a Miracle is, hands down, one of the sweetest holiday romances I’ve read in a long time. Jennifer Wilck has a talent for crafting honest, emotional stories featuring Jewish characters. While there isn’t a lot of Hanukkah romances out there, I’m thrilled to add this to my must-read holiday romance list. Riveting characters with real issues (loss of spouse, single parent, adoption) try to navigate through the murky waters of dating and falling in love. Even though it’s a short romance, Jennifer Wilck tell a fleshed-out story. I never felt jilted because it was short. The characters went through full character arcs to reach their happily for now ending. The scenes with little Jessie offered comedic repast from the serious issues.

If you’re looking for a holiday romance with diverse characters, pick this up today. Highly recommend!

Favorite Character/Quote: Harriet. She’s Benjamin’s mother and Jessie’s grandmother while also being the neighbor of Rachel. She speaks the truth and sees how unhappy her ‘Benny’ is. Sure, she butts into the business of both Rachel and Benjamin but she sees what they are blind to: love.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.

In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. When she’s not writing, she loves to laugh with her family and friends, is a pro at finding whatever her kids lost in plain sight, and spends way too much time closing doors that should never have been left open in the first place. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate.

She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. She’s published with The Wild Rose Press and all her books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Wild Rose Press.

Social Media Links:

She can be reached at or Facebook. She tweets at @JWilck. Her blog (Fried Oreos) is and she contributes to Heroine With Hearts blog monthly

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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