Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson

Hilarious, uplifting and romantic, it's a story about losing love, finding love, and discovering what's been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in The Twelve Dates of Christmas.
At thirty, Claudia's life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life - and Christmas - alone.

Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It's also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing's for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different

‘A fun, flirty festive read full of Christmas sparkle and romance. As delicious as a box of Christmas chocolates, a real festive feast - Jo Thomas, author of The Oyster Catcher

I would like to thank Clara Diaz from Little Brown Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When first introduced to Claudia she is wrestling with annoying underwear while trying to impress her live in boyfriend Seth.  Things don't go to plan when he follows her into the loo at the Royal Ballet and flashed his willie before her face.

This is a beautiful written Christmas story from Lisa, I loved the concept of it being set around Twelve Christmas dates.  Each one of these are distinctive and takes Claudia on a journey of realisation.  Lisa tells the story in a warmhearted fun way.  

I loved Claudia and her best friend Penny their relationship was such fun to read about especially when they had a falling out, this had me laughing away.

The story's hero is Nick and although I couldn't picture him in my mind he really was so lovely and sweet to Claudia, everyone around them saw that they really were perfect for each other, sometimes it takes a misunderstanding to realise these things.

The story has such a festive feel that it can help but make anyone smile that reads it.  Especially as it featured my favourite festive coffee, Gingerbread Latte. 

Lisa Dickenson was born in the wrong body. She was definitely meant to be Beyoncé. Despite this hardship, she grew up in Devon attempting to write her own, completely copyright-infringing versions of Sweet Valley High, before giving Wales a go for university, and then London a go for the celeb-spotting potential. She's now back in Devon, living beside the seaside with her husband and forcing cream teas down the mouths of anyone who'll visit. She is sadly still not Beyoncé. The Twelve Dates of Christmas is Lisa's first novel. Follow her on Twitter for all her book news and Beyoncé-related chatter: @LisaWritesStuff.

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