The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson is out for the first time in a stunning, sparkly paperback cover on Thursday 22nd October 2015, publisher Sphere.
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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 . . .
This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. 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.
I am thrilled to be involved in the blogtour #12Dates. I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this complete edition of Lisa Dickenson’s The Twelve Dates of Christmas, the novel was previously available as six novellas and this is the first time the novel will be published and printed in paperback as a complete novel. I must admit this is the first book I’ve read by Lisa and it most certainly will not be the last. Her writing style is fresh, funny, warm, great character descriptions and gorgeous storyline.
I loved how the story was broken up into the twelve dates, ingenious idea for a Christmas based story. From the very first date to the last I was wishing and hoping for good things for Claudia. Claudia had some great, quirky dates on the way and some left you guessing as to why they would do that? 🙂 I was chuckling away during Claudia’s adventures.
I loved Claudia’s character her dream from childhood was to become a ballerina but fate stepped in and her dream had to be put on the shelf. She was still best friends with her school mates, Penny and Nick, who both managed to work in her favourite industry: dancing. I felt a little sad for Claudia that fate had stepped in and she wasn’t fulfilling her dreams and when fate dealt her another blow with her love life it just didn’t seem fair. Claudia was also a romanticist, she wanted more than just a partnership, she wanted to be won over with romance. Claudia was a lovely girl looking for love and romance so after a disastrous start to her twelve dates for Christmas her best friend Penny tries to help her along. However, Nick was not too impressed with Penny’s eagerness to find Claudia dates.
Nick and Claudia have been friends for years and have always had a closeness however, with the wonderful Christmas spirit in the air the friends start to realise they have more than platonic feelings about each other and have done for some time. Will fate step in again for Claudia and Nick?
This was a beautifully romantic, feel good story perfect for devouring on a cold winter’s evening that will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. 5/5*
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