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.
This was a really fun, easy read that was also very entertaining. The first ‘date’ in particular had me cracking up, and all of the twelve dates had a charming dash of humour mixed with charm, sweetness and- at times- disgust!
Claudia is a really entertaining character who can be a little silly at times but who I really enjoyed reading about, and her two best friends Nick and Penny are equally charming and likeable. The novel had a nice, magical Christmassy feel about it, and had me looking forward to Christmas – which I don’t usually feel this early in the year!
There were quite a few points in the novel where we were left on a bit of a cliff-hanger and I couldn’t wait to read the next chapter! At these times I thought to myself how glad I was that I was reading the whole novel at once (it was originally released in 6 parts).
I’m now really looking forward to reading another novel by Lisa Dickenson, You Had Me At Merlot, as a lot of people have said it’s hilariously entertaining!
Definitely recommended for chick-lit fans, especially if you’re after a heart-warming Christmas read!
** Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review **
The Twelve Dates of Christmas is released in ebook format on October 6th and in paperback on October 22nd.
Have you read any of Lisa Dickenson’s novels? What did you think?