The Twelve Dates of Christmas (Complete Novel) – Lisa Dickenson

12datesofxmasFormat: Paper bound Copy
Published: October 6th 2014
Publisher: Sphere/Little, Brown Book Group
Pages: 416 Pages

The Blurb
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

Rating: 5/5

The Review
Thank you to Clara from Little, Brown for sending me a copy to read and review.

Claudia has been dumped at Christmas (how awful) and is struggling to come to terms with being single during the festive season. Thankfully, she has friends in Nick and Penny who help her along the way. They arrange a variety of dates during the month of December and they soon become known as the Twelve Dates of Christmas. Will they turn out to be the best set of dates ever or will they end up in disaster?

I think it’s obvious just how much I enjoyed The Twelve Dates of Christmas because I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops over the past week! It’s a feel good read that everyone should enjoy because who doesn’t want happiness over Christmas?

Claudia is the main focus within the story and you join her as she embarks on twelve very festive dates – some great and some horrendous. I won’t be spoiling anything by saying that she goes on a date with a gentlemen and they are also joined by his parents who seem to like to take control. It’s great to read situations like this because I’m sure it’s actually happened to someone before and you’ve just got to laugh about it. Overall, I did feel sorry for Claudia because she didn’t have much luck and all she wants in life is love and to be able to dance.

One MAJOR plus for me was that although it’s described as chick-lit it wasn’t overly soppy and for that I’m always grateful. I’ve noticed that many Christmas novels focus around falling in love and romance and I can get bored of that. Lisa does this great thing where she balances soppy situations with comedy and sometimes that’s really quite hard to do. I often found myself having a giggle because Lisa adds subtle, but great moments to Claudia’s life.

On a personal note, I have to say if Lisa doesn’t provide video evidence of her dancing to Beyonce, I won’t believe it ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Lisa is a Beyonce fan).

You can purchase The Twelve Dates of Christmas on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Paperback.

Find out more about Lisa at her website at www.lisadickenson.com and on Twitter at @LisaWritesStuff

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