Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published: 5th November 2015
Pages: 184 pages
For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it. But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner. Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie.
Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper…?
Thank you to Harper Impulse for the copy of Never Kiss a Man in a Kiss Jumper to read and review.
Here’s another Christmas review from me and I have to say I’m in love with the Christmas themed novels at the moment. I’m also in love with Christmas, as always – I’m yet to eat a Mince Pie yet though!
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper focuses around the relationship of Maggie and Marco. They met unexpectedly when they collide in the wet snow where Marco ends up breaking his leg. During the festive season, Maggie ends up being Marco’s nurse and he stays at her home so she can look after him – what could possibly go wrong?
As you all know I’m not a fan of soppy love stories, so I was cautious about the level of romance and smooch that would happen. However, Marco and Maggie’s relationship was cute and natural. They took it slow (well as slow as you can in a year) and had fun along the way! There was festive elements added into the novel including a few getaway trips for her family, the visits to the pub and of course the fact that Marco always wears a Christmas Jumper.
I like the inclusion of Maggie’s dressmaking business. She made bespoke wedding dresses for clients who ended up being friends. You frequently shed a few tears for one couple that Maggie designs a dress for as they suffer sadness and illness.
Most of all, I loved Maggie. She was a fantastic mother and daughter, and was passionate about her job. She’d gotten pregnant at a young age and learnt to fend for herself and made the business a success. I also liked how she wasn’t your typical ‘oh, he loves me, I love him’ after only a few chapters. I’m not a fan of those types, especially when it’s unnatural and over the top!
The book in a nutshell… Humorous and fun, with a hint of festive shenanigans!