Full of romance and festive magic, Mistletoe on 34th Street is the funniest and most charming love story you will read this Christmas!
About the book…
Published: 3rd November 2016
Pages: 432 Pages
Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.
Jon, Olivia’s friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?
I’m going to use five words to start this review and they are: I bloody love Lisa Dickenson. I know she’s a happily married lady, but I’d marry in a heartbeat if I could – she’s fantastic!
Mistletoe on 34th Street is my first Christmas novel of the year, and it certainly won’t be my last. Christmas is my favourite time of the year! It’s acceptable to wear my Christmas jumper in November, right?
So, onto the story: Olivia works for a charity that supports young woman and encourages them to live their lives to the full, and during their annual conference, she and her team become stranded in New York (I know, right?). One thing you have to learn about Olivia is that she isn’t that bothered about Christmas, so being stranded in a festive New York is probably her worst nightmare. However, thanks to new American friend Elijah and close-friend Jon she slowly starts enjoying herself and immerses herself in the all festivities.
If like me you’ve been lucky enough to visit New York at Christmas, you’ll know that they don’t do things be halves.The entirety of New York is decked from top to bottom with all things Christmas, including an Ice Rink, a massive Christmas Tree and more. Lisa describes things so perfectly, you certainly forget that you’re reading a book and more feel that you’re watching a film. Sometimes you read books and wonder if the author has ever been to the place they’re talking about because it just seems unrealistic; with Mistletoe on 34th Street, you don’t feel like that at all.
For someone that only likes a little romance, I loved how Lisa only added a sprinkle to the story and Olivia’s life. The humour and light-hearted nature of the story makes you fly through the pages and immerse yourself, just like Olivia, in the festivities.
Mistletoe on 34th Street is 2016’s must-have Christmas treat.
About the author…
Lisa Dickenson is the pseudonym for Beyoncé. OK, FINE, THAT’S NOT TRUE. Lisa lives by the Devon seaside, stuffing cream teas in the gobs of anyone who comes to visit, and writing stuff down that she hopes is funny. Her first novel was the copyright-infringing Sweet Valley Twins: The Twins Holiday Horror, which she wrote in primary school and gave up on after five pages. Twenty-ish years later Lisa went on to be a *real author* and wrote the Novelicious Debut of the Year, The Twelve Dates of Christmas. In summer 2016 out popped You Had Me at Merlot. She’s now keeping her fingers crossed that everyone will like her third paperback, Mistletoe on 34th Street, and that New York City gives her a free apartment near Central Park as a ‘well done’.
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