Review – The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson

TDOCThe Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson
Publisher: Sphere (22nd Oct 2015)

Blurb:
Claudia is a girl in a rut. At 30, her 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 to the Royal Opera House. 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, about finding love, and about discovering what’s been there all along. Expect a whole heap of Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Hand on heart, The Twelve Dates of Christmas is definitely the most fun, romantic and adorable Christmas love story I’ve ever read. I literally devoured the novel! Just like strawberry cream chocolates you find in a tin of Quality Street. Pop one in your mouth and you get the delectable taste which will leave you with a smile on your face.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas follows the story of Claudia, a 30-year-old singleton who is in a “dead” relationship with her boyfriend of five years, Seth. To spice things up, every now and then, she’d suggest dates, which all fail to rekindle their romance. After another disastrous date, Claudia is left broken-hearted and alone. All in time for Christmas in a few weeks, bummer. In comes best friends, Nick and Penny! Could they help mend Claudia’s broken heart and see to it that she has a merry Christmas?

Can I please do a happy jig? I really ought to do it. The Twelve Dates of Christmas definitely deserves that. I mean, right from the start, you know it would be a delight. Come on, the opening line was: “Claudia’s underwear was evil & it was going to ruin everything“. Talk about making an impression! I adored the heroine, Claudia and the rest of the gang in the book. Credits to Lisa Dickenson for writing such fabulous, hearty characters you would love to have around during the festive season. Scrap that, any time! I love reading about the witty banter and flirting between Claudia and Nick – absolute dialogue gold, I tell you. I laughed, I giggled, I gasped. I really LOL-ed.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas is filled with sweet romance, clever and hilarious dialogue and a heroine you’d definitely want to root for. A fabulously written Christmas read you wouldn’t want to miss. Ooh, ooh! Not to forget the utterly charming and “the most perfect guy” hero, Nick. Guess what? He’s the amazeballs and very mine. *cues the “Mine. Mine. Mine” scene from Finding Nemo* Ask Lisa and she’ll tell you the same thing! Hilarious, charming and absolutely delightful, you will definitely want to treat yourself to The Twelve Dates of Christmas!

I’d like to thank Sphere for sending me a copy for review as well as inviting me to be a part of the blog tour! The Twelve Dates of Christmas is out on 22nd October on paperback and eBook.

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