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 festival 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.
Oh the path of true love never runs smoothly, does it? Especially not for the self-destructive heroine of The Twelve Dates of Christmas, Claudia; when Claudia and long term boyfriend Seth split up just before Christmas (what is it about Christmas that it seems to go hand in hand with heartbreak) she realises that she has just been existing and not living. Well no more, Claudia is dusting off the cobwebs from her life and giving herself a kick up the backside.
One part of her life that really needs a boost is her love life; after several interesting (coughs – disastrous- coughs) dates, Penny realises with whom her heart really lies and sets out on trying to make things happen.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a pure unadulterated will-they-won’t-they love story that pulls dramatically at the heartstrings and has you screaming my favourite saying at the characters – “Kiss her/him, you fool!” It is one of those brilliant books that sucks you right in and has you thinking about the characters, what they should do and how they are feeling long after you (begrudgingly) put the book down.
Our protagonist Claudia really has the ability to pull at your heartstrings; she seems to constantly lose the things that she loves – first of all, dancing. Due to an injury a few years earlier, she is no longer eligible to be the prima ballerina that she always longed to be and when opportunities in the dancing field come her way she shies away from them – through fear? Possibly. It seems that she can’t allow herself to be near the things she loves because she destroys them. Maybe I am reading too much into her character but this is the overall impression that I got of Claudia. Mainly I wanted to give her a good shake and tell her to pull it together. However, it is the simple flaws that made her human and loveable.
What Dickenson has done rather well is that she has created a “well fanciable” hero. The love interest for Claudia is swoons-worthy. Is it wrong to fancy fictional characters? Ah well, who cares. All I know is that The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a great book, with great characters and will make a great gift for your loved ones this Christmas.
Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson is available now.
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