Monday, 23 December 2013

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson

Dates 1&2
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 . . .



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Dates 3&4
What is this huge secret Nick is planning to tell Claudia?

As the day of her ‘date’ with Nick arrives, Claudia can’t help letting her imagination run away with her. And try as she might to stop them, Claudia’s hopes for what the evening has in store are very high. So when Nick arrives to pick her up, there is a lot riding on what’s going to happen next. It’s a shame that Nick has no idea what Claudia is thinking . . .


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Dates 5&6
Seth and Nick. Nick and Seth. Seth. Nick. Nick. Seth.

Nick and Seth have never warmed to each other but they’ve always made the effort for Claudia’s sake – and now they don’t have to. So when, after a disastrous trip to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, Claudia is suddenly faced with the two men at the same time, in the same room, she honestly doesn’t know what to do. She’s not ready to face up to what happened on her date with Nick, but she’s not that keen on seeing Seth either. Things are about to get very awkward . . .


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Dates 7&8
Two more dates, one tough choice and a sprinkling of Christmas magic . . .

Nick and Penny are Claudia’s best friends in the entire world. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them and she can’t bear the thought of causing either of them any pain. Yet somehow Claudia has found herself caught in the middle and now one of them will get hurt – because of her. Claudia may want to bury her head in the sand (again) and distract herself with more dates but Christmas waits for no one. Time is marching on and there’s a decision to be made . . .


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Dates 9&10
Hopeful feelings, nervous excitement and crossed wires are about to collide in dramatic fashion . . .

Claudia has never felt more nervous than she does tonight, because tonight is The Night. Tonight is her ultimate date of Christmas. It’s going to mean something to her, and to him (she hopes), so everything has to go well. Inspired by the romance of the season, Claudia has set the mood and she is ready. So what if she’s feeling a bit anxious? That’s normal, right? The only problem is that when Claudia is jumpy, things don’t always go according to plan . . .



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Dates 11&12
On the twelfth date of Christmas, Claudia’s true love was nowhere to be seen . . .

Everyone Claudia cares about is mad at her, all the good things in her life have turned bad, and Seth is still hanging around. In short, everything is a big fat mess. And now she has to find some festive cheer and get ready for her friends’ wedding. Unfortunately all those angry-at-Claudia people she’s been avoiding are also going to be there – including him. With the big day fast approaching, she desperately needs some Christmas magic to put things right. Will Claudia get the merry Christmas and happy ending she longs for, or has her chance at love gone forever?



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My review:

Over the course of several days I've ensconced myself in the world of 'The Twelve Dates of Christmas'

These 6 fabulously festive novellas have taken over my life, I've compared every man to Nick and wanted to be Claudia, to experience some of the beautiful dates that she's be invited on.

'The Twelve Dates of Christmas' tells the story of Claudia as she suddenly finds herself single in the run up to Christmas.
With the support of best friends Penny and Nick, Claudia starts getting back out there and living life.

WOW!
Lisa Dickenson has made the magic of Christmas jump from the pages.
With a witty and wonderful writing style, I found myself laughing out loud and envious of the beautiful descriptive dates.

What I love about Claudia is how relatable she is, like Claudia, I often over think everything and I'm prone to bad dates. I once met a man who was shorter than the bar stool I was sat on and when I turned round to see who had said hello, I overlooked him completely!
I think every reader can relate to bad dates, awkward conversations and the spark not being there, so for me it's nice to have a character who shares these experiences, someone you want to have a happy ending, to prove it can happen!

Now i said what I love about Claudia but the character I loved and I mean grab your mistletoe kind of love, was Nick.
I hope this man is real!
Not only is he gorgeous, toned and genuinely lovely, but the man loves Christmas
He didn't just make it magical for Claudia, he made it magical in my mind.
I long to go Ice skating, choir singing and just see what's under his Christmas jumper!

When you look at the wonderful Nick and compare him to Claudia's ex Seth, Seth looks even more of a low life than he already is.
I despise Seth, I could almost picture him green faced and snarling, the evil grinch!

I really hope that Lisa lets us catch up with the characters, I pine for more Nick, I want Claudia to have adventures.
For Penny and Billy to have their stories told.
And I need more Christine and Joe, they are hilarious when they get together!

I can't recommend these stories enough, if I had the money I would buy everyone the first novella and get you hooked.
But remember ladies and gents, NICK IS MINE!

5/5

A really big thank you to Clara at Little Brown for sending me the series of novellas for review!

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