I keep seeing this title being talked about by a few bloggers in Twitter for some time. As Christmas season is nearing, curiosity got the better of me which led me to checking this title out. The whole concept of this story and the way they are divided/published seem interesting. And I think I just found a book that will brighten up my Christmas spirit more.
Here’s the plot description from Amazon:
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.
The whole set is available in Kindle format; hence it’s the easiest and fastest way possible to get a copy. I didn’t hesitate to buy them from Amazon. It’s actually been a while since I’ve read books set during Christmas, so this book is perfect for the season.
The story introduces us to Claudia, the protagonist, who looks forward to her first date with Seth after years of being together. And just like any women, Claudia tries to look perfect for her man. Everything is all set, but Seth seems to have something else in mind. His concept of “date” isn’t what Claudia has wanted; thus, despite the perfect venue, Date 1 ends abruptly. I wouldn’t give out too many details to avoid spoilers, but shortly after Date 1, Claudia goes on to Date 2. It’s way better than the first date, but Claudia couldn’t get over what happened in Date 1.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas is not exactly what I imagined, in a good way. Good, positive, lovely thoughts always come into my mind when I think of Christmas in general. So an author writing about dates happening in Christmas seem to produce a happy feeling for me. But this story comes out as unexpected. It portrays the life of a woman who goes through what real people experience in life, be it happy or sad. The characterization of Claudia is unique and Lisa Dickenson definitely doesn’t portray her as perfect and too far-fetched. She has her flaws and surely, readers can easily relate to her. I love how the personalities of each characters have been made apparent that while some show to be funny and likeable, some show otherwise.
The story might be arranged according to Claudia’s dates, but there’s still coherency in the plotline. Readers could easily follow the story and as each date ends, I can’t help but be intrigued with what and where the next date would be. Lisa Dickenson writes each part short, but it’s impressive to see how the story is still full of substance. Moreover, Lisa Dickenson certainly knows which places to use as date venues. Overall, The Twelve Dates of Christmas is an enjoyable read. I definitely wouldn’t stop now. Dates 1 and 2 done, 10 more dates to go!