Review of Dates 1 and 2 can be found here.
Review of Dates 3 and 4 can be found here.
Review of Dates 5 and 6 can be found here.
Review of Dates 7 and 8 can be found here.
Here’s the plot description from Amazon:
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 . . .
This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. 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 penultimate part of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.
I take back what I said about the story getting better as it progresses. I guess this is the worst of worst Claudia has experienced in her dates. Half of the ninth date might have been good, but the rest do not turn out to be what she has expected and wanted. All the negative feelings – from confusion, hurt and anger to heartbreak and betrayal – have seemed to have been thrown in her face in one hit. It’s as if she’s being punished. As I am reading this part, even I empathize with her – I could also feel all the feelings she feels.
At the beginning, I would undeniably pity Claudia and think that she deserves someone better. But as I read further through the story, Claudia’s attitude begins to annoy me. She’s too stubborn to listen to her friend’s opinion that she’d rather ignore them and focus on what her mind has to say about the situation she’s in. Perhaps her insecurity and lack of confidence greatly contribute to her personality which also leads to her closed-mindedness. At the end of the day, I would have slapped some sense out of her and ask her to make wiser decisions in her life. I really wonder what would happen in the last part of the set. Would the story have a happy ending or Claudia would still be trapped in her own war? I shall find out soon.