Christmas seems to have started much earlier this year. Some of my neighbours have had Christmas decorations up for about three weeks already in an attempt to alleviate some of the gloom of the Winter lockdown in England. So if you’re looking for a little festive escapism this could well be the book for you. Just reading about people going out on dates to crowded restaurants and pubs etc – such fanciful notions!
Kate Turner has returned to the small countryside village where she grew up to keep an eye on her divorced elderly dad. She loves living there and still works part time from home for the Liberty stores as a designer. Its the best of both worlds but the combination of sleepy village and working from home make it difficult for her to meet anyone and it feels like she will be single for ever.
Best friend Laura convinces her to sign up to a new dating service called The Twelve Dates of Christmas. Twelve perfect festive dates with some eligible men who have been specifically matched for her. It sounds like a dream come true.
The beautifully organised festive dates are filled with fun activities and twinkly lights that are all conducive to a little festive romance but as the dates progress Kate discovers more about herself than about her dates and soon realises that it may not be quite the romantic Christmas season that she was expecting.
Twelve Dates is a fun read – if a little predictable – and sometimes it is just nice to be able to pretend that life goes on as normal with dates and socialising and trips to restaurants.
Supplied by Net Galley and Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: Sept 28 2020. 320 pages.
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