Title: Twelve Days to Save Christmas
Author: Elizabeth Neep
Genre: Romantic Comedy
My Rating: 5 out of 5
On the first day of Christmas, my true love… dumped me.
Poppy loves Christmas and always goes all out to make this magical time of the year extra special for her boyfriend George. But George is strangely not in the Yuletide spirit this year. As Poppy wrestles him into her Christmas jumper built for two for a holiday snapshot, she finds out why.
He’s leaving her. With only twelve days to spend together until Christmas.
Poppy is heartbroken. George is the love of her life, and what would Christmas be without kisses under the mistletoe, his mum’s delicious homemade gingerbread or their super-competitive games of Pictionary?
She’s determined to win George back. So, anxious to prove to him she can be spontaneous, she signs up as a Christmas volunteer at the local community centre. What she doesn’t know is that there’s a festive surprise coming her way…
As Poppy throws herself into her new role – mulling vats of hot cider and hanging fairy lights off everything within reach – she discovers an inner strength she never knew she had. And there’s also Theo. Her new boss. Grumpy and opinionated, he’s everything she doesn’t want.
But as the snow starts to fall, she begins to notice other things about him – like his twinkling green eyes, how he makes her laugh, and how much he cares about the people he’s trying to help.
As the twelfth day approaches, Poppy might be about to discover that the most perfect Christmas might be the one that she didn’t plan at all…
This festive story follows the main character of Poppy, who is a massive fan of Christmas. As Poppy’s excitement grows for Christmas, the very last thing she is expecting is her boyfriend George to end their 5 year relationship. Poppy doesn’t believe that this is what George really wants, and knowing that with only 12 days to make him see sense, Poppy comes up with a plan to get George back by showing him that she isn’t the needy person he believes she is.
Whilst carrying out her plan, Poppy is surprised to discover many things about herself, and finds herself volunteering at the Church Street Community Centre. The story follows Poppy’s journey to reignite the love between her and George, but along the way, we watch Poppy go on journey of self-discovery. Does she really want to be with George after all?
Twelve Days to Save Christmas is a beautifully written story full of love, laughs and romance, with a clear message about about loving the person you are and believing in yourself. A perfect story for this festive time of year.
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