The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson – Review

Published by Sphere

Publication date – 22 October 2105

Source – review copy


“Hilarious, uplifting and romantic, The Twelve Dates of Christmas is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Giovanna Fletcher and Lindsey Kelk. Previously published in ebook – now available for the first time in paperback. Winner of the Novelicious Debut of Year Award.


At thirty, Claudia’s 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. 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, finding love, and discovering what’s been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in The Twelve Dates of Christmas.”

4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publishers and this is my honest opinion of the book.

Claudia is getting ready for her first date in years. Granted it’s with her boyfriend of 5 years and he’s not that keen on going out, but its a date nonetheless. When the date doesn’t go as planned and Claudia finds herself single, just weeks before Christmas, she is left wondering where her life is heading. But as a number of unexpected dates head her way, she finds the direction that she needs to go in.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas was originally published in four parts and has now been brought together into one complete novel.

Having read Lisa Dickenson’s You Had me at Merlot, I knew I would be in for a book that featured great characters, that would make me laugh and would warm my heart. I wasn’t disappointed with The Twelve Dates of Christmas. I soon found myself whizzing through the pages eager to see what would happen on Claudia’s next date.

There are some superb characters in this book. I loved Penny, Claudia’s Dad, Christine and Nick. I was appropriately less enamoured with Claudia’s ex-boyfriend Seth. Even the minor characters, such as Billy the barman, all bring little moments of comedic joy to the story. Claudia was a character that grew on me. She was slightly flighty at the beginning, some of her ideas less realistic than others. It was great to read how she developed, we almost became aware of it as she did. And as for Nick. Well he’s a perfect character. Funny, goofy, loving and a little bit kooky.

Also a word of warning, this book will make you cry with laughter. There were stages when I couldn’t read on for tears in my eyes. If it wasn’t one liners that had me giggling, it was scenes from one of Claudia’s dates. Keep an eye out for the ice-skating one!

Yes it is set at Christmas but read it at any time. The Christmas theme just adds glitter and tinsel to what is a great story. A lovely story to curl up with, either on a bright sunny day, or a cold winter night.

I’m looking forward to reading more by Lisa Dickenson soon.


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