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…
Fans of One Day in December, Beth O’Leary and Mhairi McFarlane will be completely enchanted by this witty and warm festive story about friendship, love and finding yourself.
Oh Poppy, Poppy, Poppy! Bless her Christmassy little heart but wow did I want to shake her like a snowglobe and shout HE’S NOT WORTH IT!!!
Stuck in a Christmas jumper for two, on her own after being dumped by George for being needy, Poppy decides to do something about it and not only get a life but win him back in the process.
I loved the countdown chapter headings and how they fit in with both Christmas and Poppy’s new adventures. But what I enjoyed the most was Poppy’s self discovery and her evolving from being a clingy Alice Cooper mess to an independent woman.
George I detested from the start and there were so many red flags that I wanted to stick him in an arena with a few bulls. But with new found friends and a community centre full of heart this year Poppy will discover what Christmas is really about.
This is not an ordinary romcom, sure it has its funny moments but at its heart it’s a story about a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her and then realising he’s not all that and she can do better. Girl you had me at Christmas jumper!
About the author
Elizabeth Neep was born in 1990 in Derbyshire and now lives in London Bridge. After studying Law at the University of Nottingham and the University of New South Wales, she worked in magazine journalism, most noticeably writing for Dazed and Confused and PETRIe. Elizabeth now works as a non-fiction Senior Commissioning Editor and writes and paints in her spare time.
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