For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it. But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner. Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie.
Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper…?
‘Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper’ is delightful romantic comedy, tinged with sadness. Oxford at Christmas is an atmospheric setting but it is the characters’ realistic dialogue and interactions that make laughter and tears inevitable, when reading this book.
Maggie is a brave woman, who puts the needs of her daughter before her own. In her mid thirties she thinks of herself as middle aged. Sexy Marco is determined to uncover all Maggie’s secrets, which makes for a page turning read.
Maggie and Ellen’s, mother-daughter dynamic is realistic and amusing. Maggie first encounter with the man in a Christmas Jumper in the park captures this perfectly.
If you are looking for a fun, poignant, romantic Christmas story, this is perfect.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.