Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Book Review - A Christmas Day at the Office by Matt Dunn

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Title: A Christmas Day at the Office
Author: Matt Dunn
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 11th October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

One Christmas party. Two merging companies. Free-flowing champagne. What could possibly go wrong?

With her new billionaire boss in town, Sophie’s determined to swap the No-Jobs she meets on Tinder for her very own Steve Jobs. But will looking like a million dollars be enough to kick-start a Fifty Shades adventure?

A ring in his pocket and dressed to kill, Calum’s planning to get down on one knee. Though if Mia doesn’t say ‘yes’, he’s not sure he’ll ever get back up.

Julie’s got a surprise for Mark—though it’s something she’s not even sure she wants. Meanwhile, Mark’s got another choice to make: the love of his life, or the opportunity of a lifetime?

With his job on the line, and the ex who broke his heart back on the scene, Nathan’s day is becoming a nightmare. But he’s about to meet the woman of his dreams.

This year’s office Christmas party should be a night to remember—but for five of Seek Software’s employees, it might be one they’d sooner forget.

I have no idea how Matt Dunn does it, but he has once again written about a day in an office environment that is full of action, humour, ups and downs, small surprises and romance, all the while making it feel like their office is a fabulous place to work, full of caring colleagues. 

It had been a while since I read A Day at the Office, around the time it was released, so although I remember enjoying it, I was still wondering just how this new book would work, or if not remembering the details would be a problem. I'm very happy to say that A Christmas Day at the Office could easily work as a standalone, but if you are like me and are just having slight memory issues, I found the writing style and characters were familiar again within the first chapter or two. 

The story as you may expect focuses around a group of characters who all work for the same company, in different roles. Each chapter features segments on each character and progresses all of their stories the whole time. 

The book really is only a day in duration but what a lot can happen in a day, especially when you are looking at multiple people's lives. Sophie is fed up with being dumped, and is hoping that the Christmas party may bring her a new man.  Julie has just had some life changing news, while boyfriend Mark is anxious about the party, and his meeting with their new boss. Calum is worried but hoping to propose to his girlfriend, but I loved how anxious he was about doing it correctly. And Nathan who seems to be a friend to all, starts receiving some flirty emails, making him really look forward to the Christmas party that evening. 

The day itself was fairly eventful and I loved the relatively fast pace of the book, as we jump between characters, and their circumstances, with the whole book culminating with of course the Christmas Party. Let's just say the party is not quite like any office Christmas party you may have been too, and far more entertaining from a neutral spectator's point of view. 

The whole book just felt like classic Matt Dunn writing, with his normal sense of humour clearly present, there are plenty of laughs to be had, and once again he shows great insight into both sexes. I couldn't help but laugh at the descriptions of what was on offer at the beauty parlour, as well as Sophie's reactions to what she has done. 

I love just how real all the characters are, you can really relate to what they are going through, they could be your friends or neighbours, or your own colleagues, and that is what makes this book so special, it turns regular people into the most fascinating and interesting stories. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent reading A Christmas Day at the Office, and something tells me this may not be the last we see of this office, although that may just be wishful thinking. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Lake Union for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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