Tuesday 4 October 2016

Book Review - Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson

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Title: Mistletoe on 34th Street
Author: Lisa Dickenson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 3rd October 
Rating: 5 Stars

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, 'traditional' Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she's not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.

Jon, Olivia's friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Full of romance and festive magic, Mistletoe on 34th Street is the funniest and most charming love story you will read this Christmas!

I have a feeling that by the time I recap my top Christmas books of 2016, that Mistletoe on 34th Street will be right up there. It has everything that epitomises a Christmas novel, including the person who doesn't really get Christmas, New York, snow, flights being cancelled so you have to be stuck somewhere against your will, and a whole host of romantic and comic moments. 

I'm not sure where I should start in discussing this book, there are so many good elements to it, written with a fantastic sense a humour, that just had me engrossed from the beginning to the end. Each chapter is another day closer to Christmas, and it centres around a group of colleagues that have gone to New York for a conference around 10 days before Christmas, and when they are due to fly back there is unusually a complete white out in the UK. 

Olivia is more used to spending Christmas in winter sun destinations along with her family, so has never experiences the quintessential cold, wintery Christmas, with all the regular traditions. However is with a little help from her friends, wanting to learn how to embrace Christmas fully. 

Jon, who is also in New York and has been friends with Olivia for years, is determined to show Olivia a New York Christmas she will remember forever. Elijah who she meets in an airport, who in his opening scenes introduces us to the word "twonklodite" which I love as a word, also wants to show Olivia a good time. 

There are so many funny moments, and the business meeting that Olivia has with Lara during the conference is just fantastic, once you realise what they are both really talking about. Got to love a whole conversation at cross purposes! 

I love Christmas books set in New York and it was great to see the city through someone's eyes who was really only just discovering its magic for the first time. The places they went really show off Christmas at New York to its best, with a few out of the way places too, and the scene in Macys just gave me goose bumps, in a good way! 

I would love to say a lot more about this book but I'd rather not give away any more of its charms, lets just say the whole book is Christmassy, and has a sense of festive magic about it. I can't believe how much enjoyment I got out of this book, even while real life is getting slightly tricky. 

Thank you so much to Little Brown Book Group and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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