One Week ‘Till Christmas - Belinda Missen
Reading Challenge Category: Christmas Book
Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas. Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel. Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realises only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name… When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate. It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty. There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?
This was a fantastic Christmassy story that I finished this morning and haven’t been able to stop thinking about since. Isobel is in London for just a few days and plans to do everything that is festive and fun while she is there. What she doesn’t expect is to be bowled over (literally) by up and coming actor, Tom. When the two meet the fireworks fly, and there is no stopping their attraction. The feelings they have for one another bounced off the page, and you really felt the emotions develop. It was a wonderfully written love story. I did think, to begin with, the writing style was a bit wacky, and the wit and innuendos took a bit getting used to. At first, I thought they were a little bit overdone, and I just wanted the pair to have a normal conversation. However, as I delved deeper into the book, they didn’t bother me as much, and things did calm down a little. By pure accident, I started to read this one week before Christmas and was super excited about the timing. I was a little disappointed though to find out it actually spans over ten days before Christmas, so the book’s title is a bit inaccurate. I felt a little cheated out of my perfect timing and excitement. For such a short book the characters were really well developed, I felt like I got to know them both in-depth and like I said I’m still thinking about the pair of them a couple of hours later. The drama and development were very well executed and fit in perfectly with the story. Overall, this was a perfect Christmas read. It really made me want to hop on a train to London and soak up the atmosphere and everything it has to offer at this time of year!