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?
Thank you to Little Brown for kindly sending me a review copy.
The festive narrative begins with Olivia and her work colleagues raising money for their company who help young females achieve their dreams. When disaster strikes in the form of Scheana (the boss) breaking her foot, Olivia steps in to run their job in New York but there’s just one problem: she has never been anywhere other than a hot country for Christmas so how will she cope in minus temperatures in The Big Apple? I immediately like Olivia’s character; she was clever, witty, determined and a lot of fun.
“It was a time to catch up on sleep, and it was the milestone between September and March where I gave my legs a shave.”
When readers are introduced to Jon, the chemistry between the pair was undeniable; Olivia spoke about every aspect of him, he made her laugh, they leaned on one another when times were tough, he brought her food (I mean, that’s a winner in itself), but was it worth risking their friendship over? As Olivia and her group of co-workers fly to New York, I was in stitches of giggles as Lisa wrote about two members of the team who were clearly enjoying being part of the Mile High Club – oh my, the tears of laughter just rolled down my face. When the group touched down, the magic of the city was captured so beautifully that you felt like you were there with them.
“My first time paving the way for Girls Of The World and I march in, nipple first.”
Once the business trip is done and dusted, the group find themselves stuck at JFK Airport for several hours waiting for a flight home, hoping that the heavy snow in the UK isn’t as bad as news reports claim. As they’re waiting for an airline representative to give them any sort of information, Olivia begins chatting to Elijah, a struggling musician who lives in the city (how cliché!) and he immediately impresses her with a pizza subway, a free magazine and dinner in a low-key Italian restaurant – move over Romeo! The pair seemed to hit it off yet there wasn’t something quite right about the situation and sooner rather than later, Olivia ran for the hills (and hopefully back into the arms of trustworthy Jon who we all flipping love).
“What kind of food could you buy on a stripper’s salary?”
As the narrative began to draw to an end, would Olivia and Jon make the most of their special time in New York and officially get together? Seeing as Olivia was basically the female Scrooge when the plot began, her opinion slowly changed during each chapter and by the end of it, she was beginning to love Christmas just as much as I do (and believe me, that’s a lot). Lisa’s writing was brilliant from start to finish, full of humour in all the right places, classic one liners and once again, she’s created an incredible main female character. This is a book you most definitely need to read this December because if you’re not in the festive mood, this will do the trick…