Wednesday, December 18, 2019

One Week 'Til Christmas by Belinda Missen: Romantic and Delightful

One Week 'Til Christmas by Belinda Missen
Published: November 1st, 2019
Publisher: HQ Digital
Genre: Romantic comedy
# of pages: 179
My rating: 5 stars
Acquired this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest consideration
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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?



I came across One Week ’Til Christmas one day while browsing Netgalley for Christmas titles, and I requested it immediately. I’m so glad I did because I devoured this book and it soared right onto my list of favourite festive reads. It was witty, charming, and gave me the warm fuzzies. I basically had a big cheesy grin on my face through most of the book.

I’ve always wanted to visit London around Christmastime, so the setting drew me in and made me completely starry eyed. I felt like I was there with Isobel and Tom as they explored the city, and it all felt so wonderfully magical and festive. I loved Tom and Isobel together. Their banter was hilarious, as was a lot of Isobel’s inner dialogue. Tom was so swoony, and I loved that he turned out to be completely different from what I initially expected. {MILD SPOILER}: I think it’s a fantasy for a lot of people to meet, spend time with, and maybe even fall in love with a celebrity. I know I’d certainly like to spend a few days hanging out with Richard Madden! That bit of the story felt different from the other celeb-dates-normal-person story for a lot of reasons, but mostly because Tom really felt like a real person. He never used his celebrity to get his way or try to impress anyone. He was passionate about his job and enjoyed talking about it, but he was humble and charming, and I adored him. {END SPOILER}

I absolutely loved this magical, whirlwind of a romance and I know I’ll be recommending it a lot this holiday season and for many more to come.



Have you read One Week 'Til Christmas? Is there somewhere you've always wished you could visit at Christmastime? If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?



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