Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Twelve Days to Christmas by Michele Gorman

3.5 Star
"What if his proposal had an expiration date?"

Hannah’s in a bit of a pickle. In twelve days she flies from Hong Kong to the US with Sam, where he’s finally going to meet her parents… and ask to marry her.

Since overcoming a rather rocky patch in their relationship (which was totally his fault), he really is a new man, and they’re completely in love. The problem is, she feels panicky every time she contemplates matrimony. Which is perfectly normal, isn’t it? Isn’t it?! She has no idea but she’s got to find out before he pops the question... because she’s not 100% sure she’s going to say yes. Which will make for a very uncomfortable family holiday. He’s got to ask her before they go. So Operation Proposal begins.

As time ticks down to their flight, Hannah realizes that her own secrets are threatening their future. Before she can be happy with Sam, she’s got a lot to learn about herself in the twelve days to Christmas.

Lydia - 3.5 Star

The Twelve Days to Christmas is the third installment in a series beginning with Single Girl in the City and Misfortune Cookie and it is just as easy and enjoyable to read Hannah's continuing adventures in life and love. I had anticipated reading more of Hannah's adventures while this novella sat in my to-be-read pile, but I found myself a tad  disappointed that this was just a novella of about 150 pages, especially when I discovered that there was much repetition of what occured in the previous novels. Other than wishing it was longer, and that we were treated to some more new material, I enjoyed this fun read.

There was movement forward in Hannah's life, but it wasn't quite as developed as I think I would have liked due to a lot of backstory being slotted in. The great part about this novella was that I didn't find The Twelve Days to Christmas at all predictable and it kept me on my toes - almost too much - to the point where I wasn't certain of the ending. I was just as confused about Hannah's impending proposal as she was and I couldn't figure out whether I wanted him to propose or not - or have her say yes. To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure about how everything unfolded.

Overall, The Twelve Days to Christmas is a short and sweet read and anyone with a sense of Christmas adventure should love, it or anyone looking to catch up with Hannah. I just wish it had been a bit longer and little less repetitive, although anyone who hasn't read the first two novels in the series definitely won't be lost.

Thank you to Michele Gorman for our review copy! All opinions are our own. 

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