You’ve seen Mark Darcy in his reindeer jumper, now meet Marco Cavelli in this season’s Christmas knit!
For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it.
But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner.
Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie.
Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper?What did I think?
Nothing puts a smile on your face like the thought of Colin Firth as Mark Darcy (or even Mr. Darcy, yum) in his Christmas jumper in the fabulous Bridget Jones's Diary. Not a Mark but a Marco is the eye candy in this fun festive frolic by Debbie Johnson.
Maggie is a great character; she is so very realistic and thinks she has everything she wants in life, having given up on love since before her daughter, Ellen was born. There's nothing wrong in window shopping for men, but Maggie doesn't intend to go through with the purchase - oh no siree! So when she drools over the Christmas jumper wearing guy and his child in the park, she never expects to bump into him - literally. Feeling so guilty about causing Marco's broken leg, Maggie is talked into caring for him in her home. With a little encouragement from Ellen and a sprinkling of Christmas magic, maybe Marco and Maggie are meant to be.
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper is such a fun festive read that I couldn't help but smile all the way through it. I had it on my TBR pile last year but just missed out on the festive season so I put it at the top of my pile for this year, and I am so pleased that I did. It's not full of sugary sweetness by any means, as Maggie has such terrible insecurities and her life has been anything but easy which only makes you root for her even more. I felt like Maggie was one of my friends at the end and if anyone deserved a bit of happiness, she definitely does.
I've read a few Debbie Johnson books now and each one hasn't failed to deliver a huge sprinkling of laughter, a massive dollop of real life and hope for a happily ever after.
I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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