Friday, October 22, 2021



Poppy is a huge fan of the Christmas season and she always goes above and beyond to make Christmas amazing for her boyfriend George.  But this year is different and George isn’t in the Christmas spirit.  George decides he’s leaving Poppy, and only twelve days until Christmas.  Poppy begins to nurse her broken heart.  She was sure George was the love of her life.  So, she is determined to win George back.  While volunteering at her local community center,  her new boss, Theo, is a huge Scrooge.  He’s very, grumpy but he cares immensely about the people that the community center is helping.  The more time she spends with Theo at the community center, and the closer it gets to Christmas, the more the are getting to know each other.  Poppy and Theo are really enjoying their time together and as the story unfolds, Poppy starts to re-think if George really was the love of her life.  

This Christmassy story was a wonderful and delightful read.  This festive story has all the holiday feels and will make you anxious for the snow to start falling.  This rapid page turner is one that will keep you up flipping the pages well into the night.  The relatable characters where truly a delight to follow along in their footsteps. I absolutely loved it!

Thank you Elizabeth Neep for sharing another wonderful story of yours.  I am so ready for the magic of the Christmas season to begin. I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 4.



Author:  Elizabeth Neep 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 19, 2021 
Pages: 306 
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On the first day of Christmas, my true love… dumped me. 

Poppy loves Christmas and always goes all out to make this magical time of the year extra special for her boyfriend George. But George is strangely not in the Yuletide spirit this year. As Poppy wrestles him into her Christmas jumper built for two for a holiday snapshot, she finds out why.

He’s leaving her. With only twelve days to spend together until Christmas. 

Poppy is heartbroken. George is the love of her life, and what would Christmas be without kisses under the mistletoe, his mum’s delicious homemade gingerbread or their super-competitive games of Pictionary?

She’s determined to win George back. So, anxious to prove to him she can be spontaneous, she signs up as a Christmas volunteer at the local community centre. What she doesn’t know is that there’s a festive surprise coming her way…

As Poppy throws herself into her new role – mulling vats of hot cider and hanging fairy lights off everything within reach – she discovers an inner strength she never knew she had. And there’s also Theo. Her new boss. Grumpy and opinionated, he’s everything she doesn’t want.

But as the snow starts to fall, she begins to notice other things about him – like his twinkling green eyes, how he makes her laugh, and how much he cares about the people he’s trying to help.

As the twelfth day approaches, Poppy might be about to discover that the most perfect Christmas might be the one that she didn’t plan at all…


Elizabeth Neep was born in 1990 in Derbyshire and now lives in London Bridge. After studying Law at the University of Nottingham and the University of New South Wales, she worked in magazine journalism, most noticeably writing for Dazed and Confused and PETRIe. Elizabeth now works as a non-fiction Senior Commissioning Editor and writes and paints in her spare time.

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