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It Won’t be Christmas Without You – Beth Reekles

From the author of the smash hit Netflix romcom The Kissing Booth!

Eloise, a self-confessed Christmas obsessive, can’t wait for the big day. Devoted to her Michael Bublé playlist, she’s organising the school nativity play and even her gorgeous Grinch of a neighbour, James, can’t get her down.

Her workaholic twin sister, Cara, on the other hand, plans to work over the holiday – and figure out what secrets her seemingly-perfect boyfriend George might be keeping from her.

The sisters used to be close but since Cara moved to London, everything’s been different. Only, Eloise isn’t giving up just yet, and with a white Christmas on the cards, Cara can’t fail to be moved by the magic of the season … can she?

I’m not usually one for Christmas themed books even during the season, but here I am at the end of August having just finished one . . .

And this was cute. I don’t think the fact that it’s not Christmas impacted my reading at all, because it set the scene well – the Christmas clothing, decorations, crazy weather and the manic of public transport!

The dual perspectives worked really well. At the start, I was a bit confused on whose point of view it was (it seemed like a third person strict narrator…for both of them at once??) but a few chapters in and I settled in to the flow of things.

I liked both Cara and Eloise, and that they each had their own individual storylines that eventually came together. However, I felt sometimes it lacked any true depth – it just felt so fast paced and quick that I don’t think there was time to explore deep in to these characters.

And that’s fine, I guess, because this was just a light-hearted Christmas read but I still think it’s sad that it missed out on fleshing out and layering the characters and their storylines – unfulfilled potential!

This is author Beth Reekles first adult novel, and I have to say, having read one of her early YA’s (The Kissing Booth, as it was publishing on Wattpad and then after) and Rolling Dice (I couldn’t finish it), that her writing has improved and I think she does much better working on adult novels than young adults. I’m expecting good things in the future.

3/5 stars.



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3 thoughts on “It Won’t be Christmas Without You – Beth Reekles

  1. Ah, it’s always disappointing to see that there’s so much unfulfilled potential that would’ve made a book so much better. This does sound like a cute read and I’m honestly a sucker for winter/Christmas settings because I feel like that time of year is always magical (or maybe it’s because I live in the tropics)? Lol great review though! Will have to take a peek at this 🙂

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