#BookReview ~ Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.

Jon, Olivia’s friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (3 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01E4AR09U

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About the Author

Lisa Dickenson was born in the wrong body. She was definitely meant to be Beyonce. Despite this hardship, she grew up in Devon attempting to write her own, completely copyright-infringing versions of Sweet Valley High, before giving Wales a go for university, and then London a go for the celeb-spotting potential. She’s now back in Devon, living beside the seaside with her husband and forcing cream teas down the mouths of anyone who’ll visit. She is sadly still not Beyonce.

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My Review

There is only a certain amount of time per year as a blogger that I can read ‘Christmas’ books and there are SO many to choose from each season. I have a backlog from previous years but this one caught my eye for a couple of reasons, it has had great ‘hype’ on the blogger/twitter sphere and I wanted to see if I agreed and the main lure of course for all who know me, it is set in NYC! So as I settled down for the festivities I embarked on my final Xmas book of the year.

Did it live up to my expectations … well hell yeah! It has all the necessary ingredients required for a perfect accompaniment to the mood of the day.

Olivia, poor girl has never experienced a ‘real’ family celebration so is reluctant to even have a tree. When a works trip to New York arises she leaps at the chance to go along as the boss .. her family and best friend may be heading to sunnier climes but she is content with time spent in the city.

She has a group of work colleagues who all want to get the conference over so they can head home, Jon is longing to get back to his large family for the holidays and no matter how he describes it to Olivia she just doesn’t understand the appeal.

Then snowmageddon strikes .. the airports are closed due to heavy snow and the group are stranded in NYC! Can the time be spent showing Olivia how wonderful Christmas can be if you just ‘believe’? Will she find love under the mistletoe…..

This is an absolute must-read, the humour, emotions, circumstances all add up to an overwhelming sense of belonging and love. As someone who has spent many years in NYC at this time of year I am always sceptical whether or not a book will hit the spot with it’s content and vision and this did just that. I could read and retrace my steps,  feel the bitter chill, taste the pretzels, smell the hotdogs, see the plumes of steam emitting from the street, rejoice at the Rockefeller tree etc … this book took me on a journey from the comfort of my chair! I am so pleased I saved this story until last.

Thanks to Netgalley, I read and reviewed this voluntarily. 

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