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One Week ’Til Christmas: The perfect holiday romance! Kindle Edition
The perfect holiday romance!--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.
Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07VXLVLJW
- Publisher : HQ Digital (1 November 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1222 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 182 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 351,111 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Set during the week leading up to Christmas, Tom and Isobel take us on a journey through London where the festive season is in full swing. Winter markets, ice-skating, mulled wine, mistletoe - all those Northern Hemisphere Christmas traditions. Being someone who celebrates Christmas every year in the Australian heat, being transported to London where it's completely the opposite is a welcome thought.
Like with Belinda's other works, I find the narrative and character banter draws me in, and I easily picture the story in my head as I read along - these types of stories are by far my favourite. The relationship between Isobel and Tom is beautifully portrayed, and Belinda made the way in which they fell into rhythm with one another, altogether natural.
This is a wonderfully written book, full of laughter, romance, and festivities. I would definitely recommend it to those who love a good rom-com. Belinda never disappoints and this book is no exception. Looking forward to what she has in store for future works.
And yet. Buried in amongst the wish fulfillment of being romanced by a star and the twee charm of a London Christmas, there's some powerful messages we could all take to heart. Yes, Isobel is living what for many of us would be a dream job as a travel writer, but she's honest about the less than glamorous aspects of her job. She has friends in every corner of the globe but dreams of greater purpose, of being able to pick her own assignments, and in the course of the story makes a decision to take a chance and chase her dream. Her romance with Tom is something of a fairy tale… but there are powerful messages there too, about compromises and family, about how sometimes you have to put yourself first or live forever with might-have-beens.
Does this read absolutely like a script for a British-set Hallmark Christmas movie? Absolutely. Did I love every fluffy, fan-fiction-y wish-fulfilling page? Darn right I did, and so will you. Five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley.
Ultimately, the story did not fully capture my attention for two main reasons. First, for a relationship that’s meant to take place over a short period of time, it was a very slow-moving one. Our couple did not spend much time together overall. And the partial cause for this, which is my second reason, is I feel the author tried to include too many topics in the one book. How can you even make time for a romance when you’re thinking about making significant changes to your career, questioning your lifestyle, feeling pressure from a family who live on the other side of the world, and you are having issues with an employer whose ethics are morally objectionable. There were just too many competing themes that ultimately took away from the romance aspect.
Having personally spent one Christmas in London, I enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane. I also enjoyed the scenes when Tom talks about his time in the theatre. And in amongst this, our couple do share some very romantic experiences, which were lovely to read.
Tom and Isobel meet when they bump into each other (and end up entangled in a gutter). Not the best of starts but then they run into each other again and their friendship/relationship takes off. Slowly and organically. Just a boy, meeting a girl, to paraphrase Julia Roberts.
I like that this is a romantic story without being super soppy and it is realistic as well, which is kind of nice and much more relatable than a lot of romance novels.
Tom is a very busy (and quite well-known) man, and Isobel has her hands full with her horrible boss and trying to work out how to cut herself in half so she gets to be in the UK and in Australia. As an Aussie who married a Scot, I understand very well how making things work with such a distance, can be tricky!
Anyway, this was just a lovely Christmas read and I think most readers will also enjoy it as much as I did.
4.5 stars from me.
Thank you to NetGalley, The Book Club and HQ Digital.
Top reviews from other countries
C’mere! Come sit *pats seat*.
I’ll let you all in on a not-so-secret-secret – in RL I don’t have a romantic bone in my body. Yet, books are another matter entirely, I soak romance up like a sponge. *giggles* Shh! It’s our secret, right? *winks*
So, OWTC was everything my swoony-loving heart could ask for (but remember, secret!).
Plus, the cherry on top (even though I hate maraschino cherries – bleurgh!), was the festive setting. I’m about all things Christmas at the moment (sixth book in and counting...). Side note: The Mommy thinks I’ve become a casualty of the Pod people *snorts*.
This is only the second book I’ve read by Belinda Missen, but Isobel and Tom’s story has just cemented my love of her writing. Reading this book was effortless. I just got carried away with the ‘what ifs?’, possibilities and romance of it all. While all the time keeping everything crossed for a HEA.
Prepare to experience the magic of Christmas, and with each turn of the page, fall in love with two characters who’ll steal your heart. The festive feeling is well and truly alive in the Nelson household.
I can’t wait for the Christmas markets to open in George Square. It’s a feast for the senses and all the twinkly lights make my heart sing. And, I’m craving freshly fried churros with chocolate dipping sauce from the food stalls.
Sorry, I went off on a tangent there...
Anyhoo, if like me, you enjoy a festive read (or dozen) this time of year then make sure and add OWTC to your list.
Now, *taps chin* any chance of finding a Tom waiting for me under the tree on Christmas morning?
Huh, I doubt it either.
One Week Till Christmas made London seem like the most romantic place in the world to be at Christmas. Belinda Missen really captured the magical festive atmosphere and beautifully incorporated so many traditional Christmas activities such as outdoor ice-skating, visiting the Christmas markets, seeing the Nutcracker ballet and enjoying mulled wine. You could sense that here were two people who were clearly made for each other and the chemistry between them fizzed off the page. But with lifestyles which meant it would be very challenging to maintain a relationship, it was hard to see how there could maintain a relationship. Despite all the challenges, it seemed to me that Isobel represented normality for Tom, someone who wasn't fazed by his fame (didn't actually know who he was really) and just enjoyed getting to know the real him.
One Week 'Til Christmas is a gorgeous love story and at just under 200 pages, perhaps this is one you can fit in during these last few days before Christmas. There were scenes to make you laugh, scenes which would give you a lump in your throat and at least one which was worthy of any romantic film. This is a joyful book which will fill you with the Christmas spirit, make your heart sing and restore your belief in true love.
She gets into a tangle with a dashing stranger (Tom) on the first day, and when she comes across him the next day, she wonders if it might be fate.
The pair continue to enjoy each other’s company in a jam packed week of activities. I liked the friendly light-hearted banter between Tom and Isobel, but there was always an underlying frisson between them. The only problem is Isobel is due to return to Melbourne for Christmas.
The 3 hour read is filled with festivities in London – Christmas markets, ice skating, Winter Wonderland, Liberty’s and lots more. All the usual landmarks get mentioned too so if you want a trip around London in a book, you might like this.
One Week Til Christmas is a pleasant romance that is easy to pick up and put down in between chores, or just read in one sitting in a lazy afternoon.
Isobel is in London for just a few days and plans to do everything that is festive and fun while she is there. What she doesn’t expect is to be bowled over (literally) by up and coming actor, Tom. When the two meet the fireworks fly, and there is no stopping their attraction. The feelings they have for one another bounced off the page, and you really felt the emotions develop. It was a wonderfully written love story.
I did think, to begin with, the writing style was a bit wacky, and the wit and innuendos took a bit getting used to. At first, I thought they were a little bit overdone, and I just wanted the pair to have a normal conversation. However, as I delved deeper into the book, they didn’t bother me as much, and things did calm down a little.
By pure accident, I started to read this one week before Christmas and was super excited about the timing. I was a little disappointed though to find out it actually spans over ten days before Christmas, so the book’s title is a bit inaccurate. I felt a little cheated out of my perfect timing and excitement.
For such a short book the characters were really well developed, I felt like I got to know them both in-depth and like I said I’m still thinking about the pair of them a couple of hours later. The drama and development were very well executed and fit in perfectly with the story.
Overall, this was a perfect Christmas read. It really made me want to hop on a train to London and soak up the atmosphere and everything it has to offer at this time of year!
The story is set as it states in the title, in the one week in the run up to Christmas. In a way it was lovely for Isobel to literally bump into someone she is very much attracted to. As she isn’t going to be in the UK for long though, I did fear whether there could be any real happy ending for her and Tom.
Isobel and Tom are lovely characters whose blossoming relationship grabs the readers attention. You can’t help but get caught up in the festive spirit and the romance. I read the book in two sittings as I was desperate to know how things were going to end. If you want to know whether Tom and Isobel get their happy ever after, well you will have to read it for yourself.
One Week ‘Til Christmas is guaranteed to get you in the festive mood. What I really enjoyed is that the romance isn’t over the top. It’s believable and has you feeling that warm glow that only a book in this genre can do. A fab, fun and festive read with an added bit of sparkle.