The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Joanna Bolouri
.ePUB, 416 pages
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
By: Quercus Publishing
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About The Book:
Thirty-eight year old Emily has a satisfying job, fab friends, an amazing car and, most importantly, a wonderful flat, exactly 411 miles away from the judgemental, batshit crazy, interfering family she reluctantly sees twice a year. In fact, the only minor stress in her life is her twenty-something neighbour Evan and his penchant for flirting, loud music and even louder sex . . . but he's nothing she can't handle. Emily also has a boyfriend called Robert and it's going really well. So well, in fact, that this year Emily is hoping to take him home for Christmas to meet her family. Finally she won't be subject to five days of nosy questions from her parents and pity looks from her younger married siblings. But when Robert breaks up with her a week before Christmas, Emily is gutted. How on earth is she going to face her family now? Enlisting the help of party boy Evan (in exchange for one month's rent and the use of her convertible) Emily is determined to take Robert home for Christmas come hell or high water, even if it isn't the real Robert.
I know we all show a fake face to the outside world, especially with social media. But can't we be honest and true with our family? Our main character, Emily doesn't think so and brings home a fake boyfriend for Christmas. This was a surprisingly funny enemies-to-lovers romance.
It's sad how we sometimes treat the people we love, we should all start being nicer to each other. Some of the things we say to our loved ones we wouldn't dare say to a stranger. What makes it okay, just because they are related to us? I loved ALL the characters in this book, warts and all. Emily's family weren't perfect but you could tell they truly loved one another. On the other hand, I hated Emily's boyfriend, Robert so much. He was, in a word, terrible. What a sorry excuse for a human being.
My third Christmas book by this author (this month) so I had high expectations and Joanna Bolouri did not disappoint, I am now a seriously big fan! I love her style of writing, her realistic characters, and their banter. Bolouri always manages to suck me into her storylines and keeps my butt in the chair flipping pages. This book was sweet, funny and full of love and Christmas cheer. I cannot wait to dig into more of this author's books.
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