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What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?
Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?
When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?
The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.
Maisie is eagerly anticipating her best friend’s wedding but nervous about seeing her other best friend Jonas for the first time in a few years. It’s not clear early on why there’s a sense of regret around his leaving which gives a little additional mystery to the story. Maisie begins waking up back in various seemingly insignificant moments from her life as a teen and soon struggles to distinguish between her dreams and reality. Just maybe something is giving her the chance to correct a huge mistake and put things right with Jonas.
The 12 Christmases of You and Me was such a sweet, festive surprise and when beyond what I was expecting. It’s like a gentle cross between Sliding doors and The Butterfly Effect and has some real nostalgic moments for anyone who was a teen in the 90’s like me. Set around Christmas, there’s a real cosy feel to the whole plot and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
There is a romantic element to this story but for me I felt friendship and motherhood were the stronger themes. Maisie and Lily have an amazing friendship that has lasted well into adulthood. They compliment each other well and I loved seeing them as teens and watching how they had both developed through the years but retained their core personalities. I also enjoyed how when Maisie travelled back as a teen, she retained her 30 year old wisdom and tackled things with more sensitivity than she had done previously.
This is such a cute a sweet book and it was quite a unique way to tell a romance. Really enjoyable and highly recommended.
Author Bio – Jennifer Joyce
Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. She’s been scribbling down bits of stories for as long as she can remember, graduating from a pen to a typewriter and then an electronic typewriter. And she felt like the bee’s knees typing on THAT. She now writes her books on a laptop (which has a proper delete button and everything).
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