It’s a bumper day of reviews to kick off the blog tour for The 12 Christmases of You and Me and you can find details of the other bloggers posting today in the tour banner below. Thank you so much to Jennifer Joyce for my gifted copy of the book and also to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.
The blurb …
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.
My review …
We meet unlucky in love, single mum, Maisie in mid November as she is waiting for her best friend, and bride to be Lily, at her wedding dress fitting. Later that evening after reminiscing over a photo album with Lily, and a few too many wines, Maisie falls asleep and wakes up at Christmas time in 1994. She is 14 years old and after moving with her family is about to start a new school and meet her two new best friends, Lily and Jonas. After a couple of days spent in 1994 it is not until somebody takes a photograph with a flash that Maisie is transported back to the present day and this is when a pattern of travelling back to past Christmases begins.
Maisie soon realises that these episodes are more than just dreams and that this could be her chance to mend the broken relationship with her beloved friend Jonas. But she has to tread very carefully so that she doesn’t change the course of her life and risk not meeting the father of her daughter Annabelle.
During Maisie’s trips back in time it’s was so interesting to see her reliving her past moments but with her forty-year-old head on. As a mother herself now, she appreciates her own mother more and the effort she used to put in at Christmas time when Maisie and her brother and sister were little and I found these realisations really touching. She also remembers what it was like to be fourteen and this helps her in understanding her own teenage daughter and prompts her to be more understanding and patient.
While Maisie is reliving the highs and lows (and cringiness) of her teenage years, there were some really funny moments, especially where Lily was concerned, she was such a fun character and a great friend and I loved the way that she hardly changed throughout the years.
I really enjoyed Maisie’s travels back to the nineties because we are the same age, so the references to things like music, the Whigfield, Friends, hangovers in front of Hollyoaks and the Millennium bug really struck a cord with me and Maisie took me right back with her.
This story is so well written and cleverly plotted and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is engaging, fun, tense and emotional all wrapped up with a festive theme. I only wish that I could go back to the nineties and tell myself not to over pluck my eyebrows!
About the author …
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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