Book Review: The 12 Christmases of You and Me by Jennifer Joyce.


It's been too long since I read a Jennifer Joyce book. I'm pretty sure I've read all of her books, but this one had been sitting on my TBR pile since getting it for Christmas! Eeeeek let me just tell you now, I loved this book SO much!!!

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.

Ugh this book was just the best. I loved it so very much. I read it in three days and feel like it honestly just captured my heart. You know when there are just those books that get you and you just want to hug them and live in them and never leave?? Yeah? Well that was this one for me!! 

I was very curious about how Jennifer was going to do a time travelling story and whether or not it would seem unrealistic or too fantastical for my usual dose of modern day romance. It was neither of those things. It was absolutely perfect! It was made even better by the fact that Maisie grew up in the same era as I did - the good ol' 90's!!! Granted I was a bit younger in them than Maisie, but I got all of her time travelling references and they made me feel so happy and warm inside. The time travelling itself was woven in brilliantly and I looked forward to each time it happened. 

This book felt well and truly British too, which I loved. All the talk of secondary school reminded me of my days spent there and while I didn't exactly enjoy them, this book seemed to bring back the good memories. I enjoyed the way Maisie was with her friends, the talk of assemblies and youth clubs, it felt so nostalgic and fun! :) 

I was so immensely invested into the story and loving every minute that there were certain things that I literally missed until they were completely revealed at the end. I know certain things were kind of hinted at by Jennifer, so when they finally were revealed it was like an 'oh yeah!' moment, but even though my brain did click to those hints slighter, I think I was so caught up with the story that instead of an 'oh yeah!' at the end, I was like 'ha!!! Duh Kelly, how did you not catch that sooner!!' It was very entertaining. I don't know if I've made any sense there but if you've read it, please tell me if you get what I'm saying and if you haven't read it, please read it and tell me if you get what I'm saying!!! :p 

Honest to goodness I don't know how else to describe how much fun 'The 12 Christmases of You and Me,' was to read! I know Jennifer is an author, that is her job, so she is good at it, but when I read something like this I'm like she just put the words in the right places and then the sentences they were great and then the story it was just do you make it so good like that? How do you make those words make me feel all the things?? 

I've not even mentioned Jonas yet...again with the words in the right places to make me feel all things things and be drawn to someone so much!!!! How??? Utter perfection!!!!

I think I'm losing the plot now with this review, but I encourage, no I urge you to pick up a copy of 'The 12 Christmases of You and Me.' It does what a great book is supposed to do: Make you laugh, make you smile, make you escape and make you FEEL!!!!

Happy Reading!!

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