Title: ONE WEEK ‘TIL CHRISTMAS
Author: BELINDA MISSEN
Publication Date: NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas.
Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel.
Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realizes only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name…
When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate.
It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty.
There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?
Is it too early for a Christmas read? Well, I don’t think so!
This incredible book put me in an advanced Christmas spirit and I’m not complaining. I really enjoyed the special holiday vibe this book gave me.
The story was incredibly sweet and very enjoyable. I truly loved the whole point of meeting someone by accident, slowly falling in love with them, and then having to make difficult choices about career, future, and basically about life in general. These are the topics that I really like seeing more in a chick-lit book, other than focusing on the romance. I wouldn’t mind the romance, but I really like it more if it focus on other important subjects that many people can relate to.
In this story, I can say that I truly understood Isobel. I can relate to her problem having to make a difficult choice, especially when it comes to her career. I can see how unsure she was when it comes to quitting her job, and then starting her own blog. When I first started my own blog, I was worried and anxious about so many things. I had to think more about my career as a blogger, and sometimes I was still afraid I won’t make it. And to see that in Isobel feels like her character’s struggle is my own, and that’s why I can relate to her more. But Isobel is so brave and there are other people in her life that support her decision, and I truly admired that.
I loved how Isobel just go with the flow and doesn’t overthink things. Even though sometimes she was worried, she brushed it off and just enjoy her day. She just follow where life takes her to, and I liked that she wasn’t afraid to take any chances at all. Isobel is a very patient and calm woman. I also liked how she stay true to her words and always put her family first despite her desire to stay with a man who she finally fall in love with. Isobel is just an overall a nice and sweet character.
On the other hand, Tom Bracken is a nice gentleman with great manners. It’s hard to find a character like him in other books. So I’m glad to meet him here. He has a way with words, he was so sweet and charming, but most importantly the way he speaks and the way he acts are what makes him more attractive, and very interesting. He is a very nice man, and I loved just everything about him, except for the part near the end where he was stubborn and doesn’t want to listen to an explanation from Isobel. Seeing that side of him was quite scary, but he doesn’t usually act like that.
He was amazing, and very entertaining. I loved how he explains everything about his occupation, about theatrical plays, and basically about London and his life to Isobel with great and addictive words, and very-detailed descriptions. If Tom Bracken is real, I could listen to him talking all day, I know I wouldn’t get bored because he makes talking and explaining more enjoyable. Plus, he talks a lot about important things in life. I truly appreciate what he was saying, and I really admired his talents. He also loved to make a joke and had a great sense of humor, so that makes his character very likable. He is an overall a fun character.
Tom and Isobel’s romance was cute and sweet. Their accidental meeting was truly surprising but also funny in a way. I can already imagine the chaotic scene and I find it to be so hilarious. I seriously feel bad for laughing. But, seeing these two spending most of their times in London together and try getting to know one another was pretty sweet. Their connection was very instant, but the slow-burn romance makes it more better. At least, the author didn’t make these two jump straight into a relationship, but instead slowly build up their romance and make a proper development to their characters before putting Tom and Isobel together romantically. I really dig the slow-burn because the result will always be epic.
The romance was beautiful and so dreamy, perfect for this type of Christmassy book. The romance also helps me know Tom’s character more aside from knowing him as a well-known actor. He surely have a life outside his career as a theatrical and telly actor. Seeing his carefree side whenever he was around Isobel brought a smile to my face. At least he doesn’t have to stress himself due to his works. As for Isobel, whenever she was with Tom, she became a carefree person too. And seeing her smile a lot and be happy makes me happy too. These two helps each other’s out when it comes to making choices, and they also shared some important life advice. I loved these two, they are both very thoughtful when answering questions, both of them lived a busy life and they can understand one another’s problem.
I know all the good times they shared are too good to be true, but it was still shocking to see that a couple more chapters before the story ends, there was a little heated moment between Tom and Isobel. But of course Christmas miracle always work its way and mend the hurt. The main problem has always been about what will happen once Isobel left? But to see another problem in the picture really caught me off guard. It just create an intense tension between Tom and Isobel. The thing about leaving was another thing, and it saddens me to see Isobel so heartbroken by the fact that she couldn’t stay. I loved how the Christmas miracle is working and helped Tom and Isobel found a way to be together. It was very predictable of course, because this type of book doesn’t end with sadness, but happiness.
Aside from Tom and Isobel’s romance, I also liked seeing the friendly-like-sisterly bond between Isobel and her friend, Estelle. These two are like sisters even though they’re friends. I really liked how they always asked each other how their days went and how their works are progressing. It shows these two really cared for one another, and it was very visible that their friendship is strong. I really liked seeing Isobel having a friend who she can talk about everything to, and how Estelle is a good listener and always be there for Isobel. These two amazing women are truly supportive of each other.
The story ended with an incredibly beautiful ending. I was satisfied by the ending, just like how I imagined it to be. I was glad that I chose to read this book, and am happy that I ended up enjoying the story. It was a story full of happiness and unforgettable moments that will remain as the best thing to ever happen in life. Having strong leads like Tom and Isobel makes the story more brilliant than it already is.
If you want to get into an early Christmas spirit, then I suggest you to pick this book up. There are lots of fun adventures you can enjoy through Tom and Isobel.