12 Daves of Christmas by Juliet Madison

In brief: A fun story involving an author, a ghost and a road trip to hunt for Abby’s grandma’s lost love, Dave Smith. (Read more here).

The good: Original, funny and sweet.

The not-so-good: I need more Juliet Madison books to read!

Why I chose it: Love Juliet Madison’s books, thanks Escape Publishing for the eARC.

Year: 2014

Pages: 72 (eARC)

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Setting: New South Wales, Australia

My rating: 9 out of 10

Juliet Madison’s novels are always original, full of funny moments and yet never fail to pull at my heartstrings. 12 Daves of Christmas is a fun story that combines Christmas cheer with a road trip with a ghost. Sound weird? It’s not. The whole story works beautifully to capture the special bond between grandparent and grandchild in as well as the hunt for true love.

Juliet had me as soon as she introduced her heroine, Abby Solomon. She’s a romance writer with a serious potato chip addiction (sounds like my dream job). Lucky on the page, sadly Abby’s not lucky when it comes to real life love. Just before Christmas, she’s missing her recently deceased grandmother when she hears a familiar voice. It’s the ghost of her grandma, asking Abby for help with one last quest – to find her lost love from the war. Dave Smith’s not in heaven, so he must still be alive. Narrowing down the search isn’t easy, but Abby and her grandma find 12 likely candidates and head off on a road trip, one Dave per day. Having a ghost as a companion is a great springboard for lots of funny scenes, as is knocking on the door of total strangers. How could the Daves be so different? But there’s one Dave they didn’t count on, and now he’s seen Abby buying knickers after a freak accident involving Santa, ice cream and a candy cane…

Juliet Madison’s writing never fails to bring a smile to my face. There are always crazy moments (see above) that are laugh out loud funny but what I really love is how these are combined with some really sweet moments that bring a tear to my eye. The love story between Dave and Abby’s grandma, Charlie is just gorgeous and so well done. Plus Abby’s encounter with another Dave is pretty good too! My only problem is that I find Juliet’s books unputdownable so I read them quickly and have to wait for her next book!

This would be a lovely story to read on Christmas afternoon to celebrate your relatives past and plaster a smile on your face before the next food feast!

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