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25 Days 'Til Christmas

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,605 ratings  ·  370 reviews
In this heartwarming, feel-good holiday novel, one woman needs to find a little inspiration in the 25 days leading up to Christmas to help her remember the magic of the season and the magic of falling in love—perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Josie Silver.

Kate Potter used to love Christmas. A few years ago, she would have been wrapping her presents in September and baki
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christmas
25 Days 'Til Christmas was nothing like what I expected. It's much more complex than any other Christmas books I've read, dealing with some tough issues like depression, death, loneliness, suicide, and learning disorders.

In this story we read about Kate and Daniel, both living in Bristol, England, who are now suffering grief after loss. Kate's husband (Tom) passed away after leaving for the army and she's left to care for their young son (Jake) with little support. Daniel lost his sister (Zoe)
Me when I picked this book up: So excited to read this cute fluffy Christmas romance!!!

Me after I finished this book: I am suffering. I am the void. I have seen the darkest things this world has to offer and then things darker still.

Basically what I’m saying here is...this book did not have to go this hard.

This was NOT a romance. This was more like...if you’re having an extremely difficult time in your life in which legitimately everything is going wrong, you can read this book in which everythi
Unlike the majority of festive fiction, Poppy Alexander's novel is not escapist fantasy or humorous fare, it is dark and gritty, an authentic picture of Britain with people feeling the cold winds of austerity, with the repercussions of the harsh economic and political climate. Set in Bristol, Kate Potter is a single mother, with a son, Jack, trying to do her best for him, living in a cold and small flat, facing desperate poverty even though she works hard. She lost her beloved soldier husband, T ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars

So, when I picked up this book, thanks to the cover, I expected the book to be light and fluffy. Clearly I didn’t read the blurb. Anyway, the novel was surprisingly emotional, mostly because of the topics that the story focused on. It’s definitely not the fluffy Christmas/holiday romance some might expect, it’s actually gritty and dark at times.

As was mentioned in the blurb, which I read just now – sigh, this book is an “ultimately feel-good” novel. But the path to that “ultimately feel
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
DNF at 50%

I seem to be in the minority here, but I couldn't finish this book. I gave it until half way but I was bored. I've read some cracking books recently, which I couldn't put down, but this was not one of them.

The main couple hadn't even spent any time together yet! It's more about Kate's relationship with her son, her job and money problems, and boy do we hear about the money problems! It also focused on Daniel's job and late sister. It's quite depressing, and not romantic in the slighte
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

I would like to start out by saying 25 Days 'Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander is not going to be for the person looking for a light, fluffy Christmas book that reads like a Hallmark movie. But if you are looking for a Christmas themed book with soul, depth, and a mix of both happy and sad then you should love it! I don't normally like the idea of reading reviews before reading the book, but I would say that is almost a necessity here, so you know exactly what to expect from it and
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book - Poppy Alexander has managed to deal with a whole host of tough issues, while surrounding it with this most magical Christmas book that for the most part is incredibly uplifting, and utterly enchanting to read.

I loved the idea of Kate making Christmas special again for her and Jack by doing one Christmassy thing a day for the whole of December, and it doubling up as a low cost advent calendar. For as a single mum, Kate is struggling big time with finances and with the whol
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Holiday Novel | Chick Lit

I must admit that I purchased a copy of this book based on the cover. It’s so cute and gives off Christmas vibes which is exactly what I was looking for- a Christmas novel. Not only that, I saw a few people posting about it on Instagram and thought that if they liked it, I would too. Thankfully, I was right!

25 Days ’Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander is a sweet novel about a single mother who is having a hard ti
Joanna Park
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
25 days in December is the perfect, heartwarming festive read which I absolutely loved reading and didn’t want to end!

The story follows Kate and Daniel as they try and prepare for the Christmas season which they are finding hard due to individual circumstances. I really enjoyed following them throughout the book with all the near misses the two of them have until they finally meet. I felt this story let’s the reader into the characters personal lives as we get a fly on the wall, intimate view of
Alice (MTB/Alice Tied The Bookish Knot)
I was on the promotional blog tour for this book!

T/W- Depression, mentions of Suicide, Grief, Harassment

This was a really good festive read, with a very local setting to me (Bristol, England). Kate and her six year old son Jack experience a lot of hardship throughout the novel but with the arrival of a mysterious man, his character was truly a heart of gold. I think we all need someone like ‘him’ in our lives. The novel itself was not only festive, but really opened my eyes to current issues su
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Are all holiday romances set in the UK? Here is another, with young war widow Kate barely making ends meet. In her crap job selling Christmas trees for a department store, she meets a man she remembers from previous years, but this year he looks alone and sad. It's a story about two people coming together who are "meant for each other" but also a story about gentrification, making it as a single mother, and elder care.

I had a copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
This was such an unexpected heart warming Christmas read!!!
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Listened to this on audio. It wasn't the romcom that I was looking for, but I still loved it.

Title: 25 Days 'Til Christmas
Series: Standalone
Author: Poppy Alexander
Release date: October 8, 2019
Cliffhanger: No

I'm not a big holiday novel reader, and I can't pinpoint what exactly tempted me to pick this one up, but I'm very glad I did. In comparison to the other Christmas themed books I've tried this one really stands out and has a completely different feel from the norm. Whereas most lean more towards fluffy and perhaps even a little cheesy, 25 Days 'Till Christmas was much m
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I picked up 25 Days 'Til Christmas last week when the quarantine life (for those who read this a few months from now during Christmas, yes COVID-19 quarantine) became too much for me and I was finding myself in a cycle of anxiety and worry. I have tons of books I need to read, more ARCs than I know what to do with, but a Christmas book just sounded like the right thing to read and, well, I hadn't read this one yet. While I was seeking a story of Ch
A dark, stark and emotional Christmas story, but nonetheless, extremely fascinating. This book was always going to be a winner for me with it's Christmas-themed synopsis that sounded a little different from the other books in the genre.

'25 Days 'til Christmas' by Poppy Alexander made perfect reading for me as someone who enjoys the odd Christmas novel. Single mother, Kate Potter, is trying to do right by her son, Jack. She is living on the breadline, even though she has a job selling Christmas t
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
25 Days in December by Poppy Alexander is such a wonderful feelgood story. It gave me all the best heart-warming vibes but it had so much more going on.
Kate has been bringing up her young son by herself for four years now since the tragic death of her soldier husband, Tom. She's struggled as a single parent, juggling work with school times and trying to balance the bills. She's also still finding herself living in a fug of despair since her sadness began. At this time of year Kate tries her best
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Kate Thompson hates Christmas, since her husband was killed four years ago during his service abroad as a soldier. However, her son Jack is desperate to have a lovely Christmas, with a tree and presents. Kate, struggling financially and emotionally, doesn't know what to do and how to do this. She's stuck at a low paid job, now she must also sell Christmas trees dressed as an elf and freezing and is not sure what the future is going to bring. Her friend comes up with an idea of doing a special ad
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Poppy Alexander has created a Christmas tale reminiscent of It's A Wonderful Life in this heart-rending story of grief, struggle, hope, and grit.

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Kate Thompson is a war widow that is struggling with some heavy issues (grief, poverty, elder care, workplace concerns, and her son's school issues). Can she find some purpose and hope in the 25 days leading up to Christmas in order to turn her life around?

My Thoughts... 2.5 stars
Unpopular opinion and full-out honesty aler
It’s a misconception that everyone is happy at Christmas. If you are struggling to make ends meet as Kate Thompson is it’s anything but happy.
She is a widowed, single Mom who would like nothing better than to make his a perfect Christmas for her son, Jack. Her friend, Seema, suggests an advent calendar filled with activities she can do with Jack that don’t cost money. Obviously, obstacles are thrown in her path- her son is struggling at school; she may lose her job- The stress keeps building.

Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I listened to this one on audio and it was really easy to get into. I really enjoyed the narrator and the story was great. I thought it was going to be a fluffy Christmas book (and there’s nothing wrong with that) but it had much more depth than expected! Very enjoyable.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fluffy light read but complex, deep, and heart-wrenching for the most part. Still enjoyable for this reader.
Melanie  Brinkman
Twenty-five days 'till Christmas: Twenty-five chances for Christmas magic... right?

The holidays haven't been the same since Kate's husband,Tom, died four years ago. Kate's been struggling to provide for herself and her young son, Jack. Even as the threat of losing everything looms near, Kate is determined to make Christmas special again. As the last twenty-five days 'till Christmas count down, she sets off on a crusade to stir up as much Christmas magic as she can. But the Christmas spirits have
Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)
3.5 Stars

So I’m trying to swing fully into the Christmas spirit here by continuing to read Christmassy books, so for my third choice, I grabbed 25 Days ‘Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander. I’m sure you’ve seen this one around this season, but I noticed there is something about this book that isn’t being discussed in a way that I would, so I’m throwing in my two cents.

Kate is a struggling single mother, who lost her husband, Tom to and IED in Afghanistan. It’s been four years, and his loss is still
Heather Alderman
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was not the light, fun Christmasy book I was hoping for, but a cute story, although depressing and dark at times. Even though the happy ending was welcome for this story, it made everything a little too neat and tidy.
Laura • lauralovestoread
Went in thinking this would be a fun, cute holiday read but it got deep and a bit sad. I guess I’m on the watch for cozy happy reads when it comes to Christmas books.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Kate, a widow with a six-year-old son, is lonely and barely getting by on her meager salary. She in inundated with problems, and it seems like every day brings a new struggle. Daniel is lonely, too, having lost his sister in the past year. But getting these two people, who to the reader are meant for each other, takes a bit doing on the author’s part. This book is much more than a typical Christmas book whose only purpose is to give the reader a warm fuzzy feeling. It deals with death, suicide, ...more
Megan Collins
This is the first Christmas book I’ve ever read, and it won’t be my last; in fact, I'm thinking of adding “read a Christmas book” to my December traditions from now on. 25 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS follows widow and single mom Kate, who is still grieving the husband she lost four years ago. But this December, she’s determined to turn her life around and at least pretend to have holiday cheer, for the sake of her son, Jack. And when Kate meets Daniel, who’s grieving the loss of his sister, it seems the ...more
Jess Anne
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I have a terrible habit of judging a book by its cover. When I bought this book, I assumed it was going to be a happy Christmas book. I was surprised when I read this book that it was a lot more depressing than I realized. But, I still enjoyed reading the book.

Not everyone is happy around the holidays, and Kate is one of them. Kate is a widow and wants to have the best Christmas for her son Jack. But, she is struggling to make that happen. Thankfully, her best friend, Seema is here to help! She
Gemma Hawthorn
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poppy Alexander should be immensely proud of this book, I loved it and couldn’t but it down!
I was expecting this to be the usual Christmas story of a mum and child enjoying the festive run up. Instead we meet Kate, Jack and Daniel. Kate is recently widowed and has been left with a 6 year old son, Jack, both have their own issues and Kate is struggling both emotionally and financially to give Jack the Christmas he deserves. And then there is Daniel who is not looking forward to his first Christma
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Poppy's first book - 25 Days 'Til Christmas - has been translated into several languages.

She is generally lurking on social media so search for PoppyAlexanderBooks on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Poppy also writes as Rosie Howard.

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