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25 Days 'Til Christmas

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  24 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
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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    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
    Sep 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019
    When is it acceptable to start reading Christmas books?!!🎄❄

    Many thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for the digital review copy in exchange for an honest review.
    Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Emma Crowley
    Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Oh Poppy Alexander what a gorgeous book you have written and one that will very much touch every reader who takes the opportunity to read this wonderful story. 25 Days 'til Christmas is full of Christmas spirit, charm and fun but above all else it has such an important message that will affect you deeply and remind you of the true meaning of Christmas. A meaning that can be very much forgotten at this time of year amidst the mad rush to get everything prepared and all the presents and extras bou ...more
    Noemi Proietti
    Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for 25 DAYS 'TIL CHRISTMAS. This is another Christmas novel that I really enjoyed this year (I have lost count of how many I have already read so far, and they are all really good!). 25 DAYS 'TIL CHRISTMAS is romantic, heart-warming, and completely captivating. It is a story of love, friendship, and family with likable and entertaining characters and an evocative atmosphere.

    Kate and Daniel don’t know each other but they meet every year during the Christmas per
    Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
    Although Certainly a beautifully written Christmas story that is warm and uplifting, there is an overarching theme that is realistic, dark and gritty.

    The story is wonderfully done, and I loved that each chapter is titled with an ongoing countdown of days until Christmas, it made it somehow more realistic, more believable. So much happens in the run up to Christmas, and everybody knows how stressful this time can be for anybody, even when you’re organised and things are going great.

    For Kate, this
    Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received an early preview copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review
    I had not heard of this author before, but I love Christmas books, so I wanted to read it, I'm glad that I did, it is a brilliant book.
    Kate hates Christmas, since her husband was killed. He was a soldier in active duty, who never returned home. A few years kater, her young Son is beginning to realise what Christmas is about. Kate is determined to give him a happy Christmas, but she has no idea how to go ab
    Claire Mc Partlin
    This wasn't what I initially thought it would be, I thought it would be a light Christmas story, but it had much more depth to it and was such a lovely book.

    Kate and her six year old son Jack are living in a tiny flat above a launderette and whilst Kate does have a job in a department store every day is a struggle money-wise for her. Her husband was in the army but was killed a few years ago and, whilst he did have a pension, the money from that goes to keep his grandmother, who raised him, in a
    Ruth Parker
    Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Oh wow, I loved this book with a passion. I have literally devoured it over night. I feel like this will be a book I go back to during Christmas, I enjoyed it so much. I used to live in Bristol, so the familiar setting was comforting to me and well portrayed.

    Usually Christmas books are a bit fluffy and light, but this book dealt with gritty hard hitting issues and at times I found myself trying to think of ways I could help Kate and Jack. I wanted to buy them one of the Christmas tree decoratio
    Stacy Walton
    Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    25 Days 'till Christmas took me on a rollercoaster of emotions and I'm still reeling from my journey. This book addressed so many difficult themes head on in such a delicate and tasteful manner. The balance between the dark and light aspects to the story were pitch perfect meaning the book never took on a morose feel, even if some issues were difficult to take in.

    Kate was a wonderful character, her fierce protection towards Jack was heart melting. Quietly observing her work out every last penny
    Charlotte (Escapades of a Bookworm)
    With less than 25 Days ’til Christmas, I think that it is high time that I reviewed this book.

    This was an incredible read that had me hooked. At first I thought that this was a light, fluffy read. But while it was filled with the magic and expectation of Christmas, there were some deeper threads running throughout.

    Kate is not a great fan of Christmas, ever since her husband passed away and she is left to raise their young son on her own. This has meant that the last four years of Christmas hasn’
    Patricia Solla
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    25 DAYS 'TIL CHRISTMAS by Poppy Alexander is a contemporary British tale set in London. The author first introduces the reader to Daniel and Kate before beginning the countdown to Christmas. These two main characters are the moving force behind the storyline. Daniel is mourning the death of his sister and Kate is a widow struggling to keep her head above water raising her young son. As the countdown begins Kate is struggling to keep her job, support her son as he struggles in school and tries to ...more
    Emma Puttock
    Heart warming Christmas magic

    Lovely well written story, the plot flowed nicely and the characters were lovable as well as relatable. The author depicted hardships and explained the often nightmarish journeys families go through. I gave this story three stars as I Very much enjoyed reading it with a cup of tea and a mince pie.
    Deborah Morgan
    I found the characters to be a little awkward which I always do with British writers. Not a light-hearted romance that the title seems to indicate, but one very open about problems real people might experience.
    Julie Williams
    Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    I do love a Christmas romance so when this one came along I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

    Kate Thompson is facing another lonely Christmas as her army husband Tom was killed suddenly four years ago. But Kate is a fighter so decides this year to incorporate an Advent calendar with a difference which will force her to overcome her sadness for the sake of her beloved young son Jack. Kate certainly has some uphill struggles ahead to deal with, as she is not only financially unstable with only a lo
    Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4.5 stars
    Rosalyn Dunsford
    This was a great read. Loved the characters and the story. Fun read.
    Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    It was OK nice, sweet...
    Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I absolutely adored this book! It’s sweet and heartfelt as well as annoying and upsetting. The perfect combination of gritty reality and Christmas hope.
    Karen Huxtable
    Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    25 days til Christmas Poppy Alexander

    Kate Thompson used to love Christmas. But that was before her husband went away with the army and didn't come home. Now she can hardly stand the festive season.

    But Kate knows there is more to life than this, and her son Jack needs a Christmas to remember. What she needs is a Christmas miracle, and if there isn't one on its way, she'll just have to make her own.

    So begins Kate's advent countdown to the best Christmas ever. She has it all planned out, but you c
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