It Won’t be Christmas Without You
Eloise, a self-confessed Christmas obsessive, can’t wait for the big day. Devoted to her Michael Bublé playlist, she’s organising the school nativity play and even her gorgeous Grinch of a neighbour, James, can’t get her down.
Her workaholic twin sister, Cara, on the other hand, plans to work over the...more
Wow do I regret it!!!
This is such an amateur style of story. The writing is so bland. So perfunctory. And utterly without charm or emotion. One of the poorest offerings I've read in recent times.
The main characters... Identikit.
This book was written in alternating chapters that related the third person perspective of two sisters... But there ...more
I have never read (and haven't seen the movie) "The Kissing Booth" but this novel comes from the author of that novel. Also, from what I have read, this is the author's debut into Adult fiction compared to her previous Young Adult works.
For me, this novel read as an average and quick Christmas read. There wasn't anything that made the story more than that and it will easily be forgotten. Although that sounds rather harsh, it's not necessarily a bad thing because the novel did serve its ...more
And this was cute. I don't think the fact that it's not Christmas impacted my reading at all, because it set the scene well - the Christmas clothing, decorations, crazy weather and the manic of public transport!
The dual perspectives worked really well. At the start, I was a bit confused on whose point of view it was (it seemed like a third person strict ...more
I do love a fast to read book, and when it contains a story as delightful as this one you are onto a winner.
The main question in this book is whether or not Eloise and twin sister Cara will actually be together on Christmas day. We see the ...more
The writing isn't bad - reminds me a little of Sophie Kinsella in terms of drama. Just couldn't really appreciate the characters.
I was excited because the characters were early twenties but for me it didn't really show what it actually feels like.
I couldn't believe it when I was approved for an ARC of Beth Reekles' new book. An excited dance party in my living room followed the NetGalley notification.
This novel is an adult romance set around Christmas time, following dual perspectives from Eloise and Cara, a set of twins living apart post-graduation in the cities of Doncaster and London. Their parents are going on holiday for Christmas, so it's up to the twins to spend the day together and hold ...more
However, I just did not really connect with these characters and for much of the story they felt a little flat to me. I'm not sure if it was because it was from dual perspectives, but I just wanted all of ...more
Cara and Eloise are twins, living in London and Doncaster. As their parents have decided to go on holiday for Christmas, it's up to them to spend the day together, following all the traditions. But while Eloise, a primary school teacher, is obsessed with Christmas and can't wait for her sister to come and spend time with her, Cara on the other hand is a workaholic who can hardly find time to meet with her boyfriend, let alone visit her family home for a one day only.
I got into this book ...more
At first, it was a little jarring because there are switching point of views, but they aren't announced - they kind of just switch. But once I got past that, I really ...more
Christmas is my second favorite holiday after Halloween. It should be - my birthday is Christmas Eve. So I know how important it is to be surrounded by loved ones for Christmas. So I can see why it is that Eloise is so disappointed when it seems that Christmas might not include her twin sister.
The writing ...more
Her workaholic twin sister, Cara, on the other hand, plans to work over the holiday. The sisters used to be close but since Cara moved to London, everything’s been different.
Eloise isn’t giving up just yet. With James’s help and a white Christmas on ...more
Cara, on the other hand, is a raging workaholic who can hardly find time for her boyfriend, let alone a visit home for the holidays. The sisters used to be close before Cara moved to London for her dream job, but their ...more
This year Eloise’s world ...more
Eloise is obsessed with Christmas and her twin sister Cara is obsessed with work. They also are both in transition in their love lives. Cara just started dating. But can this new man compete with her overbooked work schedule? Eloise is struggling with her first Christmas after a big breakup. Can she keep up her cheery spirit despite the loss? And who is that handsome man in the apartment across the hall? Overall, this book is about the sister’s relationship and how ...more
From the realities of having a sister, particularly a twin (I have imagined and had many similar feelings as our two main characters Cara and Eloise) to the enchantment of blossoming romance at the most wonderful time of the year, I enjoyed the escape from my own life and championed ...more
Cara and Eloise are twin sisters who have always loved Christmas. However, since Cara has moved to London she has become engrossed in her work and is putting Christmas (and her sister) on the back burner. What ensues is a story of family, love, and Christmas spirit.
As per usual, I vaguely remembered the synopsis of It Won’t Be ...more
It's a really quick read, a light hearted story if a tad predictable, it's also very heart warming and a great Christmas read.
We see from both points of view of the characters.
Cara and Eloise are twin sisters and are both very different.
Cara is a career driven workaholic who is going for a promotion, she's very work obsessed. Cara is completely different to her sister as she is very outgoing and very confident.
Eloise is a teacher. She is a very shy ...more
Christmas is my all time favorite holiday precisely for the Christmas themed films, music, and books. I was overjoyed to receive this ARC centered around my favorite time of the year but I am sorry to say that it really fell short.
Like any proper Christmas romance, the book is full of holiday cliche that I found completely heartwarming. The story was enjoyable, fun, ...more
IT WON’T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU brings us the story of twin sisters Eloise and Cara who are total opposites in personality. Each has differing tensions both personal and work-related this holiday season as we follow them through the days leading up to Christmas. I read Christmas Romance for the season and the love stories combining my favorite season and reading choices. I simply didn’t feel the magic of Christmas here. I did feel a lot of tensions that felt, to me, ...more
Eloise is obsessed with trying to create a perfect Christmas whereas Cara is obsessed with trying to secure promotion at work. Both sisters have difficulties in the love lives - something they should bond over.
Will Cara and Eloise put aside their differences for the Yuletide season? Will Eloise achieve anything close to resembling her perfect Christmas? Can Cara enjoy Christmas ...more
I found all of the characters to be likeable and relatable. I did find myself liking Eloise more, she is just like me so it was so nice to read a character so similar to yourself. Cara was frustrating at times with how hard she works but I did understand why at ...more
This is a story all about twin sisters finding love, success and happiness during the Christmas season. I enjoyed the dynamic of the two sisters. I absolutely loved their love interests as well; such sweetness!
I definitely related more to Eloise, personality wise, and sometimes found some of Cara’s chapters hard to get through because of the way she treats Eloise. But they ...more
I read pretty much every Christmas chick lit book available, and I will be honest- this is one of my favourites of all time! Reekles perfectly balances the family relationships between Eloise and Cara and their parents with the romantic relationships. She skilfully builds multiple plots, and weaves them together. And the biggest asset? It is truly a Christmas novel! Christmas is a character in the book, and the setting ...more
Christmas is approaching and Eloise wants nothing more than to spend it with her family, but will the snow storm stop all that? When she ameks friends with neighbour Jamie will it lead to more?
Cara works too, determined to get a promotion. She is also worried that her new boyfriend is keeping secrets from her - will she confront him and get the answers she needs? ...more
Fast pace narrative and lots of pop culture references which make it an enjoyable reading. If you are looking for a Christmassy book… you should read “It won’t be Christmas without you”; perfect for the holiday season!
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