A beautiful, uplifting holiday story from bestselling author Juliet Madison about a lonely writer, her grandmother’s ghost, a road trip, and twelve different Daves.
Abby Solomon may write happy-ever-afters for a living, but doesn’t believe she’ll have her own. But then a surprise visit from her grandmother’s ghost sets her off on a journey she’ll never forget.
Grandma Charlotte wants to find her first love, Dave, who she mistakenly thought had died in World War II. A quick trawl through the Yellow Pages yields a list of twelve possibilities, and Abby and Charlotte set off on a Christmas road trip — twelve Daves over twelve days along the sun-drenched east coast of Australia.
With just over a week to make the meeting happen, Abby has to meet a dozen Daves — some sweet, some quirky, some downright dangerous — while trying to honour her book deadline and enduring the awkward challenges of having a ghost as a travelling companion.
But when she comes across a young doctor who looks like the hero in one of her novels, Abby has the chance to discover that true love transcends time and space, and that happy endings aren’t only to be found between the pages of a book.
*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve been a HUGE fan of Juliet Madison ever since I read her brilliant ‘Fast Forward’ and have read all of her books she’s published so far. Knowing Juliet writes the warmest romance stories with a bit of magic too, I had high expectations for her latest novella ’12 Daves of Christmas’. I must say I totally love the title of this book and I started reading it immediately after downloading from NetGalley.
Abby Solomon is a romance writer, but lately seems she’s lost her writing mojo. She has a deadline for a book and is under great pressure. But once her late grandma Charlotte pays her a visit, thing will start getting crazy for Abby. Her grandma’s wish is to find Dave, the man she loved before getting married during WW II. She hasn’t heard anything about him since the day he left, but he promised her he’d be back and will love her forever. Of course, Abby can’t turn down her late beloved grandma Charlotte (though she’s reconsidering her senses for seeing and talking to a ghost). Despite her busy schedule and the new book deadline, she takes of on this venture searching for Dave, however as you’d assume thing won’t be easy.
She’ll encounter so many Daves, rather interesting ones, learning some valuable lessons along from each one of them. But will she find THE ONE?
Oh this was such a delightful read. Some of these Daves were just hilarious. What I love the most about Juliet’s books is the fact she includes just the right dose of humor and magic into her books, making you believe anything is possible. I wasn’t a huge fan of Abby, but must say I was completely mesmerized by grandma Charlotte, who reminded me so much of my grandma. Her and Dave’s love story even brought tears to my eyes, and with each new Dave introduced I was anxious to see if he’ll be the right.
However, despite being really cute, fun and heartwarming, some chapters felt too short while others too long. Honestly, I didn’t like that, but if this was a regular length novel I’m sure Juliet would work on it. It felt weird, she payed too much attention to certain Daves, and then too little to others. But still, it’s a great, enjoyable read perfect to read this time of year. It’s not too festive, however it speaks about the importance of family and love and takes place around Christmas, which is enough Christmassy to me.
This is certainly a delightful read you won’t be able to put down.
My rating: 7/10