Review :: It Won't be Christmas Without You :: Beth Reekles

November 06, 2019

This week's Christmassy NetGalley-athon book is It Won't be Christmas Without You by Beth Reekles. Here's the synopsis (from Goodreads)...

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 holiday – and figure out what secrets her seemingly-perfect boyfriend George might be keeping from her.
The sisters used to be close but since Cara moved to London, everything’s been different. Only, Eloise isn’t giving up just yet, and with a white Christmas on the cards, Cara can’t fail to be moved by the magic of the season … can she?

Ok, it's only the first week of November, but I have contender for my favourite Christmas read of the year. This was such a lovely and festive story!

I have to admit I have a particular soft spot for Christmas books with a UK setting, and this one was done so perfectly - the little references to places (and foods!) really made it feel like England to me.
I also really enjoyed all of the references to Christmassy pop culture - especially the Christmas movie references.

I loved that the focus was as much on the family relationships as on Eloise and Cara's respective romances. The whole family dynamic was very sweet - although we don't see a whole lot of them throughout the book the parents reminded me a bit of the parents in Gavin and Stacey.

Another thing I really liked about It Won't be Christmas Without You was that it is pretty short. I know that might sound a bit weird, but when it comes to these sweet, cosy, Christmassy books I do like something that I can read in just a sitting or two.

I was interested to see the author, Beth Reekles, also wrote The Kissing Booth, which was adapted to a movie by Netflix. I really enjoyed the writing, and now I'm keen to check out her backlist.

Overall, I thought this was quite delightful, and I'd definitely recommend it if you're after a quick, cute festive read!

xo Bron

It Won't be Christmas Without You by Beth Reekles
Out now from Harper Collins
Source: Free ebook from Harper Collins via NetGalley

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  1. Ahh, I'm so glad you liked it, Bron! I love a good, quick read like that, too.
    I think I'd love to experience an England Christmas!!
    I'm also glad this one was better than your first read of the season.