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Book Review – One Kiss Before Christmas by Emma Jackson

Grab a hot chocolate,  put the fire on, add a scented candle and settle down to read this, this Christmas. You wont be disappointed. I’m very glad to have been part of the blog tour.


A gorgeously romantic festive read from the author of A Mistletoe Miracle, guaranteed to warm your heart this Christmas!

Could it be the start of her happy ever after?

Ashleigh could use a little Christmas magic. She’s still living in Brighton with her Nan — who could give the Grinch lessons in how to be miserable — her acting career has been reduced to playing one of Santa’s elves, and not even the prospect of a friend’s winter wedding can cheer her up…

That is until Olivier, the gorgeous French chef, reappears in her life. Or more accurately, next door.

When they were teenagers, Olivier would spend every other Christmas with his mother, who just happens to be Ash’s neighbour and owner of the best chocolate shop in England. 

If anyone can bring a little sparkle back to Ash’s life, it’sOlivier. All she needs is one kiss before Christmas…

Feel-good and festive, this is the perfect romance to curl up with this winter!

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My Review

I enjoyed reading this romantic, feel good, Christmas book, filled with humour and lots of cosy moments. I was squealing into my hot chocolate curled up, with my Yankee candy cane candle on. It really got me in the festive mood. This was a will they wont they romance – which I just love. I love a slow burn – the anticipation of what is going to happen and was routing for them from the onset.

 Ashleigh was a bit lost, working as an elf, living with her nan and obeying by her rules. She was sweet and found it hard to let people in. Even with a few lovely friends,  she was definitely missing something extra in her life.  When Olivier her teenager friend comes back from Paris, who happens to be her next door neighbour, he would definitely life her spirits. Going through his own issues, he could also use a friend and some cheer in his life. Didn’t he sound just as delicious as his cooking, hehe! I loved their easy friendship and how comfortable they were with each other. 

Set in Brighton, which gave it a great setting and many pretty scenes.  I wont give any spoilers away, but will just touch on the basics. The Christmas market – it sounded fun and exactly what I am missing right now. The sea front  – I loved how Ashleigh just let go and had fun. Beth’s wedding – the romance of it. But my most favourite scene was the sea life centre.  It was just written perfectly, it fitted well and was just very lovely. I had all the feels reading this. It reminded me a bit like the fish tank scene in Romeo and Juliet.

This wasn’t just a book based on romance it also included family issues, being unhappy with the past and opening up to tell the people close to you how you really feel. I enjoyed this part of the story as it added another element to the story.

As well as Ashleigh and Olivier there was the wonderful Romesh, who was just a darling. I want him as a best friend. I loved how he had Ashleigh’s back all the time. They had such a sweet loving friendship. He was full of mischief, so much fun and could give Cilla Black a run for her money. He did make me laugh. Even if he was going through hard issues too.

Ashleigh’s nan was likeable even if she was a Grinch.  She meant well, with a strong personality, no wonder Ashleigh spoke her mind. I could literally picture her as that sweet little old lady, who says it how it is, sitting by her window watching the street go by.   

I do love a Christmas book and in my opinion its never too early to read them. After all what brings you joy, you should do more off and this book did just that. I have about 12 Christmas books on my list after this one. I just love the magical time of year and love reading about people taking risks more then they usually would to make themselves happy.

Author Bio – Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her latest romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, was released in June 2020.

Emma also writes historical and fantasy fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE was published by DarkStrokein February 2020.

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