Saturday, 29 October 2016

Book Review | Single by Christmas by Rosa Temple

Single by Christmas by Rosa Temple
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Source: Received from the Author (Thank You)
You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.
Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?
With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.
Rosa Temple's festive romance story- SINGLE BY CHRISTMAS starts off with Alex, the protagonist, waiting for her boyfriend in the graveyard of the church on Christmas Eve. When Charlie doesn't show up for the midnight mass, Alex's thoughts wind back to the events that lead to this situation. Amongst partying hard, helping friends and tackling issues at the office, Alex forgets to heed attention to the important person in her life and thus wrecks her peace of mind as well as the Christmas.

This book is an account of main character's life in a month; it includes Alex's naive decisions and immature attempts to take a control of what's happening in her life and how she learns from her mistakes. Alex is a good-natured, caring and loving woman, however, having a less control over drinking. She becomes heedless at handling situations and always backs off from having an honest talk with her boyfriend. What appeared as small and insignificant matters loom out as a bigger one, and she becomes guilty, regretting over her follies. Towards the end, we see Alex shaping into a sensible, sophisticated and responsible woman and finding her happiness.

SINGLE BY CHRISTMAS is definitely a character-driven story, as a major part of the book describes the protagonist's character development. Though it's narrated in simple, straightforward writing, Rosa Temple's prose has wonderfully captured the changes Alex goes through. I'm, honestly, so glad that I read this book. I could relate to her in a million ways (apart from boozing and partying, of course) and brought back the embarrassing memories of the blunders I did once. It also made the reading experience unique and special.

Charlie is a gem- too precious to lose. He is everything that Alex is not. It was good to read a story, wherein opposites attract and complete each other. Apart from Charlie, the secondary characters were also equally good and fun to be around. The whole story rings true and the characters seem so authentic. I savoured this book slowly, it wasn't a compelling read that urged me to leaf through and see what might happen; however, certainly a read that made me think and struck a chord with me. I really liked this book.

SINGLE BY CHRISTMAS is not embellished with the Christmassy settings or descriptions, yet a thought-provoking and extremely good story to read in this festive season. You will also like it, if you enjoyed We Were on A Break by Lindsey Kelk. Recommended!
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