Published: December 8, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Format: Ebook – purchased
A beautiful, uplifting holiday story from best-selling author Juliet Madison about a lonely writer, her grandmother’s ghost, a road trip, and 12 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 search 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 one of the heroes in 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.
If you are looking for a bit of a laugh and some seriously amazing writing, you need to check out 12 Daves of Christmas by Aussie Author Juliet Madison.
Abby Soloman isn’t feeling Christmas this year, which is just as well given her looming book deadline might just see her missing out on celebrating this year as it is. The recent passing of her Grandma isn’t helping her holiday spirit either. When she sat down to try and finish her next big romantic best seller a knock at the door changes her life. While the delivery of her Grandma’s old romance books may not mean much to anyone else, Abby is touched by the memories and meanings her Grandma’s books hold for her – after all she is where she is thanks to these books in the first place. But upon flipping through them she discovers a love note addressed to her Grandma and signed by Dave and that’s when things start to go a bit haywire. Dave isn’t her Grandfather. And there’s the ghost of her beloved Grandma Charlotte now standing before her in her kitchen insisting that Abby NEEDS to find the Dave from the letters. Upon some investigating, another issue arises… there are 12 potential Dave Smith’s that may or may not be the Dave that knew her Grandma and it’s looking like Abby might need to go and meet them all to suss out who the correct Dave Smith might be….
Straight out I’m just going to say that I absolutely love this novella to pieces. Never before have I read something so short that is so full of emotion, intrigue and able to make me actually laugh out loud. Juliet Madison’s is a creative genius in the way that her narrative is not only breathtaking, but that she is able to develop her cast of characters in a moving and uplifting story about true love and the lengths we go to find it, while twisting a variety of Christmas story stables to create this simple but masterful 101 page novella.
It’s a no brainer that 12 Daves of Christmas was always going to be a quirky Christmas story – I mean it’s all in the title for starters. What is perhaps a surprise however is the way that Madison has flipped a very stereotypical genre and story on its head and created a unique and fun loving story about family and first loves.
Unlike the traditional Christmas Carol where ones ‘true love’ receives a myriad of materialistic gifts over the course of the Christmas season that are meant to symbolise love, Madison’s 12 Daves of Christmas has Abby’s much loved Grandma Charlotte returning as a ghost and giving her a variety of life experiences and creative fodder through a once in a lifetime chance of finding Charlotte’s one true love. On paper this doesn’t sound like much, but for Abby it really is a chance of a lifetime as she steps outside of her comfort zones to find Dave Smith. Over the course of 12 days Abby and Ghost Charlotte visit 12 Daves to see if they can find her Dave, often meeting heartbreak as each potential Dave is crossed off the list. With Charlotte’s energetic and eccentric personality, she insists that Abby must write down something about each Dave they encounter on their little road trip. Her only rule is that each trait recorded must be something positive and different.
Juliet Madison’s sense of humour and creative prowess shines bright in this cute and hilarious novella. Whether it be about the afterlife’s bureaucratic problems, or the different personalities they encounter and the mischief Abby and Charlotte get themselves caught up in, there is something for everyone to laugh at and fall in love with. One particular highlight for me was the way Juliet Madison was able to tie her unique and quirky take on the Christmas carol and transition it alongside the original by merging the two together in a contemporary take on society and its characters. 12 Daves of Christmas is a highly enjoyable narrative that I can’t recommend enough.
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