25 Days Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander | Book Review

25 Days Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander has the sort of cover that gave me all the wrong expectations. I had figured this would be a light hearted romance about a single mom. Instead, it’s a serious read with some truly heavy moments about people who feel so real. I genuinely felt 25 Days Til Christmas embodied the season perfectly with real, actual stakes for the characters.

Poppy Alexander’s 25 Days Til Christmas follows Kate who is a widow who lives in Bristol in a tiny apartment over a laundromat with her six year old son Jack. Kate works at a retail store selling Christmas trees on an annual contract, much to her dismay. She’s absolutely in poverty. At night, she works on her side hustle, making jewelry. Unfortunately for Kate, her boss is an ass, Jack’s not doing great in school, and she’s struggling to keep it altogether.

Kate then meets Daniel, who is dealing with the grief of losing his sister, Zoe. They’re essential the two loneliest people in Bristol and their paths are about to cross. Meanwhile, Kate has decided she’s going to give Jack a magical Christmas and so comes up with a small event to do during each day of Advent leading up to Christmas. She also dives headlong into trying to figure out how to turn their lives around.

Lest you think this book is about Daniel rescuing them, it’s not. Yes, there’s some romance, but it is very secondary. Instead we see Kate’s village and how they do step in to help her. However, the primary driving force is Kate herself. And well, I think it’s a fabulous story of carrying on through adversity and coming out the other side – with the help of others -but also not being passive. I just really loved 25 Days Til Christmas and could see it being a serious sort of movie.

I genuinely felt 25 Days Til Christmas embodied the season perfectly with real, actual stakes for the characters.

On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf, How Much Christmas Spirit Does 25 Days Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander Have?

Honestly, 25 Days Til Christmas has spirit for sure. It has to with the different events Kate comes up with for Jack in their advent calendar. However, this is a book with some gravitas. There’s an aching despair that makes you really appreciate the happy moments and when all comes together for Kate. I think this book falls more on the George Bailey Christmas scale and that’s just fine with me.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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