Book Review: Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson



You’ve seen Mark Darcy in the reindeer jumper his mother gave him, now meet Marco Cavelli in this season’s Christmas knit!

For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it.

But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner.

Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie.

Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper?


Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper (love this title) is a brilliant and quick read. Last month I attended a few events in London and this book kept me perfect company on the train journeys.

This novel is a fantastic mix of dry humour, heart-melting moments and a wonderful Christmas setting. I was already familiar with some of the characters from Cold Feet at Christmas – Debbie Johnson’s previous Christmas novel and very much enjoyed re-visiting them. However, the main focus this time round is on Maggie and Marco – two characters who bounce off each other wonderfully and make for such an inviting and entertaining reading experience.

I very much enjoy Debbie’s writing. Her characters are believable and likeable. I am also a huge fan of her humorous approach. Not every author is able to pull this off as easily as Debbie does.  

A huge thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with a copy of this book. 




1 Comment

  1. August 20, 2016 / 10:40 am

    You’re right, this book has an awesome title. Sounds like it would make a good Christmas present for my daughter. Jeez, I’ve crossed a present off my Christmas list already!!!! Thank you 🙂

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