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Make You Mine This Christmas by Lizzie Huxley-Jones - Review

Saturday, January 7, 2023

I follow Lizzie on Twitter and was so intrigued by their new romantic novel which is set at Christmas. So I requested it on Netgalley and was so thrilled to have it granted. Make You Mine This Christmas was published by Hodder & Stoughton on the 13th of October 2022. I was provided with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes but was not otherwise compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I'm not usually much of a rom com fan but I loved the disaster queers nature of this book after I'd read Lizzie talking about it on Twitter. I saved it for just a couple of weeks before Christmas and it was so cosy and cute. I loved it! 

So, the hero of the story is Haf. She has had a difficult year, including a move to York and a new career. She lives with Ambrose, who is a bit of an influencer and is non-binary. Ambrose is off to their family for Christmas, but due to a mix up with Haf's parents she will be alone. She agrees to go to a party with Ambrose (they totally crash it) and while there she meets Christopher. They are outside in the garden under some mistletoe and end up kissing, when they're interrupted by Lauren, who happens to be Christopher's ex girlfriend. She's got her new boyfriend with her, who is insufferable, and the two of them end up assuming that Haf and Christopher are together. The two of them kind of go along with it, and then Lauren says she'll love to see Haf in Oxlea for Christmas with Christopher's family.

Then Haf and Christopher chat and sort of decide it would be good to have Haf alongside Christopher at the family home, because then his parents won't get on to him and stuff. Haf has nothing better to do, so she agrees to her. They arrange to meet in London. Haf travels down by herself, and is at St Pancras station in the bookshop when she has a meet cute with a very beautiful girl. This girl is disabled and they bond over the book Carol, which Haf buys. The bookseller notices how cute they are but they both have to get their trains, so nothing else comes of it.

Haf and Christopher arrive in Oxlea and Haf is surprised by how rich the family is and how huge the house is. Then of course the twist - the meet cute girl is Christopher's sister, Kit! It's all awkward and many, many shenanigans ensue. This book is so daft, with so many funny bits happening. I loved the stuff at the local fair, and I loved the stuff with the black tie ball and Lauren. The ending is so happy, despite everything that happens before it. I really liked this cute, fluffy book. I loved Kit, she was such a good love interest. I liked Christopher, who learns to stand up to his family and who is really well rounded. And I really liked Haf, who is heavily coded as autistic (something which the author mentions at the end). She is excellent. 

I'm giving this four out of five and am so glad I read it! 

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