Warning: The following review and/or blurb may contain or does contain spoilers for previous books in the series.

Author: Michele Gorman
 Single in the City #3
Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 120
Published: September 2012
Source: Review copy from author
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First Sentence
This wasn’t your normal proposal.

“What if his proposal had an expiration date?”

Hannah’s in a bit of a pickle. In twelve days she flies from Hong Kong to the US with Sam, where he’s finally going to meet her parents… and ask to marry her.

Since overcoming a rather rocky patch in their relationship (which was totally his fault), he really is a new man, and they’re completely in love. The problem is, she feels panicky every time she contemplates matrimony. Which is perfectly normal, isn’t it? Isn’t it?! She has no idea but she’s got to find out before he pops the question… because she’s not 100% sure she’s going to say yes. Which will make for a very uncomfortable family holiday. He’s got to ask her before they go. So Operation Proposal begins.

As time ticks down to their flight, Hannah realizes that her own secrets are threatening their future. Before she can be happy with Sam, she’s got a lot to learn about herself in the twelve days to Christmas.


Well now. I wasn’t expecting that. At the end of Misfortune Cookie we saw Hannah make a break from Sam who was just too hurtful to her. Yes! That was a great thing! I was so happy to see her liberate herself but then between then and The Twelve Days to Christmas, I don’t know how this happened, but suddenly Sam is going with her to meet her parents and she is positive that he’s going to propose but wants to be sure before he asks her dad’s permission so proceeds to try to convince him in various hilarious ways (the trip to the Chinese sex shop was my personal favourite) to propose beforehand so that she knows how she will react and not waste a journey.

It’s a very quick read being a novella at only 120 pages long and features a strongly happy ending which every Christmas book needs. I enjoyed reading it a lot and felt the rewritten ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ lines at the start of each chapter really added to it. Not only do they provide a festive feel that I wasn’t sure I felt with the main story, but they made me giggle.

I am quite sad that there won’t be any more books in the Single in the City series but I am glad that we saw more of Hannah than just what we saw in Single in the City. There are too many chick lit standalones that leave me longing for more so thank you to Michele for that! And The Twelve Days to Christmas progressed and wrapped up Hannah’s story fantastically well.

The Twelve Days to Christmas can be read without having read the first two in the series, in fact if you look towards the end of the post I have linked a review from somebody who has done this, but I honestly think that this series is best as a whole and you’ll enjoy it much more if you’ve read all of Hannah’s expatriate adventures.

If you have enjoyed Michele’s books or would like to purchase them as a gift for somebody, she is more than happy to inscribe with Kindlegraph or a signed bookplate. Go here if you’re interested.

Other reviews of The Twelve Days to Christmas can be found on Tifferz Book Review, who hasn’t read the rest of the series, and Book Binge.

The Single in the City series:

1. Single in the City
2. Misfortune Cookie
3. The Twelve Days to Christmas