Book Review: One Perfect Christmas and Other Stories

Finally got to read this at last!


One year after movie star Joseph Strike swept schoolteacher Alice off her feet, they are spending Christmas together in snowy Cambridge. But despite the romantic setting Alice can’t help but question whether life in the spotlight is really what she wants. Will a Christmas provide some perspective? Or will the life she’d be leaving behind be too much to lose?

In this irresistible collection, bestselling author Paige Toon reunites a much-loved cast from across her fifteen novels, including Johnny Be Good, The One We Fell In Love With and Thirteen Weddings. Fall in love with nine witty and heartfelt romantic stories, published in print for the very first time.


The first time I came across Paige Toon’s work was during Black Friday by chance in a charity shop in 2017. I remember reading the back of One Perfect Summer and thinking this book is my type of book and later realised this author was the one my friend had praised. 

In Toon’s latest collection – One Perfect Christmas and Other Stories – we get to go back and visit much loved characters. We get to either see scenes from different perspectives or extension stories which let us know how they are getting on now. Some people don’t like this style of book but I personally love getting back in touch with old characters.

It was refreshing in a memorable way getting to read about the characters from her multiple books and seeing where they are now. 

If you are a Paige Toon fan you will appreciate this book. If you have not read anything by Paige Toon before and you want a taste of her writing style this could be the book for you too.

3/5 Stars

This novel covers all the novels Paige has written / the following:

One Perfect Summer,

Johnny Be Good Series,

Chasing Daisy, 

Pictures of Lily,

The One We Fell In Love With,

The Last Piece Of My Heart,

Thirteen Weddings,

The Longest Day


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