Abby Solomon may write happy-ever-afters for a living, but doesn’t believe she’ll have her own. But then a surprise visit from her grandmother’s ghost sets her off on a journey she’ll never forget.
Grandma Charlotte wants to find her first love, Dave, who she mistakenly thought had died in World War II. A quick trawl through the Yellow Pages yields a list of twelve possibilities, and Abby and Charlotte set off on a Christmas road trip — twelve Daves over twelve days along the sun-drenched east coast of Australia.
With just over a week to make the meeting happen, Abby has to meet a dozen Daves — some sweet, some quirky, some downright dangerous — while trying to honour her book deadline and enduring the awkward challenges of having a ghost as a travelling companion.
But when she comes across a young doctor who looks like the hero in one of her novels, Abby has the chance to discover that true love transcends time and space, and that happy endings aren’t only to be found between the pages of a book.
Normally, I'm not into Christmas novels, but will sometimes make an exception if a favorite author writes one. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read 12 Daves of Christmas, as it was a delightful story from beginning to end. At a little over 60 pages, it's a quick read; perfect to fit in between all the holiday preparations. And since it's light and humorous, it's even easier to breeze through as it never drags. It didn't really carry a Christmas feel other than some song references and one scene involving Santa Claus. The main point of the story was for Abby to help her deceased grandmother find a loved one. Along the way, readers can pick up some important advice about love and living life to its fullest. Ironically enough, I liked the "realistic" aspect of a ghost not being able to touch things. I thoroughly enjoyed 12 Daves of Christmas from beginning to end and laughed out loud a bunch of times (or just sat there with a goofy grin on my face)! As for casting (which I know Juliet also loves doing), I'd suggest Betty White as Grandma Charlotte's ghost, Dave (!!!) Franco as McHotty, and if I want to go authentically Australian for Abby, I'd pick Eliza Taylor. Otherwise, Candice Accola would be good in the role. I could definitely see it as a cute, romantic, made-for-TV holiday movie.
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