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What if you had a second chance with the one who got away?

‘Prepare to fall in love with this beautiful book’ HELLO!
‘Uplifting, funny and magical’ Adele Parks, Platinum
‘Oh, it’s wonderful. I cried so much!’ Polly Crosby


Ben’s always loved December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. So when he runs into his old friend Alice – the one that got away – Ben can’t help but wonder what would have happened if he’d done things differently all those years ago.

He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.

Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?

Two loves. Two lives. One destiny…


‘Absolutely GORGEOUS. Achingly romantic, I loved every page’
Miranda Dickinson

‘Perfect for snuggling up with on the sofa’

‘Tender and funny’
Woman’s Weekly

‘A powerful love story’

‘What a wonderful book, it totally captured my heart!

‘Has every emotion possible…a gorgeous, gorgeous book, I adored it’

’Funny, warm, charming, sad, profound and joyous. This moving and beautiful book is a must-read!’

‘I was utterly emotionally invested. I sad-cried, I happy-cried, I know which book I’ll be gifting to all my friends.’

‘I fell instantly in love.’

A magical five-star read. If you’ve ever had a ‘what-if’ moment, this story is for you.’

‘I just adored this book! It is such a lovely read.’

‘I loved this, and wanted to follow the lives of Ben and Daphne forever.’

‘What an absolute pleasure to read. If you like Cecelia Ahern and Jojo Moyes you will love this.’

All the feels! I want to re-read it all again.’

‘Get a blanket and a cup of tea ready; you’re in for a treat!

Critics Review

  • ‘Magical and beautiful.’ Josie Silver, author of One Day in December

    ‘An insightful, nuanced look at modern relationships, I LOVED it. A Christmas Carol meets Love Actually.’ Holly Bourne, author of Pretending

    ‘Has all of the feels – the messy complexities of family and friends, the power of love and a sprinkling of magic. Gorgeous.’ Clare Pooley, author of The Authenticity Project

    ‘I loved it so much. Brilliant, lovable characters. So sharp, funny and poignant.’ Rachel Winters, author of Would Like to Meet

    ‘A heart-warming and surprisingly feminist Christmas Carol-esque novel of “what if” and “who am I” – this really left an impression on me. The best novel of the festive season!’ Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop

    ‘An outstanding story about regrets, self-reflection and love. Fantastic to have such a warm, genuine male voice in this genre. It’s a sure hit for 2020 – LOVED IT!’ Roxie Cooper, author of The Day We Met

    ‘A warm, cosy delight. It’s SO honest, funny and sad. Most of all it is full of hope. It tugged at ALL of my heartstrings, and I loved it to bits.’ Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Cornish Cream Tea Bus

    ‘A magical, compelling and thought-provoking story, full of depth and heart. The perfect holiday read.’ C.J. Skuse, author of Sweetpea

    ‘Clever, funny and romantic. I hope the Netflix adaptation comes swiftly after.’ Melinda Salisbury, author of The Song of Sorrow

    ‘Funny, warm and touching, perfect for Me Before You fans.’ Suzy K Quinn, author of The Bad Mother’s Diary

    ‘Oh my gosh, it’s wonderful! I cried so much!’ Polly Crosby, author of The Illustrated Child

    ‘Romantic and gloriously life-affirming.’ Rachel Marks, author of Saturdays at Noon

    ‘So captivating I couldn’t put it down.’ Emma Cooper, author of If I Could Say Goodbye

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