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REVIEW: Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley


She doesn't need rescuing, she only needs a change of scenery...
After a disastrous discovery loses Emma Tremayne both her boyfriend and her high-profile PR job in London, she moves to the Lake District to recover her confidence and live a simpler life. She loves her new job with the tourist board, and she's settling into small town life just fine-until she ends up responsible for a fundraising effort that calls for twelve naked mountain rescuers...

About the Author

Phillipa Ashley studied English Language and Literature at Oxford before becoming a freelance copywriter and journalist. A frequent guest on BBC national, local and independent radio on all matters romantic, she lives with her husband and daughter in Staffordshire, UK.


  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402241429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402241420


There is such a desolate wasteland for a good Chick Lit book this time of the year, that the timing on this release couldn't have been better.  I didn't realize that this book was the inspiration for a Lifetime movie (The Twelve Men of Christmas) until I started to write this review.  I kept thinking that this story would make an excellent movie and some one beat me to it!  Now, I will have to go track down a copy.  It stars Kristin Chenoweth as EJ (Emma) and is set in NYC, but I think the main plot points are all there from the description I read on line.

Emma is out of sorts after her boyfriend betrays her and her boss fires her.  She moves out of London to the rural Lake District in England for a new position as a public relations consultant for the tourism board in the middle of nowhere.  The local area has a mountain rescue team that desperately needs a new base camp and Emma decides that the volunteers would make excellent calendar subjects for a fund raiser.  Will Tennent, a member of the rescue team is set against this idea, but finally caves in and goes along.  Of course, Will is gruff, unfriendly and set in his ways, but comes around to Emma in more ways than one. 

There is wonderful quick and smart dialog, some well placed action and it was a quick read for me.  If you like Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell, or Hester Brown, you will love this author as well.


    1. Sounds like a fabulous read! I'm adding it to my TBR list. I visited the Lake District a few years ago and would love to read a story set there. :)

    2. I am giving away my copy for the Midwinter Hop!

    3. Thanks for reading my book and I am delighted you loved it! We got home last night to find our home had been burgled and ransacked and this had brought a smile to my face this morning.

    4. I loved this book, too! Smart, witty, fast-paced and sexy!

    5. Hello - I just realised that 12 Men of Christmas is on Lifetime *today*. Would love to know what you think...

    6. Seems like a great holiday read! I love the cover too. "Desolate wasteland for chick lit" have such a great turn of phrase!

    7. This one is on my wish list! Thanks for sharing, Mary....

    8. @Phillipa -- I am so sorry about your house...that is horrible. This is one time that being late with review worked in my favor!

      The title for the movie is 12 Men of Christmas -- if you have Video on Demand, it is available this week! It is on at 7pm tonight!

      At least my Chick Lit books are starting to be spaced out more. It used to be that I could only find new ones in Spring.


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