Book Review: ‘Tis The Season To Be Single by Laura Ziepe

Tis the season to be singleAll they want for Christmas…

Rachel is in shock. She was sure that her boyfriend was about to propose – not break up with her! Even worse, it turns out he’s been cheating on her…

Grace can’t bear the thought of spending another Christmas with her lazy, unappreciative husband. Surely it’s time to shake things up a bit?

Amber knows she should be happy that her best friend Jack is getting married, but there’s a little part of her that can’t help think ‘it was always meant to be me’!

With Christmas fast approaching, surely there’s no better time to be single – yet will the three friends manage to keep their promise and ban all men until the New Year?

‘Tis The Season To Be Single focuses on Rachel, Grace and Amber. They all work together in a big department store and have grown to be very close friends. When they all suddenly find themselves single at Christmas, they make a pact to go to the annual work ball together. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned.

This book is told from the point of view of all three women. Grace has realised she’s not happy in her marriage. Rachel has recently discovered that her boyfriend hasn’t been faithful and Amber says she actually doesn’t mind being single and doesn’t want a serious relationship.

Each character has a distinct point of view and voice. They were all very likeable, flawed yet wonderful characters and it didn’t take long before I got invested in their story.

I am a sucker for a book set at Christmas but the season didn’t overwhelm the book. It simply added a touch of magic to it.

The plot was divided well between all three characters. Also, there were few twists in the story. I thought it was going to go one way and then it would go in an unexpected direction.

One of the things I love most about this time of year is that I have the opportunity to read books like this.

‘Tis The Season To Be Single is about how important friendships are, how making tough decisions can be the best thing and how people can make you feel better when you least expect it.

It’s full of love, romance, misunderstandings, friendship, humour and Christmas! I loved it.


(‘Tis The Season To Be Single is available to buy now electronically. The paperback will be released by HQ in November. Click to view on Amazon UK.) 


Laura ZiepeAbout Laura: 

Laura Ziepe is an author currently living in Essex with her husband, Terry, and two dogs. From a very young age Laura was obsessed with reading, enjoying books by Judy Blume and those in the Point horror collection. Through Laura’s passion for reading soon came her love for writing and attempting her own novels, even at the young age of eight.

English was always her strongest subject at school and after her A Levels and taking a year out, Laura decided to study professional and creative writing at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. She graduated in 2006 and worked for a media company and law firm before deciding to set up her own fashion business in 2009.

Through her business she was offered a part in The Only Way in Essex (series one), but decided the show wasn’t for her. Instead she wrote her first novel, Essex Girls, inspired by the TV show and her summers working abroad in Greece when she was in her early twenties.

Follow Laura on twitter @lauraziepe


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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