Book Review: Wrapped Up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

A big hello to Katlyn Duncan and the blog tour for her novel, Wrapped Up For Christmas.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but not for Angie Martinelli…

Having lost her boyfriend, job, and apartment all in the space of a week, Angie has no choice but to leave California and return to her family in New England.

Determined not to let life weigh her down, Angie finds work at the local mall where she worked as a teenager. After an embarrassing run-in with a handsome stranger, Nick, she’s convinced her luck is about to change.

But Nick has secrets of his own… and as the first flakes of snow begin to fall, Angie can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever find love.


Angie has found herself living back at her parent’s house in an attempt to escape a bad break-up and the loss of her job. Desperate to find work and having no offers in event planning, Angie takes a job as an Information Specialist at her local mall.

The need for this job becomes even more apparent when, at a café, her card is declined. This is where she meets Nick, when he kindly pays for her drink. Embarrassed, she leaves, knowing at least she will never see him again. That’s what she thinks.

One of the things I love most about this time of year are the Christmas stories that begin to appear on bookshelves. I know, I have mentioned this love before. I am Laura and I love Christmas. There, I said it.

I was excited to be reading Wrapped up for Christmas and couldn’t wait to start reading.

This book was so easy to fall into. Angie is a wonderfully open, endearing character. She has disappointments but she is resilient and I find that inspiring.

Nick is the perfect love interest. He is just what you want from a love story and I wanted things to work well for him, especially once you meet his Dad. Nick’s story is probably one a lot of people can relate to around this time of year.

As the story progressed, I wanted things to happen between he and Angie. What happens is something I am not going to reveal because as usual, I don’t want to spoil it.

I am hoping that this is a book you will add to your festive book list. If, like me you’re impatient to put up the tree, decorations and blast Christmas music around the house but are not allowed yet, this is a perfect alternative to stir up the best festive feels.

It’s a classic love story with Christmas thrown in. It’s warm, wonderful, has drama and it met every expectation I had for a festive romantic novel; like all the best Hallmark Christmas movies rolled into one; one of the staples of my Christmases.

I am looking forward to reading what Katlyn has coming next but I hope at some point, she returns to Nick and Angie. I want to know what happens next.

With its beautiful cover and sublime story, all you need with it is a hot chocolate, a comfy chair and a blanket.


About Katlyn: 

Coming from a small town in Western Massachusetts, Katlyn Duncan always had her head in the clouds.

Working as a scientist for most of her adult life, she enjoyed breaking down the hows and whys of life.

This translated into her love of stories and getting into the minds of her characters.

Currently, she’s a full-time author and freelance writer. When she’s not writing, she’s obsessing over many (many) television series’.

She currently resides in Southern New England with her family. Check out more about her writing and current TV addiction in her newsletter, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Wrapped up for Christmas was released by HQ Digital on 1st October with a paperback release due in December. Click to view on Amazon.comAmazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iBooks
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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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