Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?
Title: 10 Blind Dates
Author: Ashley Elston
Date Read (finished): December 5, 2019
Rating: ⭐ 4.5/5
This was the perfect read to kick off December!
My earliest holiday memories consist of big (and loud) family get togethers, so I felt right at home with Sophie and her family. Except maybe the blind dates part…
When her long-term boyfriend breaks Sophie’s heart, her family decides it’s up to them to bring her smile back. And what better way to heal a broken heart than to set up 10 blind dates chosen by different relatives!
This book is sweet and funny with lots of relatable family moments as well as a cute romance. The realistic interactions between characters made it easy to imagine many of the scenes happening within my own family.
Another one of my favorite things about this book was Sophie’s character development. Being human means feeling weak sometimes. These moments, however, can become a lesson to us. Yes, a boy broke Sophie’s heart, but she was able to move on and learn more about herself. With the help of her family, she pushes out of her comfort zone and rediscovers the type of person she wants to be.
I so badly want to talk about the dates! But that would spoil the fun. It was exciting trying to guess alongside Sophie what she would be facing for every date, especially when a certain someone enters the picture.
I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a holiday rom-com with a side of family chaos. Although the story may not be 100% realistic, I think many of us can find at least one thing that relates to our own self-discovery.
Until next time, happy reading! ♡