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Single by Christmas by Rosa Temple


You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.

Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?

With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?

This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.


The main character is thoughtless, selfish, easily-led, has an alcohol problem, and is immature, disorganised, flighty and unreliable – on the surface she is not a good recipe for reader empathy and character likeability. But I liked her, I really did.

All of the situations she found herself in were because of her inability to plan ahead, or to think things through, or because she failed to consider any consequences. She is selfish, but not in a nasty way, and the fact that her shortcomings aren’t malicious but more the result of being so wrapped up in her own little world, redeemed her.

I liked that she grew as a person throughout, though it took her a while to get there and she got herself into many scrapes along the way.

All in all, a humorous read with a moral undercurrent.

About the Author

Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.

Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.

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