10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston – Book Review

Title: 10 Blind Dates

Series: Messina Family #1

Author: Ashley Elston

Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Christmas

Christmas fiction

Blurb from Goodreads

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas — a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend the holidays 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.

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?

My Review

Omg I was desperately in need of a cute, fluffy book…


Oh it was just so cute I can’t.

The premise is utterly adorable. Slightly chaotic. But in the best way possible.

Sophie’s parents decide that they need to spend Christmas with their eldest daughter Margot as she is heavily pregnant but has developed superimposed preeclampsia and is confined to bed rest. So Sophie, who is in her last year of high school, goes to spend the Christmas holidays with her grandparents.

She goes to meet with her boyfriend Griffin before heading to her grandparents’ house and overhears him saying that he wishes they were on a break…

Well after that he gets his wish lol!!

Of course this all upsets Sophie greatly so to cheer her up and keep her mind off her sister’s health concerns and to distract her from her breakup sadness her whole madcap extended family come up with a plan…
Each of them will arrange a blind date for Sophie that she must go on, no questions asked!! Although she does get one veto card!

And much cuteness and hilarity ensues!

This book is just laden with adorable moments. It’s certainly not going to win any awards for surprise endings ….I mean the minute a certain boy’s names was even mentioned I was like aw you’re the endgame aren’t you…


The different dates were just so wonderfully silly… Comfortably predictable and filled with a tonne of cliches but wonderfully silly and perfectly enjoyable to read about.

And OMG I have such Christmas party envy!!!!! One of the dates Sophie goes on is a party where everyone has to attend wearing their ugliest Christmas jumper so her family help her customise a jumper by basically hot-glueing the tackiest Christmas decorations to it ever. And then when they get to the party they play all sorts of daft Christmas games that are just delightfully cheesy and really feel festive….


I really liked the mini character arc that Sophie went on too. She started her Christmas holiday not feeling like the best version of herself, almost as if she had lost sight of who she was… And slowly with the help of her family she began to find her joy again; even though at moments she had little wobbles and setbacks but by the end had a lot more confidence in who she was as a person.

What I loved the most about this book really was the family aspect. Sophie had this wonderfully loud and over the top extended family. And it was just so nice to read a book that shows how supportive…and yes at times crazily embarrassing… But how fabulous it really is to have this group of people be so invested in your happiness and just love you for who you are.

I loved the deep friendship she shared with cousins Olivia and Charlie.

I loved the quiet wisdom of her grandmother and how she really took her position as family matriarch with great solemnity and joyful vigour.

I loved the playful bickering of her uncles, the presence of the evil cousins that she just couldn’t see eye to eye with, the madcap aunts.

But mostly I loved the relationship she had with her sister Margot. Their sisterly bond was really sweet to read about. I loved their text exchanges that could go from serious conversation to playful frivolousness in the blink of an eye… I think the author got their relationship perfectly spot on.

This book was just so pleasantly diverting and was definitely the cute, Christmassy read I was in the mood for.


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14 thoughts on “10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston – Book Review

  1. YAAAAS the fact that you loved this book has me waving my hands in the air and swinging side to side because I’ve been so looking forward to reading it ever since I heard about it. I’m even MORE excited now knowing you love it 😍😍😍 Her family sounds so amazing and I seriously want it to be cold so I could be reading this curled up under my doona because everything about this book is really screaming that it’s a mood to me right now! Lovely review, Emer! 🥰

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      1. SEND SOME OF THAT WEATHER MY WAY PLEASE! I’m desperate for some cooler weather right about now. Haha I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one — preferably in my moderately well air-conditioned room under my duvet so I can at least try to pretend it’s the Christmas season! LOL

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