Published by Ballantine Books on October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Continuing in a festive annual tradition, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a new original holiday novel full of romance and cheer—and the magical prospect of finding love in the most unexpected places.
Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. No matter how hard she’s tried to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn, preferring to keep to himself. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper from the lobby of their apartment building, that’s the last straw. She’s going to break through Cain’s Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.
To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade Christmas treats and the disagreeable grinch won’t even accept them. Meanwhile, Julie’s blog becomes an online sensation, as an astonishing number of people start following her adventures. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain’s gruff façade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain—and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog continues to grow, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.
This is my first Debbie Macomber book and will definitely not be the last. Her Twelve Days of Christmas was a perfect holiday read!
I always adore a cute, silly romance, and nothing gets better than a grumpy hero and a high-spirited heroine. Julia and Cain happen to be neighbours. Julia loves the holidays, sharing her 100-watt smiles and can’t figure out why Cain is always so grumpy. Cain just wants to get to work and read his newspaper and can’t figure out why Julia is so cheerful. One day when Julia catches Cain taking her newspaper, she decides to get revenge, by killing him with kindness. And the birth of her blog (aptly named Twelve Days of Christmas!) begins, chronicling her adventures until Christmas.
This was a really cute story. I loved watching them go from awkward acquaintances to friends to seeing the sparks fly! It’s easy to get swept away with Julia and her scheme! I love that she finds so much glee in being kind at first because it annoyed Cain, only to realize she wants to be bring him happiness, not for revenge but because it makes her happy. And seeing Cain put down his grumpy exterior to show a caring and endearing guy was really sweet.
While I did find that this story was pretty predicable, from the cuteness right down to the angsty moments, it just hit all the right spots for me! I enjoyed all the funny, awkward, cute moments like Cain thinking Julia’s stalking him (it’s not as bad as it sounds!), to everyone catching the flu, to Julia getting advise from her blog readers. The secondary characters were a big hit too, I loved Grandpa!
Overall, this a sweet and fun Christmas read. If you’re a holiday Hallmark movies kinda person, than you need this in your life! (It should be noted, Macomber’s books often get turned into Hallmark movies!).
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