Twelve Days of Christmas
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.

Twelve Days of Christmas Details

TitleTwelve Days of Christmas
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 4th, 2016
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139780553391749
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Romance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Twelve Days of Christmas Review

  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Cute Christmas romance with friendly Julia, her Scrooge-like neighbor Cain, and what happens when Julia decides to kill Cain with kindness for the twelve days of Christmas. Fun and festive, with very likable characters and perfect for the holiday season.
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  • Robin Hobb
    January 1, 1970
    T'is the Season! Time to decorate, bake cookies and watch old movies on TV while I decorate them. And it's the time of year to read a book that's on the sweet side, too. I wanted a read that went with Christmas!I chose this one for several reasons. I liked the cover. And I once met Debbie Macomber at a book convention and she was a lovely person, warm and congenial. It's as good as any reason for choosing a book off a Safeway rack.This book delivered everything that I wanted in a Christmas roman T'is the Season! Time to decorate, bake cookies and watch old movies on TV while I decorate them. And it's the time of year to read a book that's on the sweet side, too. I wanted a read that went with Christmas!I chose this one for several reasons. I liked the cover. And I once met Debbie Macomber at a book convention and she was a lovely person, warm and congenial. It's as good as any reason for choosing a book off a Safeway rack.This book delivered everything that I wanted in a Christmas romance. It had a linear plot, lively characterization, a few mishaps along the way, and a happy ending. I liked the main character; if she lived near by, I'd want her to be my friend. There is a time for sugar cookies, jingle bells and books like this! If you are Christmassing and would like a little romance for your bedtime read, I recommend this one!
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    I love a great Debbie Macomber book, especially the ones with that great Scrooge/Christmas elf dynamic like this one! Cain does not like Christmas, and he has his reasons. Julia runs a blog that she’s trying to get off the ground, and also works in a department store. They live in the same apartment building, and Mr. Scrooge has a habit of stealing her newspaper. Julia decides that she’s going to overwhelm him with holiday cheer until he sees the error of his ways… and post about it on her blog, I love a great Debbie Macomber book, especially the ones with that great Scrooge/Christmas elf dynamic like this one! Cain does not like Christmas, and he has his reasons. Julia runs a blog that she’s trying to get off the ground, and also works in a department store. They live in the same apartment building, and Mr. Scrooge has a habit of stealing her newspaper. Julia decides that she’s going to overwhelm him with holiday cheer until he sees the error of his ways… and post about it on her blog, nicknaming him “Ebenezer.” Too cute. Add in a choir concert at a nursing home, a grandpa who likes to meddle just enough, and some well-timed chicken soup, and this was a sweet, cozy holiday treat.Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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  • Jill McGill
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber knows how to deliver a fun, lighthearted romance. This one will give you the warm fuzzies and have you smiling all day!Twelve Days of Christmas shows us how powerful showing kindness can be... not only to the receiver, but to the giver as well. This is the perfect Christmas read that will warm your heart and get you in the Christmas spirit! Highly Recommend.
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  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a Hallmark/Lifetime movie with a good message of being kind to others.
  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    This is a love story that starts with a blog. Julia has a neighbor, Cain, who seems a bit grumpy and very unfriendly. Julia's smile in the morning rivals the sun. They both leave for work at approximately the same time, so they share the elevator several days a week. She always greets him with Good Morning! and he mostly grunts at her and departs the elevator as soon as he possibly can.But the day he stole her newspaper was the final straw as far as she was concerned. Her best friend made a sugg This is a love story that starts with a blog. Julia has a neighbor, Cain, who seems a bit grumpy and very unfriendly. Julia's smile in the morning rivals the sun. They both leave for work at approximately the same time, so they share the elevator several days a week. She always greets him with Good Morning! and he mostly grunts at her and departs the elevator as soon as he possibly can.But the day he stole her newspaper was the final straw as far as she was concerned. Her best friend made a suggestion .. kill him ... kill him with kindness.It just so happens that for a job, she must start a blog and run it for a month. She's in competition with someone else, and now is the perfect time to start that blog.Titled The Twelve Days of Christmas, Julia starts blogging about her neighbor, Ebeneezer, and imparts her plan to kill him with kindness. Day by day, she writes about her attempts to get him to smile, to say Good Morning, to just be a more agreeable person.But Cain has trust issues, and not knowing about the blog for a job, he assumes she just wants something .. and her Miss Pollyanna attitude is driving him crazy.Slowly but surely she chips away and finds a totally different man underneath. He does have a heart ... he is caring ... and she's falling for him in a big way.And even if Cain returns her feelings, what will happen when he learns that he's been used to gain a job?This was a fast, fun romp. I haven't read a Christmas-themed romance in a very long time and I'm really happy to have chosen this one. I liked the characters, although at times Julia's shiny personality shone a little bit too bright and Cain was a tad too dark. But I did enjoy the way they played off of each other.I know it's a bit early for Christmas, but this author writes stories from and for the heart. In the mood for some romance ... try this one. You won't be disappointed.Many thanks to the author / Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine / Netgalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Arlena
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Twelve Days Of ChristmasAuthor: Debbie MacomberPublisher Random House & Publishing GroupReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"Twelve Days Of Christmas" by Debbie MacomberMy Thoughts...What a sweet Christmas romance story that this author brings to the readers. The two main characters Julia and Cain were definitely good for each other after it was all said and done. I loved how this author was able to give the readers of a read of one showing kindness that turns into after a few Title: Twelve Days Of ChristmasAuthor: Debbie MacomberPublisher Random House & Publishing GroupReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"Twelve Days Of Christmas" by Debbie MacomberMy Thoughts...What a sweet Christmas romance story that this author brings to the readers. The two main characters Julia and Cain were definitely good for each other after it was all said and done. I loved how this author was able to give the readers of a read of one showing kindness that turns into after a few twist and turns a HEA. We find from this story there was a act of kindness coming from Julia to Cain...from delivery of a newspaper to his door, cookies, being quite a challenge .... all of this to see if it would make a difference in the way he treated her. Now, why was Julia doing this? She had gotten this idea from her best friend Cammie to use on her blog page featuring [Ebenezer who was Cain] that Julia needed in order to complete for a position she was working on for social media for 'Havestware.' How will this come out when Julia finds out that her neighbor who had trust issues from a previous situation? Will this experiment prove that kindness did make a different? What will Cain think about Julia especially after he learns about her blog and the feelings they had developed for each other? What happens when a news reporter there in Seattle after seeing her blog page ask Julia about a interview with her and Ebenezer? What will happen when Julia finally tell Cain about this experiment...and her blog? Will she be able to keep this a secret from Cain until after Christmas? Will Julia and Cain finally get the love and understanding they needed from each other? Well, to get all of these questions answered ... this is where I say you will have to pick up "Twelve Days Of Christmas" to find out how this story will come out. I loved the secondary characters who were well developed, portrayed and believable that will keep you turning the pages till the end. I will add that I loved the epilogue and you will too!
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful light read! When there is a promotion at work available to the person who gets the most new blog followers. Julia, is Ms. Sunshine with a bubbly personality and her across the hall neighbor in her apartment building, Cain is anything but. Talking to her best friend Cammie, Julia mentions Cain and Cammie suggests she "kill him" . Kill him with kindness that is she says. Julia decides to blog about her challenge for her job calling it Twelve Day Of Christmas. She secretly nicknam What a delightful light read! When there is a promotion at work available to the person who gets the most new blog followers. Julia, is Ms. Sunshine with a bubbly personality and her across the hall neighbor in her apartment building, Cain is anything but. Talking to her best friend Cammie, Julia mentions Cain and Cammie suggests she "kill him" . Kill him with kindness that is she says. Julia decides to blog about her challenge for her job calling it Twelve Day Of Christmas. She secretly nicknames Cain, Ebenezer in her blog posts. Her posts and blog become immensely popular and she gets many new followers. As she is killing him with kindness he starts to come around and respond to her kindness. She meets his grandfather, Bernie whom he is very protective of and he gives her a bit of an insight into why Cain is the way he is. She takes care of him during the time he has the flu and even though she had a flu shot she gets sick as well and he is there for her. She invites both of them for Christmas dinner and they both agree to come. A reporter reads her blog and loving the updates wants to interview both of them and she says no and he just happens to be in the lobby at the same time and hears the reporter asking her about the interview. He feels betrayed to find out he is the subject of a blog challenge and he feels he is once again being used by a woman to advance her job just like in his last relationship. The day comes when the Christmas dinner is held and the 3 of them are there at her apartment but Cain is standoffish and argumentative. That changes quickly when Grandpa has a medical emergency and an ambulance has to be called. That quickly puts things back into perspective and Cain realizes what's important. Is it the love of a good woman or is it more important for him to stay behind a wall protecting his heart?
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  • Ami
    January 1, 1970
    I think the term "Like a Hallmark Movie" will be thrown a lot to describe/review this book. I personally think that is apt and at the same time will give you an idea what to expect. On the downside, I thought there were quite minimal character development. Cain, at least has a background that might make it enough to explain his attitude. I could see why he has trust issues and not exactly nurturing a sunny disposition. But Julia? Julia is a little too perfect for my taste. She's perky and upbeat I think the term "Like a Hallmark Movie" will be thrown a lot to describe/review this book. I personally think that is apt and at the same time will give you an idea what to expect. On the downside, I thought there were quite minimal character development. Cain, at least has a background that might make it enough to explain his attitude. I could see why he has trust issues and not exactly nurturing a sunny disposition. But Julia? Julia is a little too perfect for my taste. She's perky and upbeat, she's good at baking cookies, she volunteers, she helps kids on a holiday program ... there is nothing wrong with this woman (oh, except for maybe using her blog to capture the 'project' progress she has with Cain). I think I might end up being a Scrooge myself around her *lol*. On the plus side, just like a Hallmark movie, it comes with very good LIFE message ... to "kill people with kindness". There is nothing wrong with being kind to others because it might just help you as much as the other person, and give you a whole new outlook about lives. Being kind is good for your karma :). Considering this is a holiday book, despite myself reading it in August, it is a wonderful reminder for everyone to start doing it. The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
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  • Janet Robel
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Bring on the holidays! Ms. Macomber is back doing what she does best, writing a heartwarming holiday story with memorable characters that can be treasured and reread each year. This hooks you in right from the start with two people who dislike each other and a fun blog that is more entertaining to read with each one. I love this type of story especially closer to Christmas when everything is so festive. If you wa I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Bring on the holidays! Ms. Macomber is back doing what she does best, writing a heartwarming holiday story with memorable characters that can be treasured and reread each year. This hooks you in right from the start with two people who dislike each other and a fun blog that is more entertaining to read with each one. I love this type of story especially closer to Christmas when everything is so festive. If you want sweet romances with an engaging plot, then you'll love this author as much as I do.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    What a heartwarming and fun loving Christmas romance story! I enjoyed every minute of the story and hated to see it end.Julia the happy morning person who is always bubbly over keeps running into her neighbor from across the hall Cain who she thinks of as Scrooge. So she decides she is going to kill him with kindness for the 12 days to Christmas and see if she can change him. Will she succeed? Read the book today to see how it all turns out.This would make for an awesome Christmas movie!
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book served its purpose. It was fun and entertaining and I had been looking for something light to read, so this was great. Obviously, since it only takes place over 12 days, the story line is rushed and relationships are formed more quickly than average, but I didn't go in expecting anything different. I love hate-to-love relationships and this was a pretty mild one, but still enjoyable all the same. I will say, the romance made me cringe at times (I mean if he's an ass, what is th I think this book served its purpose. It was fun and entertaining and I had been looking for something light to read, so this was great. Obviously, since it only takes place over 12 days, the story line is rushed and relationships are formed more quickly than average, but I didn't go in expecting anything different. I love hate-to-love relationships and this was a pretty mild one, but still enjoyable all the same. I will say, the romance made me cringe at times (I mean if he's an ass, what is the appeal? None for me). The story line was cheesy and the writing was kind of underwhelming, but I had fun reading it, and that's what counts, right? I would LOVE to see this as a movie.
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  • Dawn ♥ romance
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining holiday romance with an interesting plot incorporating a modern day version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. It was full of the giving spirit of Christmas activities and I liked the revelations that came from 'killing him with kindness.' Julia's cheerful attitude is the exact opposite of her grumpy neighbor Cain and she is determined to lighten him up.
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  • Ezinwanyi
    January 1, 1970
    This one was really a yummy and cute holiday storyIn this cute holiday story, Julia Padden was trying to secure her dream job while working retail at Macy’s. One day, she discovered her cold and standoffish neighbor Cain Maddox was stealing her newspaper, Julia’s best friend Camie suggested Julia kill him with kindness. So Julia started the Twelve Days of Christmas Blog, where she wrote everyday about ways she was showering Cain with kindness and it became an overnight sensation. To protect his This one was really a yummy and cute holiday storyIn this cute holiday story, Julia Padden was trying to secure her dream job while working retail at Macy’s. One day, she discovered her cold and standoffish neighbor Cain Maddox was stealing her newspaper, Julia’s best friend Camie suggested Julia kill him with kindness. So Julia started the Twelve Days of Christmas Blog, where she wrote everyday about ways she was showering Cain with kindness and it became an overnight sensation. To protect his identity and because she didn’t like him very much, Julia dubbed her neighbor “Ebenezer” on her blog. Soon, Julia began getting insight into Cain’s life and quickly found out that he had been dealt a hard hand in life and was unapproachable because being vulnerable to people was too scary for Cain. They soon began letting see who they really were underneath, like peeling away layers of clothing.After about a week, Cain asked Julia out on a real date and Julia realized that she had come to actually like Cain. She decided to continue with the blog but see where this new “thing” with Cain would lead. They began to really form a bond until Cain discovered that Julia had made him a project of sorts and he felt betrayed. Would Julia be able to convince him it was all real?This story was cute, amusing and sweet. I enjoyed it like a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night. It was lighthearted reading with a very subtle reminder that we cannot always judge a book by its cover as well as reminding us that a little act of kindness can go a long way to thaw out the coldest of hearts.Julia was really a nice person who tried to fill her days up with as many activities and good deeds because she was avoiding dealing with her feelings of loneliness. Cain used a thorny exterior to keep everyone at bay since he had severe trust issues. It was nice juxtapose of precociously happy versus grumpy grouch. I loved the interplay with blogging and the holidays. I could picture something like this actually happening and everyone loves a happy ending. Debbie Macomber is an author I discovered with another Holiday book Starry Night and she has a gift with writing heart felt romances. This one wasn't over the top, but the message was woven well into the feel good romance story.This is the best Christmas story I’ve read this yea and I plan to read more by this author soon.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Received from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Julia meets her neighbor Cain and each instantly takes a dislike for the other. Julia is very bubbly and friendly. Cain is very standoffish and keeps to himself. When Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper after his was taken, she decides she needs to do something. After speaking with a close friend, she decides to "kill him with kindness" and blog about it. Her blog is also this book's title "Twelve Days of Christmas Received from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Julia meets her neighbor Cain and each instantly takes a dislike for the other. Julia is very bubbly and friendly. Cain is very standoffish and keeps to himself. When Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper after his was taken, she decides she needs to do something. After speaking with a close friend, she decides to "kill him with kindness" and blog about it. Her blog is also this book's title "Twelve Days of Christmas". She goes out of her way to run into Cain "Ebenezer" each day in order to be nice to him. He makes every attempt to keep her at arms length. But as Julia will not be deterred. Her blogs readers encourage her to keep being nice to Scrooge and reporting back. Julia keeps being kind to him and slowly his touch demeanor begins to fade and he begins to be nice to her as well.This is a predictable cute Christmas love story with the bubbly cute female and the brooding handsome male. The story line is light but charming. Macomber writes sweet clean romances. This is not a bodice ripper. No one will be offended by graphic sex scenes. This book is a light sweet read. I read this in one day. This book is perfect to read while cozying up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate.I enjoy romance books/novels but one thing I absolutely do not like about them is the ABRUPT endings. The story builds, couples fall in love, there is angst, then someone says "I love you" and they have to get married immediately because their love just can't wait. I LOVE that this book did not rush the ending!! That's right, Macomber did not hit us with a fast abrupt ending. Thank You! The ending did not feel rushed at all and she even gave the reader an epilogue. Nice touch!I think those how like romance books will really enjoy this. When the holiday season is upon us and you want to read a nice light book, grab this one.Read more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Twelve Days of ChristmasDebbie MacomberReceived from NetgalleyI have always enjoyed Debbie Macomber's stories, and TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS is no exception! Debbie is the my go to author when I'm looking for a feel good heart tugging story and especially when I'm needing to read a wonderful holiday tale. Her holiday stories are almost magical and you can't help but fall in love with them. I can definitely see myself reading this story over and over again and I'm not one to reread anything.Julia Twelve Days of ChristmasDebbie MacomberReceived from NetgalleyI have always enjoyed Debbie Macomber's stories, and TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS is no exception! Debbie is the my go to author when I'm looking for a feel good heart tugging story and especially when I'm needing to read a wonderful holiday tale. Her holiday stories are almost magical and you can't help but fall in love with them. I can definitely see myself reading this story over and over again and I'm not one to reread anything.Julia is a very bubbly morning person almost to the point of being irritating. Her neighbor, a grouchy guy named Cain practically runs away from her each morning. She nicknames him Ebenezer because he is so much like Scrooge. She decides to kill him with kindness for twelve days to see if she can break through his walls. She decides with the help of her best friend to blog about it. Well, her life is about to change like Julia could never imagine and it is going to be hysterical along the way. I found myself giggling out loud with some of the situations and conversations she found herself in with Cain. TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS would make a wonderful holiday movie.Once I started reading TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS I didn't want it to end. I was emotionally invested in Julia and Cain and cheering for Julia to finally break through to Cain and make him see all he was missing. My heart was very happy while reading and it was very sad when it came to an end. I love when an author does that to me. Even though I didn't want the story to end, I love how Ms. Macomber ended it. Julia not only killed Cain with kindness but kindness also changed her as well.
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  • Sherwood Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber, a veteran writer of feel-good romances, turns in an immensely readable story featuring bubbly, upbeat Julia, who meets her next door neighbor Cain over a pilfered newspaper, and it’s oil and water at first sight.Julia’s efforts to be pleasant and friendly bring out the worst in Cain, whose shortness verges on rudeness. Of course the two find the other attractive in spite of themselves, because this is a romance, and it’s part of the fun to see how they overcome the bad beginning Debbie Macomber, a veteran writer of feel-good romances, turns in an immensely readable story featuring bubbly, upbeat Julia, who meets her next door neighbor Cain over a pilfered newspaper, and it’s oil and water at first sight.Julia’s efforts to be pleasant and friendly bring out the worst in Cain, whose shortness verges on rudeness. Of course the two find the other attractive in spite of themselves, because this is a romance, and it’s part of the fun to see how they overcome the bad beginning.Julia complains to her bestie, Cammie, after being abruptly shut down by Cain. Cammie has a good idea: Julia has to write a blog, and gain popularity, as part of her ‘portfolio’ for a social media job she’s going for. Cammie suggests a campaign to kill Cain with kindness, and blog about it.The campaign is entertaining, the pacing brisk and sparkling. We learn that Cain has trust issues, and for that matter, so does Julia, though the two handle it completely differently. You know, as soon as you learn about the trust issues, where this is going to go, and it goes there, but the pace is so fast, full of sympathetic actions, humor, and vivid characters, that it brought me right along to the expected crisis—and of course that gets resolved most satisfactorily. I did have one bump (view spoiler)[when Cain accuses Julia of stalking him, and though she hadn’t been, she goes back and introduces herself to his grandfather and pumps him for information, which really is kinda stalkery (hide spoiler)], but the rest of the story carried me smoothly, even a bit slickly, right to the end.It’s a pleasant, cheery holiday read for those who like sweet romances.Copy provided by NetGalley
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  • ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡
    January 1, 1970
    I actually received my first Christmas review copies in the end of JUNE … and I have to be honest I refused reading them until beginning of November. So I had a little “early Christmas” last weekend to get myself into the mood. The weather outside was bad with freezing rain and wind so I simply left the curtains drawn to shut out the outside – turned on a few candles and got myself some cake and hot chocolate before I started with : Twelve Days of Christmas of Debbie MacomberAnd I have to say it I actually received my first Christmas review copies in the end of JUNE … and I have to be honest I refused reading them until beginning of November. So I had a little “early Christmas” last weekend to get myself into the mood. The weather outside was bad with freezing rain and wind so I simply left the curtains drawn to shut out the outside – turned on a few candles and got myself some cake and hot chocolate before I started with : Twelve Days of Christmas of Debbie MacomberAnd I have to say it was a really great plot. I would have never guessed the way it intrigued me. Actually this plot would have worked even without Christmas but the X-Mas factor just made it a little more sweet. If there was one thing that I would doubt than it would be the Blog views she gets on her Blog – I mean they sound really to “dreamy” to be anywhere near reality. What was interesting was that while the author did not dive do deep into the history of the characters they were still fully enough developed to support the story in a reasonable way. In total a really sweet X-Mas novel that I can fully recommend – it will def. touch your heart in all the right spots. ═══ PLEASE SUBSCRIBE / LIKE / FOLLOW US ════FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/JerisBookAtticTwitter : https://twitter.com/JeriTRyanGoodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2...Bloglovin : https://www.bloglovin.com/people/jeri...
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  • Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
    January 1, 1970
    This cute Christmas romance by Debbie Macomber is the perfect book to curl up with during the Holiday season. It is not too long and not too short. One thing I realized while reading it was that this book would make a perfect Hallmark movie. I am curious if they are planning on doing just that!Julia is a happy person but when she continues to run into her handsome neighbor and he is always grouchy, well there is something that has to be done! After a chat with her best friend she decided to ‘kil This cute Christmas romance by Debbie Macomber is the perfect book to curl up with during the Holiday season. It is not too long and not too short. One thing I realized while reading it was that this book would make a perfect Hallmark movie. I am curious if they are planning on doing just that!Julia is a happy person but when she continues to run into her handsome neighbor and he is always grouchy, well there is something that has to be done! After a chat with her best friend she decided to ‘kill him with kindness’. Then she will blog about it for the next 12 days, right up until Christmas.Does it work? Will he suddenly go from an Ebenezer to a happy soul like herself? Or does he have a reason for being the way he is? For the next 12 days Julia not only learns some things about her neighbor Cain but she also discovers feeling for him she thought she would never have…
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    A scrumptious read that had me grinning from ear to ear for most of it. Romantic comedy at its best. Loved how Julia's bubbly Christmas spirit contrasts with Cain's natural grump. She's Cindy-Lou Who to his Grinch. Tiny Tim to his Scrooge. So funny and poignant with a lovely message about the powerful changes kindness can bring -- to the giver as well as the recipient. A feel good Christmas romance that will have you on your feet cheering by the end...and then promptly doubling over in laughter. A scrumptious read that had me grinning from ear to ear for most of it. Romantic comedy at its best. Loved how Julia's bubbly Christmas spirit contrasts with Cain's natural grump. She's Cindy-Lou Who to his Grinch. Tiny Tim to his Scrooge. So funny and poignant with a lovely message about the powerful changes kindness can bring -- to the giver as well as the recipient. A feel good Christmas romance that will have you on your feet cheering by the end...and then promptly doubling over in laughter. Again.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    A lighthearted, sweet, romantic holiday read focusing on the power of kindness to change that "Ebenezer Scrooge" character... Debbie Macomber provides us with likable characters who have some level of depth to their personalities due to their own losses and triumphs in life; nothing too angst filled or over the top just relatable and honest... nice holiday read that warms the soul and can get one in the holiday spirit... 3 stars:)
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I just love Debbie Macomber novels. Are they a little over the top cheesy? Yep. Do I care? No. They always leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling and this one did that as well. The reminder that kindness could change the world, one relationship at a time seems to be particularly on point for what is going on in today's world. If you're looking for a quick and easy read that will leave your heart happy, pick this one up.Special thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine for an advance copy of this bo I just love Debbie Macomber novels. Are they a little over the top cheesy? Yep. Do I care? No. They always leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling and this one did that as well. The reminder that kindness could change the world, one relationship at a time seems to be particularly on point for what is going on in today's world. If you're looking for a quick and easy read that will leave your heart happy, pick this one up.Special thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine for an advance copy of this book to read, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    While I found it a bit predictable I still very much enjoyed it. I recommend you read this festive holiday book close to Christmas if you enjoy a light comical romance with a Christmas theme. Hope that Hallmark will make this one also into a movie!
  • Cathy Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber's Christmas books always deliver! It's like a delightful Hallmark movie in a book. If you like Hallmark holiday movies, you'll like this book! If you don't, skip it. For me, it's exactly what I look for in a holiday book :) warm fuzzies for the ending!
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  • Veronique
    January 1, 1970
    Charming little Christmas romance story. Easy reading, especially since I've been in a reading slump :O)
  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    Filled with Debbie Macomber's trademark warmth, its a one beautiful book, well the contents are, still not convinced about the cover. At the heart of this story is whether being kind to someone can have any affect on a persons life. Julia has an infuriating neighbour and after she reaches the last straw from him, her best friend suggests killing him......with kindness that is for the twelve days in the lead up to Christmas. She also suggests blogging about it as Julia needs a blog with a huge re Filled with Debbie Macomber's trademark warmth, its a one beautiful book, well the contents are, still not convinced about the cover. At the heart of this story is whether being kind to someone can have any affect on a persons life. Julia has an infuriating neighbour and after she reaches the last straw from him, her best friend suggests killing him......with kindness that is for the twelve days in the lead up to Christmas. She also suggests blogging about it as Julia needs a blog with a huge readership to get her dream job. Over the course of the book we learn a lot about both Cain and Julia, and can see just how being kind can affect both the giver and receiver. It is the perfect sort of book for this time of year, with the season of goodwill clearly in stepping up a gear. This was a very quick book to read, had read over half in an hour and probably didn't take much longer to read the second half - and loved how each chapter ended with that days blog post. I loved getting to know not just Cain and Julia but also Cain's grandfather. It has a cast of lovely characters and really just hits the spot for a story that will bring a smile to your face.
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  • Emily (Falling for YA)
    January 1, 1970
    This was adorable and wholesome, just what you want in a light hearted holiday read.
  • Wendy Peña
    January 1, 1970
    Just what i needed! This is happy light reading romance.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at Desert Island Book ReviewsI’ve enjoyed Debbie Macomber’s Christmas-themed romances since I first started reading them, and this one is no different. Now, I realize that it’s only October and isn’t even close to time to think about Christmas, but since this book was released in October, I’m writing about it now. Don’t worry, though — closer to the holidays, I’ll be posting some of my favorite holiday-themed books.This book basically read like a fun Lifetime movie (and not Originally published at Desert Island Book ReviewsI’ve enjoyed Debbie Macomber’s Christmas-themed romances since I first started reading them, and this one is no different. Now, I realize that it’s only October and isn’t even close to time to think about Christmas, but since this book was released in October, I’m writing about it now. Don’t worry, though — closer to the holidays, I’ll be posting some of my favorite holiday-themed books.This book basically read like a fun Lifetime movie (and not one of the ones where the wife/girlfriend kills the husband/boyfriend or where a teenage girl is stalked by the so-called nice guy she was dating). I could picture the casting for Julia and Cain perfectly, even though for some reason I always pictured her in an elf costume (I do watch quite a lot of made-for-TV Christmas movies). Elf costume aside, I really loved that I could see this playing out visually.The plot was fun and light, and I love the idea of killing someone with kindness. (It really does get that Selena Gomez song stuck in my head, though.) I was surprised at how easy it was for Julia to win Cain over, but I thought some of her blogging insights cleared up why it made sense in the book. And besides, it’s supposed to be a light holiday romance, and for that to work, we all have to suspend our disbelief. If they’re supposed to fall in love by Christmas, they certainly can’t react lukewarmly to neighborly gestures.If I had a criticism, it would be that the characters and plot don’t have much depth, but honestly, I don’t expect depth in something like this. I think too much depth in a book like this takes away from the light and fun elements it has going for it. Normally, I prefer complex characters and situations, but when I’m reading something for the sole purpose of feeling happier (and isn’t that what books like this are for?), I don’t mind characters who are a little less developed. And don’t get me wrong — there are some interesting tidbits revealed about each of the characters’ pasts, but their desires are pretty straightforward. It doesn’t bother me in this type of book, so I didn’t really dock any points for it.Twelve Days of Christmas is exactly what it promises to be: a straight-up, clean romance with a happily ever after, all set during the Christmas season. I think it succeeds at what it sets out to do, which is make you feel good all the way through, even if you have a few small worries along the way. I gave it four stars because, really, what more could you want at Christmas than a feel-good book with a happy ending?*ARC from Random House Ballantine via NetGalley
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  • Rosemarie Short
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in my #12daysofChristmas read-a-thon! Each day I will post a review of a Christmas / Winter related book. Hopefully this will give you some Xmas-Inspo and give your holiday reading a boost! So obviously as I'm doing a read-a-thon based around the 12 Days of Christmas, this absolutely had to be my first read!Julia is the polar opposite of her across the hall neighbour, Cain. He is grumpy, keeps to himself and borders on the rude side when forced to interact with anyone. Instea This is the first in my #12daysofChristmas read-a-thon! Each day I will post a review of a Christmas / Winter related book. Hopefully this will give you some Xmas-Inspo and give your holiday reading a boost! So obviously as I'm doing a read-a-thon based around the 12 Days of Christmas, this absolutely had to be my first read!Julia is the polar opposite of her across the hall neighbour, Cain. He is grumpy, keeps to himself and borders on the rude side when forced to interact with anyone. Instead of just ignoring him or being rude back, Julia decides she's going to go into sweet and fluffy overdrive, in a bid to change Cain's grouchy ways. Simultaneously, she is up for a job which involves creating a popular blog as part of the selection process. How can she resist blogging about Cain and her kindness project with him??!!I'm not usually much of a romance fan - I usually love my romantic pairings with a heavy dose of fantasy of sci-fi to give them some grounding. However this was a fun and sweet story. In fact my greatest complaint was how quickly it was over! I felt like I could have easily done with another fifty pages of character interactions to make the romance feel a bit more natural. Debbie Macomber has an irresistibly fun writing voice and so it was easy to get swept up in the story.This was definitely a Christmassy Christmas book as well - it totally got me in the mood for the holidays! In secret, I love the whole "sweet girl wins over grumpy boy with the power of her personality" trope, and it was pretty well done here. Julia wasn't overly syrupy and Cain wasn't too obnoxious in his rudeness. Cain's grandfather was also a great foil to them both, providing some interest and also an intermediary character.Overall, for my first Christmas read of the year, I was very pleased! I would recommend this with a mince pie and a steaming mug of hot chocolate, snuggled up on the sofa with the fire on.Tomorrow's book will be Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien!
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