NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Continuing in a festive annual tradition, 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.
Praise for Twelve Days of Christmas
“Another heartwarming seasonal [Debbie] Macomber tale, which fans will find as bright and cozy as a blazing fire on Christmas Eve.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Twelve Days of Christmas is a delightful, charming read for anyone looking for an enjoyable Christmas novel. . . . Settle in with a warm blanket and a cup of hot chocolate, and curl up for some Christmas fun with Debbie Macomber’s latest festive read.”—Bookreporter
“If you’re looking for a quick but meaningful holiday romance that will be sure to spark a need inside you to show others kindness, look no further than Twelve Day of Christmas.”—Harlequin Junkie
“Twelve Days of Christmas is a charming, heartwarming holiday tale. With poignant characters and an enchanting plot, Macomber again burrows into the fragility of human emotions to arrive at a delightful conclusion.”—New York Journal of Books
Christmas is approaching in bestseller Macomber's latest holiday contemporary (after Dashing Through the Snow), and Julia Padden has barely enough time for all her holiday activities: she's working full-time at Macy's, she volunteers at a Boys and Girls Club, and she has just begun her first blog in an attempt to get a job at a Seattle software company. In the midst of all this bustle, she keeps running into her grumpy next-door neighbor, Cain Maddox, and she is disappointed by his eye-rolling avoidance of her sociable overtures. At the suggestion of her best friend, Julia decides to devote her blog to her daily "kindness campaign," in which she chronicles her overtures to Cain and his response. The blog becomes wildly popular, as readers are entranced by Julia's efforts to befriend Cain, support her ongoing efforts, and cheer on their growing intimacy. But the spirit of Christmas doesn't have much time to work lasting magic on the reserved Cain before he learns he's being portrayed as Scrooge on Julia's blog. Macomber's celebrated warmth and flair for storytelling make this a fun holiday frolic despite the overly perky heroine and predictable plot.
Twelve Days of Christmas is this year’s Christmas novel by Debbie Macomber. Julia Padden lives across the hall from grumpy Cain Maddox. Julia has been cheerful and polite, but Cain does not respond to her cheerfulness (besides asking if she is always so cheerful in the morning). Then he steals her newspaper, and Julia catches him at it. That is the last straw. Julia talks about her neighbor with her best friend, Cammie. Cammie suggests that she kill him with kindness. She also suggests that this would be a great thing to blog about. Julia is trying to get her dream job in social media. Harvestware (major software developer) has an opening. Julia applied and it is down to her and one other applicant. They both have to blog during the month of December and the person with the biggest following will get the position. It is twelve days until Christmas. Julia uses that as the title of her posts. Julia starts out by bringing Cain his newspaper and then buying him coffee. Slowly Julia starts to see a change in Cain. It turns out that Cain can be quite charming. To see how her experiment turns out, you will have to read Twelve Days of Christmas.
Twelve Days of Christmas was entertaining. I knew how the romance would play out (predictable), but it was a fun story. I found the characters engaging and I liked the humor in the story. Twelve Days of Christmas is easy to read and has a quick pace (it can be finished in under three hours). I thought the idea of killing someone with kindness was good idea and more people should follow the practice (we would definitely have a better world). The ending will leave you laughing. I give Twelve Days of Christmas 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). There is an excerpt from Dashing Through the Snow at the end of the books. I cannot wait for Debbie Macomber’s next book.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Awesome Christmas Romance
I loved this cute Christmas romance. The whole kill him with kindness was so awesome. Julie’s blog was great. I loved this so much. I definitely recommend this one!
My Absolute favorite book EVER!
This book is an amazingly perfect romance novel. It is so sweet of how the two characters fall in love. I do recommend this book to anyone who loves a sweet romance (and a little comedy, I think) story. I don't know how to describe how much I love this book, but it is for sure the BEST novel I have ever read.