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Twelve Days before Christmas, Rachel McRae opens her front door and a social worker puts a baby in her arms, one abandoned along with her four-year-old brother and eleven-year-old sister.

Rachel and her husband, Sam, have dreamed of a home filled with children -- but their efforts to have a family have led only to heartbreak.

Sam McRae loves his wife, but feeling he’s failed her, he’s decided he’s leaving her — right after Christmas — and hopes someone else can give her the family she wants.

Neither of them expected to find their home suddenly full of children, to be living the life they always imagined. But they’ve been warned not to fall in love with these children. No one knows where their mother is. No one knows if or when she’ll be back.

Sam and Rachel vow to try to give the children a happy small-town Christmas. Despite it being a season of miracles, they try not to get their hopes up that these children will stay, and that their marriage will get a second chance.

Limited Time Only: Includes a bonus novella, Everything to Me (Prequel), which introduces Teresa’s new, serialized YA/NA romance.


Three-time RITA Finalist

THE McRAES in series order:

Twelve Days

Edge of Heaven

Bed of Lies

Five Days Grace

Hero of My Heart


Teresa Hill is a USA Today Bestselling Author who writes big, complicated, emotional romances with flawed, messed-up characters trying to change for the better and finding love.

Growing up, she was a small town, Daddy’s girl and a tomboy who loved to climb trees. Her father was a lifelong reader of Westerns (and always wished she’d write one — sorry, Daddy, just not my thing).

As a child, her favorite Saturdays were spent with him prowling through an old, dusty used bookstore, trying to find romances with covers that weren’t too sexy, so her father would let her read them. (Which is how she found Harlequin romances, who later became her first publisher.)

She found her husband while they were both working their way through college. (He might have been her boss.)

She remembers thinking so clearly, “What are you doing here? You’re much too early. I have things to do before I’m ready for you.”

But she married him anyway. He never tried to keep her from doing anything.

They live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a loud, bossy cat and two very spoiled dogs.

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Customer Reviews

Tiggy/Cookie ,

Twelve Days

First time reading this author. A heart touching story.

Arieslady52 ,

Uplifting and heartwarming

This beautifully written romance chronicles 12 days before Christmas in the lives of Rachel and Sam McRae of Baxter, Ohio. It begins when a social worker talks them into temporarily fostering 3 abandoned children. But the McRaes are tragically childless after 12 years of marriage, wracked with grief and guilt, and their marriage is on the rocks. Day by day during the town's annual holiday countdown to Christmas celebration, Rachel and Sam struggle to care for the children, who push all the buttons of their past hurts. There is a HEA, but it's bittersweet, and the path to get there is twisted. The book is emotionally rich, and evokes both romance and a Dickensian Christmas experience. Read it in December.

Ralphnun1 ,

Twelve Days

Loved this story.

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