Friday, December 9, 2016

Review: Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Published October 4th 2016 by Ballantine Books
Continuing in a festive annual tradition, #1 New York Timesbestselling 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.

My Thoughts

Debbie Macomber’s Twelve Days of Christmas was the perfect holiday novel to get me in the spirit of Christmas reading. What an inspirational story about giving love a chance and showing acts of kindness.

In this novel, Julia Padden can’t get over how rude and disagreeable her neighbor Cain Maddox can be, so she puts a plan into motion to kill him with kindness. To track her kindness progress, she decides to blog about her project and use the results to hopefully land the social media job of her dreams. All seems to be going perfectly… the hits to her blog are rising exponentially and her readers are also trying the kindness experiment for themselves.

However, when Julia and Cain begin to develop feelings for each other, she knows keeping the blog a secret will hurt their chance at romance. Not to mention the fact that Cain started off with a guarded heart and reluctantly fell for her not knowing he was the subject of her experiment and blog.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is definitely one that holiday readers with enjoy. Its steady pace and likable characters had me breezing through the novel in record pace. I really enjoyed Julia’s blog posts, and it was fun to witness her experiment with kindness with her grinchy neighbor Cain.

I also enjoyed watching Cain slowly but surely drop his guard and rough manner. He definitely had some tender moments when it came to falling for Julia. The scarf and hot peppermint mocha had me falling for this character!

Overall, the Twelve Days of Christmas is the perfect holiday read to curl up with this winter. If you’re looking for something heartfelt and enjoyable, Macomber definitely delivers!
4 Suns

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