I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Ballantine Books on October 4th 2016
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Also by this author: 204 Rosewood Lane, Blossom Street Brides, Merry and Bright, 16 Lighthouse Road, 204 Rosewood Lane
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.
Cain Maddox stepped into the elevator, and then just as the doors were about to close he heard a woman call out.
What I thought of this book
Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors and she always has a sweet Christmas book out for the holidays and I enjoyed this one.
Julia is friendly to everyone, but her neighbor across the hall doesn’t seem to like her cheery personality. He even stole her newspaper and didn’t feel bad when caught. He is a real scrooge!
When she tells her friend about it, she thinks that Julia should kill him, with kindness that is. Julia is trying to get a social media job and her site isn’t really doing that well. The person with the best social media skills wins and they have to prove it with their blog. Her friends suggest she write about her neighbor and how she will use kindness.
So Julia decides to blog about the 12 days of Christmas and how she is going to use kindness on her neighbor to see if she can get him to change. Cain doesn’t know what hit him when she starts showing up at the elevator at the same time he does every morning. Her kindness eventually rubs off on Cain and she also gets to know him as a person.
Julia is starting to fall for Cain and now she is worried that if he finds out about her blog he might not be able to forgive her.
This was a real cute Christmas story about how a little kindness can really go a long way. It also shows that sometimes we might just not know why the person across the hall is such a grouch till you get to know them and their situation.
Julia is so bubbly and friendly and I could see why that might get on some peoples nerves, but I like her. Cain is really a scrooge but after getting to know him and how things in his life has gone it’s easy to understand why he is how he is and once he starts to open up to Julia he really is a nice man. They really make a cute couple.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and it’s perfect for the Holiday season. 🙂
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Netgalley Reading Challenge 2016
- New Release Challenge 2016