Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Release Date: 3 November 2016
Genre: Festive contemporary romance
A festive story from Debbie Macomber, international bestselling author of the Cedar Cove and Rose Harbor series.
Julia is infuriated by her grumpy neighbour, Cain, who can’t even be pleasant when they bump into each other.
So on the suggestion of her best friend, Cammie, Julia concocts a plan. She starts a blog in order to clinch her perfect job, and now she has a subject. Over the next twelve days, she is going to kill Cain with kindness – and Christmas cheer – and document it for all to read about.
But as the experiment goes on, Julia realises she underestimated the effect it would have on Cain, and on their relationship, and things take an unexpected turn…
Debbie Macomber has been on my radar for a while, but up until now I’ve not had chance to read any of her books. Until now. Twelve Days of Christmas is the 3rd book in my 12 Reads of Christmas series.
Julia is looking for an idea. A big idea. She has been put on a shortlist of two people to win a job in social media. So she can escape her retail job Julia must create a blog with a viral following. This is where we enter a world very similar to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. However, instead of trying to put someone off her – she attempts to ‘kill him with kindness’.
The him in this case is her neighbour Cain. A grumpy, short-tempered and stand-offish man. The pair almost immediately rub each other the wrong way. Bristling with tension from the outset it is clear that these two will either be a match made in heaven, or fighting like cat and dog for eternity.
I loved that the main character is a blogger, and that she is someone that pays back into her local community and is overall a genuinely nice person. And as a person who practices Random Acts of Kindness the premise of seeing how kindness can change those around it really pulled me in.
Debbie has crafted a love story that unfolds at break-neck speed. The characters, in just two weeks, cover the full gambit of emotions. I did find myself waiting for the other shoe to drop for Julia, Jeremy for a rival love interest could have worked a little harder, but there was definitely some frisson there between the three.
This is a lovely, speedy read. Perfect for a late-night cosy read.