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Twelve Days of Christmas

October 21, 2016
Twelve Days of Christmas Book Cover Twelve Days of Christmas
Debbie Macomber
Ballantine Books
October 4, 2016
Net Galley

Description of Twelve Days of Christmas

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.

My Review of Twelve Days of Christmas

I worked all day at a friends crop maze. When I got home I changed into some pj’s and grabbed a glass of iced tea. I wanted to relax. Hubby was watching NASCAR in the den so I pulled out my iPad to look and see if I had any books from NetGalley. I saw the title Twelve Days of Christmas and kinda turned up my nose and was ready to skip over it. I mean I had just spent the day immersed in pumpkins, scarecrows, and a crop maze. I wanted a comfy, feel-good book. Not a Christmas book to remind me I haven’t even purchased one Christmas gift yet. I saw the book was by Debbie Macomber. I love Debbie Macomber books! So I settled in and began to read.

It is now 1:00 am. I just finished the book and I have to tell you I still have that warm fuzzy feeling all over and a smile on my lips. I don’t know where she gets her ideas, but this one was brilliant. I can so see people getting invested and wanting to know what happens next on Julia’s blog posts. In this day and time, we hear all the time about something “going viral”. Killing someone with kindness and seeing what happens is a great concept. A Biblical concept.

Julia gets way more than she bargained for when she begins “killing her neighbor with kindness” twelve days before Christmas. She might have hoped to vent about her rude neighbor online in the hope she would get enough of a response to win a contest for a social media job. What she found out about herself and her Ebenezer neighbor was life changing.

I loved this book. I hope they make this one into a Hallmark movie. Want to get in the Christmas spirit? Buy this book and cuddle up for a thoroughly heart warming story.


About the author


Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 950 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ten of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida


About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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