Title: Twelve Days of Christmas
Author: Debbie Macomber
Genre: Holiday Romance
Rating: * * * * *
Publishers: Ballantine Books
(Oct 4, 2016)
Paperback: 288 pages
FTC Disclosure: ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
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.
As a blogger, this story was so relatable. This is a beautiful story of Christmas, love, and in finding one's self. If everyone would find someone that they could spend twelve days being extra kind to,it would be an excellent gift to that person and imagine what our kids would get from an experience like that. There are so many moments of laughter and some of sadness but as with most of Macomber's books you'll get your HEA.
This is a pretty fast-paced book and one I easily read in one day, mainly because you can't wait to see what Julia will do next to melt Scrooge's
cold heart. It was so sad at how alone Cain was and all I could think about was the many, many people who don't have the extensive family to enjoy holidays with. So if you know someone like Julia's Scrooge, give them a call and get them involved with your family celebration this year. This book is guaranteed to make your heart grow bigger this holiday season and yes that was a Grinch reference there.