“Twelve Days of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber is a heartwarming and fun story that will put one in the holiday mood. I love the contrasts between the bright and chirpy Julia and the stiff and somber Cain, not to mention the personable Bernie and patient Schroeder. The gradual growth of Julia’s blog following is a relevant topic and some of the drawbacks of apartment living are vividly portrayed (and reminded me of my own struggles to get the newspaper I was paying for, lol). I enjoyed the reminder of the power of kindness and delighted in the mood elevation that came from following these folks in their journey to Christmas. This was a sweet and romantic quick seasonal read.
This contemporary romance story follows Julia Padden, a enthusiastic and generous woman who starts a blog as part of competition for a potential job. The decision to document her campaign to “kill with kindness” her stiff and unfriendly neighbor during the twelve days leading up to Christmas has unexpected results. Cain Maddox is a study in contrasts, between his care for his grandfather’s beloved Irish Setter and his blithe usurpation of his neighbor’s newspaper, but his past experiences make him determined to never become vulnerable to a woman again—no matter how persistent she is.
In a festive annual tradition, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with another original holiday novel full of romance and cheer. This time around, a plucky young woman clashes with a real-life Scrooge—her grouchy, arrogant, annoyingly handsome neighbor—and tries to get even the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.