Title: Twelve Days of Christmas
Author: Debbie Macomber
Description from Goodreads: “Continuing in a festive annual tradition, #1 New York Timesbestselling 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.”
Review: This is such an amazing book! I fell in love from the beginning. I read over half the book in one day and regretfully put it down to go to bed. I loved the characters and how they matured and changed throughout the story. I loved the premise of the story, and I loved how engulfed I got in this, without even trying! This was suppose to just be a book I read to pass the time, but it quickly became one of my all time favorites. There really isn’t anything about this book that I didn’t love.
This is such a wonderful reminder of the power kindness truly has, even though it doesn’t seem like it anymore. This inspired me to try to “kill someone with kindness” this Christmas season! Who knows, it might just make both our Christmas’ better and brighter. The world needs far more of that and you never know who needs a little extra cheer.
Recommendation: I would truly recommend this book to anyone! This is a book you will not soon forget, and with such a powerful message, you won’t want too!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. A positive review was not required, all opinions are my own*