Before Halloween; before Thanksgiving. It's too early for Christmas books, but the 2016 ones have already been coming out for a couple months. I guess it's never too early to read comfort reads. And, Debbie Macomber's Christmas romances, predictable as they are, are still comfort reads. Anyone who reads the cover flap of Twelve Days of Christmas will know how the book is going to end.
Julia Padden is a little too friendly and bubbly for her neighbor, Cain Maddox. He's not a morning person. In fact, Julia thinks he's a grouch. But, when he tries to steal her newspaper, it's just too much. When she complains to her best friend, Cammie, her friend has a suggestion. Julia should try to kill him with kindness, and turn him around. Julia needs a blog idea in order to compete for a social media job. Perfect! She's going try to make "Ebenezer" a little less of a Scrooge in twelve days. She'll do her best to be kind to him, and blog about it.
While Julia goes about her daily life, working at Macy's, volunteering to play piano for a couple groups, she blogs about her attempts to win over "Ebenezer". Cain turns down her offer of coffee. He turns down chocolate chip cookies. And, he even accuses her of stalking him. While she complains on her blog, her readership increases dramatically. Readers make suggestions, and, best of all, several try to change people with their own acts of kindness. But, when Julia begins to see the man behind the gruff exterior, she finds herself falling for him. Now, how does she tell him he's the subject of a blog?
Twelve Days of Christmas is a light holiday story with messages of kindness and love. It's actually a typical Debbie Macomber romance, set in Seattle with two likable characters (yes, "Ebenezer" is likable). And, we'll probably see it on Hallmark in the next year or two. But, in the long run, that's what most of us want at Christmas, kindness, love, and people to like. Debbie Macomber has it right.
Debbie Macomber's website is www.debbiemacomber.com
Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber. Ballantine Books. 2016. ISBN 9780553391732 (hardcover), 268p.
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