Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: The library.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My ReviewI wasn't a big fan of Debbie Macomber's holiday book last year, Dashing Through the Snow. From what I remember it was somewhat predictable and a little too cheesy for me. Well what about this year's release you ask? I adored it! I found 12 Days of Christmas to be sweet and funny. I was charmed by Cain as much as the main character Julia.
I loved the idea that Julia had to write a blog and get a lot of followers to get a social media job. Not only did I find this interesting, but it does make sense, it works. So when her very grumpy neighbor really pushes her buttons one morning her friend suggests that she kill him... with kindness. I loved it! Not only does the book send a great message about kindness, which I think we all need lately, the author managed to make a believable enough story and changing/complex characters over the span of just 12 days. That takes some skill.
12 Days of Christmas is a great book for this holiday season. It's a quick read that you can easily sit down with in between your holiday parties, wrapping, shopping, and baking. It will be the perfect little escape.