Debbie Macomber is the Queen of the Christmas novel, and they are often followed up as Hallmark movies. That said, some years are better than others and I’m happy to report that this year is a winner.
Julia Padden is a morning person. A bright, cheerful, bubbly morning person, just the type that her grouchy neighbor Cain can’t stand. They leave for work at the same time and her perkiness is just driving him mad. One morning she catches him stealing her newspaper and she loses it altogether.
Complaining to her best friend Cammie brings a little relief, then Cammie has a brainstorm – instead of just wanting to kill him, she suggests, why don’t you kill him with kindness? And blog about it.
Julia is in the running for her dream job and to get it, she needs to create a blog and amass as many followers as possible. Meanwhile, she’s working her tail off at Macy’s – there’s nothing like retail during the Christmas holidays. Since Christmas is a mere twelve days away, Julia goes for it. She starts writing her blog, nicknaming her neighbor “Ebenezer,” bending over backwards to be kind to him, and writing about their rocky relationship.
Her blog picks up steam every day, and it doesn’t take too long for her campaign to have an effect. A surprising effect – in no more than a week, Julia and Cain have forged a romantic, although Macomber-chaste, relationship. But no good romance goes unscathed, and there is plenty of angst before the requisite happy ending.
This quick read was a great kickoff to the holiday season, full of charm and all the sweetness you could want for Christmas. I loved it – hear that, Hallmark?
10/16 Stacy Alesi AKA the BookBitch™
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber. Ballantine Books (October 4, 2016). ISBN 978-0553391732. 288p.