STORY: 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: It wouldn’t be Christmas season if I skipped reading Debbie Macomber Christmas themed story. And that’s what happened last year! So, I’m on my second DM book this season and the stories while similar, still managed to entertain. Especially the heroine.
Julia’s character was one of those unbelievably perfect human beings that you might think it could never be real, until you get to know her a bit better. And then you find out why she is kind and considerate to all, even to those that are not kind in return.
The plot was sun and funny, and the pace just perfect. If you don’t walk away with a lesson of “killing them with kindness” then you’d be missing the point our heroine is trying to teach us all about it.
I hate to repeat myself, but this is why I love reading this author. I enjoy her clean, light and inspiring content.
If you’re like me, in a mood for a sweet, light and very entertaining Christmas themed story, this’ll be just perfect for you.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher