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Publisher's Summary

Continuing in a festive annual tradition, New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber returns with a new original holiday novel full of romance and cheer - and the magical prospect of finding love in even the most guarded hearts.

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.

©2016 Debbie Macomber (P)2016 Random House Audio

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loved it

make you want to spread cheer and kindness. really gets you into the spirit of christmas

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Another winner!

Sweet Christmas Story with great narrator. I loved it. I always love Debbie's books.

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Wife and I listened to and enjoyed

Good Hallmark type entertainment to kill the holiday travel hours and in the end--I think I appreciated it as much as my honey.

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  • jeepgirl
  • Athens, AL United States
  • 10-28-16

Love Debbie Macomber

I love Debbie Macomber books, especially her Christmas themed ones. Great story and great narrarator.

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nice Christmas story

Perfect Hallmark movie, eventually.
liked that it was in my hometown of Seattle.
It was predictable but cute at the same time.

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Another great read

Mrs Macomber has been been in my life it seems. Her stories always hit a certain spot in my heart. She has the abilitym

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12 Days of Cute!

Realistic and quaint. The characters are cute and situation believable. Good delivery. Enjoyable tale of kindness and love.

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The males voices

I really enjoy reading and now listening to Debbie Macomber books. The story was everything I wanted it to be.

The narrator was wonderful when it came to the female voices but the male voices were terrible. She made the male voices very drawn out and they all sounded alike. Men Do. Not. Talk. Like. This.

When I tried to imagine Cain, I found it difficult to think of him as a young 20 to 30 year old man. The male voice aged him almost to his grandfathers age.

Though I am new to audible and am getting use to the reader reading all the parts, I still feel the need to have a male read the male parts. I don’t get it. Why not? I’m not sure I’ll stick with audible if this is the case. The reader almost ruined the book for me. I will definitely think twice to buying another book from audible with her as the narrator.

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A little light Christmas story read<br />

Could have been aided by a better narrator, not awful just flat could have used more emotion.

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Good story, but narration not so great

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. Could have been better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Twelve Days of Christmas?

When they took care of each other when they had the flu.

Did Suzanne Elise Freeman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No. At time's there was absolutely no distinction between characters. Also, she made all of the men sound gay (except the old guy Bernie).

Do you think Twelve Days of Christmas needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If done better next time, I think so. The idea of spreading more kindness is a good one.

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy this, it just didn't knock my socks off.