Being kind is like looking at your own reflection in the calm waters of a lake. Then the act of kindness ripples those waters, like a stone tossed upon the surface.
Published: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 5 hours (Audiobook)
Series: N/A -Standalone
If kindness can alter two people’s attitudes toward each other, just imagine what it could do to change our world, one relationship at a time.
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 facade 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.
Hello and Happy Holidays, friends! I’m so excited for the holidays this year because I got a jump start on holiday reading and my friends at Forever Publishing sent me several holiday romances for the end of the year! So, this is the first of many Christmas romance reviews!
This was my first Debbie Macomber book and I really enjoyed it! It was such a feel-good little holiday romance and I appreciated that it did have some more steamier scenes. However, I only gave it a three star because there wasn’t anything special here to me. Sure, it was fun, but it wasn’t anything more than that. I can see why people enjoy her work though and I am interested in reading more of her other books, I even have Starry Night on hold at my local library!
I enjoyed the characters in this book but I didn’t really like Cain as a romantic interest. He wasn’t my type… I like bad boys and things but he was rude, not an asshole, and there is a big difference to me. I did like Julia, though! She was sweet and peppy and she kind of reminded me of myself simply because of her goofiness. Plus, I think I related to her as a fellow blogger! The blog aspect of this was a neat addition because I had never read a book before with a blogger main character.
The setting and plot of this was adorable. The way the relationship between Julia and Cain played out was really natural and sweet, it wasn’t rushed and didn’t feel forced, which is something that can happen when books are on the shorter side. And the way Debbie described the cold, northern location made me long for Pennsylvania in the Winter. Overall this was sweet and short and a really nice audiobook to listen to on my commute to put me in the holiday spirit! Great way to kick off my Christmas reading!
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