Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber
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.
Thanks to Ballentine and Netgalley for the book in exchange for a honest review.
We jump right in with this book. We see how Cain feels about Julia right away, he doesn't like that she's so happy and bubbly. He wishes she didn't talk to him. He just wants to live his life without complications. He sees that she could be a complication. Slowly she starts worming her way into his life and he finds that he doesn't hate it so much.
Julia doesn't understand how someone can be so closed off and be so angry looking all the time. She calls her friend and the friend gives her an idea for her blog. Kill him with kindness, make the Scrooge see that a little friendly cheer isn't the end of the world. When all of her hard work and her blog start to work, she realizes that he's not a bad person he's just had some bad knocks. It's made him wary. When she starts feeling more than friendly towards Cain she doesn't know if she can handle if the blog and all of that will push him away.
I loved this book, I knew I would because I've read Debbie Macomber's books for years. This one was feel good and heart warming. Sure there were hiccups but there always are with relationships. It's a beautiful story that I couldn't put down once I started reading! Leave the author a review to show your love and support!