Author: Debbie Macomber
Date of Publication: 4th October 2016
Summary: When sunny Julia’s grouchy across the hall neighour turns his rudeness dial up to eleven, Julia has an idea. Instead of rude back she’s going to kill him…with kindness! Holiday romance ensues.
Festive Rating: 🎅🎅🎅🎅
This is the first in my #12daysofChristmas read-a-thon! Each day I will post a review of a Christmas / Winter related book. Hopefully this will give you some Xmas-Inspo and give your holiday reading a boost!
So obviously as I’m doing a read-a-thon based around the 12 Days of Christmas, this absolutely had to be my first read!
Julia is the polar opposite of her across the hall neighbour, Cain. He is grumpy, keeps to himself and borders on the rude side when forced to interact with anyone. Instead of just ignoring him or being rude back, Julia decides she’s going to go into sweet and fluffy overdrive, in a bid to change Cain’s grouchy ways. Simultaneously, she is up for a job which involves creating a popular blog as part of the selection process. How can she resist blogging about Cain and her kindness project with him??!!
I’m not usually much of a romance fan – I usually love my romantic pairings with a heavy dose of fantasy of sci-fi to give them some grounding. However this was a fun and sweet story. In fact my greatest complaint was how quickly it was over! I felt like I could have easily done with another fifty pages of character interactions to make the romance feel a bit more natural. Debbie Macomber has an irresistibly fun writing voice and so it was easy to get swept up in the story.
This was definitely a Christmassy Christmas book as well – it totally got me in the mood for the holidays! In secret, I love the whole “sweet girl wins over grumpy boy with the power of her personality” trope, and it was pretty well done here. Julia wasn’t overly syrupy and Cain wasn’t too obnoxious in his rudeness. Cain’s grandfather was also a great foil to them both, providing some interest and also an intermediary character.
Overall, for my first Christmas read of the year, I was very pleased! I would recommend this with a mince pie and a steaming mug of hot chocolate, snuggled up on the sofa with the fire on.
Tomorrow’s book will be Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien!