Twelve Days of Christmas

By Debbie Macomber

Twelve Days of Christmas: A Christmas Novel by [Macomber, Debbie]

4 out of 5 stars

It is that wonderful time of year where Hallmark plays Christmas movies 24 hours a day. I love the way they make me feel, all toasty and happy. Debbie Macomber’s new book Twelve Days of Christmas gave me those same exact feelings! Perfect for the season.

The story starts with Julia, a  hard-working woman, who is told that in order to be considered for a job, she and another woman are to write their blogs and whoever does the best  will get the job. Her DIY blog does okay but isn’t hitting the numbers she needs. When she complains about her neighbor Cain to her friend Cammie, Cammie tells her to kill him with kindness and make that her blog. So begins her Twelve Days of Christmas to change Cain. She calls him Ebenezer on her blog and as days go by, her readership grows and grows. Everyone wants to see if Ebenezer changes by the twelfth day. What Julia didn’t count on was falling for Cain and seeing past that crabby exterior. Will she change him for good? Will they live happily ever after?

Hallmark, please make this a movie next season! It is perfect and I was even casting it in my mind. I can see a perky Lacey Chabert as Julia. There are plenty of men I have seen in those movies who would be perfect for Cain. If you are tired of shopping and cooking, this is the perfect distraction. It’s a sweet romance, nothing too deep, and will leave you feeling toasty and happy.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

By Debbie Macomber

3 out of 5 stars

Leanne and Nichole are starting life over after divorce. Leanne’s husband cheated on her for years and years. She knew and she let it happen. She couldn’t watch her son do it to her beloved daughter-in-law Nichole, so she spoke up and Nichole leaves her son. They now live in apartments across from each other, which works out wonderfully for Nichole since Leanne can help with her young son Owen. The women have come up with a guide of three rules to follow so that they can flourish in their new lives. Rules aren’t always so easy to follow. They do meet two men who come into the picture and make them see things a bit differently. Leanne meets Nickolai, a sweet man from the Ukraine who is in Leanne’s ESL class. Nichole meets Rocco, someone entirely different from her ex-husband.

This book is not a tome on foreign policy. Nor is it a groundbreaking novel but reading Debbie Macomber is like putting on your most comfortable clothes and snuggling under a warm blanket. It was what I needed to read after a lot of very serious books lately. It’s predictable, a little sappy and perfect for a rainy day when you just want a little distraction without having to think to hard.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Need You for Keeps – Heroes of St. Helena

Marina Adair

I loved Marina Adair’s St. Helena Vineyard Series. When I was done, I wanted to know more about some of the other characters. What do you know! Marina has started a series all about The Heroes of St. Helena. The Baudouin brothers! Frankie’s non-vineyard working men-in-uniform brothers. HUBBA HUBBA! If you thought the DeLuca boys were the only hot stuff in St. Helena, you were wrong!

Need You for Keeps starts us off with our introduction to our first Baudouin. Deputy Jonah.

We had seen this brother before in his sister Frankie’s story, Autumn in The Vineyard. Such a small glimpse of something so hot!

Shay, the local pet groomer and animal rescuer who is smart and sassy with a side of sweet is quite a handful for our stable man of the law. Though Jonah is a get-involved-without-getting-emotionally-entangled kind of guy, after one heck of a steamy kiss, neither Shay nor Jonah can stop thinking of each other.

Shay is one shade shy of the law and this 6’2″ superhero IS the law. Can she build her pet rescue without stepping over the boundaries? Can he follow the law and his heart? Can the two of them protect and serve both the citizens and the animals of St. Helena? You won’t be able to put the latest from Marina Adair down until you are able to answer these questions.