Debbie Macomber’s Latest Reminds Us of the Power of Kindness [REVIEW]

Woman drinking Starbucks

A young Seattle woman decides to kill her new neighbor with kindness in Debbie Macomber’s latest novel. (Photo by Tracey, Flickr)

When an obnoxiously rude neighbor threatens to steal her joy, a perky retail clerk decides to turn the other cheek and kill the guy with kindness. But what happens when her scheme doesn’t work out quite the way she planned? Find out in Debbie Macomber’s latest novel. 


Ballantine Books

Julia Padden is one of the perkiest people on the planet. She loves the holiday season and is determined to spread good cheer, whether it is by volunteering with one of the many charities she works with, or simply by being nice to the guy living across the hall.

Cain Maddox, on the other hand, isn’t having any of it. He might be handsome, but he’s also rude, grumpy, and a thief who refuses to apologize for stealing his effervescent neighbor’s newspaper. She’s so darn bubbly, he wonders whether it is an act or if she can truly be that cheerful all the time.

When Julia learns that there’s a chance to become a social media maven at a local company, her best friend convinces her to kill Cain with kindness and blog about her personal challenge in an effort to get the job. Try as she might, Cain rebuffs her at every turn, and even turns his nose up at her homemade cookies. But bit by bit, Julia starts to see behind Cain’s facade, until suddenly she realizes there might be more to this guy than first meets the eye. So how is she going to tell him about the blog? And when he does find out about it, how will he react?

Twelve Days of Christmas is one of those rare books that manages to be charming, insightful and laugh out loud funny all at the same time. Just as she does with the characters who populate her Cedar Cove books, Macomber delivers authentic characters who readers are bound to care about. They may start out as caricatures of people we all know, but we quickly discover that these are flawed individuals with wounded hearts that need mending, and we are helpless to resist feeling compassion for them.

Readers will surely laugh long and hard at Julia’s antics, most of which simply blow up in her face. But bless her little heart, she is one determined cookie, and her never-give-up attitude will soften up even the toughest Scrooge. Cain is no slouch, however. His resistance to her efforts, and his own sly sense of humor, bring him toe to toe with a worthy adversary, with hilarious results.

This is a story that will leave a smile on your face. Like most of Macomber’s work, it is a love story. Yes, it is a romance where opposites attract, but it is also a story about extending love to strangers and all the doors that act can miraculously open: whether it’s with a handsome neighbor, an elderly stranger, or even the local Starbucks barista. A little book with a big message, Twelve Days of Christmas reminds us that kindness is powerful and proves that sometimes the people we need in our lives are the ones we may initially overlook.

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber
(Photo by Deborah Feingold)


Debbie Macomber is the author of Twelve Days of ChristmasSweet TomorrowsThe World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home to Color, and A Girl’s Guide to Moving On. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide and they have spent more than 950 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ten of her novels hit the number one spot.

Five of Macomber’s books have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, Wash., the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

By Debbie Macomber
288 pgs. Ballantine Books. $20.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

One Response to Debbie Macomber’s Latest Reminds Us of the Power of Kindness [REVIEW]

  1. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    What do you do when you have a cranky neighbor who steals your newspaper? Kill him with kindness, of course! Meet Julia, a perky retail clerk who is the bane of her grumpy neighbor Cain’s existence. But Julia is determined to bring a smile to her neighbor’s face, whether he wants one or not! Read what our reviewers have to say about Debbie Macomber’s charming new book!

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