Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons + Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
‘Tis the season for finding romance in this hilarious and uplifting holiday read
When it comes to relationships, thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say “Bah, humbug.” The sleepy town of Blexford, England, isn’t exactly brimming with prospects, and anyway, Kate’s found fulfillment in her career as a designer, and in her delicious side job baking for her old friend Matt’s neighborhood café. But then her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. Twenty-three days until Christmas. Twelve dates with twelve different men. The odds must finally be in her favor . . . right?
Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before–and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures–Kate must remind herself that sometimes love, like mistletoe, shows up where it’s least expected. And maybe, just maybe, it’s been right under her nose all along. . . .
Song/s the book brought to mind: My Only Wish (This Year) by Britney Spears
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss is a hilarious book that was perfect for the holidays! I loved the idea of Kate going on twelve different dates, and the fact that her friend signed her up for them made it even better. I’m beginning to notice that I am a huge fan of British humor and there is plenty of that packed in. The second half of the book did start to get a bit more serious, but the first half had me laughing so hard that I actually cried at times. I listened to the audio and cannot tell you how awesome Elizabeth Knowelden was at narrating. She did a spectacular job and because of that I highly recommend the audio if you can.
I really enjoyed the mixture of humor and seriousness in the book, and I fell in love with so many of the characters. I was impressed that this was a debut, and I think Bayliss did a great job with it. Her writing flowed well for me and I could definitely see this being made into a movie. The Twelve Dates of Christmas is brimming with Christmas spirit making this the perfect holiday read. I had a lot of fun with each of the different dates, and I really liked that it was how the book was broken up. I thought it did lose a tiny bit of steam in the second half, but it had an adorable ending and was an all-around good time, so that was a win for me.