by Jenny Bayliss
Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes
Genres: Women's Fiction
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'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. . . .
*This audiobook includes a PDF of recipes.
The cute cover of The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss drew me in, and I stayed for the quirky characters, charming setting and talks of delicious food.
With Christmas a few days away, this is the perfect audiobook listen. Listen while you wrap presents and bake cookies. Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, the author takes us to the sleepy town of Blexford, England. Here we meet thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner.
While Kate has found success in her career, loves her home and even has a cool gig baking delicious treats for her friend Matt’s cafe, she isn’t in a serious relationship. She longs for a forever relationship and family. Her best friend signs her up for a dating agencies Twelve Dates of Christmas event. Oh boy…
I loved the story and where Bayliss took the story. It was charming, funny, and just gave an overall warm and fuzzy feel. I think it’s perfect for fans of the movie Love, Actually.
I adored Kate, who is at the age where she is looking for marriage, children and a partner. They held the dates in different venues, from ice skating to a drink mixer. Some were good, and some were disasters. But all led Kate to discover that sometimes love is right where you least suspected it.
Elizabeth Knowelden captured the characters and mood wonderfully. She became Kate and through tone and emotions brought her to life. The story lends itself wonderfully to audiobook from conversation flow to humor.
The audiobook includes a PDF of recipes you’ll learn about in the story and gads I drooled more than once!
The Twelve Date of Christmas is the perfect listen to this holiday season. Grab some hot cocoa, cookies and your earbuds!
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I’ve heard lots and lots of awesome things about this book, and I definitely need to check it out, for sure! Hope you’re doing well, and Merry Christmas to you and the family! Hugs, RO
I feel like I should grab that cup of hot cocoa you suggested and curl up in bed with this book now! Considering I love Love, Actually, I think you shared a truly lovely Christmas read 😀
Now this sounds like one I would definitely enjoy, and 5 stars too. Great review Kimberly. I will have to see if my library has this one.
I agree with every adjective you used to describe this book. I cannot scream about this one enough. A wonderful addition to any holiday reading list, because it gave me all the warm fuzzies and left me the best mood
This sounds totally adorable. I wish my library had a larger online audiobook selection… mostly / only best sellers. *sigh* Merry Christmas!
Anne - Books of My Heart
I’ve seen nothing but great reviews on this one. I’ve put it on reserve at the library.
Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
I loved this book too. Every time I think about the “Gingerbread house date” I crack up. I don’t know why but everything about that scene tickled my funny bone.
I love the sound of this. While clearly it’s not about the dating event but more of things she’ll realize later on which is usually something I enjoy in a book (other than the cute-sy romance in-between).
Oh it looks perfect for the period of the year!