Book Review – The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Title: The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Author: Jenny Bayliss

Genre: Romance/Christmas

Goodreads Rating: 3.70

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: Paperback


On the first day of Christmas, a dating app offered me
Twelve tailored chances for perfect harmony . . .

Kate Turner is happily single – a bit too happily, in fact. Since returning to her hometown of Blexford, a sleepy village where everybody knows each other, and between catching up with her oldest friends Laura and Matt, a flourishing career as a fabric designer, and taking care of her beloved dad, love hasn’t really had a look in.

But Kate does love Christmas. So when Laura insists she signs up to the Twelve Dates of Christmas, a brand new dating app service, she doesn’t need too much persuading. Twelve perfect festive dates with the area’s most eligible men – who could say no?

Amongst the twinkling lights and over hot chocolates and glasses of red wine, romance is easy to find. But with each date, Kate learns more about the men, and even more about herself.

As the big day approaches, Kate’s left wondering – is it really the season for true love, or will this Christmas be the coldest yet? 

My Review:

The whole concept of this book was brilliant, twelve different dates and twelve chances to find love. I was intrigued to see how the dates would go and after reading the first date I knew this would be entertaining. By the end of date two I knew exactly how this would play out and couldn’t wait to see if I was right.

From a crying vegan to a gay man and then a gingerbread house perfectionist, this book was full of funny and entertaining characters. Some like Drew, Matt, Laura and Kate were very likeable, others like Richard grated on me. I loved the bickering between Matt and Kate, you could feel the chemistry between them from the start. Whilst Matt could be a bit of a plonker at times, I couldn’t help but find him loveable and the perfect match for Kate. Laura was the greatest friend that any girl could ask for, she was candid, funny and the perfect shoulder to lean on when things went wrong. As for our leading lady Kate I felt that as she went on date after date she learnt a lot about herself, as well as men! She remained true to herself throughout the book and she certainly had some admirable qualities. She didn’t take herself too seriously and seemed like a very fun person to be around. I also loved her job at Liberty and wouldn’t mind having her bake me some of those delicious winter treats!

As for the dates I thought they were really fun! I’d love to do cocktail making, a winter hike, baking and an outdoor movie. Even though the men were a little predictable I still enjoyed reading each date and laughing at the situations Kate found herself in. What was even more entertaining was the village people of Blexford. This was a busy body town where everyone knew everyone and it was definitely difficult to keep a secret! The locals gave me the giggles, especially the Knitting Sex Kittens!

This was the perfect will they won’t they read that gave me all sorts of Christmas vibes!


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