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  • Lovely festive read

    This is a gorgeous debut novel, I really liked how well rounded the characters were and the lovely village setting. Although the dating scheme sounded far fetched it featured some fabulous sounding date settings and the author managed to make each actual date have a different defining characteristic leaving the whole concept actually plausible. There weren’t a huge amount of surprises in this but it’s a definitely cosy winter winner with a good dose of festive spirit.

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  • Lot of snow & Christmas atmosphere!

    I really enjoyed this lovely Christmas-themed story set in the little English village of Blexford. Kate is a fabric designer for Liberty who moved back to Blexford from London to be nearer her Dad after her (dippy!) Mum ran off with someone else. She has settled back into her old life and reconnected with her childhood friends, Laura and her young family, and Matt, who owns and runs the Pear Tree Cafe in the village. Kate and Matt's relationship has been a bit rocky over the years but they are back to their usual friendly bickering now. Laura works at Blexford Manor and there is an event being organised by a dating app site, whereby people who sign up meet up with 12 people for various dates in the run up to Christmas. Kate isn't interested but is persuaded into it by Laura and so decides she has nothing to lose. The dates are all very varied and Kate manages to get a lot of 'interesting' characters, which makes for a very funny story at times. It was very clever as it made the book really interesting and easy reading as each date was different chapter. During the course of the story we get to know Laura and Matt more, both really great characters, although Matt was a bit of an idiot towards the end. A really lovely warm feeling story with lots of snow and Christmas atmosphere, I loved it!

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  • Heart-warming

    Mid-Thirties fabric designer Kate Turner has been pressured by her best friend Laura to join a festive dating site where throughout December people are matched up and go on twelve dates, a different person each time, with the overall aim to find love. The dates are all very different and random, including a gingerbread house making competition, and are all very Christmassy. With each date, Kate learns a lot about men and also a bit about herself and what she is really looking for. If you are after getting in the Christmas spirit then I suggest you read this book. With snow, Christmas trees and jumpers, hot chocolate, and twinkling lights, perfect for this time of year. I loved the idea of a dating agency just for the festive period and the fabulous settings some of them took place in. They were a lot of fun. The characters, just like the book, were warm and cosy. Kate is happy being single but her friend sees a side of her that could do with a man in her life and after a year of pushing she finally got Kate to join the agency. As well as Kate, Laura and a whole host of eligible bachelors we also get to know Matt who Kate grew up with who runs the local cafe, her dad who she looks after, and her mum who ran off with an estate agent and is living it large abroad. Plus, the village of Blexford where Kate lives is so divine, a little sleepy place where everyone knows everyone else. My only little niggles with the book were some parts were a bit too drawn out and I had already worked out where the book was heading from the first couple of chapters, but I enjoyed the build-up to it. The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a book to sit by the fireplace reading on a cold winter’s day as it is heart-warming and was a real joy to spend my time with.

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  • Just what I needed

    A lovely romantic story with likeable characters. I was surprised to find that this is Jenny Bayliss‘ first novel, I’ll definitely be looking out for more. I enjoyed getting lost in the story and forgetting what’s going on in the world.

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  • Easy read

    Nice easy read but the ending was predictable from early on in the book. Found it annoying that the Americanised 'zed' spelling instead of 'sed' was used throughout!

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