Attention, American readers! It is never too early for some festive escapism, which is why we’re delighted that The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss is being published today in the US by Penguin Random House / Putnam.
The UK eBook of this indulgent romantic comedy was published earlier this month by Pan Macmillan, and has already garnered significant attention, being featured as the ‘Spotlight Title’ in Netgalley’s ‘Books for Christmas’ newsletter. The story follows the perpetually single Kate Turner, on her slightly unconventional quest to find love by December 25th. Jenny, who is also the author of the new gothic Middle Grade comedy, Malice in Underland (Scholastic), gave us a glimpse of the beautiful cover art on Twitter last week, and now it’s finally time to hold it in your hands.
— Jenni Bayliss Jennings (@BaylissJenni) October 7, 2020
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. . . .
Reviewers are already smitten with this hilarious and heart-warming tale:
“A really lovely, warm-feeling story with lots of snow and Christmas atmosphere, I loved it!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“An enchanting story of looking for and finding love. I was wholly absorbed in Kate’s quest and had an incredible time waiting for her to find her soulmate. This book made me laugh, smile, and shed happy tears, as it delivered a big jolt of holiday spirit.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Light-hearted, perfect read! The landscapes were breathtaking, the food and drinks were mouth-watering, and the Christmas elements added more warmth and comfort that we felt during the holidays…this book was an absolute treat!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“I was cosy on my couch with a cup of hot chocolate and totally immersed in the winter wonderland of the sleepy little village of Blexford, which sounds idyllic. All the characters are written well and it’s beautifully descriptive. It’s a heart-warming read, perfect for the coming winter months.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
With a hysterical premise and a sentimental core, this book is certain to give you all the right feels. Make sure you purchase a copy today!