I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts about The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss.
I loved this story.
Kate, not needing a man to complete her (at least on the surface), is talked into taking part in the Twelve Dates of Christmas by best friend Laura who works at one of the venues taking part. As entertaining as I found the dates, the community at Blexford and friends and family are just as important to the story. They all add a whirl of emotions.
There is a fabulous cast of characters who all add colour – Kate’s dad, Matt, Sarah, the Knitting Sex Kittens, Kate’s eccentric mum – spring immediately to mind. Kate and Laura have one of the best friendships I’ve ever come across in a story. I wanted to be their friend too 🙂 Matt had me belly laughing at his reaction to the ‘zip’ incident. So much so that Pete asked me if I was ok … Kate had me laughing at some of her thoughts (Blexford Folly gave me the giggles). As well as the laughter, I cried. Not always because I was feeling sad though. The final scene was absolutely beautiful.
I’m not going to share what the 12 dates are but oh, there are some corkers. Each activity Kate has chosen is disastrous in some way and very entertaining. On the 8th date I had a realisation which was wrong although the truth was just as unpalatable. I wanted to shout at Kate to protect herself. The 10th date had me cheering for Kate’s actions. The 12th date was, of course, my favourite.
Kate’s creativity and her job is also a theme I very much enjoyed. It was healing to see the world through her eyes on her inspiration walks in nature.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas should be on your festive reading list.
Jenny Bayliss lives in a small seaside town in the UK with her husband, their children having left home for big adventures. After having been a professional cake-baker for many years, she went back to college at age thirty-nine to study part-time for a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Bayliss likes long walks, baking days, stationery, and shamelessly wearing party dresses to the supermarket. The Twelve Dates of Christmas is her debut novel. Twitter @baylissjenni