Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Twelve Dates of Christmas
The Twelve Dates of Christmas | Jenny Bayliss
148 posts | 67 read | 1 reading | 41 to read
'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 caf. 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. . . .
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
corireadslife
post image

Thank you, thank you, thank you @AmyG 🥰❤️ Such a sweet surprise and one that really brightened my day. I appreciate you so much!!

I hope all #LitsyLove writers know how much my face lights up with a smile when I get a letter from you. I know I‘ve been slow to respond lately but I‘m still enjoying every moment getting to know everyone through snail mail and share all about our lives and interests. Cheers to many more 💌

AmyG You are the sweetest 😘. It was my great pleasure to pass this on to you as it‘s a lovely book. And I always love to hear from you, my friend. ❤️ 6mo
23 likes1 comment
review
NeuroFerz
Pickpick

Fun book for the holiday season. While predictable it was definitely something relatable as a single ladies.

blurb
Gissy
post image

❄️Tagged book is not the favorite but I enjoyed it in general in 2021.
❄️Personal goal-more time with family. But I also want to do some things in the house, at least start this year; participate in more sport events; and read more. Sorry, the question indicates one goal but I need these goals together for my inner balance🧘🏽‍♀️
❄️I completed some errands on time since tomorrow is a holiday here in PR, Tres Reyes Magos (Three Wise Kings Day).

Gissy Thank you @Eggs 🥰 9mo
Eggs Totally understand #2-im struggling with the balance ⚖️ thing too😕 9mo
Gissy @Eggs Yes! 🧘🏽‍♀️ 9mo
40 likes3 comments
blurb
NeuroFerz
post image

Some belated #christmasreading

Chrissyreadit Welcome to litsy! My bio has a hyperlink with info about using litsy, and @LitsyEvents is a way to see all the reading activities going on that anyone can join in. 9mo
7 likes1 comment
blurb
lilpumpkin2.0

January 2, 2022 My TBR books are staring at me right now on my desk: The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss, Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, and In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (which I have seen so much rave about so I HAD to pick it up) What are your TBR books? Comment please 😇

BooksNBowls In a Holidaze was pretty good but I haven‘t read the other two! These are mine for this month. 9mo
lilpumpkin2.0 @BooksNBowls have any other books that you would recommend 9mo
3 likes5 comments
review
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
post image
Pickpick

A light pick. Kate isn't having much luck in the love department, so at the urging of some friends, she joins The Twelve Dates of Christmas. You complete a dating profile, pick your date activities, & pay for your portion of the dates in advance. The dating service them matches you up with 12 men whom you get a date with over the next few weeks. It's a super cute premise & if I was single, I totally want in! However, this was just OK for me. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Early on we meet Kate's childhood best friends, Matt & Laura, both of who are a bit annoying. Her small village outside of London is filled with the stereotypical small-town busybodies who are all way too invested in Kate's love life. Her dad is a gem and, thoughtfully her mother is a handful, she's at least interesting. It was obvious where this was heading from the start and the author seemed to use weird issues to keep Kate from finding lo

9mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick love and the dates just weren't that interesting. There was potential for a really engaging story here, but it was just light holiday fluff.

#SundayBuddyRead @TheBookHippie I still need to go back to the final week's questions. Another December #bookspinbingo box on the board I never made @TheAromaofBooks

9mo
TheBookHippie 💙💙💙💙❄️❄️❄️❄️🤍🤍🤍🤍 9mo
TheBookHippie I have jumpers in the pics for you! 9mo
48 likes4 comments
review
Crinoline_Laphroaig
post image
Mehso-so

#HolidayReads Print Stack. I'd really like to finish all these and then will decide what to keep and what donate to my friends or Library. Need to make some space for the new year. I think I can fit 4 more in during the #12daysofbookmas.

As for tagged book - Didn't like friend to love interest Matt. I really wanted Lumberjack Beard from Date 4 to be the HEA. Definitely not a #forevershelf read

ravenlee I really disliked Matt. And I felt really cheated, because what was the whole point of the twelve dates gimmick if it was just going to be the friend?! 9mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @ravenlee and now I‘m hoping I'm not really disappointed that I bought her newest book 9mo
ravenlee Well…her characters were vivid, and there were some generally funny moments…so as long as the MC doesn‘t miraculously end up back with her ex, maybe there‘s a chance for the new one? 🤞🏻 9mo
55 likes3 comments
review
Arvena
post image
Pickpick

Enjoyable rom-com: funny and feel-good, pretty predictable, but cute. Nice and entertaining christmasy story :)

Nute This was the first year that I decided to read a romantic holiday novel. I was planning to reading something by Jenny Bayliss, but her books were sold out. I picked up Holidaze which was also a book of interest. 9mo
Arvena @Nute there is no time limit for christmasy books :) :) :) "Holidaze" I also enjoyed very much :) 9mo
65 likes2 comments
review
sprainedbrain
post image
Mehso-so

I read this with the #SundayBuddyRead crew. While I probably wouldn‘t have otherwise, it was a pleasant, fast holiday read. The concept of the 12 holiday-themed dates with strangers was fun, and parts made me 🤣 (the architect and the gingerbread house omg), but it was a wee bit eyerollish and predictable, and it‘s hard to love a romance when you don‘t really like the main love interest. 😬

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks for being an awesome host, Christine!

TheBookHippie 😅♥️♥️♥️🎉seriously the best description!!! I loved having you along for this read! ❄️I will never look at another gingerbread house the same again 😂 9mo
63 likes1 comment
blurb
TheSpineView
post image

Last Tuesday of 2021! Wow! It snuck up on me. Here are today's #Two4Tuesday questions. Thanks to everyone who played this year.

📚 Tagged.
📚 I am in the process of selling my house in Asheville. Just want it to be done. I am ready to be down to one house. Scheduled to close at the end of January.

Want to play? @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs @OriginalCyn620 @wanderinglynn @EadieB @Lcsmcat @TheAromaofBooks @DaveGreen7777 @RamsFan1963 @Nute

julesG Good luck with the house. I can imagine it's trying and you'll breathe easier once it's done. 9mo
TheSpineView @julesG Thanks! 9mo
See All 21 Comments
Eggs ❤️🎉😊 9mo
OriginalCyn620 Thanks for the tag! Good luck with the sale of your house! 😊 9mo
TheSpineView @OriginalCyn620 You're welcome and thank you! 9mo
Gissy Good luck! 👍 🏡 ❤️ 9mo
TheSpineView @Gissy Thanks! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good luck!!! 9mo
MoonWitch94 Ohhhh good luck! 🍀👍🏻 Thanks for the tag! 9mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😘 Are you going to move to SC permanently? Asheville is such a great town, but I hear it‘s a little expensive to live. A long time ago, I used to live across the border in TN. 9mo
TheSpineView @MoonWitch94 Thank you and you're welcome! 9mo
TheSpineView @wanderinglynn Yes we are moving to SC permanently. Lower cost of living and a better quality of life. We love living on the lake and Asheville has gotten too big, crazy and terribly expensive. It is cheaper to buy a house on the lake than it is in Asheville. Plus the city is more for the younger crowd. My Dad's family is from TN. Knox county. 9mo
wanderinglynn I grew up right down the road from Knox Co. in Jefferson City (Jefferson Co.). 😀❤️ 9mo
TheRiehlDeal Thanks for the tag! And good luck selling your house! 9mo
DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag! 😊 9mo
Klou Thank you for tagging me! 9mo
TheSpineView @wanderinglynn Wow! Small world! 😁 9mo
TheSpineView @TheRiehlDeal You're welcome! 9mo
44 likes21 comments
review
Andrew65
post image
Pickpick

I enjoyed this and the resolution of the story, but for some reason it seemed a long read. Would be happy to read more by this author.

28th book read for #WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs @Clwojick #ChristmasMyWay @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader #WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire #WintercosyReadathon @PuddleJumper #AVeryMerryReadathon @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I agree, it was long. 9mo
keys_on_fire Yeah, committing to doing twelve dates was a lot!! 9mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 9mo
65 likes3 comments
review
Gissy
post image
Pickpick

I have mixed feelings with this book. It is very predictable and I think was too long with repetitive of unnecessary details. Also I didn‘t like much Matt with his explosive character where he easily offended Kate twice. But besides those comments, the novel was so funny: Kate‘s mom😳🙄, her dates😆her relationship with Laura, the town gossips☺️At least in those blind dates there were staff present in their first date😅. Love Drew! 34⭐️

Gissy Thank you @Charityann for the book. I received it last year during #Bestof2020swap
@Chrissyreadit I‘m using the mug you sent me in the photo☕️👌🎄💚❤️

December 2021 #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
9mo
tpixie Great photo!! @Chrissyreadit @Gissy pretty mug! 9mo
Chrissyreadit I love it! 9mo
See All 8 Comments
Gissy @tpixie Yes! ❤️Thank you! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I have very similar feelings about this one. I found so much of it funny and fun, but wish we could have gotten more of Matt's perspective - it may have made him a more sympathetic character. 9mo
Gissy @TheAromaofBooks You are right! And those immature tantrums?🙄I don‘t know what would be his decision if Sarah didn‘t leave him🤔So for me, he was a little bit selfish🤷🏽‍♀️ 9mo
TheAromaofBooks The one that got me was when Kate was on her way home and it's late and she's exhausted and Matt pretty much bullies her into staying up late to help him in the cafe. I just never felt like he was putting her needs first! 9mo
Gissy @TheAromaofBooks I forgot about that one! I can imagine that now she has to help him, not because he needs some help but as an obligation😠No, thank you, I don‘t need a match like Matt🙄 9mo
51 likes8 comments
review
PageShifter
post image
Pickpick

This made me laugh several times. I really loved the setting: a little snowy town that had Christmas decorations & spirit everywhere. Story was really predictable but any Christmas story has never surprised me so I think that's how those usually are.

This was super cosy and I liked how this wasn't too romantic.

#SundayBuddyRead

#wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers #AVeryMerryReadathon #ChristmasMyWay

TheSpineView Awesome! 9mo
TheBookHippie ♥️ 9mo
14 likes2 comments
blurb
Andrew65
post image
keys_on_fire Enjoy! 9mo
TheSpineView Hope you like it! 9mo
65 likes2 comments
review
Nelnjali
post image
Pickpick

#WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

(Smokey is telling me I better make this review quick because I need to get up and feed him. Lol)

3.75🌟 This was a fun story and I enjoyed reading it. It fit that guilty pleasure that is met by Netflix Christmas movies. I did feel that a lot of conflict wa forced for the sake of creating conflict and that the characters' actions sometimes came out of left field. 👇

Nelnjali The ending also felt hurried. However, when it came to providiing a fun, romantic, Christmas fluff, this met the need. 9mo
21 likes1 comment
review
Kaylamburson
post image
Pickpick

Just listened to this entire audiobook while decorating sugar cookies! It came off hold from the library today and felt like the perfect time to listen to it. It was cute and easy to listen to. It wasn't my favorite romance as the storyline and characters weren't anything surprising, and it was less humorous than some of my other recent reads. But a sweet, festive story nonetheless.

Christine Well done on the cookies - so cute!! 9mo
DivineDiana Fabulous cookie making! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
Lesliereads Loving your cookies! 9mo
Kaylamburson Thanks all!! I had fun with it. Ans spent way too many hours 😂😂 @Christine @DivineDiana @Lesliereads 9mo
60 likes4 comments
review
CoffeeNBooks
post image
Pickpick

This was very predictable, but still a fun read if you're looking for something light at the Holidays. I liked the idea of the twelve dates- it added a little bit of suspense to the story.
#SundayBuddyRead

review
asterese
post image
Pickpick

I really loved this, from the beginning right up to the end. The main character was the real star of this book for me. I rooted for her right from the start. The small town setting where everyone knew everyone else was a nice touch to making this story even more heartwarming. I would highly recommend not missing out on this as a holiday read.

⭐: 4.5

asterese (Photo in the background belongs to Jessica Delp) 9mo
15 likes1 comment
review
ShelbyA7
post image
Mehso-so

Book #68: This one was just okay to me. I don‘t think I really connected with it. I didn‘t love the main love interest. I found him to be kind of a mooch and not that nice. Overall, it was a low key Christmas romance read that made me want to bake treats and drink mulled wine. I loved the 12 dates business idea and the date ideas were cool and Christmassy, but whoever ran that event did an absolutely terrible job vetting out the participants 😂

review
peanutnine
post image
Pickpick

A cute holiday rom-com where you knew how it would end from the beginning. But I enjoyed all the dating antics and mishaps along the way. And I had fun seeing everyone's thoughts in the #sundaybuddyread discussions 😊 thanks @TheBookHippie for hosting!

50 likes7 comments
review
rjsthumbelina
post image
Pickpick

I enjoyed this fun little Christmas rom com - a small town girl finds the love she had all along. I loved her dad and best friend as characters, and was glad it wasn't all about the boys, that other relationships held even more importance than the romantic prospects. #wgwordsearch 146 words in this last section for 1,460 points. #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious #merryandbright and #dashingdecember 4 hrs=80 pts
🔽

rjsthumbelina 2,156 points added from this one 🎄🎄🎄 9mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 🤩📖📚 9mo
31 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
DebinHawaii
post image
Pickpick

This holiday rom-com for #sundaybuddyread gets a soft pick from me. I didn‘t love the male lead but I enjoyed the 12 dates, small village life, many of the supporting characters, food descriptions & all the nature & design process mentions from Kate, the female lead. Overall, a good bit of holiday fluff-perfect for December. It also gets me 4,700 points for #WinterGames2021 #WGWordsearch 🤗 + 26 points & #readathon points!⬇️ for #teamgamesleighers

PuddleJumper That's great! 9mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 9mo
See All 8 Comments
melissajayne Probably be able to read it next Christmas 9mo
kspenmoll ❤️🎄💜 9mo
TheSpineView Excellant! 🤩📖 9mo
keys_on_fire I liked this one for what it was, and agree with you about the male MC. Good work! 9mo
61 likes8 comments
review
vlwelser
post image
Mehso-so

Um. No. This book was clearly not meant for me. But don't let me put you off if this is your jam.

Finished on the airplane yesterday. And realized that I'm not going to have time to participate in #SundayBuddyRead today anyway. @TheBookHippie

#BookSpinBingo square 2
@TheAromaofBooks

TheBookHippie 😂 same😂. ENJOY your time! Better things in 2022. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 9mo
37 likes2 comments
blurb
mcctrish
post image

I feel like I might just stay home and read for 4-5 months

Kshakal Same! 9mo
TheBookHippie Is there a sign up? I am in! 9mo
JamieArc That sounds like a great plan. I should do the same 😊 9mo
mcctrish @Kshakal @TheBookHippie @JamieArc I‘ve easily got enough books to last me too 😆 9mo
44 likes1 stack add5 comments
blurb
vlwelser
post image

This isn't book related. Just took a pic of the Boston Public Library on my walk to the office this morning and wanted to share.

Tagged is a book I was skimming on the train. Definitely not set in Boston.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 📚❤️ 9mo
46 likes1 comment
review
keys_on_fire
post image
Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Fun, #festiveread, perfect for the holidays. It was pretty apparent what the end result would be romantically, but I enjoyed seeing Kate have all these dates and the outcomes of each.

3,537 pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
#WGWordSearch @Clwojick
#wrapitupreadathon
#wintercosyreadathon @PuddleJumper
#averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView
#adventathon @ozma.of.oz
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
#dashingdecember @Andrew65

TheSpineView Enjoyed this book!❤📖💚🎄❤ 9mo
Andrew65 Still to start this. Well done 👏👏👏 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
45 likes3 comments
review
TheAromaofBooks
post image
Pickpick

This was a reread for me from last year and I still enjoyed it the second time around. Someone else who tagged me in a review of this one earlier ( @Laughterhp ?) mentioned how they felt like Matt was kind of taking advantage of Kate and her willingness to help her out. I thought I had read at some point him saying something about paying her for her baked goods, but was more aware of how much she was doing for him as I read the second half. ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) It was especially noticeable in the chapter where she specifically tells him that it's late and she's really exhausted and he still persuades her to come help him do a bunch of baking. I still like Matt as a character, but I did feel like Kate was doing a lot more for him than he was doing for her, and hope that doesn't become the standard of their relationship going forward. Still a fun read with a lot of shenanigans during the dates. ⬇ 9mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I missed this Sunday's discussion, but hoping to come in for the finale this week for the #SundayBuddyRead.

#WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs @Clwojick
#AVeryMerryReadathon - 4645/9300pgs @TheSpineView
#WinterCosy - 15/40bks @PuddleJumper
#AVeryMerryBingo - Jingle Bells @Jadams1776
#DashingDecember - 1237/3150pgs @Andrew65
#WrapItUpReadathon - 15/29bks @keys_on_fire
#Adventathon @ozma.of.oz
#BookSpinBingo
9mo
Laughterhp Haha yes! That was me 😊 9mo
See All 6 Comments
TheAromaofBooks @Laughterhp - This has been a popular one so a lot of people have tagged me, but I was pretty sure that convo was with you 😂 After reading the rest of the book I felt like maybe I was too hasty in my defense of Matt LOL 9mo
Andrew65 Yet to start this. Well done 👏👏👏 9mo
Jadams1776 🎄🎉🎅🏻🎁👍🏻 9mo
65 likes1 stack add6 comments
review
megnews
post image
Pickpick

As anticipated, this was predictable from the first chapter. Any other time of year, I‘d give this a so-so but this being my type of go-to fluffy holiday read, I‘ll give it a pick. The 12 dates was definitely a unique concept.

#SundayBuddyRead

TheBookHippie 🎄♥️ 9mo
CaramelLunacy Definitely in the mood for fluffy comforting low-angst reads right now! 9mo
50 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
LitsyEvents
post image

#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

I‘m ready for SUNDAY 🎄

Anyone who has read the book feel free to join us on Sunday as we discuss this last section we read and the whole book. Until then shhhhhhh🤐🤫

review
AmyG
post image
Pickpick

Kate signs up with a matchmaking company offering 12 dates before Christmas….only to find her true love was just right in front of her all along. Very sweet story.

#SundayBuddyRead @TheBookHippie

review
Sargar114
post image
Mehso-so

A bit cheesy, a bit predictable, but some fun quirks and a great setting and supporting cast. #sundaybuddyread

blurb
rjsthumbelina
post image

Finished this week's section for #sundaybuddyread! #Wgwordsearch 1,810 points added 😁⛄
#wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

review
FantasyChick
post image
Pickpick
keys_on_fire I loved that line too! 10mo
Jadams1776 🎅🏻🎁🎉👍🏻 10mo
TheSpineView It was cute!❤📖💚🎄❤📚💚 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
36 likes4 comments