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The Twelve Days to Christmas

(Single in the City #3)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Librarian note: alternate-cover edition of B00FL1X8MU.

What if his proposal had an expiration date?

Hannah's in a bit of a pickle. In twelve days she flies from Hong Kong to the US with Sam, where he's finally going to meet her parents... and ask to marry her.

Since overcoming a rather rocky patch in their relationship (which was totally his fault), he really is a new man, an
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Notting Hill Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Hannah has moved to Hong Kong from the USA to be with her boyfriend Sam, the only trouble is he almost immediately got sent to work in Vietnam. Now, its coming up to Christmas and she thinks he is taking her home to the USA to propose (after getting her parents' approval of course). The only trouble is, Hannah isn't entirely sure whether she wants to marry Sam! The trouble is, right from the start Hannah has been trying to impress Sam and find things in common when really they are like chalk and ...more
Melissa T
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on October 13, 2012
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

A few months ago, Michele contacted me to review the previous novel in this series, Misfortune Cookie. (You can read that review here) So when she contacted me about The Twelve Days to Christmas I was happy to say yes because I wondered what had happened to them.

I have to admit that I wasn't all that thrilled by the ending of Misfortu
SOS Aloha
A good conscience is a continual Christmas. - Benjamin Franklin

Hannah suspects her boyfriend, Sam, will ask her to marry her when they both fly from Hong Kong to her parents' home for Christmas. In the days leading up to their departure, Hannah has a battle of conscience - she moved to Hong Kong to be with Sam. But her life in Hong Kong has expanded her horizons and she wonders if Sam will accept the imperfect side of her.

Oh, this may seem to be a heavy story, but it is not. It is a laugh out lo
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in The Single in the City series. I have not read the first two books and felt like it stood alone nicely. This is also my first read by Michele Gorman. I do want to read the first two books as they are all connected. Hannah she is great and cracks me up. I like that she is excited yet a bit jittery about a possible proposal from Sam her boyfriend. I found her self evaluation funny and real. I felt that she worked things through and grew in the process. Her friends are ama ...more
The Twelve Days to Christmas is an easy-to-read story about a woman who finds out that her boyfriend is going to propose to her at Christmas while visiting her family but isn't really sure how she feels about that or what her answer will be. This story highlights the importance of trust, honesty and being yourself in a relationship. Though sometimes the story was a little predictable overall it was a very enjoyable read and I really liked Ms. Gorman's writing. A great story for anyone who has ev ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
A wonderfully delightful novella with a great cast of characters! I enjoyed being on the journey with Hannah while she discovered what she really wanted and how sometimes life works out just the way it was meant to! Pick up this Christmas novella and enjoy a quick, fun read! 4.5 stars!
*note this book is part of a series
Talli Roland
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read both Single in the City and Misfortune Cookie, I couldn't wait to see what mischief and mishaps awaited Hannah in The Twelve Days to Christmas - and I wasn't disappointed! In typical bubbly, fun fashion, Hannah manages to find her way to what's really important and negotiate her own happy ending. A wonderfully warm, fitting conclusion to a great series.
Elizabeth Ray
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A sweet conclusion to this series! Hannah is back with Sam and she believes he’s going to propose to her at Christmas. Hannah is in a panic remembering all the times she told little white lies to impress him. Does he know the real Hannah? Would he love her if he knew? Meanwhile, Hannah’s boss is dating her friend Stacy and trying to sell the company.

Hannah was way overthinking things and not being open and honest again. It annoyed me after I thought she had matured more in the last book. Howeve
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Three stars. Entertaining but probably the weakest book in the trilogy.
Sandy Samuel
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Michele's books!

They are true to life. Hannah must decide if she is ready for a future with Sam or if she should explore things with Brent.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I previously read Michele Gorman's, Single in the City (Single in the City series) and Misfortune Cookie and liked both books. There were some things that needed to be worked on in both novels but ultimately I did enjoy reading about ex-pat Hannah living and working in London (Single in the City) and then moving to live and work in Hong Kong (Misfortune Cookie).

Her newest and last novella starring Hannah, is "The Twelve Days to Christmas". I would recommend that readers read both books in order
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-review-pile
The 12 Days to Christmas is a novella that follows Misfortune Cookie. Misfortune Cookie ends with Hannah thinking about second chances and 12 Days starts off with Sam and Hannah back together again. Hannah has decided that Sam deserves a second chance and they’re working things out. I never doubted Sam’s love for Hannah, I just thought that he was a bit greedy with his pleasures. Technically, he didn’t cheat on Hannah but what he did was still a betrayal and just like Hannah, I felt it. In this ...more
Chelsey Wolford
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read by Michele Gorman. She has written a few other books like this one and I am anxious to check them out. This book was a Christmas story, how fabulous I know, and took place in Hong Kong! I was really thrown by the location at first but once I started reading I was really pleased with how Michele worked Hong Kong into the cozy Christmas setting. She even describes some of the more favored traditions of the Christmas season as it takes place in Hong Kong and ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: this review contains some spoilers. Proceed at your own risk!

Michele Gorman's novella continues the story of Hannah Cumming, an American expat who moved to Hong Kong to be with the man she loves and almost lost. The series began with Single in the City and continued in Misfortune Cookie. In this final novel in the series, Hannah believes Sam Parker is going to propose to her over the Christmas holidays, when they're at Hannah's family home in Connecticut and surrounded by her family...
Warning: May contain spoilers for earlier books in the series.

Well now. I wasn't expecting that. At the end of Misfortune Cookie we saw Hannah make a break from Sam who was just too hurtful to her. Yes! That was a great thing! I was so happy to see her liberate herself but then between then and The Twelve Days to Christmas, I don't know how this happened, but suddenly Sam is going with her to meet her parents and she is positive that he's going to propose but wants to be sure before he asks her
Lydia Laceby
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit

Rated 3.5 Star

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

The Twelve Days to Christmas is the third installment in a series beginning with Single Girl in the City and Misfortune Cookie and it is just as easy and enjoyable to read Hannah's continuing adventures in life and love. I had anticipated reading more of Hannah's adventures while this novella sat in my to-be-read pile, but I found myself a tad disappointed that this was just a novella of about 150 pages, especially when I discovered that there w
Charlotte Lynn
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Sam suggests to Hannah that he go home with her for Christmas she is ecstatic. But when he said he had something important to talk to her parents about, Hannah’s nerves kick in. Would she say yes or no? She was unsure. Hannah knew she loved Sam, I mean she did move to Hong Kong to be with him. She had no doubt Sam loved her, he told her daily. So why was she unsure of her answer?

Hannah decided she had to get Sam to ask her to marry her before they go home for the holiday, I mean how awkward
Samantha March
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of The Twelve Days to Christmas in exchange for an honest review. Michele Gorman’s novels have delighted me, so I was super excited to be reviewing her latest, and another in the Hannah series – The Twelve Days to Christmas. It was great to catch up with Hannah and company again, including Hannah’s boyfriend, Sam. The big dilemma is that Hannah believes Sam is going to propose to her – why else would he be flying from Hong Kong back to the States with her to meet her parents? T ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Michele Gorman writes like no other! I really really fell in love with Hannah in the first book, and I was sadden each time they ended. So to get my hands on this one, was utterly delightful! Hannah tried to mask who she really was to Sam, even chasing him across the country. Hannah is one of the neatest, most down-to-earth characters I have EVER had the pleasure of knowing. (Can you even say that?? I think most of us true readers can!!) And I gobble up each word, you can't help but laugh with H ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Single in the city and Misfortune Cookie are definitely on my top 10 list of favorite books. I couldn't believe this one had come out and I didn't even know! So as you can imagine I didn't even think twice before buying it.
On this book we continue reading about Hannah's adventures in Hong Kong and we get to find out what happened right after Misfortune Cookie ended. It doesn't really matter of you haven't read the first two books because this one explains everything very well and you won't get
Jennifer Joyce
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Twelve Days to Christmas is the third and final instalment in Michele Gorman's Single in the City series. I've already read Misfortune Cookie but it doesn't matter if you haven't read any of the other books as everything is explained within The Twelve Days to Christmas. The Twelve Days to Christmas picks up a few months down the line from Misfortune Cookie and although Hannah loves Sam, she isn't so sure their relationship will last, especially as she has been keeping a big secret from him.

Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christmas is just around the corner and Hanna is feeling giddy not only because she is going to fly home and see her family after two years but because she believes that her boyfriend Sam is going to propose her or why he would be flying back to US with her to meet her family? This is what Hanna wanted, to marry the love of her life but whenever she think about the moment he would pop the question , she finds herself in dilemma and has often asked herself in low voice if she wants this? She has ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last in the series about Hannah, Sam and friends. For those who've read the previous books (Single In the City, Misfortune Cookie), this is a nice wrap up to her story. But it also works as a stand alone. There is enough background info on the characters and their history to give a new reader enough of a back story to care about them and what happens to them. Although, because of the history of these characters, you might find yourself wanting a different outcome than what actually h ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have read either of the two other books in this series (I have read one Single in the City) reading The Twelve Days of Christmas will be like meeting up with old friends. If you have not read the other books the characters are still very easy to get to know and love. From Hannah the main character to the supporting characters of twin ginger haired Brits living in Hong Kong, Brent and Stuart, you quickly become attached and really want everyone to be happy. The books in this series also sh ...more
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the third in the series and I recommend them all but if you haven't read the others, you will still be able to catch up. It has kept up the momentum throughout the series, which is exciting.
It is funny right from the start.
The main character remains someone I can relate to and I think a lot of people will relate to her. She is flawed but likable.
If you like "Friends" the television show, you will like this.
I like the clever way the chapters are set up.
I feel like I was able to know
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and easy to read....

When I say easy to read, it doesn't mean that it's (in my opinion,) not a good book. This is the third book in the 'Single in the City' series by Michele Gorman. I'm new to this series, having only read The Twelve Days of Christmas.' A book about Christmas, well it had me hooked from the beginning but it soon became clear that this was a light hearted (very welcome,) and fun story too. Hannah is a good heroine and seems to have real, relatable flaws but is still likeable.
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

A wonderful holiday novella that will you get you in the mood to find the person you love and tell them why you are glad they are the one by your side through the holiday season. Sam is a young woman from the United States who has lived in London and now currently resides in Hong Kong - she moved there for a boy (that part of the story hit close to home!). She is getting back together with the guy she moved for and is trying to decide if this is the
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I binged on a series, but I needed to see what happened with Hannah. One of the strengths of Gorman's writing is an expert use of the first person narrator. As a reader, you know something is fishy, but because Hannah is the narrator, she doesn't. It was fun to see how things would pan out for her and this was a satisfying conclusion to the series. I love traveling and learning about new cultures, so it was fun to learn about Hong Kong, especially their fascination wi ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books, chick-lit
How do we have three books about Hannah yet never manage to fall in love with Mark? It's a head-scratcher, and it's why this book doesn't get any more than two stars. Hannah's story is a nice one, but the end is too under-developed (this is more like a novella than a novel) and her choices remain puzzling.
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