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Twelve Days

(The McRaes #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,303 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Discover the RITA-nominated first book in The McRaes contemporary romance series!
Twelve Days before Christmas, Rachel McRae opens her front door and a social worker puts a baby in her arms-one who comes with a four-year-old boy and eleven-year-old girl-siblings abandoned and in need of a temporary home. But there's a catch: Rachel's family is falling apart.

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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2014 by Teresa Hill (first published October 1st 2000)
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4.5 Inspiring Stars! A wonderful heartwarming holiday read!

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Life is hard, love makes it better ~ Teresa Hill

Lots and lots of love in this book, but there is also sorrow and despair. Sam and Rachel have suffered their own losses and it’s slowly causing their marriage to fall apart, but when 3 beautiful children suddenly come into their lives, it forces them to come together and give them the opportunity to come to terms with their past.

I really enjoyed this book! I fell in love with Sam
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

Twelve Days is a very nice Christmas story about a married couple that has been through a lot and can't handle any more disappointments in their lives. Rachel and her husband are on the brick of a divorce and don't even communicate that often anymore. My heart broke for this couple because nothing went okay for them. But when Rachel's aunt asks her to take care of three children until after Christmas, she can't say no, even though she knows her heart will break again when they have to l
I was completely absorbed in this, yet the entire time I was reading, feared it would end with me wanting to kick the author in the pants. She managed to pull it out of the fire... just barely. I do not like fictional miraculous infertility cures, especially when they come in the form of three angelic children dropped on your doorstep by the abandoned children fairy social worker. I won't spoil the story by saying how the author made it work for me, but she did. It's a fantasy, but grounded in r ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: Karla

* Thanks for the recommendation, Karla!
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Romances
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I was looking for a heartwarming holiday-themed read, and while searching my TBR pile, Twelve Days jumped out and grabbed me.:-) It’s essentially a cross between contemporary romance and women’s fiction. There’s enough romance that I’m comfortable categorizing it as such, but it doesn’t follow the same track as most romances. This isn’t a boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, and get their HEA ending sort of romance. In it, Sam and Rachel, our hero and heroine, are a
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this on Kindle because it was a Christmas story. I enjoyed it a lot as a touching, family Christmas story, but it was a bit too sappy for my usual taste. Sam and Rachel have been married for 12 years and have had their share of bad memories. They are dangerously close to separating when Rachel's Aunt Miriam, a social worker, knocks on their door just 12 days before Christmas Day with three young children. They have been left by their mother in a local hotel with the 11-year old taking c ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, christmas
This was a heartwarming Christmas story but a bit repetitive.
I have never read a novel by Teresa Hill before and found her first book in "The McRae Series" to be an okay/good read. I tend to like Christmas themed novels in general (they tend to put me in a Christmas mood) and thought this one was better than most I have read in the past few years. I still had some issues with the novel though that kept me from giving it five stars.

The novel is told from three points of view, Rachel McRae, her husband Sam, and their foster child Emma.

The plot revolves arou
Mary McFarlane
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
This was a lot better then I thought it was going to be. Very sweet and emotional, can't wait to see how the rest of the series goes and I like that it's about the kids that we'll get to see more of them
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a good story, an easy read and I certainly wanted to continue reading it to the end, but there was something which almost made me want to say "sappy". The story about Rachel and Sam was a heart breaking story in so many ways: a number of tragedies in their lives, so much misunderstanding in their personal relationship, and lots of disappointment in their family planning.

Did the story end with a happy ending or a sad ending? Again, I found it difficu
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. This was a heart wrenching book that had me tears several times throughout. The characters well well developed and the book was really well written. The issues that Sam and Rachel face are realistic and emotional and I thought the author did a wonderful job of giving a realistic yet happy ending (although not everything ended up perfectly which would have been too unrealistic, Sam and Rachel did get their HEA). I don't want to say too much to give it away but it's a sweet, emotional C ...more
Sharon Paavola
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of hope against all odds. Characters are well defined and the book keeps you reading all the way to the end.
boy did I sob reading this. I'm a sucker for stories with couples working on their marriage. THE ANGST, THE PAIN. GIMME TWENTY.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

They can't have children
Foster kids come for Christmas
Can they save marriage?

Really angsty one
I cared about characters
Very well written
Adele Jones
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Twelve Days' is the story of Rachel and Sam McCrae, whose marriage has come to breaking point after a less than ideal beginning leads to a series of overwhelming heartbreaks. They've only been married twelve years, but in that time have suffered the loss of a child, infertility, and hidden secrets that have gradually wedged them apart. When three abandoned children are placed in their care just days before Christmas, Rachel begins to hope their relationship can be saved, but when she discovers ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After several tragedies in their lives, Rachel and Sam's marriage seems to be on the verge of breaking. In comes Rachel's aunt Miriam with three abandoned children, asking the couple to look after them until Christmas whilst the authorities are trying to find their mother.
I loved the plot, and the characters - at least in the first couple of chapters - heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. However, then I was getting a bit confused as to when Rachel started to withdraw from everything
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book and still do in parts of it. This is a story of a loving couple who met as teenagers and have been together their whole lives. It takes you through their ups and downs, mostly honest and true and could be anyone’s lives. The unbelievable is the children in this story and how they all come to being together. Also, as a non Christian and one whose holiday is not Christmas, I never knew it was the 12 days leading up to Christmas that were so important. I always tho ...more
Nancy Silk
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
"A Very Heartwarming Story"

This is a wonderful story of how a family can rejuvenate itself before it collapses. Rachel and her husband, Sam, take on three homeless young children temporarily until after Christmas. Rachel and Sam had lost their first near-birth child, and also a child they previously fostered and had hoped to keep him. Because of their loses, Sam is thinking of moving out because of his guilty feelings and secrets he'd never revealed to Rachel. But the three children come into th
Lety  Melendez
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heart wrenching but beautiful! This couple had so much love to give and God didn’t disappoint. When you start reading this you want to root for both Sam and Rachel but also for these children who desperately want their mother to return.

The mystery of the their mother’s disappearance slowly unfolds. By the time you get to that part of the story it is an easy guess but interesting none the less. The best part of the book is that both the McRaes and the children end up winning.

Warning this book t
Florence Fales
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twelve Days by Teresa Hill was excellent!! It was an emotional roller coaster. Happy, sad,lost then overjoyed.
The story follows Rachel and Tom. She was pregnant and lost the baby after a car accident. Her aunt is a Social worker who got them a foster son, but his biological father took him back. Both Rachel and Tom went into a kind of depression afterwards.
Twelve days before Christmas, her aunt gave them a twelve year old girl, a six year old boy and an eighth month old baby girl. The mother of
Margaret Fraleigh
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teresa-hill
This is the first book I have read by this author.

It is the first in a series of The McRaes. I found this story heart wrenching at times, but
followed by answered prayers. There is some dysfunctional families and one family that
is really close with each other. As I was reading the story, I too was praying for the main
characters - San and Rachel - also Emma, Zack and Grace.

Looking forward to reading the bonus story in this book "Everything to Me" (book 1 - so it
seems this bonus story will be a s
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Dec 15, 2019 rated it did not like it

What a great storyline...great writing, great characters...I thought I was reading a good, clean book. And then, more than half way through, graphic descriptions of the very private, intimate act of sex. That, author, is pornography ... Not a photo or video either of which should be XX rated, but the written graphic description.
Hope Gerhardstein
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good story with a childless couple with maritable problems since the death of their daughter years ago. Then a family is created by the arrival of a baby and young boy and girl. Can a Christmas miracle occur? Is this the family they have been waiting for? Where are the parents? A heartwarming story with a family that you will fall in love with.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deserves 6 stars!

This book is just wonderful! I would give it six stars if it were available! Such true love, devotion, heartbreak, sadness, family devotion, second-fourth chances at renewed happiness and a wonderful tear inducing happy ending! Teresa Hill is an author I will be searching for!
Jennifer Layne
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sandra Adams
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Love dripped off the pages of this sweet novel. Rachel and Sam's love was tested with all the sorrows that befell them during their twelve year marriage. When Emma, Zach and Grace were added everybody began to heal. A sweet family story.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story reveals a couple buffeted by so many heartaches. Life has thrown so many trials at this couple. They are so close to sinking into depression. I cried almost all the way through. It's about how faith can help you reach out a good grab on to life and hold on. Make sure you have Kleenex.
Laura Witty
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it was really tough to
put down. I cried through the book about Sam and
Rachel a true love that was almost lost by trails and
tribulations until 3 children left and abandoned enter
their lives.
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