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Twaalf dagen voor kerst

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  11,061 ratings  ·  1,810 reviews
Hét romantische kerstboek dat je niet wil missen!

Twaalf dates met twaalf verschillende mannen. Het lot zou Kate goed gezind moeten zijn... Als het op relaties aankomt, zegt de vierendertigjarige Kate Turner graag ‘Bah, humbug’. Het besneeuwde, slaperige stadje Blexford zit immers niet bepaald vol met date-waardige, leuke mannen.

Trouwens, wie heeft een man nodig als ze haar
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Luitingh-Sijthoff (first published September 28th 2020)
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Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Turner is in her thirties, she’s very single, living alone in a cottage in Blexford, a quintessential English village in Kent. Best friend Laura persuades her to go on ‘Twelve Dates at Christmas ‘ run by an online dating agency, twelves dates at lovely venues in December. Laura lives in hope that one of those twelve dates will be someone she likes!

Well, this one really is christmasy, in fact it’s a Christmas cornucopia, almost an overload if indeed it’s possible to have such a thing!! It ha
Irena BookDustMagic
In my opinion, The Twelve Dates of Christmas is the example how good marketing sells the book.

Recommendations for this "romance" were everywhere, from newspapers and portals to blogs, BookTube and social media.
Cute (American) cover didn't hurt either.

And while I, because of so much hype and praise, expect cute festive romance, I got mediocre festive general fiction, without even one good guy I could swoon about.

I won't say this was a terrible book, because so many people liked it, so it must hav
3.5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

Merry is my mood when I read Christmas-themed books!
This year’s special holiday novel was a cute British rom-com that surprised me with how enjoyable it was!
Ladies and gets, the Twelve Dates of Christmas !

In general, I quite enjoy British rom-coms – they have a good story, sassy characters with good, humorous lines and overall a plausible atmosphere.
They are witty and nice.

Jenny Bayliss’s novel was the same. And I liked it!
This was a very c
3.5 stars

The Twelve Dates of Christmas was a cute, but rather predictive holiday romance. I enjoyed listening to Kate's story and watching her navigate these dates. Even though I could see the writing on the wall of how this would all turn out, I liked the ending. A solid holiday read.

Audio book source: Audible (purchased)
Story Rating: 3.5 stars
Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden
Narration Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes
Susanne  Strong
Review also posted to blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

A Seriously Cute, albeit predictable romance that helped get me in the Holiday Spirit!

As a single woman in her mid-30’s Kate has been unlucky in love. After being pushed by Laura, one of her best friends, Kate decides to embark on “The Twelve Dates of Christmas.” After signing up, Kate is then matched on twelve different dates with twelve different men throughout the month of December.

Love and snowflakes are in the air!

All of
***3 stars***

Cute holiday story, but poor execution at times.

I really liked the idea - Kate is a single 34 year old gal, who lets a friend sign her up for a dating agency that promises to find her love before Christmas. And so the 12 dates of Christmas begin.

All is nice and well so far. But as Kate goes on these dates, I found myself more and more annoyed, because all guys are incredibly attractive, smart and successful - which on one hand is highly unlikely to actually happen, because come
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to give you three words that describe this book the best….

Cute, Christmassy and Cuisine!
Is Christmassy even a word?!

Good grief, this book made me hungry as I was reading it. From Gingerbread lattes, truffles, gooey brownies, hot chocolate to fantastic mince pies. It’s all in this book!

Oh yeah, there’s also love complications and twelve dates that Kate Turner goes on. 😉

The Twelve Dates of Christmas is about independent and feisty Kate Turner who decides to humor her best friend and sig
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is dreamy, sweetest combination of fairy tal-ish, magical Christmas premise, awakening your good spirits, giving you hope, warming your heart, enchanting your soul!

I actually dreamed of living that lovely cottage at Blexford, befriending those amazing townies, somersaulting on the snowy ground, smelling the pines, devouring those delicious foods! I truly wished to replace myself with Kate Turner to get rid of your anxiety, long compelling, tough times of the last year and rekindle my
Whispering Stories
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Mid-Thirties fabric designer Kate Turner has been pressured by her best friend Laura to join a festive dating site where throughout December people are matched up and go on twelve dates, a different person each time, with the overall aim to find love.

The dates are all very different and random, including a gingerbread house making competition, and are all very Christmassy. With each date, Kate learns a lot about men and also a bit about herself and what
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing more comforting than getting lost in a holiday-themed romance. What's more, it's a Christmas tradition. And, I'm here to tell you that The Twelve Dates of Christmas hit all the right Christmas Carol notes. Okay, so it was cheesy and predictable (a bit like this review) but I wouldn't have it any other way. Loved it.

As much as she'd like to meet the love of her life, Kate Turner is a bit too comfortable in her own company (I can relate). But, when her best friend convinces her to
Larry H
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems like everyone on Bookstagram has been reading this, and holiday rom-coms are such fun this year, so I picked up Jenny Bayliss' The 12 Dates of Christmas .

It’s not that Kate needs a man per se, but she wouldn’t mind being in a relationship again. And in her small English town, she doesn’t have a lot of options, so at her friend’s persuasion, she signs up for a dating agency that will match her up with 12 different men on 12 different dates before the holidays. One of them has to go we
NAT.orious reads ☾
This book is for you if… you choose to ignore my warning to read other Christmas books instead of this one.

My first thought after finishing The Twelve Dates of Christmas: At least it didn't suck entirely. Had it bin marginally worse, I would have discontinued it. For once, it was crystal clear from the beginning that Matt was the actual love interest. Kate merely used the Twelve Dates of Christmas as a way to distract herself from the fact that the person she's always loved and will forever
Vanessa Menezes
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Kate Turner is happily single. Since returning to her hometown of Blexford, she has been busy with- catching up with her oldest friends Laura and Matt, a flourishing career as a fabric designer, and taking care of her beloved dad, so love hasn’t really had a look in.

But Kate does love Christmas. So when Laura insists she signs up to the Twelve Dates of Christmas, a brand new dating app service, she doesn’t need too much persuading. Twelve perfect festive dates with the area’s most eligible men –
Fiction Addition Angela
OK so now I’ve read this Christmas book in July do I?

A) Put my Christmas tree up
B) Drink my body weight in mulled wine
C)Make Mince pies (yuk) I call mince pies dead flies.

Believe it or not, my car stereo today automatically selected my music and came up with Michael Buble and Jingle bells.. I kid you not! Talk about an omen.
Anyway, where was I? This is a lovely Christmas read. Should you be a complete nutter like me reading snowy, cold novels in July then I’m sure you too will enjoy it.
But i
Taylor Bennett
I think this book cured me of my Christmas Romance kick. This was like a bad Hallmark movie that wasn’t even entertaining. Also the main love interest was a pretty garbage jealous person who makes some very questionable comments about women going on lots of dates. I definitely hate finished this and now I’m going to read something decent. Bye.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Okay, so this is the type of book where although the leading lady is going to go on these twelve dates with twelve randos the reader is instantly introduced to a male friend that OBVIOUSLY is going to end up being Mr. Right and so we just have to wait it out until they get their shit together.  And guess what????

This is what you read when you're on Christmas vacay from your job and everything in the world sucks so you just want to escape.  I liked it.
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was just so perfectly cozy and cute. There were so many descriptions of the holiday decorations, events, and food. I laughed out loud at some of the dates Kate went on and felt jealous of some of the others. The romance was predictable but still made me feel warm and fuzzy. Now I just want to drink some hot chocolate and go look at Christmas lights!
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, romance, adult-reads
4 Cute holiday read stars!

This was predictable, happy and exactly what I love about holiday reads. I admit I knew exactly where this was headed from the start but I enjoyed the ride with its British humor, the holiday themed dates that pretty much always ended up badly and of course all the attractive but totally wrong for her men. Was it unrealistic? If hard pressed I'd have to admit it is because, hello - every man was both attractive and successful! But that's exactly what I loved about the b
I received a complimentary copy of this ebook ARC from the author, publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's Christmas time in the cozy English town of Blexford. A young woman named Kate who is a fabric designer and baked signs up for a dating agency's 12 dates of Christmas promotion. Will she be able to find her true Christmas love or is someone she knows already under the mistletoe waiting for her? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good and hilarious Chris
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
3.5 stars. Thank you to Putnam Books and NetGalley for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Overall, I thought it was a very cute and adorable small British town Christmas romance but my god it was wordy! The detailed descriptions of the town, her work, etc were a little over the top for me. I skimmed some of the details and pushed through it. The dates were interesting but I thought the demographics of some of the men were repetitive - with the exception of Drew and Richard, I th
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
I actually thought I would like this one much more than I did. It was cute, but I just started getting bored and started rushing through the Audiobook. I think a lot of people would enjoy this Christmas Tale, it just wasn't much for me. Loved the premise though of going on 12 different dates. ...more
Sarah Swann
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this cute Christmas romance. I will say that it was predictable, and Kate's stomach growled a little too much for my taste (this was mentioned a lot). But it was definitely all the cozy Christmas vibes I was looking for and it was funny. And it made me hungry! Worth the read! ...more
Alayne Emmett
Well, what can I say about this book!!! I didn’t enjoy it very much. I found the whole story predictable and uncomfortable. I love the idea of incorporating the twelve days of Christmas into the twelve dates of Christmas but, I found the story boring and too confusing. I felt like the writer rushed through the story and made it very muddled and quick. It’s a shame because I so dislike giving bad reviews but I just didn’t enjoy this one,
My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the
Song/s the book brought to mind: My Only Wish (This Year) by Britney Spears

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss is a hilarious book that was perfect for the holidays! I loved the idea of Kate going on twelve different dates, and the fact that her friend signed her up for them made it even better. I'm beginning to notice that I am a huge fan of British humor and there is plenty of that packed in. The second half of the book did start to get a bit more serious, but the first half had me
Elle's Book Blog
My Rating: 4 Stars
Genre Chick Lit | Holiday Romance

I absolutely adore Christmas stories, When I saw the cover for THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS, I knew this would be a book that I needed for the holiday season and it did not disappoint. Sure, there were a few things that didn’t work well for me but when I take a moment to think of the story as a whole, I can’t help but get those gooey, happy feelings. Therefore, I think this book is a 𝗖𝗛𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗠𝗔𝗦 𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗥 and I recommend it to fellow readers look
2.5/5. That was slightly disappointing to me? I thought the plot sounded wonderful, especially now with the holidays coming up. I thought it would help me get into this Christmas-y atmosphere. The thing is, it's not a bad book at all, I just thought it was slightly too predictable (and I think that says something coming from me, someone who usually doesn't see stuff coming) and the drama was basically based on too little communication or just overreaction. Also, the descriptions were a bit much ...more
Susan Z
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
A very cute Rom-Com, perfect for the holidays with the best chapter titles ever. Although it was predictable, it was still very enjoyable

A special thanks to my friend Kim for inspiring me to read another holiday book.
Jan 01, 2021 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF@ 20%

Maybe it's not the best to start the year by DNF-ing one of the first books you've picked the first day, but I would much rather quit a book I'm not enjoying than force myself through it.

I don't have much to say about this only that it just didn't work for me.
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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 superm ...more

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