The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Jenny Bayliss

fiction romance
lighthearted fast-paced

320 pages | first published 2020

When Kate Turner moved back home to Blexford to help out her Dad, she didn’t expect to stay.

But here she still is, four years later, baking for her friend Matt’s local café and designing fabric from her home in the village. But then her friend Laura signs her up to the local Twelve Dates of Christmas campaign and it amounts to a sort of dating bootcamp – a quest the entire village of Blexford seems prepared to help her with, from the local pub landlord to the postman.

Over twelve dates she encounters the best and the worst traits of the male sex, with her childhood friends (and the whole village) keeping tabs.

Kate’s sure she doesn’t need a man. But maybe she’d quite like one.

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lighthearted 100%
funny 64%
hopeful 44%
relaxing 29%
emotional 17%
adventurous 8%
inspiring 6%
reflective 4%
informative 2%


medium 51%
fast 39%
slow 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Character: 20% | N/A: 6% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 44% | No: 40% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 79% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 7% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 72% | Yes: 17% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 63% | No: 21% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 3%

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