12 Dates of Christmas
post written by Esther Filbrun
Title: 12 Dates of Christmas
Author: Chautona Havig
Major Themes: Christian Fiction, Christmas, Forgiveness, Romance
Synopsis: Alex wants to date Reagan, but she’s determined he has done far too much against her to make that a remote possibility—so when she challenges him to apologize for something he’s done in exchange for a date, can he come up with anything?
There aren’t many authors I’d trust when it comes to contemporary Christian romantic fiction. Chautona Havig, however, is one I do trust…because while some of her books are mostly fluff, they’re still clean and don’t make me want to go wash the inside of my eyes or anything like that afterward. One of my recent reads was 12 Dates of Christmas which was pretty much complete fluff. I believe in a well-balanced reading diet, and after several “heavier” reads, I’m often ready for something that just gives me a fun “reset” on the reading world, helping me to remember that I actually do enjoy reading because of all the wonderful characters you get to meet in the process. It’s not all doom and gloom! Hooray!
Alex has always been intrigued by Reagan’s personality. Reagan has always seen him as a class one bully, focused on trying to do something to annoy her, make her life difficult, or insult her. When they meet up over her Christmas vacation one year, Alex is determined to make a go at winning Reagan’s heart. But she will only accept a date on one condition: That he find and apologize for something he hurt her with back when they were in school together. If he has an apology, she will reluctantly go with him. It’s his only chance…but will he be able to come up with enough apologies that they will get to know each other a little better? Is there any hope for them in the “couple” sense?
Though 12 Dates of Christmas is pretty-much pure fluff, I appreciated the underlying theme of learning to forgive someone else and see others’ actions in a positive light, rather than negative, based on how their actions appear to us. I’ve struggled sometimes with negative thoughts toward others, and this is an area I know I have a lot of growing to do in yet. So reading this story, even though it was mostly a delightful romance, also gave me pause to reflect on my own life—do I forgive others for things they do against me, even if unintentionally? If you’re looking for a light, fun Christmas read, you might enjoy 12 Dates of Christmas. It’s a cozy story with a good ending, which is perfect for this time of year!
I requested a free review copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.
WARNING: Someone uses the word “swear” in ch. 2. There is touching between unmarried people in ch. 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 14, and kissing on the cheek in ch. 6, 10, and 11. “Yikes” is used in ch. 9. There is a mention of blood and flying teeth in ch. 11. There is kissing in ch. 12, 14 (this includes thinking about it), and 15.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults
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Keywords: Christmas, Forgiveness, Christian Fiction, Romance, North America, Books for Women