The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss is the official December 2023 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.
Between holiday errands and driving kids to school and all their special events, it felt like I spent most of my time in the car last December.
I wanted something festive and fun to listen to along the way and this month’s book pick was the perfect fix. I found myself looking forward to the next drive just so I could enjoy the next bit of the wonderful story.
The audio narration has a soothing British accent so maybe this month you’ll want to try a new format?
Otherwise, get ready to curl up with your physical copy, a cozy blanket, and a hot mug of something delicious.
I can’t think of a better way to close out this year’s reading list.
P.S. Just joining us? Don’t miss the full 2023 line-up for our book club picks.
- Peanut Blossom Book Club
- What is The Twelve Dates of Christmas About?
- Get Your Copy
- The Twelve Dates of Christmas Discussion Questions
- Book Club Party Menu
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What is The Twelve Dates of Christmas About?
“‘Tis the season for finding romance in this hilarious and uplifting holiday listen.
When it comes to relationships, 34-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say “Bah, humbug”. The sleepy town of Blexford, England, isn’t exactly brimming with prospects, and anyway, Kate’s found fulfillment in her career as a designer and in her delicious side job baking for her old friend Matt’s neighborhood café. But then her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. Twenty-three days until Christmas. Twelve dates with 12 different men. The odds must finally be in her favor…right?
Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before – and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures – Kate must remind herself that sometimes love, like mistletoe, shows up where it’s least expected. And maybe, just maybe, it’s been right under her nose all along….”
The Twelve Dates of Christmas Discussion Questions
I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.
You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!
Which of Kate’s twelve dates did you enjoy reading the most? Why?
Discuss the worst date you’ve ever been on: Where did you go, what happened? Did you ever date that person again?
Have you ever tried a dating app? Discuss that experience. What do you think about dating life today?
Kate’s friend Laura is a constant, positive presence in her life. Who did/do you turn to during your dating years for support?
The story takes place in a small town vs. a large metropolitan city. How do you think that affects the plot? Would Kate’s experience have been any different in London vs. Blexford?
Kate puts herself out there and is open to new experiences. If you had to plan a wild date doing something together you’ve never tried before, what kind of date would you plan?
How does the Christmas timeline affect the story? Would this have been as fun to read without the holiday details?
Book Club Party Menu
I think it is so fun to plan your book club dinner menu or dessert list based on the theme of the book.
Since Kate is a baker in the story, there are lots of fun things you could plan to serve for a book club party menu. Here are a few of my favorite ideas: