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Twelve Days (The McRae Series, Book 1 - Sam and Rachel) [Kindle Edition]

Teresa Hill
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 an eleven-year-old girl—siblings abandoned and in need of a temporary home.

But there's a catch: Rachel's family is falling apart.

Rachel and her husband, Sam, have dreamed of a house filled with children—a dream that has led them to repeated heartbreak. Sam McRae has finally decided the only thing left to do is leave his wife.

Reluctantly, Rachel and Sam take the children in, but just until after Christmas. They will do their best not to fall in love with them, not to get their hopes up that this time a miracle will happen. That these children will stay, and that their marriage can still be saved.

RITA Finalist

THE McRAES in series order:
Twelve Days
Edge of Heaven
Bed of Lies
Five Days Grace

OTHER TITLES by Teresa Hill
Unbreak My Heart
Marry Me Again
His Wedding Date

Three-time Rita nominee and USA Today bestselling author, Teresa Hill lives in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a patient, very understanding husband, an incredibly logical son and a highly creative daughter. Together, they share their home with two giant, lazy cats who parade across Teresa's keyboard when they think she's written enough for the day, and two beautiful, lazy dogs, usually at Teresa's side or under her feet.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2179 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (March 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MB7FYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Family Drama! December 9, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sam and Rachel's marriage has been going downhill for years, neither of them wanting to admit it. Despite the fact that Sam has taken to sleeping in another room, Rachel is stunned when she overhears Sam's phone conversation revealing he is moving out after Christmas.
While their problems are deep, they seemed to come to the surface after the foster child (Will) they were caring for had to be returned to his biological mother. Now neither of them are willing to care that much for a child again. Sam and Rachel have struggled with infertility ever since the death of their premature daughter twelve years previously. They gave their heart to young Will only to have it shattered.
Twelve days before Christmas Rachel's aunt, a social worker, shows up on their doorstep with three young children in tow. It seems they have been abandoned in a local motel by a mother who promised she'd return. Rachel and Sam are still on the list of approved foster homes and despite the fact that neither of them feel they want to risk their heart again, they have no option but to keep the children -- at least through the Holidays.
This is an emotional story, reminiscent of Kristin Hannah's "family dramas." I love it when you have a couple who has had some sort of problem to work through which leads to them almost parting -- or sometimes actually separating/divorcing. The characters of Sam and Rachel as well as that of the three children, Emma, Zach, and Grace are ones that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. There were no easy answers for Sam or Rachel here. Their problems are realistically portrayed. If you enjoyed books such as ANGEL FALLS by Kristin Hannah, COAST ROAD by Barbara Delinsky or MOMENTS IN TIME by Mariah Stewart, chances are you will enjoy TWELVE DAYS as well. The book is simply unforgettable and I can assure you it will be going on my keeper shelf for re-reading every Christmas season
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully emotional holiday story. November 1, 2000
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Sam and Rachel have drifted apart, neither understanding at the beginning of the story just how far. When she overhears him on the phone making plans to leave her right after Christmas, she is devestated,and realizes she has only twelve days to change his mind. In Sam and Rachel's tradition, the twelve days before Christmas (not following) are very special, and the magic of caring for unexpected foster children may help revive their love. But they've loved and lost children before, and the three who show up on their doorstep desparately needing a warm Christmas, have the power to tear the couple apart, or put them back together. This is an emotional story and I recommend a box of tissues and a big chunk of time to read uninterrupted.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, heartwarming story December 25, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow! What a powerful story! I've heard depression described as anger turned inward, and the protagonists in this story each harshly and unfairly blamed themselves for the tragedies of their past, resulting in their inability to cope with life in the present. By keeping their feelings pent up inside, mostly in misguided efforts to protect the other, their problems compounded until their love and relationship was on the verge of being destroyed. When three darling abandoned children were placed in their care, Rachel and Sam's life was put into prospective and they were finally able to openly communicate with each other, and in the process find healing.

This is a wonderful story about the miracle of Christmas, and the power of love. I would have liked to read more, perhaps an epilogue, because I can't stop wondering about this family beyond where the book ended!

I'm definitely going to make an effort to seek out more books by this brilliant "new-to-me" author!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Meaning of Christmas October 16, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Every year, there are dozens of Christmas books published. We like them. Christmas is a happy season, and what better place to reveal the happiness of romance?

But what if the family is not happy at Christmas? What if all faith has been lost between a husband and wife, and they just can't seem to make their way back to each other, no matter how much they might want to?

TWELVE DAYS is a rich, deeply emotional, twelve-hanky read about faith, about redemption, about the healing that hope can bring to even the darkest of times. It celebrates the truest, deepest meaning of Christmas--the power unleashed in giving and the courage it takes to have faith--in ourselves and in others.

I can't say enough about the beauty of this story. Don't miss it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious read September 18, 2012
By Terresa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just couldn't get into this book. It just seemed to take forever. I didn't feel very drawn to the characters overall and I found myself skimming a lot of the book just because as I read the descriptions and narrative didn't catch my attention. I was pretty sure I knew what would happen in the end...maybe didn't foresee all of the twist along the way. Felt like the back & forth in the relationship between Sam & Rachel didn't feel completely believable. Even though I can understand they were both hurt in life, the continual suggestion that they wouldn't stay together just didn't ring true for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall A Good Read June 8, 2012
By Maria
Format:Kindle Edition
Overall I enjoyed this book, and will go on to buy the next in the series. The only complaint I would have is that the conversations between Sam and Rachel regarding their relationship, over and over again did get a bit tedious, and I found myself skim reading some of them to get to the next part.
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4.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming
Yes I say read! Yes it's almost to good to be true type story but Teresa did a wonderful job of pulling it all together. Will be reading more.
Published 7 months ago by QueenbRoseb
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Christmas story
Very nice reading for the holiday season. I enjoyed every part of the book and I'm sure I will read it over every Christmas. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Loren de Mendez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good clean romance novel
I love books that hold your interest. When you can't wait to read what happens, only to get to the end and you are left wanting more. This was a story of healing and starting over. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robynhasthree
5.0 out of 5 stars opinion
Wonderful book. Would be enjoyed by any one. Loved reading books by Teresa Hill she writes a very good book
Published 7 months ago by Frances Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Days
I loved this book about Sam, Rachel and the three children they take into their home just before Christmas. This book is a story about love. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring kleenex
I loved this book. THe author sucks you in and you feel for all of the characters and want to reach that HEA
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Days
Twelve Days by Teresa Hill is a great and captivating story that shows how powerful love & family really are.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars so cute!
Loved this book. It was so human - down to earth and believable. I could feel myself getting pulled into the story and look forward to reading more from this series
Published 9 months ago by Barbara A Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars twelve days
A guy whose girlfriend had moved in with him thought their relationship to the point to propose marriage involved neighbors to enact The Twelve Days Of Christmas song uses the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by jd
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great I always love the books I get for my kindle. Love the way it becomes instant. Hope to get a kindle for my grand son
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