The 12 Gifts of Christmas Review, A Recipe and Giveaway!

The 12 Gifts of Christmas copy

The Christmas season is upon us and I have to tell you I have been enjoying reading so many Christmas stories lately! And in case you are wondering, Hallmark is starting their Christmas movies THIS WEEKEND!!!! SQUEEEEE!!!! Can you tell I’m just a little bit excited?


About the Book


The 12 gifts of Christmas

Book Title: The 12 Gifts of Christmas

Author: Lena Nelson Dooley

Genre: Christian Romance/ Christmas

Release date: September 4, 2018

Malcolm MacGregor is a descendant of Scotland’s Clan MacGregor and a successful young businessman in Fort Worth, Texas. Alanza Cantalamessa works at a gourmet pizzeria owned by her Brazilian artist mother and her Italian Poppa. Both of them are smitten with each other but Malcolm is too reserved to do much more than make small talk—until a promotion at work that will send him away to Australia for six months. It’s December and he has to do something—fast.

Praying about the situation, Malcolm decides to give her twelve gifts leading up to Christmas. Their families and friends think they are moving too fast. And a gold-digger who tossed Malcolm aside in the past has now decided he’s the man of her dreams.

Can Malcolm and Alanza overcome their obstacles before he has to go abroad? Or is it really not meant to be?


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My Perspective


This sweet story reminded me so much of a Hallmark movie. Two people from different worlds, have an attraction to each other, then BAM. There is a need to get together instantly. The pace of the story is very fast, and honestly it’s a touch unrealistic, but aren’t most Hallmark movies? We love them anyways because we’re able to dream that it could happen to us, and who doesn’t enjoy seeing a love story? I loved the idea of the twelve gifts Malcolm gave to Alanza. I mean, if I needed to be wooed in a short period of time, this would definitely be the way to do it! I would say this is a great holiday read for someone just looking for romance and fun. You don’t get too in depth with the characters because the story really focuses on the need of them getting together, and there are many times I am in the mood for a story like that. It’s a fun way to get in the mood for the holiday season, especially with the Hallmark movie season. It certainly made me smile and I look forward to reading more delightful reads like this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



About the Author


Leena DooleyMulti-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, her local chapter in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, the Christian Authors’ Network, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Her forty-plus books have sold more than 875,000 copies. Lena’s books have appeared on the CBA, ECPA, and Publisher Weekly bestseller lists, as well as some Amazon bestseller lists. She also writes a popular blog, A Christian Writer’s World, that features other authors’ books. The blog received the Readers’ Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
Lena is a three-time finalist in the Carol Awards ACFW contest. Her 2010 release, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Her next series, McKenna’s Daughters: Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers’ Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. The second, Mary’s Blessing, was a Selah Award finalist for Romance novel. Catherine’s Pursuit, released in 2013, was the winner of the NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice contest, took second place in the CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award, and won the Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion. Her book, A Heart’s Gift, won RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love Readers’ Choice Award in July 2017.

Lena is also the host of The Lena Nelson Dooley Show on the Along Came a Writer blogtalk radio network. She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs, and currently serves on the board of directors of Higher Ground Films. She has been featured in Christian Fiction Online MagazineACFW JournalBook Fun MagazineCharisma Magazine, and Christian Retailing.



Guest Post from Lena


She took the pan off the burner, dropped tiny marshmal-lows into the waiting over-sized mugs, and filled them with the fragrant hot chocolate. “Do you want to drink it here, or would you rather go in the living room? The sofa is more comfortable.”

“Whatever you want to do.” His honeyed tone wrapped around her like a warm blanket.

She handed a mug to him, picked up her own, along with coasters and two napkins, and headed into the living room. He followed.


Alanza’s Best Hot Chocolate


4 cups milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup good quality cocoa powder

3 tbls. honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 dark chocolate bar

1 can real whipped cream

Maraschino cherries



Heat milk over medium to low heat, stirring constantly until milk starts to bubble slightly (about 10 minutes). Meanwhile, mix sugar and cocoa together until well blended. When milk is ready, gradually add in sugar, cocoa, and honey, stirring constantly. Put heat on low and add shavings of chocolate bar and vanilla. Continue stirring until chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and pour into mugs. Add whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and cherries on top, as desired.



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To celebrate her tour, Lena is giving away a grand prize of a $20 Starbuck’s Gift Card and a surprise Christmas gift!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

2 thoughts on “The 12 Gifts of Christmas Review, A Recipe and Giveaway!

  1. Thank you for your review on “The 12 Gifts of Christmas” by Lena Nelson Dooley and for being part of the book tour.

    Love this author’s book and know I will this one as well. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read it. Great cover!

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