Workaholic Bill Roberts is a business man and a widower with an adorable 4-year-old son named Joey. He lost his wife in a car accident 3 years ago and does little but work and care for his son.
Sally is a somewhat naive 21-year old childcare worker who is quite dependent on her controlling parents, which was probably more common in the 60s than today. She is currently studying and working part-time in a nursery. While a pleasant lady, her circle of friends and life experiences are very limited.
Bill's son, Joey, is a sweet little boy who asks Santa for a Mummy for Christmas. There are Twelve Days left until Christmas, can Joey's wish really come true?
If you are looking for a gentle and predictable romance, then Only Twelve Days is just the book for you. Unlike one of Eileen Thornton's previous mystery novels I have read (The Trojan Project), this one is very straightforward and while the plot meanders gently, with the odd obstacle to the romance, the result is never in any doubt.
I found some of the supporting characters to be quite shallow and one-dimensional, such as Colin and Jo, who were both rather annoying. I couldn't figure out why Bill and Sally would chose either of them as best friends.
Little Joey is a nice character and I wish that more of the story concentrated on him, rather than the office politics which I found rather boring.
Being a fantasy and action writer myself, I just found that Only Twelve Days did not have enough pace for me and I would recommend it to romance fans as a nice read before Christmas. Three stars * * *I reviewed a gift copy of Only Twelve Days and all opinions are my own. I have previously reviewed Trojan Project by Eileen Thornton and really enjoyed it.