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Twelve Days

Twelve Days

4.2 216
by Teresa Hill, Sally Tyler Hayes

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This holiday season, bestselling author Teresa Hill presents a special gift of love to her fans-a heartwarming story for today and forever....

Sam and Rachel McRae were once very much in love. But life-and disappointment-got in the way. Now, only days before Christmas, Rachel overhears her husband making plans to leave her after the holidays. Can she lift


This holiday season, bestselling author Teresa Hill presents a special gift of love to her fans-a heartwarming story for today and forever....

Sam and Rachel McRae were once very much in love. But life-and disappointment-got in the way. Now, only days before Christmas, Rachel overhears her husband making plans to leave her after the holidays. Can she lift herself out of her depression-and recapture the feelings that once existed between them?

Praise for Teresa Hill's Unbreak My Heart:

"Teresa Hill has crafted a taut, intriguing story with memorable characters, plenty of heart-and more than a few chills. Enjoy! I did."-Kay Hooper

"A compelling story about love, loyalty and family secrets. A real page-turner. I couldn't put it down."-Barbara Freethy

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Rachel and Sam McRae are involved in their own series of crushing problems, but when a social worker shows up just before Christmas with three foster children, the couple reluctantly agrees to take them in--just until after the holidays. Of course, children and Christmas have a way of working miracles, and before the New Year arrives, Rachel and Sam have come to terms with their problems and end up with a ready-made family to love. Although this sweet, emotionally involving romance deals with some rather serious issues, its message of love and hope will resonate with readers who enjoy their holiday stories warm, charming, and family-focused. Hill has written a number of Silhouette romances as Sally Tyler Hayes, but this is her first single title. She lives in Greenville, SC. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Internet Book Watch
In Baxter, Ohio, registered foster parents Sam and Rachel McRae can no longer deal with the swinging door mentality of child placement after falling in love with Will. The lad stayed with them until a judge ruled his mother deserved another chance and had the lad removed from the McRaes. Sam and Rachel grieve their loss, vowing never again. With Christmas less than two weeks away, Rachel's social worker Aunt Miriam arrives with three small children, eleven year old Emma, five year old Zach, and a baby, Grace. Their mother apparently abandoned them at a nearby motel. Reluctantly, Rachel agrees to nurture the children through Christmas until a home can be found. However, the slight lift in her spirits is dampened when she overhears Sam on the phone telling someone he is leaving her the day after Christmas as love is not enough. Twelve Days is an insightful relationship drama that focuses on the aftermath of fostering a child. Sam and Rachel are a fine hurting couple, while the readers will empathize with the precocious Zach and the determined Grace. However, Emma, a surrogate mother to her siblings, will steal the hearts of the audience as she does Sam and Rachel because of the loss of her childhood and its innocence. Teresa Hill writes an angst-laden story line that has three helpless children teach two battered souls the meaning of the Yuletide season.
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Sabrina Jeffries
"I had to read it with a Kleenex box next to me and pretty much cried the whole way through it."

Rita Finalist -- Romance Writers of America

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Meet the Author

Born in the bluegrass region of Central Kentucky, Teresa Hill grew up thinking there would be nothing better in the world than being a writer, not so surprising given the public library in her town was in an old church building, complete with beautiful stained glass windows. Books seemed, if not holy, at least spiritual, comforting and a way to travel the world and enjoy adventure after adventure.
She adored the Boxcar Children and Island of the Blue Dolphin, loving the idea of living on her own at a young age. Little Women was glorious, although she never quite accepted the fact that Jo and Laurie didn't end up together. And The Outsiders by S. E. Hilton shocked her by being not only a great stories, but also being written by someone in her teens!
Prior to that, she'd been sure writers were old, gray and impossibly wise, living in castle-like splender and seclusion, as befitted such extraordinary creatures.
Then she discovered romance! Actually, historical fiction with a nice dose of romance, in the adult fiction section of the old church turned library. Victoria Holt under her pseudonym Jean Plaidy, writing about the Kings of England and their wives, but with a decidedly romantic bent.
And that was it. She was hooked. She wanted to become a romance writer.
Now, she lives in the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, with a very understanding husband, two children, two dogs and two cats. She has written thirty books under her real name and previously under the pseudonym Sally Tyler Hayes.

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Twelve Days 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 216 reviews.
Rad-Reader More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story about a couple who love each other, but are floundering after a series of tragedies have beaten them down. It is very touching, an easy read, and well-written. I am not sure that I am invested enough in the characters to read further in the series, but I did enjoy this book.
grammiepat8 More than 1 year ago
Sam and Rachel were going through a rough time and took in three foster children. Amazing things happen throughout the book. Couldn't hardly lay it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make sure you have a box of kleenex ready. This wonderful Christmas story about love, family, and the true spirit of Christmas is sure to pull your heartstrings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story that i didn't want to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NO CHILDREN DIE OF CANCER IN THIS BOOK! An earlier review was incorrect. This is a lovely, heart-tugging story of two people who've lost the knack of communicating during a long haul of painful events. The book opens as 3 kids wind up on their doorstep, placed in their care over the holidays. Characters I cared about & understood. Nudged along by the holiday season, learning to heal one another. A wonderful story!
Purrple_Lady More than 1 year ago
Sam & Rachel have lost their way and each other, but unexpected visitors will help them re-discover each other!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very sweet book. Perhaps too sweet for some people. There is loving married sex in it. I liked the deep love the couple had for each other even though they struggled with heartache and communication issues. It seemed a lot like what real life marriage can be. I am not sure about its appropriateness for young teens. I think it may be too graphic. But the themes of the power of faith, hope, and love in life and relationships are what make the book so sweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a nice Christmas story. It was sweet and sappy. There was some sex between the married couple, but it was not explicit. No blood, guts and gore. No cursing. It was not a suspense, mystery or murder novel. There was mention of Christian values and traditions. This short novel, about 250 pages, was well writtten and thought out. There was a plot with a nice flow to it, likable characters and I loved the three kids. I am archiving this one to reread at Christmas. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I'm excited to read the stories of Emma, Zach and Grace. I would recommend this book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm glad others liked this book, I found it to be very tedious and repetitive and couldn't get through it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very touching book in many ways. It makes you think, love, and even inspired me! I highly rate this book, even for a few men as an eye opener and a reality check.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Read it one evening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a bonus novella included which is useless unless you read book 2 in this series, which you cannot do without buying a box set. Not happy about that. Plus, this and the other spinoff novellas end in cliffhangers. This came from the author herself. Wish people could write standalones without all the drama! Just saying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My own personal rating system is 1 or 2 stars is absolutely a terrible book. 4 or 5 stars is one I would definitely recommend. 3 stars, which is what I gave this one means I managed to read the entire book but may have skipped pages here and there out of boredom. This was a 3 star book. Bought two by this author. Hope the second one is better. Guess I should read at least one book by an author before investing in a second one...
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very good story loved it
Anonymous 5 months ago
Highly Recommended I can’t believe this was free – but a disclaimer did indicate it was free for a limited time. This 300-page book is so many things – a love story; an inspiring story; at times, a heart wrenching story; a story which gives hope; and, for forgiveness. And, yes a tissue or two may be needed. The story is about a married couple, Sam and Rachel, struggled after the death of their newborn baby girl only to suffer more grief when the foster boy they began to love like their own was given back to the birth mother by a judge. Each of them, although still married and living in the same house, handled their losses differently. He retreated to his workshop and she, sat rocking in her grandmother’s rocking in a dark corner day after day. Sam could not handle the situation any longer and planned on moving out of the house the day after Christmas even though he still loved Rachel. Until several days before Christmas when Rachel’s aunt pushed her way into the house demanding she consider allowing three young children to live with them as they had been abandoned by their mother for three days in a dingy motel room did Sam finally realize what Rachel’s days had been like for weeks upon weeks. The story continues to reveal the deep secrets Sam had been hiding about his own childhood for all the years they had known each other and how those secrets affected his behavior as a teen and then as an adult. Sam promised Emma, the oldest of the three abandoned children that he would try to find their mother. He was successful but didn’t say anything for several reasons--the severely beaten woman who had been found in a ditch was in a coma lying in a hospital bed three hours away from where the children were found; he wanted to protect the children from the father because the little bit of information they gave indicated they were in great fear of him. Everything came to light Christmas afternoon when they received a telephone call indicating the woman had regained consciousness and wanted to see Sam and Rachel. Sam and Rachel made provisions for the children, left immediately for the hospital and when they went into the hospital room were shocked at what the woman had to say.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Sweet and emotional. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 7 months ago
While I did enjoy reading this book, some of it was repeatitive and boring as the couple worked through their problems. Also found the sex scenes unnecessarily graphic, showing that the author doesn't have confidence in their writing ability and had to resort to sex to help sell the story. The story tells of heart break and love that ultimately restores their marriage. There is a bonus story in the book, which the author says is a cliff hanger. I did not read the bonus story, since I dislike cliff hangers. Overall this story is good and kept my interest enough to find out what happened. ***esk 03/2017***
Anonymous 8 months ago
I loved this book. Could not put it down. Read it in a few day because I was sick and wanted to find out how it ended. Wish I could afford the box set, not expensive, but I am on a fixed income. Will look for more of Teresa Hill books in free nook books. A must read.
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A story of hurt and loss and of hope and love. A wonderful book written by a gifted author.
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I enjoyed this story very much. L.M.A.