Twelve Days (The McRaes Series - Book 1) - Teresa Hill

Twelve Days (The McRaes Series - Book 1)

By Teresa Hill

  • Release Date: 2001-10-01
  • Genre: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 75 Ratings)


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.

Limited Time Only: Includes a bonus novella, Everything to Me (Prequel), which introduces Teresa’s new, serialized YA/NA romance.

Three-time RITA Finalist

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

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.


  • 12 days of Christmas

    By Janey rainwater
    Excellent book. I got so immersed in the characters, I hated for the story to end.
  • Uplifting and heartwarming

    By Arieslady52
    This beautifully written romance chronicles 12 days before Christmas in the lives of Rachel and Sam McRae of Baxter, Ohio. It begins when a social worker talks them into temporarily fostering 3 abandoned children. But the McRaes are tragically childless after 12 years of marriage, wracked with grief and guilt, and their marriage is on the rocks. Day by day during the town's annual holiday countdown to Christmas celebration, Rachel and Sam struggle to care for the children, who push all the buttons of their past hurts. There is a HEA, but it's bittersweet, and the path to get there is twisted. The book is emotionally rich, and evokes both romance and a Dickensian Christmas experience. Read it in December.