Holiday Romances to Keep You in the Holiday Spirit
Do you need a quick break over the holidays from all the planning, cooking and shopping? Reading a holiday romance themed book can be a lot of fun and put you in the Christmas spirit. Holidays and romance are the ultimate fantasy, especially when combined with a winter wonderland, toasting your toes in front of a roaring fire, and finding your true love. What more could a woman ask for?
Most of the books on the list following are romances, although one is also a mystery. Here are a few of my favorite authors and books to read for holiday romances to put you in the holiday mood:
The first author on the list for holiday books is Jude Deveraux. Jude is the author of 43 New York Times best selling books and has 60 million copies of her books printed worldwide. She is an incredible author whose books always seem to tug at your heart strings. “The Blessing” is set in a small Kentucky town during Christmastime where a young widow and her son meet a successful businessman home for the holidays. And in “Holly”, Hollander “Holly” Latham finds herself in the position of having to choose between two men – Lorrie Beaumont, a teenage love, or Nick Taggert, who she has recently met. “On a starry Christmas night, will her heart choose privilege or passion?”
The second author on the list is Jenny Colgan. While I was looking for holiday romance’s last year, I came across Jenny Colgan and her book “Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel”. Her novel is set in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne at Christmas. Polly runs the Little Beach Street Bakery and spends her time with her village friends and her boyfriend, Huckle. It is a charming book that will make you want to book a flight to England this holiday season. Her latest book is “Christmas on the Island: A Novel” and has just been released.
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel
Christmas on the Island: A Novel
The next three holiday romance books are stand alone Christmas books (you don’t have to read the entire series to understand the stories) from popular romance novelists – Victoria Alexander, Heather Graham, and Linda Lael Miller. All three have a long history of best selling books and they each have crafted the perfect holiday book set in very different locales. Alexander’s book in set at an English country house in 1886, Graham’s is a time traveling between 1776 and present day, and Miller’s book is set in the Montana wilderness in 1910. You can’t go wrong with any of these.
What Happens At Christmas (Millworth Manor Series Book 1)
Home in Time for Christmas
A Creed Country Christmas (Montana Creeds Book 4)
Rhys Bowen is one of the authors I featured in the article “Three Female Spies Solve the Mystery of What to Read Next“, and her character Molly Murphy. Molly is a private investigator and this book is one of her mysteries. You don’t have to read all of the Murphy books before you read this one, but it is definitely a series to check out. Molly is a strong heroine to root for and Bowen is a very talented author.
The Ghost of Christmas Past: A Molly Murphy Mystery (Molly Murphy Mysteries Book 17)
And, finally, we come to Debbie Macomber’s holiday romance books. She is another New York Times bestselling author, but she is also known for her Christmas stories in particular. And, five of her novels have been made into Hallmark Channel television movies. Obviously, she knows a bit about the romance genre and crafting holiday stories people are entertained by. She also likes to include a recipe or two in her Christmas books which is a fun bonus.
Merry and Bright: A Novel
Starry Night: A Christmas Novel
Call Me Mrs. Miracle (Mrs. Miracle, Bk 2)
The Perfect Christmas: An Anthology
Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel
Hopefully, this list inspired you to find a holiday romance or two for your holiday season. If you haven’t gotten enough holiday romance from these books, there is always the Hallmark Channel annual lineup. And, if you are looking for classic Holiday TV Shows or Holiday Movies to make a part of your traditions, please click on those links for many recommendations. Enjoy!
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