We’re almost halfway through December and looking forward to the holiday break where we can curl up with a mug of hot cocoa and one of these Christmas books:
THE CHRISTMAS TOWN by Donna VanLiere
When twenty-year-old Lauren Gabriel witnesses a hit-and-run accident, she suddenly finds herself being pulled into the town of Grandon. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for? “With eight other yuletide novels under her belt, VanLiere is an expert at tugging heartstrings, and this sincere tearjerker delivers.” — Library Journal
CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Anita Hughes
“After a bride calls off her Christmas wedding days before the ceremony, she comforts herself by taking the planned honeymoon in Paris, then finds herself navigating romance with the help of a fortuneteller and the jilted groom in the suite next door. Hughes bring her signature combination of haute couture and high-society romance to Paris, adding a touch of magic and allowing us to live vicariously through Isabel as she falls in love in the most glamorous city in the world…. A charming modern-day fairy-tale romance.” — Kirkus Reviews
THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME by Melissa Hill
Beth Harper has a passion for movies and shoes, so when she receives an anonymous gift leading her on a movie trivia scavenger hunt across NYC, she wonders if it’s a surprise from her boyfriend, Danny, or from her attractive co-worker, Ryan. “Readers will get in the holiday spirit as Hill’s sentimental story brings them to various New York landmarks and beloved scenes from famous movies. A big twist near the end will come as a major surprise, deepening the tale’s poignancy.” — Library Journal
CHRISTMAS JOY by Nancy Naigle
Joy Holbrook is all work and no play, but she’s forced to take a leave of absence from her job to take care of her Aunt Ruby back in Crystal Falls. When she’s forced to work with Aunt Ruby’s neighbor, Ben Andrews, to win the annual Christmas Home Tour, Joy finds her career-focused heart dreaming of a family. “This is a sweet, Hallmark-movie-style story of a woman figuring out what she really wants with the help of a hunk, a stray kid, and enough decorations for several Pinterest boards. Steer fans of inspirational fiction toward this one as well.” — Booklist
A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS by Beth Harbison
From the author of the beloved bestseller SHOE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS comes the story of a woman who finds herself locked in a department store on Christmas Eve and must spend the entire night facing several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future…all while surrounded by Manolo Blahniks, Jimmy Choos, Chanel slippers, and Prada riding boots. “A fun and shoe-filled modern take on A Christmas Carol from the best-selling Harbison for all readers.” — Library Journal
CHRISTMAS IN ETERNITY SPRINGS by Emily March
Gage Lancaster recently left his job in the navy to take care of his son after his ex-wife’s sudden death. After her lying lawyer fiancé left her with a broken heart, Claire Branham’s turned into a Grinch, not the best attitude for the owner of the town’s Christmas shop. Will some Eternity Springs magic, and the Christmas spirit, allow their hearts to grow three times bigger? “This Christmas tale from March will appeal to all holiday romance lovers and will definitely get people in the holiday spirit!” — Library Journal
THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS by David Rosenfelt
This Christmas mystery, featuring reluctant criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, showcases Rosenfelt’s trademark humor and larger-than-life characters. “…heartwarming and ingeniously plotted. Carpenter’s endearing first-person narrative moves the story along with just the right mixture of humor and suspense.” — Associated Press
OLIVER THE CAT WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS: The Tale of a Little Cat with a Big Heart by Sheila Norton
A tear-jerking and inspiring novel, set during the Christmas season, about a homeless cat who finds friendship, love, adventure, and a new home with a lonely young girl. “Norton’s latest presents a tantalizing Christmas tale for cat lovers.” — Library Journal
CHRISTMAS IN THE LONE STAR STATE by Jason Manning
In this Christmas western set in the rough and tumble Texas frontier, Texas Ranger Bill Sayles is escorting prisoner Jake Eddings back to prison when they stumble across a crime scene caused by Mal and Lute Litchfield, brothers without mercy or morals who fled England as wanted men and have left a trail of violence in their wake. It’s up to Sayles and Eddings to stop these outlaws before they can hurt anyone else—and with any luck, make it home before Christmas.
IT MUST BE CHRISTMAS: Three Holiday Stories by Jennifer Crusie, Mandy Baxter & Donna Alward
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, where love is in the air. Cozy up by the fire with three heartwarming stories that turn up the heat in this Christmas anthology headlined by New York Times bestseller, Jennifer Crusie!
THE NEW YORK TIMES KEEP MERRY AND CROSSWORD ON: 200 Easy to Hard Puzzles by The New York Times
There’s no better gift for the puzzler on your list with this omnibus-size volume packed with 200 of America’s favorite crosswords from The New York Times and crossword legend Will Shortz.
WILL SHORTZ PRESENTS KEEP MERRY AND SUDOKU ON: 300 Easy to Hard Puzzles by Will Shortz
Edited by puzzlemaster Will Shortz, this beautiful book with 300 easy-to-hard puzzles in a convenient portable size is the perfect stocking stuffer.