This week, instead of the usual "What I'm Reading" post, I decided to share with you my Christmas reading list. In case you haven't noticed before, I'm a huge fan of romance novels, and while I read them in all shapes and sizes, when the Holidays approach I find myself looking for season appropriate content.
So, in the past few weeks I've been browsing around Amazon for Christmas romances. My initial list had 15 books, but, realistically, I will not have the time to read that many books before Christmas, or before the year end, for that matter. So I managed to bring the number down to eight, which sounds a lot more reasonable.
Some are recent, some are older, but they all have one thing in common: Christmas. I haven't read any of these books, so below you only have the synopsis available, courtesy of Amazon. Once I finish each book, I will post a proper review with my personal opinion on it.
|There's Something About Christmas, by Debbie Macomber||
Emma Collins has always believed that the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who love fruitcake and those who don't. She's firmly in the second category, so it's ironic that her first major assignment for the Puyallup, Washington, Examiner is a series of articles about…fruitcake. At least it's a step up from writing obituaries.
Her task is to interview the finalists in a fruitcake recipe contest, and that means traveling around the state. Actually…flying around the state. Local pilot Oliver Hamilton, who's starting an airfreight business, has agreed to take her wherever she needs to go, in exchange for free advertising. Unfortunately Emma hates small planes—almost as much as she hates fruitcake.
But in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Emma falls for Oliver (who's not quite the Scrooge he sometimes seems) and his mutt, Oscar (who's allergic to her perfume, which makes him sneeze repeatedly). And she meets three wise women who know a lot about fruitcake—and even more about life.
It all reminds her that there's something about Christmas. Something special…
|A Christmas to Remember, by Jenny Hale||Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they?
Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.
As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing, the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree!
The only problem could be her boss… single-dad, Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realize he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?
As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it? Let the festivities begin!
|Snowbound at Christmas, by Debbie Mason||Surviving the holidays will take a Christmas miracle . . .
Ex-cop Cat O'Connor is bored working for her sister, Chloe, as a personal assistant on the set of her soap opera. Until Chloe gets an opportunity to audition for the role of a lifetime and asks her identical twin to substitute for her on the soap with no one the wiser. It's a perfect switch-until Cat attracts the attention of the mysterious Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way-too-handsome leading man.
Grayson Alexander never thought being snowbound in the charming town of Christmas, Colorado, for the holiday would get so hot. But between working with sexy, tough Cat on set and keeping his real reason for being there under wraps, he's definitely feeling the heat. And if there's one thing they'll learn as they bring out the mistletoe, it's that in this town, true love is always in season. . .
|Heartsong Cottage, by Emily March||Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force
to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn't found a way
to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain
town of Eternity Springs...and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a
glimpse of something Daniel thought he'd never have again.
Sometimes life gives us a second chance at love.
Shannon O'Toole isn't looking for romance. Ever since her fiancé's death, she created a quiet life for herself restoring Victorian cottages. Still, she can't deny her attraction to the handsome, broad-shouldered stranger. Daniel makes her feel things she's hasn't felt in years-including the desire to share her secrets. But can Shannon trust a detective when doing so could bring danger to her cottage door? In Eternity Springs, anything-and everything-is possible...
|Evergreen Springs, by RaeAnne Thayne||Christmas is the last thing on Cole Barrett's mind this year. He's barely
hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died
in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving
and celebration—and certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his
Physician Devin Shaw has long researched the curative powers of Lake Haven's mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch's attractively gruff owner: she'll give Cole's children a magical Christmas, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family's battered hearts—and her own?
|Home for Christmas, by Lily Everett||Magazine columnist Libby Leeds has made a name for herself sharing
heartwarming stories from her perfect life on Sanctuary Island. There's just one
minor detail she's left out: she hasn't set foot on the island since her
childhood. Orphaned and heartbroken, she departed years ago and never looked
back-except in her fictional columns. Now a wounded war hero is returning to
Sanctuary Island, and Libby's editor insists she cover the story by taking the
long road back...
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Army Ranger Owen Shepard is a tall, handsome single father, and now a media sensation. He wants to reconnect with his daughter, Caitlin, and make up for lost time by giving her a Christmas to remember. When "America's Favorite Homemaker" Libby Leeds offers her help, he jumps at the chance. But the sweet, reclusive writer is more intriguing, and more tempting, than Owen could have imagined. Soon, Owen and Caitlin are spending their holiday with Libby, decorating trees, making gingerbread houses, and warming up by the fire. It's the closest Libby has come to love and family since she was a child-but until she and Owen admit what is in their hearts, the home they are creating together will be only in their dreams.
|Christmas at Twilight, by Lori Wilde||
It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .
. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.
Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?
|Christmas at Lilac Cottage, by Holly Martin||Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty
twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She
also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her
personal life seems frozen.
When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.
As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore… While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?
Care to share what books you are planning to read this month? Are they Christmas related too? Let me know and maybe, just maybe, I can squeeze another book in...