While kids still have their minds focused on Halloween, adults are already looking past goblins and ghouls to the season of Christmas.
The sometimes stressful season of Christmas.
Gifts to buy people you barely know, family events with Uncle Leroy who wants to only talk politics, truly ugly Christmas sweaters, and the mistaken sense that if Martha Stewart can do it (with her staff of millions) you can too…. All this can smear a layer of anxiety over holiday cheer.
But never fear! The Christmas romances are here!
Give yourself the gift of time to yourself and read tales of love, forgiveness, happiness, and laughter set during one of the most magical times of year. Here is a handful of recent holiday releases.
Coming Home for Christmas (Haven Point) by RaeAnne Thayne
RaeAnne Thayne brings readers back to Haven Point, where hearts are healed and love rekindled. In the grip of postpartum depression and grief over her parents’ death, Elizabeth left her husband and children seven years ago and hasn’t seen them since. Now her husband Luke has found her again and needs her by his side in Haven Point to clear him of a crime he didn’t commit. Loss and forgiveness and family wrap together in a Christmas story that showcases why Thayne is so beloved by her readers.
Wrapped Up in You: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis
Kudos to Jill Shalvis for delivering a taco truck-owning heroine to readers in her new Heartbreaker Bay novel. Ivy hasn’t set down roots in a long time, so when she opens her own business and gets an apartment in San Francisco, that’s as much permanence as she can handle. Enter Idaho sheriff Kel, on leave in SF, who seems perfect for a holiday fling. But when he finds out what’s really going on in Ivy’s life, their flash-in-the-pan romance could die for good or build into something stronger. Shalvis’s novels offer both laughter and the closeness of true friendship, and also make living in a city seem as cozy as living in a small town.
25 Days 'Til Christmas: A Novel by Poppy Alexander
For four years running, Kate has been the Christmas Tree Girl, dressed in a chilly elf costume and selling trees to passersby. Daniel has looked forward to seeing her every year and buying a tree from her, but this year, without his daughter, he feels like he doesn’t need a Christmas tree. Kate, barely making ends meet after her husband didn’t return from war and raising a child by herself, wonders when he’ll arrive this year. Kate and Daniel’s Christmas season starts cold and hopeless but warms up as they find each other and fill the gaps in each other’s hearts.
An Alaskan Christmas (A Wild River Novel) by Jennifer Snow
When she’s forced into taking long-overdue vacation, surgeon Ericka goes to Wild River to spend time with her best friend from childhood. Ericka’s workaholic and person-adverse stance is offputting to most, but not to her friend’s brother, Reed, now a wilderness search-and-rescue operative. Jennifer Snow’s holiday tale has both spice and sizzle as sparks fly between Ericka and Reed, coaxing them to reassess what’s important in their lives.
Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore
While I’m a sucker for cowboy Christmas romances (I cannot wait to crack open Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kiss next week), I’m an even bigger fan of holiday romances with dogs. In Puppy Christmas, the owner of Puppy Promise, a training facility for service dogs, donates a puppy along with training to young Emily Ford. But with Emily Ford comes her good-looking dad, making Lila’s training sessions with Emily and her dad something Lila at first dreads and then looks forward to. This novel featuring an adorable dog named Jeeves von Hinklebottom the Third will warm a reader’s heart during even the snowiest day.
Dukes, Actually (12 Dukes of Christmas) by Erica Ridley
Historical romance fans may have already picked up earlier Christmas-themed romances in Erica Ridley’s series – now at book five. Her newest charming short novel will wring happy sighs from readers as a socially awkward duke convinces the girl next door to help him become more outgoing. Carole is the Duke of Azureford’s opposite in every way. She sketches scandalous pictures and can never stop moving. But a teacher in social skills isn’t the same as a future duchess… until one day he realizes that Carole is far more necessary to him than he ever expected.
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