December is usually a big reading month for me. The Christmas novels tend to be shorter and my time to read a little bit longer. So I’ve got a dozen titles to tell you about today!
Once Upon a Winter Wonderland
These Deep Haven Collection novellas center around a Christmas wedding and involve Deep Haven characters you love as well as some new arrivals. I loved all of them! But that isn’t surprising. Deep Haven might be my absolute favorite fictional town.
Christmas Homecoming by Lacy Williams
Part of the Wild Wyoming Hearts series, this historical novel is one of the most suspenseful historical I’ve read! Not what I expected out of a Christmas story, but enjoyable all the same.
Like a Holiday Inn by Lindsay Harrel
Part of the Port Willis Romance series. I missed a couple between the first one and this one, but such enjoyable reads set in a small town in Cornwall. Sweet stories with great characters.
The Stand-In Christmas Date by Rachel John
Loved this book! A very sweet Christmas romance with a bit of a twist on the fake date trope.
A Christmas Memory by Richard Paul Evans
This was my book club read (we’ll discuss in January). In the end, it was a sweet story, the details mentioned definitely taking me back to my own childhood. But I wasn’t a fan of the writing of it.
The Christmas Window by Melissa McClone
The beginning of a series called Silver Falls. Great characters and town with a very believable enemies to lovers trope.
Christmas Wishes and Cowboy Kisses
This novella collection contains over 20 Cowboy Christmas novellas. In truth, I didn’t read every single one. In fact, I probably only finished 8 of them. But if the storytelling didn’t capture me, I moved to the next one. The ones I did finish were really good ones!
All I Want for Christmas by Susan May Warren
This book was originally published as The Great Christmas Bowl. Such a great story of family and expectations and Christmas. Definitely a heart-string tugger, especially for those of us who are in the empty nest stage!
Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh
Another tear-jerker (as I expect from Dan!). I didn’t realize I was reading two empty nest stories about Christmas and expectations—and right in a row! I think the Lord was trying to get my attention. 🙂
I really loved this daily devotional for the Advent Season. Modern day writers expanded on quotes from CS Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, George MacDonald, JRR Tolkien and a few others about the “grand miracle” of the Incarnation.
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
This wasn’t a Christmas story, just a story set in a week in winter on the west coast of Ireland in a newly opened inn. We get the story of the inn and of each guest booked in for that inaugural week. A unique storytelling style that drew me in.
The Homecoming of Logan Thorne by Susan May Warren
A very short novella about a character that keeps showing up in several of Susan May Warren’s books! And all centered around Christmas. A lovely way to finish off my December reading!