Truth be told, there were actually 13 books in my original book haul but ’12 Festive Books’ just sounds better right?! So this is a mix of library books and books from The Works (3 for £5, yes please!). They would all usually be from the library (see my previous post here to read about my love for the library) but with all the lockdowns, it was actually nice to buy some of my own books and with The Works being very easy on the bank balance, I couldn’t help myself.
I love a festive break up story and when a break-up turns into a woman owning her shit, that’s even better. I don’t think any of these Christmas books are without their cheesy romances but it’s part and parcel of the ‘happy Christmas ever after’ or something *shrugs*.
After a bad break-up, eternal optimist Evie Miller has moved to the small village of Willowbrook to finally pursue her dream of opening a craft shop.
Unfortunately, with money worries and an ex-boyfriend determined to track her down, her fresh start isn’t going entirely to plan.
Jake Hartwood is also looking to escape his past. Haunted by the loss of his wife, he’s determined not to get close to anyone again – and the last thing he wants is to be celebrating this December.
Hoping to avoid the festivities, Evie and Jake arrange to escape Christmas together as friends in Provence. But will the magic of the season change things between them?
I love Carole Matthews’ books, I think her writing is fantastic and so easy to read. I’ve only just recently discovered her books but I really enjoy them and I imagine this one to be no different!
As a thirty-something hairdresser, Janie’s single status is a constant source of concern for her clients as well as her friends.
So after one too many questions about her love life, a blind date disaster and hearing her ex-boyfriend is getting married, Janie decides it’s time to do something dramatic.
Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa where she meets her gorgeous tour guide, Dominic.
But all good things must come to an end. Can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him, or will she get her Christmas wish?
Okay full disclosure, I’ve given Nora Roberts a chance but this one was probably a mistake because this writing is just too cheesy, even for me. But the blurb is below, so if it sounds like your cup of tea, then no judgments from me!
Zeke and Zack Taylor, decide to write to Santa and ask for a mother. But when they see their new music teacher, Nell Davis, she meets all their requirements. Will the magic of Christmas bring their dad and Nell together and make the twins’ Christmas wish come true…?
When Hester Wallace and her 9 year old son Radley move into their new Manhattan apartment, they are instantly charmed by Mitch Dempsey, their upstairs neighbour. As attraction between the neighbours grows can Mitch overcome Hester’s reserve and convince her to accept him into her life on a permanent basis?
Join old university friends Jenna, Max, Angus, Bertie, Hugo and Sally as they set off for a wintry week of fun, fondue and frivolity on the glamorous Val d’Argent.
On the agenda: flirting, drinking, dancing – and a bit of skiing along the way.
But once they arrive they are soon waylaid by secret passions, ominous oligarchs, chairlift shenanigans and the sort of social climbing that requires more effort and planning than a solo ascent of Mont Blanc.
Clip on your skis, dig out your salopettes, and get ready for some fun on the slopes…
Okay one more for the ‘What was I thinking’ pile. Sorry if you like this author, but she’s just not for me. Again, the blurb is below so if you fancy
Pandora McVie and Michael Donahue, are named beneficiaries of their Uncle Jolley’s will, if they live together in Jolley’s home for six months! They’ve known each other since childhood, with no love lost between them. However, as they spend the winter together, they discover that they have more in common than they believed…
Hiring antique shop owner Regan Bishop to restore his inn, wild-boy Rafe MacKade did not expect the immediate attraction that draws them into a passionate affair. But will Regan’s fierce independence come between the couple, or can Rafe convince her to trust him.
I love a feel-good book and this has everything I love! Also the cover reminded of Coronation Street and I thought it was so cute and festive!
Bill has lived on Christmas Street since he was a young man. He’s seen families come and go, watched children grow up… Now he wants to be left alone.
Everything eight-year-old Teddy loves is in America. But his widowed father, Sam, has brought them both back to England to be closer to their family. Sam’s one wish is for Teddy to be happy again.
As Teddy and Sam settle into their new life, and Sam has an unusual meet-cute with the delightful Libby, a very special four-legged neighbour is determined to make them feel at home. Jack, the Christmas street dog, is welcome in everyone’s house – but will it be in his power to help a little boy and a lonely old man remember the true meaning of the season?
I love a wedding book and when it’s a Christmas-themed wedding book, that’s definitely a bit of me! I love it when the blurb tempts you with secrets that are about to be exposed too hehe.
Welcome to Mistletoe Island, where dreams can come true…
The snow is falling and Fliss’s friends have arrived to celebrate herwedding for a week at Holly Cottage. It’s the perfect way to kick off her brand-new life, isn’t it?
Except Ruth wishes she was anywhere other than a remote Scottish island, Caitlin is keeping a secret from her friends, Lara is suddenly facing her ex a decade after turning down his proposal and even the bride has something to hide…
But as the friends prepare for a week to remember, will Fliss’s dream wedding go off without a hitch, or will the secrets they’ve been hiding change everything?
Okay clearly I hadn’t realised I didn’t like this author before I ordered three of her books but againnnn, not for me but leaving the blurb below if anyone else is interested!
When it comes to women Prince Bennett has always enjoyed a challenge. So after meeting the quiet and beautiful Lady Hannah Rothschild the dashing prince cannot rest until he breaks through her careful reserve. Love has always been a game to Bennett but with this elusive, mysterious woman he discovers his heart is on the line and he’s playing for keeps…
Her legacy has been as much a curse as a blessing so Anastasia Donovan has learned to keep it hidden but when single dad Boone Sawyer swept into her heart she longed to reveal everything despite her fear of the consequences. Then fate stepped in.
As I previously mentioned, I’m starting to really like this author. Her books are always so easy to read and they flow really nicely. The characters are always well-developed which is always a pro.
Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.
Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.
When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go . . . Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.
My favourite thing, like a lot of people, is seeing and being with my family on Christmas and the fact that the man character is hosting the family Christmas really resonates with me.
This year, Lottie is hosting one last big family Christmas at the home she grew up in – just like her Nana would have wanted.
But when her relatives descend on the old manor house, Lottie gets more than she bargained for. Every family has its secrets, but in this family, everybody has one!
So, between cooking a Christmas dinner, keeping tensions at bay and a stray dog out of mischief, she has plenty on her plate (and not just misshapen sausage rolls and a frozen turkey). And then her first love shows up – nine years after he walked out of her life.
Guilty, another Carole Matthews book! I’ve already mentioned all the reasons I like this author so I won’t bore you with that but as per the usual Christmas book style, this is another feel-good book and it sounds like the perfect family mad Christmas.
Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand.
Her son Tom is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet’s father, Frank, is getting over a heartbreak of his own and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet’s husband Rick?
One of the few of these books that I’ve actually read (sorry not sorry, I can only read so many books!) and I actually really enjoyed it. It wasn’t a typical Christmas story and I liked not knowing what was going to happen (for the most part).
When Nick loses his job and is dumped by his glamorous but demanding girlfriend, he is forced to grudgingly accept work as a Santa at a local Christmas grotto. As his friends are getting married or promoted, Nick spends his days being terrorised by unfriendly elves and cried on by snotty, spoiled children.
Then he meets 4-year-old Alfie. All Alfie wants for Christmas is for his mum, Sarah, to be happy again. Moved by the boy’s selfless wish, Nick arranges a date between Sarah and his best friend, Matt. But as Sarah and Alfie become part of all their lives, Nick realises that happiness for Sarah and Matt might mean heartbreak for himself.
So those are the festive books I chose for myself this year, I hope I’ll manage to get through a few of them before Christmas but we’ll see how I do! If you fancy following my journey then you can follow me on my Goodreads app here 🙂
Have you read any of these books? What’s your favourite festive read?