The Perfect Christmas Read
I really enjoy snuggling up at this time of year with a good Christmas themed book. I much prefer reading a Christmas book to watching a Chrismas movie! However, this year I've been really struggling to find ones that carry you away to that magical place that only exists for a few weeks a year. I've read a couple of short ones that were ok, and they can be seen over on the 'book review' page of the site, but there was just something lacking from them all, and only one of the books I've read has made the cut for this blog. I've read some perfect ones in the past, so the ones I could remember that stuck with me as being great and really hit the spot I've recommended below. However, I NEED your recommendations, so comment in the box below with your favourite Christmas read, and in the meantime, I will keep hunting them down and update this again next year!
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson
I read this last Christmas so I don't have an official review of it, but I do remember it making me feel very Christmassy and it being a very festive read. I think I may have to re-visit this book!
You’ve seen Mark Darcy in his reindeer jumper, now meet Marco Cavelli in this season’s Christmas knit! For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it. But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner. Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie. Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper?
Lovestruck at Christmas by Rachel Schurig
This is a follow-on book of the 'Lovestruck' series following the lives of Thomas and Lizzie, and it's a guaranteed good read if it's by Rachel Schurig. I read this one quite a few years ago now, but I do remember the whole series being very emotional and heartfelt.
Lizzie Medina went to London to reinvent herself. But falling unexpectedly in love with up-and-coming actor Thomas Harper wasn’t exactly what she had planned. Now Lizzie finds herself forced to navigate the fame game of red carpets, catty co-stars, gossip magazines, and paparazzi. When she wished for a new life, she had no idea it would be anything like this!
Lizzie and Thomas return for a Christmas story about home, happiness, and holiday surprises!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This is a classic, we all know the story and have seen a million adaptations of it but how many have read the actual book? I did a couple of years ago, and it was a much easier read than I was expecting, I think knowing the story helped.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him.
Cold Feet at Christmas by Debbie Johnson
Debbie Johnson does write a good Christmas book, I read this last year as well and felt very festive afterwards! It even gave you a warm and cosy feeling like you were right there in the cabin with them!
Running out on your wedding shouldn’t be this much fun! A remote Scottish castle on a snowy Christmas Eve. A handsome husband-to-be. A dress to die for. It should have been the happiest day of Leah Harvey’s life – but the fairytale wedding turns sour when she finds her fiancé halfway up the bridesmaid’s skirt just hours before the ceremony! Fleeing the scene in a blizzard, Leah ends up stranded at the nearest cottage, where she collapses into the arms of its inhabitant – a man so handsome she thinks she must have died and gone to heaven! And when Rob Cavelli suddenly finds himself with an armful of soaking wet, freezing cold, and absolutely gorgeous bride on the run, he’s more than happy to welcome her into his snowbound cottage this Christmas…
A very Lucky Christmas by Lilac Mills
This is the only decent Christmas book that I have been able to find this year and it was a brilliant read! Read my review here:
Things can't get worse for Daisy Jones... can they? Christmas is meant to be the happiest time of year so why is absolutely everything going wrong for Daisy? Reeling from a bad breakup, moving back in with her parents and hounded by trouble at work she really shouldn’t be surprised when things go from bad to worse..and she ends up in A&E! Her great-grandmother persuaded her to plant a silver sixpence in the Christmas pud for luck but choking on the coin isn’t the ‘change’ she’d wished for. Yet when dashing Dr Noah Hartley saves the day things finally start to look up. With Christmas Day just around the corner Daisy’s determined to make her own luck...and hopefully bag herself a dishy doc in the process!