Everyone loves a bit of Wintery romance-cheese-comfort- festive fairytale (well maybe not everyone, but if this isn’t you then just stroll on by) so I thought I’d do a quick round up of super selections this season that I haven’t yet read but have lined up for my festive readathon. Got it? Good!
1. Christmas At The Palace by Jeevani Charika
Snuggle up with the perfect Christmas romance that readers have fallen in love with this year, as one ordinary girl learns what it means to love a prince.
Not even in her wildest imaginings did Kumari ever think she’d become a princess. But having fallen for Ben – or rather Prince Benedict, sixth in line to the throne – it looks like nothing will ever go as planned again. And as Christmas rapidly approaches the distinction between family festivities and Royalty becomes ever more apparent.
With the paparazzi hounding her, her job on the line and some rather frustrating royal training, Kumari feels panic set in.
Does loving Prince Charming mean she’ll get her fairy tale ending – and on her own terms?
Kumari sounds like the perfect protagonist: smart, independent and caring; I can’t wait to meet her. Published in May originally as A Royal Wedding this is the extended, festive version of that bestseller, in ebook and paperback. The great news is if you’ve already downloaded that version you can sync your ereader and the extended version will be there!
2. The Mother Of All Christmases by Milly Johnson
Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them…
Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.
Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?
Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the `Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?
The Queen of Yorkshire is back and this book promises to be everything you need for a warm, feelgood read! Bonus points awarded for being the only book in this blog post that hasn’t got a blue cover.
Buy this title here and at all bookshops
3. Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain
After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course . . .
Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connelly’s son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good-girl.
As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.
Under the starry winter skies, will Gabe convince Hayley to open her heart again once more? And in doing so, will he convince himself?
The title is a mouthful but it sounds so good doesn’t it? If you’ve read any of my previous reviews on here you’ll know I love a foodie book and this promises to be an absolute belter; I’ll be pouring the mulled wine curled up with this one.
Grab your own copy here and at other bookshops.
4. The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan
Set on the scenic fjords of Norway, The Christmas Lights by bestselling author Karen Swan is a moving Christmas tale of love and heartbreak.
December 2018, and free-spirited influencers Bo Loxley and her partner Zac are living a life of wanderlust, travelling the globe and sharing their adventures with their millions of fans. Booked to spend Christmas in the Norwegian fjords, they set up home in a remote farm owned by enigmatic mountain guide Anders and his fierce grandmother Signy. Surrounded by snowy peaks and frozen falls, everything should be perfect. But the camera can lie and with every new post, the `perfect’ life Zac and Bo are portraying is diverging from the truth. Something Bo can’t explain is wrong at the very heart of their lives and Anders is the only person who’ll listen.
June 1936, and fourteen-year old Signy is sent with her sister and village friends to the summer pastures to work as milkmaids, protecting the herd that will sustain the farm through the long, winter months. But miles from home and away from the safety of their families, threat begins to lurk in friendly faces . . .
The mountains keep secrets – Signy knows this better than anyone – and as Bo’s life begins to spiral she is forced, like the old woman before her, to question who is friend and who is foe.
I love how this sounds like a well-blended historic & contemporary drama, full of suspense and mystery.
5. Christmas At The Beach Hut by Veronica Henry
Everyone adores Christmas …
Especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she is feeling unloved and underappreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So she wonders … what would happen if she ran away and left them to it?
Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy’s skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.
Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn’t Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year?
Lizzy and I sound like kindred spirits; this time of year I do battle the festive grumps over how much extra life admin seems to land on my plate but not everyone else’s and the temptation to escape to the seaside is strong (though I am guessing very chilly!)
Anything new to add to this list? I have already read a couple of fantastic festive reads which I will be sharing the reviews of very soon with you. I hope whatever you are reading in the next few weeks hits the spot!
Gem ~ Bee Reader