‘Tis the season to be jolly and curl up in front of the fire with a good book (or sit in a warm coffee shop indulging in black forest hot chocolates or drinks infused with Salted Caramel or Gingerbread).
Winter is the perfect time to catch up on your reading and maybe complete the reading challenge you set yourself for the year. It is a busy time, yes: it’s the run up to Christmas; Christmas shopping, parties, decorating, planning the family get together, the meal… And yet, the cold weather, early evenings and busy days are the perfect excuse to pick up a book in the evening, when in summer you would still be running around outside getting things done.
Plus of course, Christmas means family and friends, which is synonym for a lot of drama – perfect material for books! This is why we have so many great new releases about the Christmas season, for the Christmas season. First of all, we already looked at Elin Hilderbrand, A Wedding At Christmas and the adventures of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club at Christmas, but there are so many more!
Personally, the Christmas magic seems more real when it is set in familiar places. Isn’t it romantic to think of a first date in winter, ice skating at Somerset House, or the madness of Oxford street on a Saturday in December? You can just imagine being snowed in on your annual holiday to a cottage in Cornwall or the Lake District. So here are some British new releases (although yes, a couple of characters may be spending the holiday season outside the UK, but someone always decides to go away last minute, don’t they?)
Lindsey Kelk is currently living in New York and so, for the holidays, Tess from the “A Girl” series is headed to the City for the holidays!
Christmas is also about the children, and a magical holiday where everything seems possible. Even for one man to make it round the world and to everyone’s house in one night! One of the best new books to read with children (or without, for that matter!) is A Boy Called Christmas – the REAL story of Father Christmas.
The Winter Wedding is about wedding planner Hazel who is responsible for turning other people’s special day into a little miracle. But what about her own miracle? Is it her time yet this festive season?
Talking about Christmas, love and perfect holidays is one thing – journalists need to portray the perfect family holiday, homemade mince pies, perfectly decorated trees and caroling. Living it is a little harder, and Genie has been set a rather difficult deadline: Finding a boyfriend by Christmas and get the article done or leave her desk to someone else, someone who can keep a deadline.
And then there are the secrets which come out when family gets together. Or should we say the secret, who? Asta is headed to Ireland to re-unite with her family, with her now 16-year-old secret in tow…
Cookies, gingerbread, mince pies and all of Christmas dinner, it certainly is the season to know (or learn) how cook. Good thing Eve has Greg showing up constantly to teach her! The perk of the book – apart from the story – are Rosie Blake’s recipes within!
A Girl’s Best Friend, by Lindsey Kelk; IBSN 0007582374, ISBN13 9780007582372
A Boy Called Christmas, by Matt Haig; ISBN13 9781782117896
The Winter Wedding, by Abby Clements; ISBN 1471137023, ISBN13 9781471137020
Boyfriend by Christmas, by Jenny Stallard; ISBN 1405922486, ISBN13 9781405922487
Snowed In For Christmas, by Claire Sandy; ISBN 1447299299
How To Stuff Up Christmas, by RosieBlake; ISBN 1782398600, ISBN13 9781782398608