WW Ladies Book Club Christmas List

Barbara Vey -- November 3rd, 2010

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is next month already.  For the first time ever, I’m not done Christmas shopping.  I usually have everything bought and wrapped by now, but it’s been a crazy year.  So I’ve decided, books for everyone.  A fun shopping day for me and in the end, everyone wins.  Here’s the first wave of Christmas books read by the WW Ladies and next week will feature more.



The Bite Before Christmas by Heidi Betts


Read by Heidi

All I Vant for Christmas
features Connor Drake, a very rich and very traditional vampire , is looking for the perfect celebration. Connor hires party planner Jillian Parker to create the mood in his mansion. Jillian has never worked for vampires before but there is always a first time.  A Vampire in her Stocking has Vivan Harrison, dedicated assistant to her incredibly handsome boss Sean Spice. When she finds out that her boss is terminally ill, she is devastated. Her friend Angelina decides to change Sean and leave him on her doorstep all wrapped up for Christmas. Vivian needs to find the power to show Sean the ways of the undead.  In It’s a Wonderful Bite, Angelina Ricci is looking for a commitment from her boyfriend Ian. After hundreds of years together, she wants the ring, the romance, and the whole package. Angelina lives a dream similar to “It’s a Wonderful Life” and learns the true meaning of Christmas.

My favorite type of holiday reading is in novella form. I especially liked how Heidi weaved all the characters in and out of all three novellas. The one I enjoyed the most was “It’s a Wonderful Bite”. I think everyone would wish to find out what would happen if your past was changed, and see what your future would be like. This book has it all; a little holiday, a little vampire and ALOT of romance!!



Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas

Read by Melissa

Mark Nolan unexpectedly gains custody of his niece Holly when his sister dies.  He’s working at making a great life for them both when he meets Maggie Collins, who has just opened a toy store in Friday Harbor.

The magic and wonder Lisa Kleypas manages to infuse her stories with is the kind you want to bottle and keep with you every day!!  I hope I’ll get a chance to go back to Friday Harbor soon, and it’s an amazing place.




Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Read by Heidi

Jake Finley is the son of the great JR Finley, owner of Finley’s department store. With the holiday season fast approaching, the focus is on the profit of the season. Jake and his father don’t look at the holiday season since tragedy struck them years ago. Holly Larson is focused on her eight year old nephew Gabe, who has seen his own tragedy and is now without his father who has been sent overseas with the Army. Her one wish is to give Gabe a holiday to remember. Enter Mrs. Miracle, or Emily Merkle. Emily’s focus is to help everyone achieve their own miracle for Christmas.

It’s like a modern day Miracle on 34th Street, but with angels in disguise!! I am not at all surprised that the Hallmark Channel made both of the Mrs. Miracle books into made-for-TV movies. I felt like wrapping up in my favorite fuzzy blanket, hot cocoa and cuddle down with the book, and now with the movie!! Double win for everyone!




Wicked Wonderland by LuAnn McLane, Susanna Carr, Janice Maynard

Read by joysann
Stranded at the whistle-stop town of Whisper, Colorado, Claire Collins must spend snow-bound days with a surly artist, but their companionship unexpectedly warms up the holidays for both of them in Hot Whisper by LuAnn McLane. Hot for the Holidays by Susanna Carr has reforming bad girl Rachel wildly tempted by co-worker Justin who would be a delightful holiday gift, but she’s determined to avoid any casual self-destructive affair. Janice Maynard tells a heartwarming story of a woman braving the Alaskan winter to temporarily run a Bed and Breakfast during the holiday season to distract herself from recent sadness and loneliness, and there finding hope for love and companionship, in Hot Arctic Nights.

I usually have trouble reading holiday stories this long before the season even starts, but Wicked Wonderland has charming, romantic stories that quickly made me feel all contentedly warm and mushy, even aside from the delightfully sexy, sensual parts. Only don’t set those aside; they’ll really warm your toes.




Bed and Breakfast by Lois Battle

Read by Heidi

Beaufort, South Carolina is the perfect setting for the Christmas holidays with the family at Josie Tatternall’s Bed and Breakfast. As Josie witnesses her close friend’s heart attack, she decides life is too short and calls her three daughters home for the holidays.

There is no Bed and Breakfast big enough for three daughters with different personalities. You certainly can feel that in this book. Josie is a classic southern mother, with a modern twist, which makes her fun to learn about. But I found the surprising romances exceptionally sweet and satisfying by the end.




One week in December by Holly Chamberlin

Read by Heidi

The Rowans’ are gathering for the holidays at the family house in Maine. Becca is on a mission to claim her daughter back, who was adopted by her brother. Even though this revelation would break the family apart, Becca is determined to follow through with her plan despite the challenges from her family.

I felt sad for Becca and her loneliness towards herself and her family. Her wishes for her daughter to be back in her life full time are admirable, but at what cost. The holidays are always a roller coaster, but this family certainly has an even bigger one with the power struggle to reveal the truth.

Bottom Line: Only 51 days until Christmas!

73 thoughts on “WW Ladies Book Club Christmas List

  1. WW Jan

    Heidi, Just returned this week from Beaufort, S.C., and quite excited to see your write-up on “Bed and Breakfast”. My cousin’s home in the historic section of Beaufort, ‘tho not a B & B, was taken over as a Union hospital in the Civil War. I WANT to read this book! WW Jan

  2. Susan Wingate

    I especially like the book by Lisa Kleykas set in Friday Harbor… where I live! What a hoot. And, when in the devil were you here? You must come back. Our library hosts traveling writers and even put you up at the States Inn for your stay. They offer a small honorarium and pay travel (sometimes) but the experience is what makes the whole thing so worth it. I hope you consider doing a workshop or presentation for our San Juan Library (www.sjlib.org) and if you do, please contact me and I will help you sort out all of the traveling mumbo-jumbo on and off our teeny weeny island! :)

    Great posting and what a lovely assortment of books for Christmas presents!

  3. Lisa Hendrix

    I love it when the Christmas books start hitting the shelves. Thanks for the roundup.

    One you missed is THE SNOW GLOBE by Sheila Roberts. (One of Sheila’s previous holiday books, ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS has been made into a movie for Lifetime TV, airing December 5). Lots of fun!

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