Here’s our second round of Christmas books and I’m ready to start reading them all. Hang a wreath, give me a hot beverage, warm afghan, recliner and a good book. My ingredients for getting in the holiday spirit.
Today Harlequin has sent over a set of Christmas reads to get you in the mood. There’s even special gift tags. Just leave a comment and you’re entered. One winner will be picked. US and Canada only.
BTW, check out Wednesday’s blog to see if you were a winner from this week’s giveaway.
A Bride For Christmas by Aileen Fish
Read by joysann
After his many years in the wars against Napoleon, Nash Sinclair is home for good, joining his large, happy extended family for the holidays, thinking maybe it’s time he found a bride and began adding to the many children gathered. His sister-in-law’s lovely sister looks remarkably favorable for many reasons, and he begins a quest to win her heart. But Lady Julianna has long decided she’ll not marry, that she doesn’t need a man to enjoy her quiet life, and Nash will have to slay dragons in order to win her.
A Bride for Christmas is a novella length romance that would be just right between the many tasks of holiday celebrations, like between the cookie baking and the gift wrapping. It’s also charming. The thing I enjoyed most was that there were no bad guys, no dangerous world-shaking conflicts. There is only the sweet, warm desire between two likeable characters and the growing love between them.
Plaid Tidings by Mia Marlowe
Read by Heidi
Lord Alexander Mallory is not feeling very lucky. While playing cards, he has won a Scottish estate and a hand in marriage. Lucinda MacOwen is secretly thrilled to be able to marry one of the eligible gentlemen in the area. Once they reach the estate, they both realize there is more involved with Bonniebroch than meets the eye. Lord Alexander learns he is the man to destroy the curse, but he will need the strength of Lucinda, to make it to Twelfth Night.
I was expecting a different book, with it being a historical romance, but was pleasantly surprised with the paranormal elements. The holidays mixed in with the new marriage of Alexander and Lucinda, made the pages fly by. Definitely a book to enjoy and put you in a holiday “spirit”.
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown
Read by Joan
When Natalie’s best friend Drew is killed at war, his buddy Lucas continues to communicate with her by e-mail, sharing their grief and telling each other almost everything. Lucas is discharged and he decides to get home early to surprise his family at Christmas. However, Lucas receives the surprise when he arrives home to find Natalie at his ranch with a dead coyote at her feet and a baby on her hip.
‘Tis the season, and Carolyn Brown has once again written a wonderful and romantic Christmas story. The book has everything I like in a romance; animals, good comic-relief characters, and of course, a handsome cowboy, plus a strong woman to match him. Christmas is magical!
A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods
Read by Heidi
Jenny Collins had no desire to return to Chesapeake Shores, until Bree O’Brien made an offer to collaborate with her on a Christmas musical production. Jenny decided maybe now was the right time to face the family her mother married into, and deal with her past. Caleb Green broke Jenny’s heart in a very public way, and wants to make things right with the woman he truly loves. He’s hoping the O’Brien family will help him make all their Christmas wishes come true.
The O’Brien family is back, and better than ever!! I admire the way that Sherryl can weave all of the many O’Brien’s into the story, and still have each character have their own identity shine through on the page. This entire story will warmed my heart and was a great kick off to bring me some Christmas spirit.
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
Read by DeAnn
Kayla Green is a British workaholic now in the US. She hates Christmas and all it involves. Enter Jackson O’Neil. His family’s floundering resort has brought him home and he hires Kayla’s PR firm to help bring the tourists in. He wants her to spend a week at the resort to get the feel of the place and see how best to promote it. Kayla is thrilled to do it over Christmas where she won’t be surrounded by the holiday spirt. Unfortunately for her, the O’Neil family is all about the holidays and what family means most to them.
This fish out of water story really connected with me. To be in an unfamiliar situation and keep trying to pretend you know what you’re doing has happened to me, but seeing it happen to Kayla brought a smile to my face. Right at the beginning she’s faced with the reality of a winter resort and her high fashion coat and boots are no match for it. The story zooms on from there. I want to go to Snow Crystal and meet the fascinating O’Neil family. Charming, witty and heartwarming, the perfect Christmas book.
A Bluestocking Christmas by Monica Burns
Read by joysann
Commoner librarian Miss Ivy Beecham and Simon, Lord Wycombe, have each been betrayed by the other class, so both are distrustful and wary when they, reluctantly, become acquainted. But neither can deny the attraction between them, and between growing desire and witty literary repartee, they become passionate. When Ivy finds Simon betraying her on Christmas Eve day, she is broken-hearted and rues the day she allowed herself to love a nobleman.
Along with being romantic and sexy, the clever use of quotations from numerous sources makes this story fun. So was the touch of Dickens in relating the tale, appropriate for the season. I was amused by the relationship, touched as each recognized his or her folly, and pleased with the inevitable happily-ever-after.
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Read by Heidi
Oswald Campbell has been given a dismal diagnosis from his doctor, with not much time to live. So Oswald decides to pack up what little he has, and head to Lost River, Alabama for what time he has left, to enjoy the peace and warm climate. There he falls in love with the people who live there, spends time in the one grocery store, and meets a little red bird who charms all those around.
My book club chose this story for this year’s December selection, and it was exactly what is needed during the holiday season. It has love, quirky characters, rich descriptive text to capture the surroundings of Lost River, and most of all, a perfect happy ending. My favorite character was Mildred, who loves her romance novels and the book even mentions the RWA. So for this blog, you can’t go wrong with this book to enjoy for the holidays.
Bottom Line: The only thing missing in my condo is a fireplace for a cozy reading place and let me tell you, fireplace scented candles are NOT the same thing.