Yes folks, it’s that time of year again. Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is coming up and Christmas is right around the corner. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with reading a seasonal book? I have my favorites that I pull out every year. Here’s what the WW Ladies have been reading.
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Disinterested in ever marrying again, beautiful widowed Lady Veronica Smithson decides it’s time she discretely take on a lover, and sets her sights on handsome, popular explorer Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, planning to entice him in the three weeks before Christmas. Sebastian, on the other hand, quickly falls in love and wants to wed her. He agrees to an affair, though, and takes her to his quiet country home for the holidays. Unexpected circumstances, however, force them into implying they’re married, and confusion ensues that has their relationship teetering on a family inheritance.
I loved this! The charming characters and their beguiling relationships are fun and enchanting. Adding the confusion of a large family and old English holiday traditions make His Mistress by Christmas a heart-warming story. And listening to Susan Duerden’s talented performance gave me several hours of pure delight.
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Jacquie Grey has decided to leave her secure lifestyle with her parents in Dallas, and move to Los Angeles to start a new life. When she stops in Tombstone, AZ; her world is turned upside down in a second. One car accident with sexy rancher Choya Barnett, she discovers her car repairs are more than she can handle. Reluctantly, she agrees to help out Choya at his home and help him with his son, Robbie. The friendship turns into more by an attraction that is strong and growing. Christmas is coming and the magic of the season could make everyone’s wishes come true.
I found the whole story so heartwarming, it really hit the holiday spot in me. Especially the slow growth of the love between the two main characters. The author made the Arizona desert come alive with her descriptive words. I know that this book hits the spot just like hot cocoa does in a snow storm!!
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The Billionaire’s Christmas Gift by Carole Mortimer
Nick Steele would do anything for his daughter Bekka, since his wife died, including finding someone to join them on Christmas Day, his daughter’s birthday. After a disastrous first meeting with her attractive teacher, Nick isn’t sure if he’s ready for a relationship but Beth might melt his cold heart to reconsider.
One Christmas Night in Venice by Jane Porter
Diane Mayer may never be the same since her husband and baby died in a tragic car accident. She returns to Venice after 5 years to bring closure to her life and instead receives the shock of her life! Dominic is alive and thought Diane was the one who had died. When the truth finally comes to the surface, Diane and Dominic realize that they need to put the past behind them, before they can move forward together to their future.
Snowbound with the Millionaire by Catherine George
Georgia wants a quiet Christmas just by herself. She heads to her parents cottage, intending to do just that. But Chance Warner can’t let her get flooded out of her cottage, and insists that she join him in his mansion to wait out the bad weather. But Mother Nature has more plans that just flooding, and soon snow and blizzard type of conditions make it impossible for Georgia to leave. The attraction between her and Chance is not what she wished for, but it might be the exact thing her heart was asking for.
All three of these stories brought the real feeling of romance and Christmas together for me. My favorite of the three was Snowbound with the Millionaire. Imagining being stranded with a hunky rescuer and his dogs in a big mansion, really wrapped up the whole book. This really made me want to read more books for the holiday season!
An O’Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods
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Laila Riley decided that her fling with the younger, wild Matthew O’Brien had to end, but when chivied into going with the extended O’Brien relations to Ireland for the holidays, she finds herself in his company again. Matt has no doubts that they belong together and works to prove he’s right for her. With grandmother Nell reuniting with an old beau, the whole O’Brien family gets in on making their Irish Christmas holiday one none will forget.
Sherryl Woods writes an engaging contemporary series about Chesapeake Shores, a small town where everyone is somehow connected to everyone else, and the relationships are convoluted. The focus is on the romances, but real life happens, and the caring and generosity of family makes for stories of warmth and support. Listening to Christina Traister perform, I was quickly enamored of the characters and their gratifying Irish holiday.
Do you have a holiday favorite? Something you have to reread every year?
Bottom Line: My Christmas tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving and I start reading those holiday books.