My Five Favourite Christmas Reads

It is Christmas Eve. The decorated tree looks fabulous with the silver and red baubles, the homemade gingerbread biscuits hanging happily on its branches, along with the snowman, Father Christmas, and his reindeers, and the twinkly lights and tinsel. The fire is burning merrily in the hearth and the icing on the cake, it is snowing.

I sit on my comfy couch with my ultra-comfy pyjamas and slippers on, and I pick up my ereader, searching for the perfect Christmas book to read. What shall I choose? Well, obviously, it has to be a Christmas book. Nothing else will do. I finally find five that I like, I hope you will too.

Christmas with the Mehtas by M. J. Gandhi

All Rianna wants is a peaceful Christmas.

With the stresses of running her bookshop, her best friend Clara’s family problems, and Aadi’s declaration of love, Rianna just needs to get away. So when her uncle offers his lake house in picturesque Windermere, she and her family couldn’t be more delighted. It would give her a chance to think—about how to let Aadi down gently and how to help Clara with her mother.

In this snow-filled winter wonderland, Rianna can’t wait to begin her blissful break with her much-loved dad, Rajni, her mischievous 7-year-old sister, Jia, and her mum, Lata.

But her extended family and friends have other plans.

A Perfect Cornish Christmas by Phillipa Ashley

Christmas in Cornwall is just around the corner…

But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know who her real father is.

So Scarlett heads to the little Cornish town of Porthmellow, where she believes the truth of her birth is hidden. She just didn’t bargain on being drawn into the Christmas festival preparations—or meeting Jude Penberth, whose charm threatens to complicate life further.

Everything will come to a head at Porthmellow’s Christmas Festival… But can Scarlett have the perfect Christmas this year, or are there more surprises on the way?

Curl up with this gorgeous novel and savour the world of Porthmellow Harbour.

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran

When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose – no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better…

Her grumpy, but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.

Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love, learning to bake, to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.

Warm, wise, funny and utterly uplifting. What one thing would you change in your life before Christmas comes around?

Not Your Royal Christmas by Kate Johnson

Annemarie loves her husband. And her husband loves her. Those are two things she’s certain of. A third thing she’s certain of, is that he also loves someone else…

Seven years ago, Countess Annemarie married the man who would be king one day. Seven months ago, he died. But Christmas is Christmas, and she’s still a member of the Royal Family, so off she goes to Sandringham, where things are always the same. Apart from all those other Christmases, which haven’t been the same at all…

A story about how love and loyalty can sometimes be the same thing, and sometimes totally different. A story about loss and finding your place in the world. And also a story about a princess and a really hot nanny at Christmas.

A Christmas Cake Café by Sue Watson

Heart-warming and hilarious, a story that will make you laugh, cry and bring a smile to your face.  Get ready for another deliciously amazing Christmas treat from Sue Watson….

As the Prosecco chills and Bing Crosby croons, Jen Barker just knows that her long-term boyfriend is about to propose.  But instead of a diamond ring nestled in her champagne flute, Jen finds cold flat rejection.  Her once perfect life and dreams of a husband and family seem even further from reach. 

A working holiday to the Swiss Alps with her younger sister Jody might not be the Christmas Jen had it mind, but it offers her the chance to recharge her batteries and recover from heartbreak.

When Jen meets handsome ski instructor Jon Zutter her hopes for a happy-ever-after seem within her grasp again. Jon is kind and gorgeous and as they bond over Sachetorte at the picturesque Cake Café, Jen thinks he might just be her perfect man. But a relationship with him comes with a catch – and there are some things even cake can’t fix.

As the snow falls and Christmas approaches, could this be the place that restores Jen Barker’s faith in love?

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