The best 36 Christmas books

Ah, Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year! The smell of freshly baked cookies, the warm glow of holiday lights, and the joy of being with loved ones. To truly embrace the spirit of the season, we've put together a delightful collection of books on Christmas traditions, history, and heartwarming stories. Whether you're looking for a captivating read or a gift for a fellow Christmas enthusiast, this book list is sure to bring happiness and holiday cheer. So snuggle up by the fire, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and let the magic of Christmas fill your heart.

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Christmas Books: Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

What's Hercule Poirot's Christmas about?

Hercule Poirot's Christmas is a classic murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy patriarch is found dead in his locked room on Christmas Eve, detective Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case. With a house full of suspects and a web of family secrets, Poirot must use his legendary powers of deduction to uncover the truth.

Who should read Hercule Poirot's Christmas?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries with intricate plots
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot
  • People looking for a cozy and engaging read during the holiday season

What's Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor about?

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas is a heartwarming holiday tale about a man named Mark who unexpectedly becomes the guardian of his young niece, Holly. As they navigate their new family dynamic, they meet a woman named Maggie who brings love and joy back into their lives. Set in the charming town of Friday Harbor, this book is a beautiful story of second chances and the magic of Christmas.

Who should read Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming stories with a touch of romance
  • Those looking for a feel-good holiday read that captures the spirit of Christmas
  • People who appreciate well-developed characters and emotional depth in their novels

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Christmas Books: Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Debbie Macomber

What's Call Me Mrs. Miracle about?

Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber is a heartwarming holiday tale about a woman named Emily Merkle who magically comes into the lives of those in need. Through her acts of kindness and a touch of Christmas magic, she brings joy and love to a struggling family. This charming story reminds us that miracles can happen when we open our hearts to the possibilities around us.

Who should read Call Me Mrs. Miracle?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming holiday stories
  • People looking for a feel-good and uplifting book
  • Those who appreciate stories that emphasize the magic of the season

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Christmas Books: Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Street

Elin Hilderbrand

What's Winter Street about?

Winter Street is a heartwarming novel by Elin Hilderbrand that takes place during the holiday season on Nantucket. It follows the Quinn family as they come together to celebrate Christmas, but their festivities are disrupted by unexpected events and revelations. With a blend of humor, drama, and romance, this book explores the complexities of family relationships and the power of love and forgiveness.

Who should read Winter Street?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming holiday stories
  • People who appreciate family-centric narratives
  • Those who are looking for a cozy and light read during the winter season

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Christmas Books: Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah

Comfort & Joy

Kristin Hannah

What's Comfort & Joy about?

Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah is a heartwarming novel that explores the power of family, love, and second chances. It follows Joy Candellaro, a woman who finds herself unexpectedly drawn into the lives of a young mother and her child. As she becomes entwined in their journey, Joy discovers the true meaning of comfort and joy during the holiday season.

Who should read Comfort & Joy?

  • People looking for a heartwarming and emotionally impactful story
  • Readers who enjoy exploring themes of love, loss, and second chances
  • Those who appreciate well-developed and relatable characters

What's The Wild Christmas Reindeer about?

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett is a heartwarming tale about a young girl named Teeka who is tasked with training Santa's reindeer. Through patience, kindness, and understanding, Teeka learns the true meaning of teamwork and friendship. With beautiful illustrations and a delightful storyline, this book is perfect for the holiday season.

Who should read The Wild Christmas Reindeer?

  • Children between the ages of 3 and 8
  • Parents or educators looking for a heartwarming Christmas story to read aloud
  • Those who appreciate detailed and beautifully illustrated books

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Christmas Books: Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman

Mortimer's Christmas Manger

Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman

What's Mortimer's Christmas Manger about?

Join Mortimer the mouse as he discovers an unexpected place to celebrate Christmas. With beautiful illustrations and heartwarming storytelling, this book highlights the true meaning of the holiday season and the joy of giving.

Who should read Mortimer's Christmas Manger?

  • Parents who are seeking a heartwarming Christmas story to read to their children
  • Children who enjoy tales of friendship and compassion
  • Anyone looking for a story that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas

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Christmas Books: Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson

What's Christmas at Harrington's about?

Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson is a heartwarming tale about a young woman named Lena who is struggling to make ends meet during the holiday season. When she lands a job at Harrington's department store as their temporary department Santa, she discovers that sometimes the best gifts come in unexpected forms. As Lena navigates through the challenges and surprises that come her way, she learns the true meaning of Christmas and finds hope for a brighter future.

Who should read Christmas at Harrington's?

  • Those who enjoy heartwarming holiday stories
  • Readers who appreciate themes of second chances and redemption
  • People who like cozy, small-town settings and charming characters

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Christmas Books: Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

What's Mr. Dickens and His Carol about?

Mr. Dickens and His Carol offers a delightful reimagining of Charles Dickens’ journey to writing A Christmas Carol. Filled with wit, warmth, and Christmas spirit, Samantha Silva transports readers to Victorian London and explores the power of redemption and the true meaning of the holiday season.

Who should read Mr. Dickens and His Carol?

  • Readers who enjoy historical fiction with a festive theme
  • Charles Dickens fans interested in a fictionalized account of his life
  • Those looking for a heartwarming and uplifting holiday story

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Christmas Books: The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans

The Noel Diary

Richard Paul Evans

What's The Noel Diary about?

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans is a heartwarming tale that follows Jacob Churcher as he discovers an old diary in his childhood home. As he reads the diary, he is taken back to a time when he was deeply in love with a girl named Noel. Filled with nostalgia and regret, Jacob sets out on a journey to find Noel and make amends for the mistakes of the past.

Who should read The Noel Diary?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming holiday stories with a touch of romance
  • Those looking for a novel that explores themes of forgiveness, redemption, and second chances
  • People who appreciate character-driven narratives and emotional storytelling

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Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Robert Ingpen

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, Robert Ingpen

What's A Christmas Carol about?

A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic that tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Through these visits, Scrooge is forced to confront his own selfishness and lack of compassion, ultimately leading to his redemption. This heartwarming tale reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas and the power of kindness and generosity.

Who should read A Christmas Carol?

  • Readers who enjoy classic literature, particularly Victorian-era works
  • Those who appreciate stories with themes of redemption and generosity
  • People looking for a heartwarming holiday tale that still resonates today

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Christmas Books: The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

The Stupidest Angel

Christopher Moore

What's The Stupidest Angel about?

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore is a darkly comedic and quirky Christmas novel. When a bumbling angel grants a child's wish for a Christmas miracle, chaos ensues in the small town of Pine Cove. Filled with eccentric characters, supernatural elements, and laugh-out-loud moments, this book is a unique take on the holiday season.

Who should read The Stupidest Angel?

  • Readers who enjoy quirky and irreverent humor
  • Fans of offbeat and unconventional Christmas stories
  • Those looking for a light-hearted and entertaining read

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What's The Christmas Candle about?

The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado is a heartwarming tale set in the fictional English village of Gladstone. It tells the story of an enchanted candle that is said to grant miracles to those who light it. As the candle is passed from person to person, it brings hope, faith, and love to the lives of the villagers, ultimately reminding them of the true spirit of Christmas.

Who should read The Christmas Candle?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and uplifting holiday stories
  • Those looking for a message of hope and faith during the Christmas season
  • People who appreciate stories with a touch of magic and miracles

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Christmas Books: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Skipping Christmas

John Grisham

What's Skipping Christmas about?

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham is a humorous and heartwarming novel that follows the Krank family as they decide to skip the traditional holiday festivities and go on a cruise instead. However, their plans are met with unexpected challenges and lessons about the true meaning of Christmas. It's a delightful and entertaining read that reminds us to cherish the time we have with loved ones during the holiday season.

Who should read Skipping Christmas?

  • Individuals who are looking for a lighthearted and entertaining holiday read
  • People who enjoy satirical and humorous take on traditional holiday celebrations
  • Readers who want to explore the pressures and expectations surrounding the festive season

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Christmas Books: The Christmas Box by Eve Merriam, Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Box

Eve Merriam, Richard Paul Evans

What's The Christmas Box about?

The Christmas Box is a heartwarming story about a family and the lessons they learn during the holiday season. When a young couple moves in with an elderly widow, they uncover a deep and emotional secret that changes their lives forever. This touching book reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of love and family.

Who should read The Christmas Box?

  • Anyone who enjoys heartwarming holiday stories
  • People looking for a touching and emotional read
  • Readers who appreciate exploring themes of love, family, and the true meaning of Christmas

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What's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever about?

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is a heartwarming and humorous tale about the Herdman siblings, who are known for causing trouble. When they unexpectedly take over the annual Christmas pageant, chaos ensues. But as the story unfolds, the true meaning of Christmas is revealed in a way that will warm your heart.

Who should read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?

  • Individuals who enjoy heartwarming and humorous stories
  • Parents and educators looking for a holiday-themed book to share with children
  • Those who appreciate stories that challenge stereotypes and promote empathy

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What's Remembering Christmas about?

Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh follows Rick Denton as he returns to his childhood home for Christmas, where he reunites with his estranged family and rediscovers the true spirit of the holiday season. Through a journey of forgiveness and love, Rick learns the importance of cherishing memories and the joy of being surrounded by loved ones during the most magical time of the year.

Who should read Remembering Christmas?

  • Anyone looking for a heartwarming and uplifting holiday read
  • People who enjoy stories about family, forgiveness, and second chances
  • Readers who appreciate a blend of romance, nostalgia, and faith-based themes

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Christmas Books: The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

The Greatest Gift

Ann Voskamp

What's The Greatest Gift about?

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp is a poignant reflection on the true meaning of Christmas. Through beautiful prose and personal anecdotes, Voskamp invites readers to embrace a lifestyle of gratitude and discover the abundant blessings that surround them. This book challenges us to see the gift of Jesus in a whole new light, making it a perfect read for the holiday season.

Who should read The Greatest Gift?

  • People seeking a deeper spiritual understanding of Christmas
  • Individuals looking to find joy and gratitude in the midst of challenges
  • Readers who enjoy reflective and poetic writing

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Christmas Books: A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

What's A Wallflower Christmas about?

A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas is a heartwarming historical romance novel set during the holiday season. It follows the story of Rafe Bowman, an American businessman who travels to London and unexpectedly falls in love with the shy and beautiful Hannah Appleton. Filled with festive cheer, family drama, and passionate romance, this book is a delightful read for anyone who enjoys a good love story.

Who should read A Wallflower Christmas?

  • Readers who enjoy historical romance novels set during the holiday season
  • Fans of Lisa Kleypas's previous works and The Wallflowers series
  • Those who appreciate richly developed characters and engaging storytelling

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Christmas Books: Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Jane Chapman, Karma Wilson

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Jane Chapman, Karma Wilson

What's Bear Stays Up for Christmas about?

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Jane Chapman and Karma Wilson is a heartwarming tale about a bear who usually hibernates through the holiday season. This year, his friends are determined to keep him awake so he can experience the joys of Christmas. It's a story of friendship, love, and the true spirit of the festive season.

Who should read Bear Stays Up for Christmas?

  • Children ages 3-7 who enjoy heartwarming stories
  • Parents and caregivers looking for a cozy Christmas-themed read-aloud
  • Educators wanting to teach children about friendship, generosity, and the holiday spirit

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Christmas Books: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Royal Holiday

Jasmine Guillory

What's Royal Holiday about?

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory is a heartwarming romance novel that follows the story of Vivian Forest, who accompanies her daughter on a trip to England and unexpectedly falls in love with a charming British man. Set against the backdrop of the royal family’s estate, this delightful book explores love, family, and the magic of unexpected connections.

Who should read Royal Holiday?

  • Those looking for a heartwarming holiday romance
  • Readers who enjoy diverse and character-driven storytelling
  • People interested in exploring themes of love, family, and self-discovery

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Christmas Books: Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell, Jason Cockcroft

Room for a Little One

Martin Waddell, Jason Cockcroft

What's Room for a Little One about?

Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell tells the heartwarming story of a kind-hearted ox who invites various animals into his stable on a chilly night. Through beautiful prose and captivating illustrations by Jason Cockcroft, it conveys a message of warmth, inclusion, and the joy of welcoming a new arrival. It's a perfect book for children and adults alike.

Who should read Room for a Little One?

  • Individuals who enjoy heartwarming and gentle stories
  • Parents or caregivers looking for a book to read to young children
  • Those interested in stories about the spirit of kindness and giving

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Christmas Books: The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

The Christmas Sisters

Sarah Morgan

What's The Christmas Sisters about?

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan is a heartwarming tale about family, love, and forgiveness. As three sisters come together for the holidays, they must confront their past and learn to lean on each other. Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, this book will fill your heart with the magic of Christmas.

Who should read The Christmas Sisters?

  • Those who enjoy heartwarming holiday-themed stories
  • Readers who appreciate books with strong family dynamics and relationships
  • Individuals who are looking for a feel-good and uplifting read

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Christmas Books: The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

The Christmas Train

David Baldacci

What's The Christmas Train about?

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci is a heartwarming holiday tale about a journalist who embarks on a train journey from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles. Along the way, he encounters a colorful cast of characters and unexpected twists that lead to love, forgiveness, and the true spirit of Christmas. It's a delightful story that will warm your heart and remind you of the magic of the holiday season.

Who should read The Christmas Train?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming holiday stories
  • Those who appreciate a blend of adventure and romance
  • People who love train travel and the unique experiences it offers

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Christmas Books: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice

David Sedaris

What's Holidays on Ice about?

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is a collection of humorous and satirical essays that provide a unique take on the holiday season. From his experiences working as an elf at Macy's to his family’s quirky Christmas traditions, Sedaris offers a witty and often absurd perspective that will have you laughing out loud.

Who should read Holidays on Ice?

  • Readers who enjoy humor and satire
  • Those looking for a lighthearted and entertaining holiday-themed book
  • People who appreciate witty and observational storytelling

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Christmas Books: Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

Christmas Days

Jeanette Winterson

What's Christmas Days about?

Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson is a collection of enchanting stories and personal reflections that capture the magic and meaning of the holiday season. From ghostly encounters to heartwarming tales, Winterson weaves together a diverse range of narratives that celebrate the spirit of Christmas in all its wonder and complexity.

Who should read Christmas Days?

  • Anyone who enjoys Christmas and wants to explore its traditions and lore
  • Readers who appreciate festive and heartwarming stories with a touch of magic
  • People looking for a unique and imaginative take on the holiday season

What's The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding about?

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is a collection of six short stories by Agatha Christie. In this festive-themed book, the famous detective Hercule Poirot finds himself solving a series of intriguing mysteries during the holiday season. From stolen jewels to a missing ruby, each story is packed with suspense, clever twists, and, of course, a Christmas pudding.

Who should read The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries with a festive twist
  • Those looking for a quick and entertaining read during the holiday season
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's timeless and clever storytelling

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Christmas Books: The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

The Mistletoe Promise

Richard Paul Evans

What's The Mistletoe Promise about?

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans is a heartwarming holiday novel that tells the story of two strangers, Elise and Nicholas, who make a pact to be each other's holiday date. As they spend time together, they begin to open up and heal from their pasts, ultimately finding love and hope in unexpected places.

Who should read The Mistletoe Promise?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming holiday stories
  • Those looking for a compelling romance with a touch of Christmas magic
  • People who appreciate well-written and captivating storytelling

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Christmas Books: A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

A Redbird Christmas

Fannie Flagg

What's A Redbird Christmas about?

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg is a heartwarming novel that tells the story of a man who leaves behind his troubled life in Chicago and moves to a small town in Alabama. There, he finds friendship, love, and a sense of belonging, all thanks to a little red bird named Jack. This beautifully written book explores the power of community and the possibility of new beginnings.

Who should read A Redbird Christmas?

  • Anyone who enjoys heartwarming and feel-good stories
  • People looking for a light and uplifting read during the holiday season
  • Readers who appreciate charming small-town settings and quirky characters

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Christmas Books: The Christmas Basket by Debbie Macomber

The Christmas Basket

Debbie Macomber

What's The Christmas Basket about?

The Christmas Basket by Debbie Macomber is a heartwarming story about a young couple, Noelle and Thomas, who are deeply in love but face opposition from their families. Set in the charming town of Cape Light, the book explores themes of forgiveness, second chances, and the true spirit of Christmas. With its endearing characters and festive backdrop, this novel is sure to warm your heart during the holiday season.

Who should read The Christmas Basket?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming holiday stories about forgiveness and love
  • Individuals looking for a cozy and uplifting book to read during the Christmas season
  • People who appreciate relatable and well-developed characters in their novels

What's The Worst Christmas Book in the Whole Entire World about?

The Worst Christmas Book in the Whole Entire World is a hilariously self-aware book that pokes fun at all the clichés and mishaps that can happen during the holiday season. From burnt Christmas dinners to disastrous family gatherings, prepare to laugh out loud as you read about the worst Christmas ever. With witty storytelling and quirky illustrations, Joey Acker is sure to entertain both kids and adults during the festive season.

Who should read The Worst Christmas Book in the Whole Entire World?

  • Readers looking for a humorous and light-hearted take on the holiday season
  • Those who enjoy unconventional and offbeat storytelling
  • People who appreciate clever and engaging illustrations

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Christmas Books: A Dog Named Christmas by Gregory D. Kincaid, Greg Kincaid

A Dog Named Christmas

Gregory D. Kincaid, Greg Kincaid

What's A Dog Named Christmas about?

A Dog Named Christmas by Gregory D. Kincaid is a heartwarming tale about a young man named Todd who convinces his reluctant family to foster a dog from the local shelter over the holidays. Through this experience, they learn about the power of love, second chances, and the joy that a furry friend can bring into their lives. It's a touching story that celebrates the bond between humans and animals.

Who should read A Dog Named Christmas?

  • Animal lovers who enjoy heartwarming stories
  • People looking for a feel-good and uplifting read
  • Those interested in the bond between humans and animals

What's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus about?

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum is a delightful tale that delves into the backstory of the beloved figure. Filled with magic and wonder, it follows Santa Claus from his infancy to becoming the iconic gift-giver we all know. This enchanting book offers a unique take on the origins of Christmas traditions and is perfect for readers of all ages.

Who should read The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus?

  • Those who want to learn about the origins and adventures of Santa Claus
  • Parents or educators looking for a delightful holiday read for children
  • Readers who enjoy whimsical and imaginative storytelling

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Christmas Books: The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Note

Donna VanLiere

What's The Christmas Note about?

The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere is a heartwarming story about two women who find a sense of belonging and healing during the holiday season. When Gretchen stumbles upon a note written to Santa in a secondhand book, it leads her to her neighbor, Melissa, and sets off a chain of events that brings them closer together. As they uncover the truth behind the note, they also discover the power of forgiveness and the magic of Christmas.

Who should read The Christmas Note?

  • Individuals who enjoy heartwarming and uplifting stories
  • Readers who are looking for a touching and inspiring holiday-themed novel
  • People who appreciate character-driven narratives with themes of forgiveness and redemption

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Christmas Books: The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans

The Mistletoe Inn

Richard Paul Evans

What's The Mistletoe Inn about?

The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans is a heartwarming holiday novel that follows the story of an aspiring writer named Kimberly. After a painful breakup, Kimberly decides to attend a writing retreat at the Mistletoe Inn in hopes of finding inspiration for her own novel. Along the way, she discovers love, friendship, and the courage to pursue her dreams.

Who should read The Mistletoe Inn?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and uplifting holiday romance stories
  • Those who appreciate character-driven narratives and personal growth
  • People looking for a cozy and festive read to get into the holiday spirit

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Christmas Books: The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Shoppe

Melody Carlson

What's The Christmas Shoppe about?

The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson is a heartwarming tale about a struggling small-town antique shop that is transformed into a magical Christmas store. As the shop owner, Mrs. Miracle, helps the community find joy and renewal during the holiday season, the true spirit of Christmas is discovered. This charming story reminds us of the power of kindness, love, and second chances.

Who should read The Christmas Shoppe?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming holiday stories
  • Those who appreciate small-town settings and charming characters
  • People looking for a feel-good book to get into the Christmas spirit

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