Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a romance novel, as the holidays create a great backdrop for stories that will warm the heart. Holiday romance offers a little something for everyone and we’ve selected a few titles and authors to highlight. So as you put up your tree and enjoy the fire on a snowy night, make sure to add reading a romance to your holiday to-do list.
A season to celebrate – Christmas homecoming: Former Air Force Pararescueman Kevin Matthews is back home in Texas, working at his family’s Christmas tree farm while deciding his next move. Or maybe he won’t move at all, if sparks keep flying with the town’s new surgeon, Kate Stafford. An unexpected gift: Widower Billy Morgan wishes his grown children still needed him. Good thing his longtime friend, Bella, does.
Season of wonder: Haven Point Series, Book 9/Thayne, RaeAnne – Dani Capelli has never truly belonged anywhere. And from her earliest days as a foster child in Queens, she would have been lost if it weren’t for her love of animals. Until high school, when she fell hard for the wrong boy, and found herself pregnant and married by graduation. Two daughters later, Dani realized her mistake and filed for divorce, and enrolled in vet school.
Winter at the beach/Roberts, Sheila. – “The town of Moonlight Harbor needs to convince tourists that the beach is still the place to be–even when the sunshine goes south for the winter. Jenna Jones, new proprietor of The Driftwood Inn, has the perfect idea: a holiday festival called Seaside with Santa.Jenna is happy to throw herself into planning the event. With all the decorating, preparation and extra reservations at the inn because of the festival–and with two wonderful but very different…
The Christmas train/David Baldacci – Tom Langdon, a weary and cash-strapped journalist, is banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport security search causes him to lose his cool. Now, he must take the train if he has any chance of arriving in Los Angeles in time for Christmas with his girlfriend. To finance the trip, he sells a story about a train ride taken during the Christmas season.
Mr. Miracle: a christmas novel/Macomber, Debbie – “Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track–and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store. After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good.
The Mistletoe Inn: A Novel/Evans, Richard Paul – “The New York Times bestselling “King of Christmas Fiction” presents a romantic new holiday story about two romance writers who are searching for the kind of love that, so far, they have only written about”–
A Knights Bridge Christmas/Neggers, Carla.“Clare Morgan is ready for a fresh start when she moves to the small Massachusetts town of Knights Bridge with her young son, Owen. Widowed for six years, Clare settles into her job as the town’s new librarian. She appreciates the warm welcome she and Owen receive and truly enjoys getting the library ready for its role in the annual holiday open house. Clare expects to take it slow with her new life. Then she meets Logan Farrell…
The Christmas room/Anderson, Catherine. – “The beloved author of the Mystic Creek series gifts readers with a novel of homespun good cheer, as two families discover the joy of hope and redemption–just in time for the holidays.
A Chesapeake shores Christmas/Sherryl Woods – Mick and Megan O’Brien finally make plans to walk down the aisle, but not everyone is as happy about the upcoming wedding as they are. There’s a good chance complications will keep this reunited couple from ever saying “I do.”
Sugar Pine trail/Thayne, RaeAnne – “Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she’s been living. She’s made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn’t one of them. Julia’s looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker’s latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia’s care for the holidays, she’ll take any help she can get–even Jamie’s”
A Darcy Christmas – From a best-selling author of popular Jane Austen sequels comes a heart-warming tale of Elizabeth and Darcy at Christmas, sure to delight both Jane Austen and Regency romance fans. Known for her romantic and sensual writing, Sharon Lathan’s novella highlights everything that’s best and most precious in the celebrations of the holiday season. After a quarter of a century together, Darcy and Elizabeth reflect back on their most memorable Christmases.
A Christmas bride: Christmas beau/Balogh, Mary. – In a pair of classic Regency-era Christmas romance novels from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, the holidays herald the greatest gift of all: unexpected, all-consuming love. A CHRISTMAS BRIDE The very wealthy Edgar Downes has promised his aging father to finally take a bride?specifically, to wed a titled lady by Christmas. London is full of pretty, proper, and eligible misses, but it?s the widow Helena, Lady Stapleton, in a shocking…
Holly and Ivy/Michaels, Fern – Facing another holiday season alone eight years after losing her husband and children in a plane crash, an airline heiress bonds with a young singing prodigy from a home where music is forbidden by the girl’s grieving widower father. “The flames of memory always seem to glow a little brighter during the holidays. Perhaps that’s why this time of year is so difficult for airline heiress Ivy Macintosh, as she faces thoughts of yet another festive season…
Holly/Deveraux, Jude. – Jude Deveraux, the dazzling New York Times bestselling author of Wild Orchids delivers a passionate yuletide tale sure to become a classic for every holiday season. Hollander “Holly” Latham can’t believe her good fortune. After endless calls, letters, emails, and promises, she’s finally persuaded her parents to buy Spring Hill Plantation just outside beautiful, historic Edenton in eastern North Carolina –
Christmas on 4th Street/Mallery, Susan – Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of it. That’s why she’s opening her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush. Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugarplums, thanks to…
Starry Night: A Christmas Novel/Debbie Macomber – Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a megabestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.
To Santa with love/Janet Dailey – The holidays are coming. . .and free-spirited Jacquie Grey plans to head west and start a whole new life. Her solo road trip is going great—until she collides with rancher Choya Barnett in Arizona. Good thing that no one’s hurt. But she can’t afford to fix her car until he proposes hiring her to take care of his little boy and his house. Too bad it’s only temporary—the tall, handsome Choya…
Candlelight Christmas/Wiggs, Susan – As single father Logan O’Donnell prepares to give his son, Charlie, the best Christmas ever on the shores of Willow Lake, he just may be in for a Christmas surprise himself, in the form of sharp-witted and independent Darcy Fitzgerald.
Chasing Christmas Eve: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel/Shalvis, Jill – Writer Colbie Albright, fleeing to San Francisco to escape her crazy family, falls for a handsome stranger and, deciding to spend the holidays with Spencer Baldwin, must make a difficult decision when the two weeks they have together comes to an end.
Miracle on 5th Avenue/Morgan, Sarah – “Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to housesit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous–and mysterious–owner“