The countdown to Christmas is now on and there's a vast array of Christmassy books to read during this special time. I mentioned five a few weeks ago, but if you just don't have time for a full length novel, how about a Christmas novella or short story? There is nothing better than snuggling down in front of the fire, the cold whipping about outside, reading a story that gets you into the Christmas spirit.
1. Sealed With A Christmas Kiss by Rachael Lucas – After hoovering up Sealed With a Kiss a few weeks ago and hoovering up the subsequent shepherd's pie I was inspired to make after reading it, I cannot wait to tuck into the sequel. We return to Kate on the Scottish island of Auchenmor along with the fabulous characters she has met there. And that is all I will say in case you haven't read the first one yet.
2. Christmas Gifts at The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond – The second Christmas sequel to The Beach Cafe novel. In The Beach Cafe Evie was a dreamer and a drifter until she is left her aunt's cafe in Cornwall. In Christmas at the Beach Cafe (a novella published last year) Evie is looking forward to Christmas with a special someone. Then in Christmas Gifts at The Beach Cafe (a novella published this year) Evie's sister announces she is coming to stay.
3. Christmas With Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher – Billy and Me was the gorgeous debut from Giovanna Fletcher published last year. In Christmas with Billy and Me, Billy and Sophie are back and planning a romantic proposal for a stranger. As usual with novellas, this is available as an eBook but also, excitingly, as a hard, physical copy exclusively from Waterstones.
4. How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas by Fiona Gibson – A short story about Anna and her gorgeous boyfriend. The only thing is, gorgeous boyfriend has awful parents. And drunk friends. Friends who are particularly vocal about the ex-wife. Oh dear …
5. Secret Santa by Scarlett Bailey – Scarlett takes us back once more to the village of Poldore (Just for Christmas a full length novel published last year and Two Weddings and a Baby published earlier this year are also set in Poldore). In this eBook novella, Sue organises the annual Christmas pageant in the Cornish village. But there is lots going on. Repairs to Castle House after the storm and a boy allergic to sheep to name just two, so Sue is feeling the pressure. But then a gorgeous man turns up with a twinkle in his eye …
What Christmas books are you looking forward to? Any recommendations you can add to the list?