December is a great time for reading novels with a Christmas theme. I had several on the shelves saved for this time of year, so began reading these right after Thanksgiving. I enjoyed all of them. I’ve linked the titles to Amazon for you to see the whole synopsis of the story if you’d like.
The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini – Grab a quilt, and settle in for another visit to Elm Creek Quilts. Like a warm cup of cocoa, this novel of friendship and holiday cheer is the perfect getaway for the Christmas season. The novel can stand alone, as it reviews some of the history of the women involved, so the reader can understand the present situation. But the conflicts are resolved, the Boutique is saved, and all is well. A perfect holiday read!
Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs – Formulaic romance novel, with two opposite personality people thrown together to produce the Christmas pageant, while also trying to save the local library. Predictable, but if you enjoy romance novels, you’ll probably like it.
I had two cozy mysteries on the shelf, both standard fare, easy reading, murder mysteries in two fairly good series. First, Let It Sew by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, the holiday theme novel in the Southern Sewing Circle series where our heroine is drafted to the Christmas Decorating Committee. Then, Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle is another visit to the Village Blend Coffeehouse where Fa-La-La-Lattes lead to the discovery of the body of a baking assistant.
An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor – Funny and heartwarming, spending a bit of holiday time in Ballybucklebo is a treat for the season. Quirky characters are the hallmark of the Irish Country Doctor series. You’ll enjoy the ride with a funny but sad situation as a young child trying to be helpful creates a bigger problem than he can understand. The creative way the community finds to help is just fun.
Also fun were two Christmas theme books I’ve read before some time ago, but worth a mention here. First, The Christmas Train by David Baldacci was a nice holiday read with a surprise ending you will not see coming. Although I could have done without the stupid decision towards the end concerning skiing to find help, the rest of the book was enjoyable especially for the holidays. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham is just plain fun for the holidays. It is the novel that the movie ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ was based on.
Do you have a favorite Christmas theme novel to recommend? Have you read any of these?