A bit of a different offering for December. Instead of the usual two book reviews, I decided to give you a random listing of 12 Christmas titles I located on the shelves here at Tanglewood. So here is a taste of ones you might find interesting.
- The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson – Gabby Summerhill comes up with what she feels is a perfect idea for getting her four adult children to come home for Christmas. She sends them a video announcing she has a big surprise in store for them.
- Christmas Goodbye by M. C. Beaton – Christmas is coming and Agatha Raisin is making plans for her best Christmas ever which is going to include decorations, plum pudding, friends, and James Lacey. At least she hopes it will turn out that way.
- Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon – Set aside some time to spend Christmas in Mitford with Father Tim and Cynthia. Father Tim comes across an old nativity scene and decides to refurbish the plaster figures with the intention of giving it to Cynthia as a gift.
- There’s Something About Christmas by Debbie Macomber – Fruitcake, love it or hate the stuff, it is part of Christmas. Emma Collins has been assigned to interview the finalists of a fruitcake competition. Pilot Oliver Hamilton, flies her all over the state of Washington. Not only does she learn about fruitcake, but along the way some helpful life lessons.
- Call Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber – Jake Finley works in the family owned toy store in NYC. Holly Larson needs a miracle to make ends meet as she cares for her nephew while her brother serves in Afghanistan. Of course, their paths cross when Mrs. Miracle steps in.
- Angels of the Table by Debbie Macomber– Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy along with apprentice angel Will are in Times Square. Enter two strangers, Lucie and Aren, who bump into one another. They make a connection. Unfortunately, they lose contact. It is a love story with angels so do not give up on them.
- A Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown – Texas, a 100-year-old family feud. What is not Christmas about all that? Add a poker game with a reckless bet and this Christmas tale gets more interesting. Two members of the family secretly work together on the church play with hope of ending the feud against all odds.
- Deck the Hallways by Kate Carlisle – Welcome to Lighthouse Cove where Shannon, her father Jack, and several Santa impersonators are helping her convert an old mansion into apartments for homeless families. The tightwad banker is found dead and Jack’s shovel is the weapon. Christmas is not looking good for Shannon and her crew of Santas.
- Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs – Town librarian Maureen Davenport and former child star Eddie Haven, compete opposite personalities, are directing the annual Christmas pageant together. One loves Christmas, the other hates the season. A mysterious Jebaz is given the leading part in the play. The library is running out of funds. But it is the Christmas season!
- Winter Street by Elin Hildebrand – Set on Nantucket during the holiday season, you will meet Kelley Quinn and wife Mitzi, owners of the Winter Street Inn. He is hopeful his four children will come for the holidays. All the kids are dealing with issues and you will learn about each of them as the tale moves along during their time in Nantucket.
- A Cowboy for Christmas by Lori Wilde – Set in the small western town of Jubilee, Lissette Moncrief accidentally hits handsome Rafferty Jones’s truck. Jones is in town for a purpose that involves Lissy. His presence creates tension but also connects with one special little guy in the story.
- Mischief & Mistletoe by Mary Jo Putney. – This is a collection of eight short stories set in England. All are historical fiction romances that take place during the Christmas season. Perfect if you do not feel like tackling a whole book during this busy time of year.
This is just a tiny sampling of the what you can find in on the shelves. I found these titles in about 15 minutes of just looking for books that had a lot of red on the spine. You might try the same trick since ours are not on computer. Reading a Christmas tale is a good way to get into the spirit of the season. I plan to reread Shepherds Abiding