Now that December is here, I know many of my readers will be delving into their Christmas themed reading. I wanted to help them out by compiling a list of all of the Christmas books I have reviewed over the years. If you want non-Christmas holiday books, you can check out this post from last year.
- Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber: I reviewed this book back in 2013 and didn’t care for it at all. Ms. Macomber has tons of fans out there and many of her books have been turned into holiday movies. This is one of those books and sadly, it isn’t anywhere near as good as the movie associated with it.
- The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber: I also reviewed this book in 2013 and was appalled by how bad it was. I usually loved her Christmas books, but this one had an awful message (women can’t be happy unless they’re married) and the heroine was unlikable.
- The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde: I reviewed this one in January of last year and almost immediately DNF’ed it. I didn’t care for the heroine and felt bad for the hero because he was too good for her. The plot involved the heroine going back to her home town because of a sick little girl (the hero’s daughter), who was a big fan of her kid’s book.
- Snowflake Bay by Donna Kauffman: I reviewed this book a couple of months ago and was disappointed in the way the conflict was handled. I did like Ms. Kauffman’s writing style and felt that had the conflict been handled better, the book would have been at least a 4 star book. The plot involved the return of both the hero and heroine to their hometown–she goes back to open up her own business whereas he was there to take care of his parents’ Christmas Tree Farm. It was a Friend-to-Lovers scenario that I liked.
- Jingle Bell Harbor by Tracy Brogan: This was another Friends-to-Lovers book that came out earlier this year. It was also another book that I had problems finishing. The heroine was technically still involved with her boyfriend when she started sleeping with the hero and that’s a big no for me.
- What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Various: This was the first Christmas anthologies I read this year and it was one of the few that I actually liked. For the most part, I enjoyed each of the novellas inside the book, but my favorite by far was The Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran. If there is any Christmas book that you’re going to buy this year, it should be this one.
- Wishes for Christmas by Fern Michaels: This is an anthology of Ms. Michaels’s books, featuring characters from two of her series. I was lost reading the first novella because I hadn’t read that series in almost 10 years. I didn’t even attempt the other two novellas in the anthology because I’ve never read the other series and figured I’d be even more lost than with the first one.
- Christmas at Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward: I had high hopes for this book, but in the end I DNF’ed it pretty quickly. My issue was with the hero nearly becoming a rapist after the heroine said “No” and he kept going.
- Home for Christmas by Lily Everett: I had issues with this book from the very beginning. The plot involved a woman creating her own reality based around her childhood home and having everything come crashing down when it comes out that the articles she wrote about her life there were a lie. She and the hero are both from the same town and she had to go back there to celebrate Christmas with him and his daughter because her paper’s owner offered up her home to him for the holiday. My biggest issue was that the heroine was written very stalkerish and that just doesn’t do it for me.
- The Christmas Cottage/Ever After by Samantha Chase: This is a re-issue of two of Ms. Chase’s books. I thoroughly enjoyed The Christmas Cottage, which was a Friends-to-Lovers story (my favorite) and I thought it was such a sweet romance. Unfortunately, I did not like Ever After. If you can get your hands on a copy of just The Christmas Cottage, I’d go for it.
I am currently reading a book that I was not aware had a Christmas theme and once I have finished (and reviewed it), I will add it to this list.