December is one of my favorite months of the year. The Christmas season is here, summer has arrived, our school year ends, and we move into the January holiday period. Our Christmas tree is not up yet because we’re painting our living and dining room area. This means my home is a bit chaotic at the moment, and the tv is temporarily unplugged. Christmas movies on the big screen are on hold, but my Kindle is alive with Christmas stories that are calling my name. I thought I’d share a few of the Christmas books I’ve read this year.
During the recording of our StoryChats @ InspyRomance episodes this year, I kept hearing about Emily’s Rhythms of Redemption Romance series. I thought I need to jump in and read the Christmas novella that’s book 1.5 in the series and discover what I’m missing out on! The novella is set around a Christmas road trip from Chicago to Northern Wisconsin during a blizzard. We meet characters from the band, Awestruck, and the novella hooked me into wanting to read more books in the series (they are now in my Kindle TBR). I recommend An Awestruck Christmas Melody to contemporary romance readers who like heartwarming Christmas novellas with a relevant faith element in the story. Read my more detailed book recommendation here.
I’ve only read the first novella by Sarah, and I absolutely adored the story. Being a parent to a special needs young adult, I totally identified with Kaitlyn’s parenting situation and challenges in parenting her beautiful ten year old boy, Liam. If only I’d known the secret sauce to preventing anxiety meltdowns on planes was for my child’s favorite YouTube star to be spotted ahead in the line and boarding the same flight, lol. I’m planning to read Jaycee’s story next, and I’ll add a book recommendation on my blog soon.
Melody writes a Christmas story every year, and I loved reading this one. It’s more romantic elements than straight CCR, but it ticks all my boxes in what I’m looking for in a heartwarming Christmas novella. I recommend A Quilt for Christmas to contemporary fiction readers who like Christmas novellas with romantic elements and a light faith thread woven into the story. Read my more detailed book recommendation here.
I enjoyed reading this Christmas romantic comedy, but I did go into the story knowing it was categorised as sweet/clean at Amazon. Sometimes having the right expectations can make all the difference regarding whether or not I will enjoy reading a book. I personally don’t expect romance lead characters in sweet/clean general market romance to have a Christian worldview, and I’m aware I’m probably in the minority on this issue. I recommend Merry Ex-Mas to contemporary romance readers who like second chances and enemies-to-love sweet and clean Christmas romcoms set in a small town. Read my more detailed book recommendation here.