8 Best Christmas Books That You Need To Read This Year | Author Jan Moran
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8 Best Christmas Books That You Need To Read This Year

Are you looking for the best Christmas books to binge on? You’re in the right place for some of the holiday season's best books. Curl up with a cup of hot chocolate to conjure the holiday spirit now or any time of year. Sweet reads, indeed!

1. Debbie Macomber – The Christmas Spirit

The Christmas SpiritDebbie Macomber is known for writing about family, friends, and relationships, and infusing her uplifting stories with hope. In The Christmas Spirit, Debbie Macomber celebrates the true meaning of the holidays and the inclusive community spirit that binds us all.

Here’s the blurb: 

Peter Armstrong and Hank Colfax are best friends, but their lives couldn’t be more different. Peter, the local pastor who is dedicated to his community, spending time visiting the flock, attending meetings, and, with the holiday season approaching, preparing for the Christmas service and live nativity. As a bartender, Hank serves a much different customer base at his family-owned tavern, including a handful of lonely regulars and the local biker gang. 

When Peter scoffs that Hank has it easy compared to him, the two decide to switch jobs until Christmas Eve. To their surprise, the responsibilities of a bartender and a pastor are similar, but taking on the other’s work is more difficult than either Peter or Hank expected. As the two begin to see each other in a new light—and each discovers a new love to cherish—their lives are forever changed.


2. Susan Mallery – Home Sweet Christmas

Home Sweet ChristmasSusan Mallery writes about relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, and family. In Home Sweet Christmas, enjoy humor and a heartfelt Christmas spirit when two friends find love in a town called Wishing Tree.

Here’s the blurb:

Until Camryn Neff can return to her “real” life in Chicago, she’s in Wishing Tree to care for her twin sisters. She’s not looking for forever love, not here. But handsome hotelier Jake Crane is a temptation she can’t resist, so she suggests they pair up for the season. No golden rings, no broken hearts. At his side, she sees her hometown through Christmas-colored eyes. The cheer is cheerier, the joy more joyful. She thought she had put her future on hold…but maybe her real life was here all along, waiting for her to come home.

New in town, River Best is charmed by Wishing Tree’s homespun traditions and warmhearted people. When she’s crowned Snow Queen, she’s honored but wary. Dylan Tucker, her king, seems like the stuff of sugarplum dreams, but she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something big. As they perform their “royal” duties—tasting cookies, lighting trees—Dylan’s good humor and melty kisses draw her to the brink of love. But she can’t let herself fall until she uncovers his secret, even if her lack of faith means losing him forever.


3. Jenny Hale – The Christmas Letters

Christmas LettersJenny Hale is known for feel-good stories about friends and family. The Christmas Letters is a heartwarming holiday escape.

Here’s the blurb:

Elizabeth Holloway's sparkling world comes crashing down around her when her boyfriend of seven years drops the bomb that he’s leaving her—at Christmas. In an attempt to piece her life back together, she suddenly finds herself seven hundred miles from her New York City home, trudging through the snow, back at her childhood farm in the Great Smoky Mountains.

And she isn’t expecting to meet visitor Paul Dawson with his dazzlingly blue eyes and warm smile, chipping away at her resolve to focus on figuring out who she is and what she really wants in life.

Just when she starts to think things are moving in the right direction, a stack of letters from Elizabeth’s grandmother will change everything she thought she knew about her family and cause a divide between her and Paul that she never saw coming.

Under the glitter of Christmas trees and bundles of mistletoe, Elizabeth uncovers more than she’d ever imagined. Will the Christmas letters strip her of everything she holds dear? Or will they be the biggest gift of the season?


4. Robyn Carr – Holidays In Virgin River

Holidays in Virgin RiverRobyn Carr's Virgin River series has also been released on Netflix. Holidays in Virgin River is a special edition with two fan-favorite stories from the Virgin River series, plus recipes inspired by the Virgin River characters.

Here’s the blurb:

Under the Christmas Tree

With snow falling over the redwood forests, secluded Virgin River is the ideal place to spend the holidays. Each year, the close-knit community gathers in the town square to decorate and light a massive tree. Carols are sung, hot chocolate is shared—and this year, a surprise is about to bring two special people together. When the townsfolk discover a box of adorable puppies under the town’s Christmas tree, they call on local vet Nathaniel Jensen for help. But it’s his budding romance with Annie McCarty that really has tongues—and tails—wagging!

Midnight Confessions

In Virgin River, holiday kisses don’t end with Christmas—there’s still the New Year’s Eve party at Jack’s Bar to attend. Locals and newcomers alike find themselves eager for that special countdown…and that midnight kiss.

As the townspeople gather, two lonely revelers decide the best balm for their broken hearts might just be each other.


5. Pamela Kelley – Christmas at the Restaurant

Christmas at the RestaurantPamela M. Kelley is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of women's fiction, family sagas, and suspense. Readers often describe her books as feel-good reads with people you'd want as friends.

Here’s the blurb:

 It will be Emma and Paul's first Christmas together as a couple and Mandy's first holiday as a newly single and divorced mother of two. Although Mandy does have a promising new relationship, though she wants to take things very slow. 

Their sister Jill and her new husband, Billy, are planning to spend the whole month of December on Nantucket too, juggling working remotely for the executive search firm they own together in Manhattan and relaxing and spending time with family and helping out at the restaurant too. 

And Gina, their awesome bartender is spending her first winter on Nantucket and it's a bit of an adjustment–winters on Nantucket are so much quieter than the city life she was used to. She's even more confused when someone she had a major crush on back in the city moves to Nantucket. Suddenly her boring winter is starting to look a lot more interesting.


6. Tess Thompson – Promise of Tomorrow

Promise of TomorrowTess Thompson's tagline is Hometowns and Heartstrings. Promise of Tomorrow is part of the Castaway Christmas series. This feel-good story has engaging characters and sweet magical realism. If you’re looking for a heartwarming tale of the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love and community, then this is for you.

Here’s the blurb:

1904 – Twelve-year-old Luci Quick never forgot the boy who saved her life that fateful Christmas Eve. But when he disappeared without a word after bringing her food, she was forced to focus on raising her baby sister when her mother suddenly died. Now six years later and struggling to make ends meet with an alcoholic and gambling-addicted father, the poverty-stricken woman can’t believe her hero has returned… and he’s all grown up.

Wesley Ford’s world changed after helping the girl who still haunts his dreams. When he was whisked away to boarding school at fourteen, he feared he’d never see her again. But now free to come back following his father’s death, the wealthy heir is shocked to discover Luci and her sibling never escaped their rundown shack.

With fate dealing her another opportunity for happiness, Luci seizes the day when an offer of help turns into an unexpected proposal. But before they can settle into their future, Wesley must face painful family secrets that could tear them apart forever.

Can a Yuletide miracle make a wish for love come true?


7. Debra Clopton – What A Glamping Christmas Is Made Of

What A Glamping Christmas Is Made OfDebra Clopton writes clean and wholesome romance and inspirational, small-town romances, especially with cowboys. What A Glamping Christmas Is Made Of is a charming holiday story.

Here’s the blurb:

Yes, Christmas is coming, Alice’s second since finding love again and happily watching her sons do the same. Now her number of grandchildren is growing—and yes, once again, love is in the air.

Chef Lilly Holloway’s career is going great since she became the amazing Chefs’ Lisa and Zane Tyson’s number one backup. Her dream is coming true, but something is missing and she feels it. Now she’s sent to oversee the cooking at the McIntire Camp on the ocean for a favorite group called, “A Glamping We Shall Do”. These are the campers who helped match up Riley McDermott and Sophie as they met when she brought the group to his camp. Now they have a baby and are expecting again and need help at the camp. So Lilly is in for an unexpected Christmas adventure—something she needs since she’s always lost and alone during the holidays while everyone else is spending time with family.


8. Jan Moran – Christmas At The Beach

Christmas at the Beach 342x500 1And last of all, this season I'm offering Christmas at the Beach, a limited edition holiday book duo from my Summer Beach and Coral Cottage series. These may be read as stand-alone novels or as part of their series.

Here’s the blurb:

Seabreeze Christmas

When sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay discover crates of vintage Christmas decorations at the Seabreeze Inn, they decide to open their historic beach house to the village of Summer Beach. From a Gingerbread Bake-off and a Santa Sprint on the beach to a mysterious guest who has an unusual effect on those around him, the Seabreeze Inn is the place to be this holiday season. Families and friends come together, and love is in the air—until a priceless discovery at the beachside inn complicates matters.

Coral Holiday

Marina Moore's new Coral Cafe is a Summer Beach favorite of locals and visitors alike. When her sister Kai throws her energy into helping create a Summer Beach performing arts theater, the entire family gets involved. Soon they are in a race to open by the holiday season.

Join residents and guests in this small beach village for the warmest of holiday gatherings as sleigh bells ring across the beach in a delightful holiday novel. Celebrate Christmas and a season of joy in the small town of Summer Beach. For paperback, hardcover or audiobook editions, go to the individual listings for Seabreeze Christmas and Coral Holiday.

Happy holiday reading!

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