New this season--Christmas themed books by our favorite authors!

Looking for a good book to curl up with while you are in the Christmas spirit?  Here are 7 new books filled with holiday cheer!  Most are quick reads (perfect for this busy season) by easily recognizable authors.

Angels at the Table: A Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy Christmas Story by Debbie Macomber
Macomber’s three angels are back for another joyous and whimsical holiday novel.  It’s an angelic intervention where the angels, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, help people in trouble while getting in trouble themselves.

A Winter Dream: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans
This newest story by Evans’ is a modern retelling of the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors.   If you are going through troubles or know someone who is then this may help lift up your spirit.

A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs
Beginning on a train at Christmas time in turn-of-the-century Scotland, this tender love story grapples with the emotional ups and downs people feel during the holidays.  This novella is filled with the power of forgiveness and redemption that is a part of Christmas.

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson
During the 1930s’ depression, a young girl lives in a home where money is tight and her mother’s wish for some paying boarders is more realistic than the girl’s wish for a pony.   If read-aloud holiday stories are popular in your house, this would be a good one because this sweet, clean, romantic adventure story is suitable for both adults and older children.

A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
In Fool’s Gold, California, when two lonely people rely on each other to get through the craziness of the holidays, will romance be their future? This is Malley’s newest Christmas romance novel and a good one to introduce you to her Fool’s Gold series.

Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
For a taste of holiday mystery, this English country-house story (that feels a bit like Downton Abbey) weaves zany humor with traditional Agatha Christie-style characters and intrigue.  Christmas recipes and period party game instructions are included.

A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry
Another one for mystery fans—this one is clever but a little more grim.  If you are a fan of Perry’s past Christmas stories you’ll be impressed with this one too.   A Christmas garland and two young children help a police lieutenant defend a medical orderly against murder charges in Colonial India.

Let me add two perennial favorites of mine that I have to read every December.  Both are short classics.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Old Scrooge’s eventful night where he learned that the most important things in life are not about money, but all about love and family is a pleasure to read alone, but is also a great family read-aloud.

The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin
This lesser known classic story is about a girl in Victorian times who is ill in bed, but tries to make Christmas, and their lives, better for a poor family that she saw from her window.  It’s a heartwarmer.

- Kim