Dec 122017

It’s easy to get caught up in your “to do” list during the holiday season. There are the office parties to bake for, presents to wrap, and the last minute shopping to do. But take a minute to appreciate the holiday lights, the small town parade and gingerbread contest, and to drive around town at night to see the lights that decorate so many homes. If you can’t seem to find that holiday joy, then it’s time to cozy up with a sweet romance this season to take you away from all of the pressure.

A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas was published in 2008
The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love. Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.

Under the Mistletoe by Mary Balogh was published in 2013
If you search for this title in the online catalog you’ll find a few others in addition to Balogh’s. You’ll find a CD of Christmas music starring Justin Bieber, a DVD and a book by Linda Howard. In Balogh’s book, you’ll find stories about old loves rekindled, new loves found, and family bonds strengthened. They are love stories in which Christmas is shown to have the power to heal all the wounds of the human heart.

All through the Night: a Troubleshooter Christmas by Suzanne Brockman was published in 2007
It’s Christmastime in Boston, and this year the silver bells will be wedding bells as FBI agent Jules Cassidy ties the knot with the man of his dreams, Hollywood heartthrob Robin Chadwick. The pair plan a quiet, intimate ceremony, to be witnessed by family and close friends from the FBI, SEAL Team Sixteen, and Troubleshooters, Incorporated. But the holiday season brings more to the happy couple than they expect.

A Christmas Promise has been written by Mary Balogh (2010), Anne Perry (2009), Lark Carrier (1986), and Thomas Kinkade (2004).
That’s right, there are four books with the same title that four different authors have written. Balogh’s story is based on an arranged marriage during the Regency period in England. Perry’s is a mystery set in London. Did you know that in her youth, Perry was convicted and served time in New Zealand for the murder of a friend’s mother? Lark’s book is a juvenile fiction in which Amy makes all the animals promise to leave a tree by Christmas so she can bring it indoors to decorate, but on the day they depart, she is overcome by the silence and loneliness. Kincade’s book is set in Cape Cod and is a cozy slice of life very similar to his art.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De la Cruz published in 2017
Forced by her mother’s illness to return to the Pemberley of her childhood during the Christmas holidays, power-driven professional Darcy Fitzwilliam unexpectedly falls for humble carpenter Luke Bennet, a member of a family of slacker brothers.

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry published in 2017
‘Tis the season of giving–and with this book, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry shares a brand-new holiday mystery filled with bygone relationships and hidden secrets. It is a book that is decked with intrigue and trimmed with Yuletide spirit, written by the reigning master of Victorian mystery.

Midnight Sons by Debbie Macomber published in 2017
Location: north of the Arctic Circle. Population: 150 (mostly men!). But the three O’Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to town. This is the latest in a series of seven books based on the O’Halloran brothers.

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