This post contains affiliate links. One thing I miss about living in the Midwest is snow in December. (I didn’t like snow the rest of the winter season, but I really enjoyed it in December.) A snowy landscape just makes the holiday season seem so much more festive. Out here in the Arizona desert, sans snow, I get myself into the holiday spirit by reading fiction books set at Christmas. The following are some of my favorites.
These are all books I’ve read over the years that take place during Christmas time.
The Things We Cannot Say
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer is one of my all-time favorite books. I simply loved this one!
The story focuses on two people–Alice who lives in modern times with her husband and two special-needs kids, and Alina, a 15 year old who is engaged to the love of her life, Tomasz, when World War II breaks out and changes her life in Poland forever. I love the way these two stories slowly merge together throughout the book until they join at the culmination of the book. Suffice it to say, Alice goes on a journey, and her life is much richer for it. I’d give this book 8 out of 5 stars if I could.
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
I absolutely loved Last Christmas in Paris! This love story begins during World War I and skips in time all the way to 1968. It’s written as a series of letters between a group of friends, though primarily between Evie, her brother Will (who isn’t the most consistent letter writer), and Will’s friend, Tom. This book highlights the horrors of war, but it also seeks to share the role that women played in wars, even if they weren’t on the front lines.
While this book is a love story, it’s much more than that. I highly recommend this book!
Joy to the World
I just finished and reviewed Joy to the World. This book is comprised of three novellas, each set in the early to mid 1800s in England around Christmas time. I liked each of the stories, and I also appreciated that each story was only about 100 pages long. (Sometimes you don’t have time to commit to a whole book, but you can commit to a 120 page novella, especially during the holiday season.)
If you love romances and happy endings, you’ll enjoy this book as the stories end happily. This is not my usual genre, but I did enjoy reading something a bit lighter during the hectic holiday season.
An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller
An Amish Christmas is far outside my usual reading genre. I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves Hallmark Channel movies. A family seems perfect on the surface. However, Meg, who has noticed that her husband, James, has been distant recently, is shocked to find out that he has a gambling problem and has lost nearly everything the family owns. They must pack up and move within two weeks. Although change is difficult, they find themselves in a better position as a result.
Sometimes we just need a good book to get lost in and help us feel the holiday spirit. These are the four I’ve read so far and enjoyed.
Do you have a favorite holiday book you can recommend?