Whether you are in the mood for Christmas books (because we all know you’ve been good) or want to surprise a reader with a Christmas read, here’s your list. It includes short stories and novels, and a mixture of romance, mystery, suspense, time hop, and devotions. Click the bold book title or the “Amazon link” below each one to see them on Amazon.
A Christmas Kiss, by June Foster
A Holiday Happenstance, by Ginger Solomon
Hungering for time away from Meadowsville, VA and her ex-fiancé, Jade Cross heads out on a long hike. Caught in an unexpected winter storm, she takes refuge in an abandoned-looking barn. Wet, cold, and close to hypothermia, she begs God for help.
Clay Sawyer, wounded by the death of his wife, has locked himself in a prison of solitude. He is not interested in being happy, forgiving himself, or forgiving God. When he finds an unexpected guest in his barn, his only goal is to get her on her way and keep his life just like it is.
But God has other plans.
Originally published as Broken Holidays
A Kiss Under the Mistletoe, June Foster
The men in Noel Kendrick’s life have always lied to her. When she accepts her pastor’s plea to head the Christmas nativity scene project, she doesn’t realize the job requires her to work with Carson Shumate, the handsome youth pastor with midnight blue eyes. Despite her efforts to keep her emotional distance, she falls hard after a kiss under the mistletoe.
But Carson has a secret of his own. If he reveals the truth about his identical twin to his church, he fears they will fire him, and he could lose Noel.
A Kiss Under the Mistletoe is the sequel to An Unexpected Family.
Amber Alert, Linda K. Rodante
Her World’s in Chaos
Sharee Jones didn’t plan on falling for a man who resents God, didn’t plan on the mutilated dolls or the threatening notes interfering with her Christmas program and the child who’s to play baby Jesus. She thought God’s hand was in it, but how can it be, when everything she hoped and prayed for is crashing down?
His Days of Hiding Are Done
John Jergenson thought taking the maintenance job at his cousin’s church meant leaving his guilt-ridden past behind. But he hadn’t counted on Sharee and her program, hadn’t counted on her laugh or the warmth in her hazel eyes. And he certainly hadn’t counted on her wanting to know the truth about his past life. He wants to leave, but Sharee could be in danger; and if he runs again, will he ever forgive himself?
Can’t Live Without You, Ginger Solomon
Clarissa Harding’s upcoming marriage is a business arrangement. When he dies and his secret comes out, she’s hurt. When she finds out her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her, she’s devastated. Feeling betrayed, she walks away from God, her family, Sawyer, and their newly-discovered love.
Sawyer Chasin hated keeping secrets from Clarissa, and now he may have lost the only person his heart wants. Recovering from the same car accident that killed his brother can wait. He needs to find her and make her understand the choice he had to make.
Love covers a multitude of sins, but betrayal stretches its boundaries.
Celebrating Christmas, compiled and edited by Terri Kalfas, (featuring Word Weaver Suzanne Nichols)
Christmas! The way we observe it might include serving others, sacrificial giving, a family meal, baking special treats, or certain decorations, songs, and movies.
For some, it also includes participating in a church Christmas program, attending a candlelight Christmas Eve service, or reading the Christmas story in Luke to those gathered at home.
Many of the stories you’ll find here are about personal experiences that have shaped the Christmas celebrations of the authors. Other stories reflect the way Christmas celebrations have changed very recently. And some stories are just for fun. Yet all contain the message of why celebrating Christmas is about more than traditions or even gifts. It’s how we share God’s perfect gift.
Contributors include AimeeAnn Blythe, Susan Brehmer, Jeanetta Chrystie, Joann Claypoole, Elberta Clinton, Diana Derringer, Jennifer A. Doss, Barb Fox, Constance Gilbert, Jean Matthew Hall, Bonnie Lasley Harker, Lydia E. Harris, Shirl Hart, Melissa Henderson. Judith Hensley, Helen L. Hoover, Rita Klundt, Barbara Latta, Diana Leagh Matthews, Terri R. Miller, Lynn Mosher, Suzanne D. Nichols, Jane Owen, Sue Rice, Beverly Robertson, Robert B. Robeson, E.V. Sparrow, Marv Stone, Mel Tavares, Joy S. Taylor, Bill Tinsley, Donna Tinsley, Diana L. Walters, Lynn U. Watson, Lori Ann Wood
Christmas at Cranberry Cove, June Foster
Ryder Langston retires from commercial fishing and manages Blake Sloan’s supply stores. When the owner of the inn in Cranberry Cove hires a new executive chef, Ryder is intrigued by the tall woman with ebony hair who hides a dark family secret.
Juliette Duplay must flee from her French roots and her past when a family member turns against her. She’d like to blend into the American culture but can’t escape danger even in the small community of Cranberry Cove.
Can Ryder and Juliette unravel the mystery in time to celebrate Christmas at Cranberry Cove?
Christmas at Raccoon Creek, June Foster
Emily Eason wants to distance herself from her parents’ opulent lifestyle in Birmingham, Alabama, and enjoy life in the tiny rural village, Raccoon Creek and her fifties-style home. But after gazing into the little snow globe she purchased from Hardwicke’s Drugs and Gifts, she finds herself transported to another time—her grandmother’s era.
Lance Hardwicke is the pharmacist and owner of Hardwicke’s Drugs. Four years of pharmacy school didn’t allow for much of a social life. Gorgeous Emily Eason, nurse and resident of Raccoon Creek, has captured his attention more than once. The next time she comes in the store, he’s determined to ask her out. Perhaps go to Birmingham to see the Christmas lights in his brand new orange and white ’53 Pontiac Pathfinder.
Can love span the fifty-year gap standing between them?
Christmas Reflections, Ginger Solomon
Marisol Jones loves God, kids, and baking. Her job at the local bakery keeps her culinary talents satisfied. The church she attends draws her closer to God and encourages her to keep up with her own quiet time. And well, two out of three isn’t bad. She’d love to have kids of her own, but most men can’t see past her scars.
Garth Simmons loves God and his daughter. He works to provide everything she needs. When she starts asking for a mommy, he does what any loving father would do: he sets out to find one. Except none of his dates measure up to his neighbor. Marisol has gotten under his skin, and she didn’t even try. If anything, she doesn’t understand how beautiful she really is.
But he aims to show her.
Christmas Stories (Divine Moments), Yvonne Lehman (featuring Word Weaver, Becky Alexander)
People celebrate Christ’s birth in many ways through their foods, traditions, and customs.
Whether it’s music, gift giving, family gatherings, special recipes, parties, programs, decorating, puzzles, books, movies, church services or a combination of these that make your holiday season special, we hope you will slow down and take time in your countdown to Christmas to enjoy the inspiring stories offered by these 27 authors.
You might even discover a new tradition to add to your own.
Contributors: Becky Alexander, Lola Di Giulio De Maci, Diana Derringer, Loretta Eidson, Darlene J. Ellis, Peggy Ellis, Ellen Fannon, Lydia E. Harris, Bonnie Lasley Harker, Sandra Merville Hart, Hans Jurgen Hauser, David Holland, Helen H. Hoover, Yvonne Lehman, Andrea Merrell, Norma C. Mezoe, Jane Owen, Kayleen Reusser, Tammie Edington Shaw, Kathryn Skinner, Carole Sparks, Pamela L. Stein, Gina Stinson, Nanette Thorsen-Snipes, Beverly Varnado, Dianalee Velie, Tammy Whitehurst
Coffee and Cookies with God, 31 devotions for December, by Becky Alexander, June Foster, Bonita Y. McCoy, Suzanne D. Nichols, Ginger Solomon, Lisa Worthey Smith
These devotions will focus your heart and nourish your soul, with or without caffeine. Cookie recipes included.
Merry Christmas Mixup, Bonita Y. McCoy
Two wrongs can make a right, in this sweet holiday romance about finding family in unexpected places.
The U.S. post office has mixed up her mail, yet again. So, this time Beth King takes matters into her own hands and delivers the package, herself, only to be mistaken for the new nanny. As she spends the day with the little girl, she discovers they have something in common. They’ve both lost their parents.
Beth knows better than to get involved. She’s got a book to write. She’s got deadlines. But when the handsome uncle asks her to help over the Christmas holidays, the word “no” doesn’t seem to be in her vocabulary.
Ben Bennett is struggling to find his footing as a new parent to his four-year-old niece. When he mistakes the beautiful woman at his front door for the nanny, he is surprised to find she has a knack with Zoey.
With the preschool closed for renovations, he’s desperate, and this postal mix-up might be the perfect answer to his dilemma. But when Beth proposes that they give Zoey an over-the-top Christmas, Ben has second thoughts. He’s not sure Zoey’s ready, and if he were honest, he’s not sure he’s ready either.
This charming Christmas romance will keep you turning pages until the very last mistletoe kiss.
Amazon link for Merry Christmas Mix-up
Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge; A Christmas in July Novella, Ginger Solomon
Mitch Silverton has a lot on his schedule—his mom’s cancer diagnosis and his job as assistant manager of the hardware store, and then he added decorations coordinator for the local animal shelter fundraiser. When a break-in at the hardware store shoves him in the path of his boss’s boss, Margaret Holberg, managing owner of the hardware store, he finds himself attracted to the blonde knockout he worked with as a teen, who’s always been way out of his league.
Margaret Holberg hates being alone, but that’s how she spends the majority of her time since her parents left her in charge of their hardware stores. Stuck in the store with the all-grown-up Mitch Silverton makes her wish for more. But he’s her employee. Nothing more.
Can Mitch and Margaret learn to work together, not just in the store, but in life?
No Room in His Heart, Bonita Y. McCoy
Love and forgiveness can be found in the oddest places!
Even old Victorian Inns.
Evie Anderson is trying to get home for Christmas. But when her car breaks down on an Alabama highway, her only help in sight is at a nearby inn.
To her surprise, the inn nor its owner are quite what she expects. One looks haunted, the other looks hot.
Now, with no way home, will Evie discover love and forgiveness at the Bethlehem Inn, or will she give up before she sees the truth?
Nick Russo wants a fresh start, so he’s selling the family inn. He’s lost too many people he cares about in his lifetime, and he’s not willing to take any more chances.
That is until Evie Anderson knocks on his door and starts spreading Christmas cheer all over the place.
Can Nick find room in his heart for this sassy southern woman, or will he close the door on love forever?
If you like sweet romances, mistletoe kisses, and swoon worthy moments then you will love No Room In His Heart.
Grab your copy, now.
On Angel Wings, Ginger Solomon
Bakery owner, Jenna Wing prepares to spend Thanksgiving alone—her first without her family. When her former neighbor, Thomas Hayes, invites her to dinner, she finds that she can’t say no. Their previous friendship turns to something more, but Thomas’s family issues threatens their new-found relationship.
She wants to grieve alone. He wants to heal her hurt.
The Ornament Keeper, A Novella, Eva Marie Everson
Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays. The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, “I do.” Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.
Remember Christ comes first