Get Into the Christmas Spirit With These New Festive Books

This week’s Three to Read gifts you a diverse selection of books, all perfect for enjoying in the lead-up to Christmas or even on Christmas Day!

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Now that December is here, it’s time to turn up the holiday music, put on your favorite Christmas movies, and start decking the halls! If you’re anything like me, you want to fully immerse yourself in the cheery vibes the holiday season brings and savor every last merry moment before Christmas arrives. That’s why we’ve put together a list of Christmas-centric books for you to indulge in! Read on to unwrap this week’s festive Three to Read recommendations.

HOT PICK

Wreck the Halls by Tessa Bailey

Wreck the Halls cover by Tessa Bailey, a man and a woman holding hands as they walk through the snow together.
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SYNOPSIS:

Melody Gallard lives a quiet life restoring old books, much unlike her mother, who just so happens to be a rock music icon. Mel has always avoided the limelight, but when a producer offers her a sizeable check to get her mother’s fractured band to play on live TV, she can’t refuse the offer. However, accomplishing this mission means reuniting with the band’s lead singer’s son, Beat Dawkins, whom Mel still harbors feelings for even after the band’s falling out destroyed their friendship. Can Mel and Beat find love in time for Christmas, or will their families’ messy history tear them apart once again?

WHY:

If you love watching Christmas-themed Hallmark movies, Wreck the Halls is that… in book form! This story has everything you could want in a holiday rom-com, from brawling Santas to family melodrama to sexy chemistry. Humorous and light with lots of heart, this book perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Christmas. Tessa Bailey never fails to delight with her charming romances, so you won’t want to miss her latest story!

COFFEE SHOP READ

The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson

The Christmas Guest cover by Peter Swanson, an illustrious estate covered in snow and surrounded by holly.
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SYNOPSIS:

As an American art student studying in London for her junior year, Ashley Smith is prepared to spend Christmas alone. However, when Ashley’s classmate Emma Chapman invites her to join her family at their illustrious country home, Ashley is ecstatic. Her holiday is shaping up to be a dream come true: the manor is cozy and warm, and Ashley is nurturing a new crush on Emma’s older brother, Adam. But when she discovers that Adam is under investigation for murder, Emma begins to question whether her stay at the manor is truly a dream or a nightmare.

WHY:

This novella is a quick read that you could totally binge on Christmas Day! But despite the snappy pacing, this book still delivers three-dimensional characters and plenty of plot twists. With its thrilling mysteries and neverending suspense, The Christmas Guest will have you glued to your seat from start to finish. So cuddle up by the fireplace, brew a creamy cup of hot chocolate, and prepare to devour this immensely satisfying tale of a Christmas trip gone wrong!

DARK HORSE

The Book Club Hotel by Sarah Morgan

The Book Club Hotel cover by Sarah Morgan, a pair of women walking along a snowy pathway towards an inn.
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SYNOPSIS:

While many people come to the historic Maple Sugar Inn looking for a dream winter vacation, Hattie Coleman is just trying to make it through the holiday season. After the devastating death of her husband, she has her hands full with running the Inn and adjusting to life as a single parent. But when her lifelong girlfriends arrive to spend the holiday with her, Hattie’s life is changed all over again. Through their shared love of books and deep friendship, these four women help each other to start anew and heal from their respective hardships.

WHY:

The holidays are a cheerful season full of giving and spending time with the people we cherish, and this book captures that feeling perfectly. With its cozy winter atmosphere and charming characters, this book radiates tenderness that will warm your heart during the chilly holiday season. A must-read for those looking for an uplifting Christmas tale, The Book Club Hotel is a heartfelt exploration of the power of stories to heal and the enduring bond of female friendships.


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