If anyone loves a mocktail, it’s me! I am always on the hunt for funky, creative mocktails to spice up my outings or my nights in. Luckily, these non-alcoholic drinks can be made in your home, and of course, I paired your next book with each! These holiday drinks will make the perfect addition to your cozy nights in this holiday season.
The first pairing needed to be holiday themed, of course! This Holiday Mojito mocktail paired with Debbie Macomber’s The Christmas Spirit is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
“What’s your first moment of the holiday feels? Is it those Black Friday sales the day after Thanksgiving? Or maybe the first snowfall? Or the ringing of the Salvation Army bells? For us, it’s a new Debbie Macomber Christmas romance, like a one-woman Hallmark channel in your hands every holiday. ‘Tis the season indeed!”— Barnes & Noble
Peter Armstrong and Hank Colfax might be best friends, but they couldn’t be more different. Peter is the local pastor who devotes all of his time to his community, and Hank is a bartender serving a different crowd at his family-owned tavern. It isn’t until Peter makes a comment about how easy Hank’s job is that they decide to give each a try. They switch jobs until Christmas Eve, and things aren’t exactly what they imagined. They start to see each other in a new light while discovering a new love to cherish.
Want to know how Hank and Peter handle switching places? Grab your copy here!
Don’t these two just look like they’d go great together? The Ginger Basil Grapefruit Spritzer is the perfect amount of refreshing you’ll need while reading this suspenseful love story.
“A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past and what we choose to leave behind, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and the bestselling author of She’s Not There“— Barnes & Noble
Olivia McAfee had the picture-perfect life living in Boston, married to a cardiothoracic surgeon while they raised their son Asher together. Now she knows what it feels like to start over. When her husband revealed his darker side, she ended up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown. There she took over her father’s beekeeping business while living in the house she grew up in.
Not only is Olivia familiar with starting over— Lily Campanello is too. She relocated to Adams, New Hampshire, with her mom for her final year of high school.
Olivia and Lily cross paths as Asher falls in love with the new girl at school— and Lily falls in love with him too. It isn’t until Olivia receives a phone call that Lily is dead and the person in question by the police is her son Asher.
This toasty twist on a holiday classic will add extra heat to this thriller by Alex Michaelides. Stay cozy on your nights in with this pairing.
“Michaelides has created one of the most engrossing thrillers in his debut work, The Silent Patient. As our unreliable narrator guides us through a gruesome murder and chilling revelations, we quickly learn that not everything is quite as it seems. The final plot twist will leave even the greatest of sleuths in shock.”— Barnes & Noble
Alicia Berenson lives in a grand house full of big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. She’s married to a high-demand fashion designer while she is a famous painter. You could say her life is perfect from the outside. You wouldn’t expect Alicia to murder her husband one night when he returns home from a fashion shoot.
She refuses to talk or give any explanation on why. This domestic tragedy turns into a mystery that makes her art prices skyrocket all while she is hidden away from the spotlight in a secure forensic unit called the Grove in North London. Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, has waited a long while to work with Alicia. He is determined to get her to talk and solve the mystery of why she killed her husband.
Follow along this twisting path as he discovers his own motivations that might just consume him.
You might be more of a mocktini and nonfiction kind of person, which is why I paired these two together for you! Something about the holidays just says “read something about magic and wizardry,” right?
“Known around the world as the big screen embodiment of Harry Potter’s wizarding nemesis, Tom Felton offers his legions of fans a candid and witty account of life in the wizarding world. Recounting the friendships and trials of fame, Tom will #always be a fan favorite.”— Barnes & Noble
We all know Tom Felton from his iconic portrayal of Draco Malfoy. Now we can get a look at the deeper side of growing up in a world full of magic and wizardry. Felton’s childhood was anything but ordinary. He rose to early fame in various projects, but nothing prepared him for what was to come after landing the role of Draco Malfoy. Over the next ten years, Felton became the center of pop culture, but did you know he would go back to his regular teenage life in-between filming?
Felton shares his experience growing up in a world of magic while trying to navigate the muggle world. He visits memories like his very first audition and also reflects on his experience working with amazing talent like Alan Rickman, Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Maggie Smith, and Ralph Fiennes. He also lets us in on the lasting relationships he made over the decade, including his friendship with Emma Watson.
Interested in adding Felton’s memoir to your TBR this holiday season? Buy it here!
“From the acclaimed author of The Wish comes a powerful novel about risking everything for a dream—and whether it’s possible to leave the past behind.”— Barnes & Noble
Colby Mills used to feel like being a musician was his calling— that is, until tragedy grounded him. Now, as head of a small family farm in North Carolina, he is seeking out a break from his usual responsibilities. He stumbles across a gig playing at a bar in St. Pete Beach, Florida. It isn’t until he meets Morgan Lee that his world is turned upside down. He begins to question all of his responsibilities as he falls for her. Morgan graduated from a prestigious college music program and is daughter to two affluent Chicago doctors. She aspires to move to Nashville and become a star. They are the perfect pair.
While these two fall madly in love, Beverly is taking a different journey. As she flees an abusive husband with her six-year-old son, money starts to run out, forcing her to make a decision that will rewrite everything.
Fate will draw these three people together in life-altering ways.
Want to try this slow cooker mocktail? Click here for the recipe!
A historical fiction novel paired with a Winter Sangria mocktail? Sign us up, please! You won’t drink anything else this holiday season after trying this.
“Breslin uses an exhilarating plotline and tender romance amid the tension of espionage to craft a gripping tale rife with double agents, corrupt foreign arms dealers, and secret missions. Ultimately, this is a story of forgiveness and family, and readers will revel once again in Breslin’s superb chronicling of women’s vital contributions to the war effort.”— Booklist
Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape her current arranged marriage amid the Great War in 1918 England. She is being forced to marry by her ruthless guardian but decides she would rather take her own path. When the Chilwell factory tragically explodes, she realizes the world believes she perished with it. This is her opportunity to escape— She decides to risk everything and assume a new identity as Miss Tilly Lockhart in Gretna, Scotland.
While Rosalind is taking up a new identity in Scotland, RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover to one who caused the Chilwell explosion. He has suspicion the Gretna factory could be next. He is shocked to discover a young Miss Tilly Lockhart renting his childhood room. While they eventually end up bonding over their mutual affection for his family, it all ruins when Alex receives orders to surveil her.
Cozy up with your own copy here, and don’t forget to try this mocktail recipe!
I’m sure you’ve seen this book everywhere! I couldn’t help myself adding it to the list. Nothing says scandalous and romance like a Peppermint Julep mocktail.
“Glamorous enough to enchant any reader, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a glimpse into the life of a Hollywood starlet better known for her romantic endeavors off the screen. At the heart of this scandalous novel is the bond between two lovers fated to keep their romance behind the scenes and the forces keeping them apart. Reid’s writing is worthy of a standing ovation.”— Barnes & Noble
Evelyn Hugo is an aging and reclusive Hollywood actress finally ready to tell her truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. To everyone’s shock, she chooses a very unknown magazine reporter named Monique Grant, and no one is more confused than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique wasn’t exactly living the best life— her husband left her, her career is going nowhere, but somehow Evelyn selected her to write her biography.
Monique is summoned to Evelyn’s luxury apartment, where she listens to the actress tell her story. From coming to Los Angeles in the 1950s to why she left the business in the 80s. Let’s not forget the seven husbands along the journey, either. The story is filled with ruthless ambition, friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique starts to form a real connection with the actress, but she soon realizes that as Evelyn’s story comes to a close, it intertwines with hers in tragic and irreversible ways.
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