Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, but it’s not without its challenges. So I love to make sure I cut out a little me time and enjoy a romance or comfort read on the couch, ice-cold drink in hand. In Australia, Christmas is hot, so no snuggling under blankets, drinking hot chocolate next to a fireplace. For me it’s days on the beach, feet up on the patio in a deck chair and cool cocktails. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a little escapism into some wintery Christmas themed reads, after all, I am a sucker for a snowy Christmas movie too.
The Magic of Comfort Reads
Comfort reads are like old friends, always there to provide solace and familiarity when you need it most. Whether it’s a childhood classic or a well-worn contemporary favorite, these books wrap you in a word hug, offering a sense of security and belonging. For me I love to re-read Pride & Prejudice, it’s a classic and personal favourite. Legends & Lattes is another I’ve been looking forward to re-reading as it’s just so heartwarming and comforting to read. So cosy!! What’s your go-to comfort read? Share it in the comments!
Finding Comfort in the Holidays
As Christmas approaches, many of us turn to holiday-themed romance novels for a dose of cheer and optimism as well. I am certainly no exception, my kindle is full of them! These books go hard on the festive settings, endearing characters, and heartwarming tales of love and togetherness. It’s the perfect recipe for a comforting escape from the hustle and bustle of the season, and usually, not to long to read either so I love the sense of achievement in getting through a few each Christmas in my downtime. So if you’re looking for some new additions, maybe try these out this Christmas.
Christmas Romance Novel Recommendations
Wreck the Halls by Tessa Bailey
Synopsis: Melody Gallard may be the daughter of music royalty, but her world is far from glamorous. She spends her days restoring old books and avoiding the limelight (one awkward tabloid photo was enough, thanks). But when a producer offers her a lot of money to reunite her mother’s band on live tv, Mel begins to wonder if it’s time to rattle the cage, shake up her quiet life… and see him again. The only other person who could wrangle the rock and roll divas.
Beat Dawkins, the lead singer’s son, is Melody’s opposite the camera loves him, he could charm the pants off anyone, and his mom is not a potential cult leader. Still, they might have been best friends if not for the legendary feud that broke up the band. When they met as teenagers, Mel felt an instant spark, but it’s nothing compared to the wild, intense attraction that builds as they embark on a madcap mission to convince their mothers to perform one last show.
While dealing with rock star shenanigans, a 24-hour film crew, brawling Santas, and mobs of adoring fans, Mel starts to step out of her comfort zone. With Beat by her side, cheering her on, she’s never felt so understood. But Christmas Eve is fast approaching, and a decades-old scandal is poised to wreck everything the Steel Birds reunion, their relationships with their mothers, and their newfound love.
So This is Christmas by Jenny Holiday
Synopsis: Matteo Benz has spent his life serving at the pleasure of the Eldovian crown. His work is his life and his life, well…he doesn’t have much of one. When he is tasked to aid a management consultant who has been flown in to help straighten out the king’s affairs, he is instantly disturbed by her brash American manner—as well by an inconvenient attraction to the brainy beauty.
Cara Delaney is in Eldovia to help clean up the king’s financial affairs, but soon finds herself at odds with the very proper Mr. Benz. As intrigued by his good looks as she is annoyed by his dedication to tradition for its own sake, she slowly begins to see the real man behind the royal throne.
As they work together to return Eldovia to its former glory during the country’s magical Christmas season, Matteo discovers he is falling hopelessly in love with the unconventional American. But a man who has devoted his life to tradition doesn’t change easily. Can he become the man Cara needs, or will their love be another sacrifice to the crown
Along Came Holly by Codi Hall
Synopsis: Holly Winters owns the jolliest holiday shop on Main Street and this season is shaping up to be the best yet. The only pit in her figgy pudding? Declan Gallagher, the owner of the hardware store next door. He’s the scroogiest man in all of Mistletoe, Idaho. Then Holly’s revenge prank escalates into an all-out war with her Grinchy neighbor, and the situation turns sticky when she realizes she needs his help.
Declan can’t believe the nerve of his oh-so-cheerful neighbor hiring him to set up her holiday lights display, but the money is too good to pass up. Despite his utter loathing of excessive decorations, he throws himself into getting the job done, only to encounter sabotage at every turn. To his astonishment, Declan finds himself championing the very woman who used to get under his skin. Then one rooftop kiss has him thinking maybe the season’s traditions aren’t as heinous as he believed. Declan’s heart has grown three sizes since Holly came along, but how can he admit he’s falling for the one woman he shouldn’t want?
The Perfect Reading Spot
Now you’ve got your reading sorted you’ve got to make sure you’ve got the perfect reading spot to enjoy them in. Being Australian, for me that is in the shade outside, a cheeky drink in hand with a side of cheese and crackers and gingerbread to leisurely enjoy our hot summer. But if you’re in the northern hemisphere I suggest finding a comfortable couch or armchair, curl up in your PJs with a blanket, an Irish Coffee and some fresh gingerbread.
Holiday Traditions and Reading
Now a lot of families have traditions around Christmas times and there is one I’ve come across that sounds heavenly for readers. The Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod is to give or receive a book from loved ones on Christmas Eve, to read on Christmas Eve. I adore this one, particular as in the German side of my family when we were kids we’d get one gift on Christmas Ever. Swapping books sounds like a lovely way for us to keep a fun tradition going now we’re no longer children. Do you have any family traditions or reading traditions?
As the holiday season approaches it’s the perfect time to embrace the warmth and comfort of a good book. Whether you’re revisiting an old favourite or discovering a new Christmas romance, they have a way of filling our hearts with joy and wonder during this time of gathering with family.
So, grab your book, pour yourself a cheeky drink, and immerse yourself in the magic of the season.
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