‘Tis the Season to Binge on Our Favorite 20 Christmas Reads of 2016!

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It’s finally Christmas time, and we’re in full holiday swing — including the books that we’re currently reading! There are tons of great Christmas-themed novels to dive into these days, filled with cozy family dinners, snowy scenes and plenty of making out under the mistletoe.

Here are 20 recent releases about Christmas that we can’t wait to binge on through the holiday season and into 2017:

The Christmas Town, Donna VanLiere (St. Martin’s Press, October 18, 2016)

As a foster child, Lauren Gabriel has never really had a place that feels like home. But all of that changes when she unexpectedly ends up in the small town of Grandon one Christmas and starts volunteering at a center for single mothers.

Christmas in Paris, Anita Hughes (St. Martin’s Griffin, October 4, 2016)

After leaving her fiancé a week before they were supposed to marry, Isabel Lawson decides to go on the honeymoon anyway. She spends Christmas in Paris by herself, meeting new people, questioning her life choices, and finding herself along the way.

The Trouble with Mistletoe, Jill Shalvis (Avon, September 27, 2016)

Keane Winters and Willa Davis have a long history – only he doesn’t seem to remember her at all! So when he shows up at her pet shop needing a cat sitter (and is instantly interested in the gorgeous Willa), he’s going to need something of a Christmas miracle to get her to forgive him.

Three Christmas Wishes, Sheila Roberts (MIRA, November 1, 2016)

Three best friends all ask Santa for the same present – the perfect man to snuggle up with under the tree. Despite some ups and downs, they just might get their wish this year.

The Holiday Gift, RaeAnne Thayne (Harlequin Special Edition, December 1, 2016)

Faith Dustin and Chase Brannon have been friends for a long time. This Christmas, Chase is determined to leave the friend-zone behind and convince the widowed Faith to take another chance on love.

Wishing on Snowflakes, Joanne Demaio (October 4, 2016)

Get two adorable stories for the price of one in Demaio’s Christmas collection, both set in a snowy New England town, and both featuring couples who need a dose of holiday cheer.

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days, Jeanette Winterson (Grove Press, December 6, 2016)

Named one of Amazon’s Best Books of December 2016, this collection of short stories is inventive and festive, filled with magic, a bit of “spooky wonder,” and Winterson’s trademark honesty and writing prowess.

A Lowcountry Christmas, Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, October 25, 2016)

The fifth book in Monroe’s Lowcountry series, this one is a prequel that focuses on the McClellan family after Taylor returns from war with PTSD. His younger brother, Miller, just wants to have a good Christmas – and that includes getting a tree. But when he gets lost in the woods (along with Taylor’s new service dog), his whole family has to come together for a Christmas that none of them will ever forget.

What Light, Jay Asher (Razorbill, October 18, 2016)

This young adult Christmas tale is about Sierra, a teen who’s family owns a Christmas tree farm, and Caleb, a boy with a damaged past who’s trying hard to move on from his mistakes. Sierra and Caleb fall for each other while she’s selling her family’s trees, but their circumstances, the past, and their family’s feelings threaten to tear the two apart for good.

Twelve Days of Christmas, Debbie Macomber (Ballantine Books, October 4, 2016)

Julia Padden decides that she’s going to force her Scrooge-like neighbor Cain Maddox into the friendly Christmas spirit by bombarding him with acts of kindness and chronicling the events on her blog. But when Julia starts to fall for the man under the gruff exterior, she has to come clean about the little experiment that has unexpectedly turned into an Internet sensation.

Winter Storms, Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown and Company, October 4, 2016)

Hilderbrand concludes her popular Winter Street trilogy with this final story of the Quinn family at Christmas – including a wedding, family drama and an unexpected blizzard.

Mistletoe Cottage, Debbie Mason (Forever, October 25, 2016)

Sophie DiRossi is keeping a big secret, which is why she’s more than a little reluctant to return to her hometown of Harmony Harbor at Christmas. Especially since it means running into her old love – and the source of that big secret – firefighter, Liam Gallagher.

A Baxter Family Christmas, Karen Kingsbury (Howard Books, October 25, 2016)

Kingsbury returns to her beloved Baxter Family series with a novel about loss, love, faith and how families come together for Christmas.

A Royal Christmas Wedding, Rachel Hauck (Zondervan, October 18, 2016)

Avery and Colin meet and fall in love in college, but their circumstances tore them apart, leaving both with a broken heart. After all, Colin is the prince of Brighton Kingdom and family pressure pushed him away from Avery’s side. Now he’s looking for a second chance, and Avery has to decide if she’s truly ready to become his princess.

Christmas Joy, Nancy Naigle (St. Martin’s Griffin, October 18, 2016)

When her aunt takes a nasty fall, Joy Holbrook decides to leave her life behind for a while to care for the family farm. It’s there that she meets sexy accountant Ben Andrews and a special little girl named Molly who’s more than ready to show Joy the true meaning of Christmas.

Merry Cowboy Christmas, Carolyn Brown (Forever, September 27, 2016)

The third book in Brown’s Lucky Penny Ranch series finds Fiona Logan returning to her family home for Christmas – and right into the bedroom across the hall from handsome cowboy Jud Dawson.

Miracle on 5th Avenue, Sarah Morgan (HQN Books, December 1, 2016)

In Manhattan during the holiday season, a hopeless romantic finds herself snowed in with a gruff widower who hates all things Christmas. It’ll be up to her to lift his spirits, and possibly find love in the process.

Christmas in Eternity Springs, Emily March (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, October 4, 2016)

Claire Branham is running from her past (and harboring a dark secret) when she settles into Eternity Springs and begins to fall for handyman and single dad, Jax Lancaster. But when her past finally catches up to her, it threatens everything she’s newly built for herself.

The Gift of a Lifetime, Melissa Hill (St. Martin’s Griffin, October 4, 2016)

Beth is a hopeless romantic who longs to have the kind of love she sees in her favorite movies. So when she starts getting cryptic messages that send her all over New York in the rom-com style that she loves, she’s desperate to find out who’s wooing her: her boyfriend Danny, with whom she may have lost that special spark? Or the cute guy at work, Ryan, who might be the new answer to her prayers?

A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss, Paula Quinn (Forever, September 27, 2016)

Cailaen Grant had no choice but to join the Black Riders — the very group of for-hire killers who murdered Temperance Menzie’s father. But as Cailaen starts to fall for the woman nursing him back to health (during Christmas, of course!), he realizes that he won’t be able to keep his identity a secret for very long.

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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