Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is Holiday Reads. Since I did my favorite Christmas reads of all time last year, I decided to do a sequel post of sorts this year – with some (mostly) more recent Christmas stories that I love.
Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (2016)
More than just a sweet romance or an uplifting story worthy of the Hallmark channel (though it would be the perfect choice for their Christmas lineup!), Cynthia Ruchti’s latest takes a grace-filled look at grief, insecurity, addiction, abuse, loneliness, and dementia.
A Gift for Santa by Beth Carpenter (2017)
A Gift for Santa has all the elements that make a terrific & cozy Christmas story! Reindeer farm. Adorable little boy. Family. Romance. Small town. Snow. And, of course, Santa.
Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep (2019)
The perfect choice for anyone who must have always a book in hand, for you’ll feel right at home with Mina, particularly if that book is often a Dickens novel. Cozy, Christmasy, and deliciously written, this is a story to savor and reread every holiday season.
Christmas at Cade Ranch by Karen Rock (2017)
Kisses to make you melt, a sweet message of family and faith and restoration, and vivid characters who settle right into your heart… when you want a clean read that isn’t short on romance, it doesn’t get much better than this!
Welcome to Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne (2017)
Heartfelt, romantic and full of Christmas warmth, this romance introduces a quaint town where God’s mysterious ways seem more pronounced. The diverse cast of relatably flawed characters quickly take up residence in a reader’s heart and build a captivating foundation for future books.
Letters from Santa by Becca Whitham (2015)
I so enjoyed Letters from Santa! The characters, the writing, the story itself. All just top-quality fiction. If you are looking for a cozy historical Christmas read, your search is over!! Letters from Santa will be one of the few novellas on my favorites shelf for years to come.
Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale (2018)
Endearing characters and a fairy-tale-esque plot combine with the charm of the holidays and a to-die-for setting in this sweet romance that’s perfect for curling up with by a roaring fire. There’s a reason the Cinderella tale remains such a popular, timeless plot, and Hale takes everything beloved about this trope and adds her own style.
Silent Night Standoff by Susan Sleeman (2014)
Whew! This book takes off at a full-fledged sprint right out of the gate and doesn’t slow down until the epilogue! Immediately from the opening line – “The gun came out of nowhere.” – Susan Sleeman plunges the reader into a high-action case packed with the best sort of tension, drama, suspense, and of course romance.
Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman (2011)
Perfect for fans of western romance, Stealing Jake is a book full of faith, heart, hope and redemption without ever feeling too heavy. You will grin and chuckle and get a few lumps in your throat along the way…and in the end, the meaning of Christmas will wrap itself around you like a warm blanket.
Cold Case Christmas by Jessica Patch (2018)
Romantic chemistry sizzles between these two former flames even as Nora must fight for her life at every turn – and Rush must figure out how to protect her and his heart at the same time. A riveting thriller from beginning to end with a soul-deep message of grace, forgiveness, and true love.
Make sure you check out the It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) series too!
What about you? Have you read any of these Christmas reads? What’s one of your favorite Christmas reads?