Your Ultimate {Holiday Reading List} for 2020


holiday readingThe holiday season is upon us and for most moms, our job is to be the creator of all the Christmas fun. From coordinating matching pajamas to stuffing the stockings, the responsibility of making sure our homes are filled with cheer can often leave us in a holiday frenzy. While we may not be able to drop everything and escape to a carefree, cozy log cabin, we can have the ultimate Christmas getaway by cozying up with a great book! Here are some of the most popular holiday books this year to add to your holiday reading list – just for us moms! 

Books to Read Over the Holidays

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren

From Kirkus Reviews: A Christmas wish leads to a Christmas nightmare when one woman gets stuck reliving the holiday season over and over again. It’s like Love Actually meets Groundhog Day! 

Love at the Icicle Cafe by Denise N. Wheatley

From Goodreads: A California lawyer returns to her childhood home in the snowy village of Gosberg Germany to assist her parents in the sale of their winter-themed cafe. But when she reconnects with her childhood crush, her plans to get back to her high powered career quickly fall apart.   

Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

From Penguin Publisher: Kate Turner is a 34-year-old single successful in her career but not so much in her relationships. Her friend signs her up with a dating agency that guarantees she’ll find love through experiencing twelve different dates with twelve different men before Christmas. Unfortunately,  each date is more disastrous than the one before. A hilarious and uplifting holiday read!

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A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday

From Harper Collins: Leo Ricci has his hands full taking care of his little sister Gabby, driving a cab, and being the super of his apartment building in the Bronx. When he runs into a real-life princess hailing a cab, he ends up spending Christmas in a faraway land and finding love in the least likely person. A modern fairy tale about a tough New Yorker from the other side of the tracks who falls for a princess from the other side of the world.

Happily This Christmas  by Susan Mallery

From Google Books: Wynn is a successful business owner and single mom, who falls for Garrick, the gorgeous policeman next door. With his pregnant daughter coming to stay, he has one last chance to repair their strained relationship. Except his daughter seems to have turned into the Grinch, and now Garrick needs Wynn’s help to turn this festive fiasco around… before it’s too late.

Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

From the Publisher: Abby is a widowed nurse looking to make a fresh start in a new city. Excited to have an unforgettable Christmas in picturesque Silver Bells, Colorado, she is recruited to help a sprightly senior decorate her historic mansion. While working on her project, she finds love and new beginnings in a surprising place. 

Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber

From Google Books: Everly Lancaster runs a burgeoning startup in Chicago which leaves her little time for friends or a holiday. Looking for a way out from spending the holidays with family, she embarks on a week-long tour of the Amazon instead. There, she is guided by charming naturalist Asher Adams and slowly realizes just how important her relationships are to her. Can she make it home in time for Christmas Day?

The Gift of Family by Mary Monroe 

From Google Books: A captivating and heartfelt tale of a couple who has everything—except the dream they long for most.  Could a Christmas reunion with someone from the past gift them a once-in-a-lifetime last chance for happiness?

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

From Penguin: Minnie and Quinn were both born at the same hospital on  New Year’s Day just after midnight. Although their lives began together, their worlds couldn’t be more different. After thirty years of missed connections, they’re about to meet again…

Finding Love at the Christmas Market

From the Publisher: Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she’s feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie’s residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market – with a checklist of potential partner must-haves. Will she finally find someone who ticks all the boxes? 

A few more great holiday reads from previous years that you might have missed:

One Day in December by Josie Silver

From Penguin: Laurie is pretty sure love, at first sight, doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away. They “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces him as her new boyfriend. What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

From Penguin: Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

A Christmas Prayer by Kimberla Lawson Roby

From Goodreads: Alexis Fletcher hasn’t had a merry Christmas in five years-not since her mother passed away. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season and feels the pain of her absence. With her wedding fast approaching, she looks forward to making some holiday memories with a family of her own but a dramatic event causes Alexis to question everything. Will Alexis get her wish for a happy holiday? Or will her Christmas prayer go unanswered?

Winter Street Series by Elin Hilderbrand: Experience the holidays with the Quinn Family and their charming little inn on Nantucket’s Winter Street.

Finding that perfect holiday read is one thing we can now check off our list!

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Gabby, like most moms, wears a multitude of hats. She is the wife of a children’s pastor, an elementary school librarian, and a certified boy raiser. Gabby has a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. She was a classroom educator for several years before entering the world of school librarianship. She is passionate about children’s literature and libraries and loves sharing that passion with her sons. Gabby and her husband Titus have lived in a few different suburbs of Dallas but most recently moved to Lake Highlands. Working full time in a career that she adores, being a pastor’s wife and parenting her boys (now ages 8 and 6) keep Gabby on her toes. But she wouldn’t have it any other way. During those rare occasions when she can squeeze in a few quiet moments for herself, she enjoys listening to podcasts, catching up on her favorite tv dramas, or curling up with a good book.


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