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My Bookshelf: Christmas Reads

63Who is looking for a great Christmas book to read this season? I’m offering up a list of personal favorites for you to try. All links lead to Amazon.
Let me know if you spot your favorite on the list or have a recommendation for me. Did you find one that you’re eager to try?


The Yuletide Angel by Sandra Ardoin  remains one of my favorite Christmas novellas. This warm story brings to life the spirit of giving and a bit of romance.
The Fruitcake Challenge by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a fun, light-hearted novella. It seems love is in the air in this lumber camp when various Fruitcake recipes inspire men to marry the bakers responsible. Too bad things don’t go as planned. 😉
Love Finds You in Bethlehem, New Hampshire by Lauralee Bliss ranks high on my list for Christmas reads. I have fond memories of snuggling up with this book after my tonsillectomy and escaping with the sugar-sweet, vulnerable heroine, Sara, as she struggles in a world so different from the poverty she left behind.
Christmas Mail-Order Brides by Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, Therese Stenzel, and Carrie Turansky is a fun collection of novellas featuring mail-order brides and their rocky start to love. You’ll want to add this one to your Christmas reading list.
The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson is a fun Christmas read with its rare shop and unique small-town cast. The townspeople hardly know how to react when a used goods store opens up in the middle of their elite shopping section, but the items up for sale just might be worth much more than they appear.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is even better than its 100+ movies and cartoons. I’ve always been fond of this story, so reading it in Dickens’ own words was a real treat. This version is free for your kindle.
A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher is both heart-warming and thought provoking. Jaime lives a fast-paced life and is quickly heading for a divorce. But when she finds herself stranded on an Amish farm on Christmas Eve, this will be one Christmas she’ll never forget. And one you won’t forget either if you add this amazing book to your reading list. 😉
Christmas at Harringtons by Melody Carlson is my favorite Carlson Christmas story so far. It’s a fun retelling of Miracle on 34th Street and one you’ll want to make time for.
The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson. Carlson has a way with creating quirky characters, cozy settings, and warm stories full of the Christmas spirit. The Christmas Bus is about an innkeeper and the collection of characters she entertains during the Christmas week.

If you’re looking for something a little different to read this December, check out my lists of favorite Christian Fiction Series and War Fiction.

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