Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Reading Lists - Twelve Days of Christmas - Women's Fiction
Bed & Breakfast by Lois Battle
The four Taternall sisters—Josie, Cam, Lila, and Evie—come together to celebrate the holidays and heal ten years of family secrets, misunderstandings, and recriminations that have kept them apart.

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews (new!)
Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted—both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day. Also try Blue Christmas.

The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith
Birdie, a World War II bride, writes about her experiences of moving from a farm to the business world, and her daughter and granddaughter add their letters about their experiences over the next 30 years.

Christmas Lights by Christine Pisera Naman
Evoking the warmth and magic of the Christmas season, a series of holiday vignettes journeys into the lives of seven very different women as they deal with marriage, motherhood, illness, friendship, love, and the wonders of the holidays.

The Christmas Pearl by Dorthea Benton Frank
The matriarch of a family of belligerent idiots, Theodora finds her efforts at bringing them together for a South Carolina Christmas reunion have gone badly awry, until a very special someone uses Gullah magic and common sense to bring about a miracle.

The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
While decorating Elm Creek Manor on Christmas Eve, Sarah McClure discovers an incomplete Christmas quilt and sets out to uncover its history with the help of Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, who reveals why the quilt had never been finished.

Comfort & Joy by India Knight
It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off. Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect—a challenge when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it?

Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
Dakota Walker—along with her father, her grandparents, and her mother's best friend, Catherine—visits her Gran for the Christmas holidays in Scotland, where the family members reminisce about Dakota's mother, Georgia.

A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer (new!)
While the town might be aglow like a scene from Dickens tale, unfortunately for newly married island newcomer Nicole Somerset, Christmas means a dreaded visit from her stepdaughter, headstrong Kennedy. Kennedy has yet to get over her parents' divorce, and in an attempt to reconcile her father and mother, Kennedy sets in motion a scheme to sabotage Nicole's meticulous holiday preparations. Also look for Thayer’s Hot Flash Holidays.

The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts
Purchasing an antique snow globe and learning about how it brought comfort to a grieving widower and other owners who saw comforting images while gazing at it, Kylie Gray relates the story to her two skeptical friends before all three women experience miracles during the holiday season. You might also enjoy On Strike for Christmas.

Tis the Season by Lorna Landvik
Alienating everyone with her public misbehavior and fresh from a stint in rehab, heiress Caroline Dixon goes into seclusion to avoid paparazzi haunting her every move, until a correspondence with her former nanny teaches her a valuable lesson in redemption.

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