Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Reading Lists - Twelve Days of Christmas - Romance 2
An O’Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods 
While celebrating the holidays in Dublin, Ireland, the O'Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell's rekindled romance with an old flame, while playboy Matthew O'Brien must convince Laila Riley, an older woman burned by love, to take a chance on him. You may also want to try A Chesapeake Shores Christmas.

An Outlaw’s Christmas by Linda Lael Miller 
Sawyer McKettrick goes to Texas to seek a job as marshal. He injured in a blinding snowstorm and ends up in the arms of Piper St James. As they wait out the storm, the handsome loner has Piper remembering long-ago dreams of marriage and motherhood. Also look for The Christmas Brides. 

The Promise in a Kiss by Stephanie Laurens 
As Helena prepares to enter London society, determined to marry the most eligible bachelor, Sebastian, Duke of Ives, she discovers that he is the same enigmatic Englishman who changed her life with one incredible kiss on a Christmas Eve long ago.

The Secret Life of Mrs. Claus by Carly Alexander
Last year, Olivia Todd was onstage in New York with the other fabulous Rockettes; this year, a broken ankle sends her home to Baltimore, where the only gig available is playing Mrs. Claus at a department store. Her ex-boyfriend has trashed Olivia's reputation all over town by making her the subject of a “fictional” TV show about a bad-news girlfriend named Olivia—and it's called The Nutcracker. So now her only Christmas wish is a second chance, and with a little help from her seventh-grade sweetheart—plus some of that wonderful Christmas magic—who knows?

Silver Bells by Luanne Rice
Troubled by haunting memories of the past, a rugged Christmas tree farmer from Nova Scotia and a reclusive young librarian from New York City come together amid the holiday magic of a glittering city.

Sleigh Belles by Beth Albright (new!)
This fun southern chick lit series continues as reporter Dallas Dubois is charged with taking over when the director of the Tuscaloosa children's Christmas play falls ill. Everyone is shocked—especially Cal Hollingsworth, who still remembers her as the Ice Queen from high school. When long-lost family members reenter her life, Dallas's icy veneer begins to melt,  and with Cal by her side, she soon realizes that it's what's under all the hair spray that counts. 

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber (new!)
Carrie Slayton, need to score an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author, to launch her career. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she’s soon torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart. I can’t think of another author who’s written as many Christmas stories as Macomber. If you like this one, you can also read The Christmas Basket, The Snow Bride, When Christmas Comes, There’s Something about Christmas, Christmas Letters, The Snow Bride, 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, and Call Me Mrs. Miracle!

The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, and Kimberly Kinkaid
Three friends try to find the right man before the season, and the Christmas cookie exchange, is over.

Tidings of Great Joy by Sandra Brown
At a Christmas Eve party, levelheaded architect Ria Lavender becomes dazzled by champagne, snow, and charming mayoral candidate Taylor MacKensie, and they impulsively spend the night together. Two months later, realizing she's pregnant, Ria demands that Taylor marry her. But what she intends will be a marriage in name only escalates into much more as the two begin sharing a house and, inevitably, a bed. Then tragedy strikes, threatening their tenuous union and leading to some new realizations about love.

Twas the Night after Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries
Summoned to visit the seriously ill mother from whom he has been estranged most of his life, Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, learns that Camilla, his mother's beautiful companion, has tricked him to orchestrate a holiday reconciliation that progresses with conciliatory steps on both sides at the same time Pierce finds himself falling for Camilla.

Upon a Winter’s Night by Karen Harper (new!)
As Christmas approaches, Amish woman Lydia Brand begins to search for answers about her biological parents, but her pursuit of the truth has left her only with hints of a dark secret—and threats from an unseen adversary. While she does her best to stave off advances from her parents' preferred suitor, Lydia discovers that her heart truly belongs to her friend Josh Yoder.

What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander
Hiring actors to pose as her "conventional" family to secure a proposal from a dashing prince, Camille, Lady Lydingham, finds her plans going awry when a man from her past crashes her party, determined to win her hand as well. You’ll also enjoy Alexander’s His Mistress by Christmas.

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