Winter is a time of magic. The air feels crisp and cool; smells of cinnamon fill the air; and houses are covered with twinkling lights. For many, it’s the happiest time of the year (there’s even a song to this affect), so it’s no wonder people want to take this time to kick back with a feel-good book and let the magic just wash over them. Luckily, there is no shortage of holiday romances to keep us occupied this season!
Here are 6 holiday romances that fill us with cheer.
Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
Merry is too busy for a social life—that includes dating. She’s got Christmas cookies to make and holiday cheer to spread. Plus, her boss Jayson Bright is not great. But, fearing Merry is missing out on life, her mother and brother sign her up for a dating website (sans permission) and the matches pour in. Unbeknownst to Merry, one of them is Jayson. This lovely romance is the reading equivalent of sitting next to a warm fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa.
The Christmas Room, by Catherine Anderson
The charming cover pulls you in, and luckily the story is just as sweet. When Maddie McLendon moves to Montana with her son and grandson, she thinks maybe the harsh Montana winter wasn’t the best time. Still waiting for the contractors to break ground, her and her family are left to live in trailers and tents. But that’s not the worst of it—the worst of it is her neighbor Sam. After Sam’s daughter takes an interest in Maddie’s son, Sam makes it his personal mission to run the family off by being worse than Scrooge. But is there a happy ending on the horizon?
A Tiara Under the Tree (Once Upon a Tiara #4), by Carolyn Hector
A fun story centered around a Christmas Eve pageant, A Tiara Under the Tree follows Waverly, a former pageant queen in hiding thanks to an embarrassing meme gone viral. But she’s not out of the pageant world yet—not if business mogul Dominic has anything to say about it. He wants to sponsor Waverly in the upcoming pageant, but their professional relationship soon sizzles. This book is part of Hector’s Once Upon a Tiara series, but it can stand alone if you’re just looking for one read to heat up your Christmas.
Christmas in London, by Anita Hughes
When show producers get a taste of Louisa’s cinnamon rolls late one night, they’re a huge hit, earning her a spot on the network’s annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special. With just a week before Christmas, Louisa leaves NY for London, hoping to get exposure and meet her baking idol Digby Bunting in the process. Then there’s Kate, the show’s producer, who gets a second chance at love with an old flame. With decadent food descriptions, some of the most famous London sights, and two happy endings, it’s hard to find a book that more perfectly encapsulates what we love about Christmas.
Lighting the Flames, by Sarah Wendell
If you’re looking for more than just Christmas stories this holiday season, check out Lighting the Flames, which takes place at a Jewish summer (or in this case, Winter) camp. Gen and Jeremy have been going to Camp Meira since they were seven, first as campers, then as staff. But their friendship turned frosty when Jeremy left camp early with no explanation, and now they’re back for a special Winter Camp during Hanukkah. This is a sweet story, with plenty of love and light. If you’re interested in more Chanukah romances, check out Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories, (by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern, and Jennifer Gracen) which has short romances from four stunning romance authors.
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, by Melissa de la Cruz
Nothing fills me with joy quite like a Jane Austen retelling, so imagine my excitement upon discovering this modern, gender-swapped, Christmas themed one. Darcy is our rich, powerful woman at odds with her family, who comes back to her hometown in Ohio for Christmas. But a chance encounter with Luke Bennet under the mistletoe has Darcy reeling, and now nothing will be the same. This charming re-telling will give you all those warm-fuzzy feelings for the long, cold nights.
What holiday romances do you love?