Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Christmas Delights!

Christmas is coming quicker than we whip out our credit cards to pay for the presents that will be put at the back of cupboards before Christmas Day is out!
I don't know about you but during the month of December I like a nice Christmas book to read. Something easy and comforting to curl up with on the sofa, alongside my cup of Horlicks! So I thought I would show you the books that are grabbing my attention for the festive season.  I would love them all!
The Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey
All Lydia's ever wanted is a perfect Christmas... 
So when her oldest friends invite her to spend the holidays with them, it seems like a dream come true. She's been promised log fires, roasted chestnuts, her own weight in mince pies - all in a setting that looks like something out of a Christmas card. 
But her winter wonderland is ruined when she finds herself snowed in with her current boyfriend, her old flame and a hunky stranger. Well, three (wise) men is traditional at this time of year...
One Minute to Midnight by Amy Silver
For many years, beginning when she was thirteen, Nicole Blake spent every new year with her three friends: Julian, her first love, Alex, her best friend, and Aidan, her obsession. Together the four had partied hard, suppported each other, and fallen in love. But then tragedy and betrayal tore the friends apart, and Nicole settled down to married life with Dom in London. But in the week running up to New Year's Eve 2011, Nicole and Dom are preparing for a trip to New York to meet up with Aidan and Alex for the first time in years. But with so much left unsaid and unresolved between them all, can they really return to their old friendship? And if they do, Nicole isn't sure she'll ever want to come home again
( I have this one!)
Something from Tiffany's by Melissa Hill
Doesn’t every girl dream of getting… something from Tiffany’s? 
On 5th Avenue in New York City, two very different men are shopping for gifts for the women they love. 
Gary is buying his girlfriend Rachel a charm bracelet. Partly to thank her for paying for their holiday-of-a-lifetime to New York. But mainly because he’s left his shopping far too late. 
Whereas Ethan’s looking for something a little more special – an engagement ring for the first woman to have made him happy since he lost the love of his life. 
But when the two men’s shopping bags get confused, and Rachel somehow ends up with Ethan’s ring, the couples’ lives become intertwined. 
As Ethan tries to reunite the ring with the woman it was actually intended for, he discovers this isn’t that easy. Does fate have other ideas for the couples? Or is there simply a bit of Tiffany’s magic in the air…
Miracle On Regent Street by Ali Harris
Evie Taylor, a girl with a big heart, gets lost in the big city. For the past two years, Evie has lived an invisible life in London. Her neighbours think she’s just moved in, her sister mistakes her for a live-in nanny, and even Evie’s manager at work can’t remember her name. But all that is about to change …this Christmas has brought a flurry of snow and unimaginable possibilities into town. Evie works in the stockroom of an old-fashioned, family-run, London fashion department store. Hardy’s is a beautiful, wood-panelled jewellery box of a building, but it’s in dire need of a makeover. One day Evie overhears that if the entire store’s takings don’t turn round by Dec 26th – 3 weeks’ time – the family who own it will be forced to sell to one of the big chains. Hardy’s is in need of a Christmas miracle. Determined to save her beloved store, Evie hatches a plan to secretly transform it into a magical place to shop again. But has the time come for her to be noticed too? When an accidental romantic encounter with handsome, enigmatic Joel gives her the chance of a whole new identity, she takes it.
Christmas Magic by Cathy Kelly
A festive collection of short stories by the natural heir to Maeve Binchy Cathy Kelly, the number 1 best-selling author, has created her first collection of heart-warming short stories. Christmas Magic is full of charming and witty tales of life, love and the everyday dilemmas that we all face, all told in Cathy’s unique voice. From Dolores and Genevieve, two spinster sisters who must finally break free from their mother’s powerful personality, to Alice, who is facing having to open her home and her heart to the one visitor that she doesn’t want this Christmas, from a captivating family story triggered by a letter to Lily’s disastrous arrival at her best friend’s wedding, these are stories to make you laugh, cry and nod in recognition. Relax and unwind this holiday season and indulge yourself in these, and many other warm and uplifting tales. Remember that Christmas comes but once a year, so let the magic reel you in . . .
The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon
hen story-lover Anna takes over Longhampton's bookshop, it's her dream come true. And not just because it gets her away from her three rowdy stepchildren and their hyperactive Dalmatian. 
Unpacking boxes filled with childhood classics, Anna can't shake the feeling that maybe her own fairytale ending isn't all that she'd hoped for. But, as the stories of love, adventure, secret gardens, lost dogs, wicked witches and giant peaches breathe new life into the neglected shop, Anna and her customers get swept up in the magic too. 
Even Anna's best friend Michelle - who categorically doesn't believe in true love and handsome princes - isn't immune. 
Wrapped Up In You by Carole Matthews
A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing? Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life. It's time for an adventure! Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she's mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right ...but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide and fully fledged Maasai Warrior Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him? Packed with unforgettable characters, romance and laughter, Wrapped Up In You is your very own perfect Christmas Carole!
The Magic of Christmas by Trisha Ashley
Another deliciously seasonal and heart-warming tale from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Twelve Days of Christmas and Chocolate Wishes. 
In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband, Tom, when tragedy strikes. Luckily she has welcome distraction in the Christmas Pudding Circle, a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes – as well as a rivalry with local cookery writer Nick over who will win Best Mince Pie at the village show… 
Meanwhile, the whole village is gearing up for the annual Boxing Day Mystery Play. But who will play Adam to Lizzy’s Eve? Could it be the handsome and charismatic soap actor Ritch, or could someone closer to home win her heart? Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember! 
Previously published as Sweet Nothings, Trisha has extensively reworked the original novel with fabulous new extra material.
Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor
Beth Prince has always loved fairytales and now, aged twenty-four, she feels like she's finally on the verge of her own happily ever after. She lives by the seaside, works in the Picturebox - a charming but rundown independent cinema - and has a boyfriend who's so debonair and charming she can't believe her luck! 

There's just one problem - none of her boyfriends have ever told her they love her and it doesn't look like Aiden's going to say it any time soon. 
Desperate to hear I love you' for the first time Beth takes matters into her own hands - and instantly wishes she hadn't. Just when it seems like her luck can't get any worse, bad news arrives in the devilishly handsome shape of Matt Jones. Matt is the regional director of a multiplex cinema and he's determined to get his hands on the Picturebox by Christmas. 
Can Beth keep her job, her man and her home or is her romantic-comedy life about to turn into a disaster movie?
It Started With A Kiss by Miranda Dickinson
From the author that gave you the Sunday Times top 10 selling title, Fairytale of New York, join our heroine Romilly as she discovers how far she will go to find the man of her dreams. What would you do to find the one that got away? As the singer in a wedding band, Romily Parker has seen her fair share of happy endings, even though her own love life isn't quite as simple. On the last Saturday before Christmas, (shortly after disastrously declaring her love for best friend Charlie), Romily has a brief encounter with a handsome stranger whose heart-stopping kiss changes everything. Determined to find him again, Romily embarks on a yearlong quest, helped (and sometimes hindered) by enthusiastic Uncle Dudley, cake-making Auntie Mags and flamboyant Wren. Will she find the man of her dreams? Or could true love be closer than she thinks? The ONLY book that you'll want to curl up with this winter -- perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Sophie Kinsella.
The Perfect Christmas by Georgie Carter
All I want for Christmas is you! If you’re a wedding planner it’s best not to have affairs with married men. This is one cardinal rule that Robyn always abides by. But then she meets Jonathan… After a delicious dalliance in the dance studio, Robyn and Jonathan fall truly, madly, deeply in love. Jonathan justifies his actions because his wife is a workaholic, while Robyn finds the glamour – free from any mundane concerns – thrilling. But then the pressure mounts up: the guilt; the lies; the strain of it all. With the festive season approaching, can Robyn make this the best holiday ever or will it be the nightmare before Christmas? This is the perfect winter read for fans of Milly Johnson and Kate Harrison.
Christmas at Tiffany's by Karen Swan
Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, ten years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is.

So begins a year-long trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London. Exchanging grouse moor and mousy hair for low-carb diets and high-end highlights, Cassie tries on each city for size as she attempts to track down the life she was supposed to have been leading, and with it, the man who was supposed to love her all along.
Wish Upon A Star by Sarah Morgan. ( available on Net Galley)
Love is in the air this Christmas! 
Christy was hoping to skip Christmas this year. Her kids have other ideas - they've put their dad's name at number one on their Christmas list. So it looks as if Christy will be hightailing it up to the Lake District to play happy families with her ex! 
Snow-capped mountains and roaring log fires - Alessandro's home is like walking into a Christmas card. Is it really safe for her to spend Christmas with her dreamy, funny - no! - entirely infuriating ex-hubby? 
Miranda has completely the opposite problem. Being single and pregnant at Christmas was certainly not her wish come true. She doesn't believe in miracles, but then resident hunk Jake sweeps her off her snow-covered shoes. Come Boxing Day dare she dream that Mr Sex-on-Legs might be for more than just Christmas? 
Christmas in Lucky Harbor by Jill Shavis ( two novels in one, available on Netgalley)
Simply Irresistible
After losing her boyfriend and her job, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim her inheritance-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. She sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if she can give the inn the makeover it needs. Enter Jax, a tall, handsome contractor who knows exactly what Maddie needs...
The Sweetest Thing
Helping her sister set up the family inn is just the thing to make Tara forget her ex-husband and focus on her new life. Until she meets a sexy, green-eyed sailor determined to keep her hot, bothered, and in his bed. When her ex reappears, Tara must confront her past and decide what she really wants.

If the sisters are lucky, they might just find that everything their hearts desire is right here in Lucky Harbor.
Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly (available on Netgalley)
Miss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady. She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man. And she’s certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing. But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected—a young and handsome English lord.

So there are all the Christmas chick lit books I could find that have been published this year. I hope you find something you like. If you know of any others being published this Christmas,then please leave a comment in the box. 

14 comments:

  1. I think I've seen all of these in Asda and they look so sweet <3 I like chick lit that doesn't take itself too seriously because at the end of the day, I pick up a chick lit for something light-hearted to read.

    I have Miracle on Regent Street, actually, it was sent to me for review but I wanted to wait until a little closer to Christmas and I can't wait to curl up with it. It looks like such a hot chocolate and pillows read!
    Once Upon A Time

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  2. What a great list of Christmas books! I got Marian's Christmas Wish from NetGalley and finished it a few days ago. It was really goood!

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  3. Strange that you should post this just as I posted about this years Christmas reading challenge. Thanks for a wonderful list and some inspirational ideas.

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  4. I love a good Christmas read too, I have two that are on your list, going to try and save them for a little closer to Christmas.

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  5. Great list, I love reading a festive book or two in the run up to Christmas. I've got Cathy Woodman's latest book ready to read which is also seasonal - I can't wait.

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  6. Just what i was looking for. I'll have to check this list for some good Christmas reads ;))
    Thanks!

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  7. Some fab picks here! I've already decided that I'll be reading Kate Morton's The Distant Hours this Christmas (has been sitting on my shelf for a year!), but I'll definitely keep a couple of these in mind too!

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  8. I love Christmas books! I can't believe it's time to read them already this year! Where has the time gone?

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  9. The Secret of Happy Ever After sounds wonderful - the perfect snuggle down Christmas read... and another one for my Xmas list - Santa better be loaded this Christmas!

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  10. I love Christmas books and I loved this post! I already have a few of them on my TBR pile but will have to check out the rest!

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  11. What a great post. Can't think of any Christmas books I've ever read. These look great. x

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  12. Wow you really make me want to read some xmas books, they all sounds so lovely :D

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  13. Thanks for this list. Now youve gone and made me want to read Christmas chick lit ;)

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  14. Wow that's a lot of Christmas books! I've read a handful and enjoy them, but can only read one a year or it gets to be too much. The first cover is really pretty, though!

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