Christmas is almost here, and as both an author and avid reader, I’ve found some clean and inspirational stories by other authors to share with you! I’ve read several of them and am currently reading one or two, while there are still others I can hardly wait to start. These are listed in no particular order except that historical stories are listed first, followed by contemporary, with a few anthologies and boxed sets to round out the list. Most of these books are new releases, but not all. NOTE: I’m NOT listing these books as sale items. They are simply great stories that I want to let my readers know about. Enjoy!
Christmas Spoons by Cindy A. Christianson – In post WWII, Danny and Louise find themselves along for the ride when their friends decide to elope to Las Vegas. Will their Christmas dreams come true?
Home for the Holidays by Jo Noelle – In 1892, Boone Morgan is bringing electric lights to Creede, Colorado, and Donella Turley is a new nurse in town. Will they have a chance at true love this holiday season?
Christmas in Wichita Falls by Cyndi Raye – Holly Bell doesn’t want to be a mail order bride, but it’s the only way to make sure her four sisters have a home. She needs to get to California by the end of the year. David Morgan vows never to marry after the woman he loved betrayed him. Then Holly’s arrival changes everything. How can David show her she belongs in Wichita Falls before time runs out?
Loving A Toymaker by Kristen Iten – When widow Clara Hargrove shows up in her hometown with six children in tow and another on the way, will her former beau, Hans Christoph, be able to get past the fact that she turned him down all those years ago and help her to have a wonderful Christmas? Can Clara’s faith in love be restored again?
Christmas at Cartwright Manor by Shaela Kay – Eleanor Cartwright has everything that money can buy, but no laughter to fill her empty home and no children to fill her empty heart. When a terrible illness strikes the town, will she have the courage and strength to open her home, and her heart, to one suffering even more than herself?
A Baby for Christmas by Sylvia Damsell – With very little money and nowhere to stay at Christmastime, young widow Katherine must rely on Timothy, a law student, to help her.
Claire’s Christmas Dance: A Victorian Christmas Novelette by Rachelle J. Christensen – Claire has always dreamed of dancing at the Fielding House Christmas Ball, but she never dreamed she might dance into the arms of a gentleman not of her class.
Wynter’s Bride by Christine Sterling – A young woman kidnapped. A tracker bent on revenge. Throw in a blizzard and watch the romance develop in this holiday romance set in 1880s Belle, Wyoming.
Holly’s Christmas Wish by Marianne Spitzer – Will Holly and Joseph’s accidental meeting end in love or will a spiteful woman and the harsh Wyoming winter separate them?
A Tin Star for Christmas by Cyndi Raye – When David comes home to accept the job as sheriff, an accident renders him temporarily blind. Will he and David realize how much they mean to each other, or will they both be forced to marry someone else they’re not in love with?
A Pony for Christmas by P. Creeden – A childhood crush, a widowed father and an interfering aunt. Can Amanda’s dream of being Nate’s wife come true this Christmas?
Second Chance Christmas by Rachel Hanna – An injury ended her career. A fire ended his. When the two of them are thrown together to build a float for the January Cove Christmas Parade, can they help heal each other?
Mending Christmas with the Billionaire by Lorin Grace – When Tessa Doyle takes a job from her ex-boyfriend to repair a one-of-a-kind stained-glass window, the last thing she expects is to meet Sean Cavanaugh, whose Christmas season has lost all its cheer. With a little magic and a lot of snow, Tessa and Sea work together to repair not just a window, but also their hearts.
A Simple Christmas Kiss by Cassie M. Shiels – Rhett Green wants nothing more than to live his life with his young daughter. Free of the pressures of dating. Lacey Larsen, afraid she’d spend Christmas alone, decided to try and enjoy the season to the best of her ability. When a handsome guy and his darling daughter walk into her life, she’s unprepared for the feelings that quickly grow.
Better Than First by Kari Trumbo – When Isla Florez’s coach and best friend, Duncan Schmitz, challenges her to make a twelve-item bucket list, she’s worried her dreams will slip away. But the more time she spends with him, the more value she sees in everyday life…and love.
A Christmas Carol for Candy by Peggy Urry – Christmas no longer carries happy memories for Candy Kaine. Will she allow the heartbreak from last Christmas to ruin this season’s possibilities with Jace Marlowe, or will Past, Present, and Future experiences give her the courage to open her heart before it’s too late?
The More the Merrier by Liwen Ho – Fed up with a string of bad blind dates, health blogger Alyssa Wu wants to drown her sorrows in ice cream. But there’s one more evening she must endure–a fake date with her best friend Barry Chang. (This is a short story, but oh, so swoonworthy!)
Sweet Christmas Engagement by Amelia St. James – Katie and Markus have found the love of a lifetime, but secrets and a jealous Grinch threaten their happily ever after.
Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas by Marianne Sciucco – It’s Christmas Eve, and as Sara waits for her husband and son to arrive home to their bed and breakfast, a blizzard strands all travelers to and from the Cape. This is a sweet slice-of-life story about loved ones and strangers coming together the share the spirit of Christmas.
Wish Upon A Strawberry Shortcake by Parker J. Cole – For five dreary years, Artemis Hamilton has lived with the results of his own selfish greed. Will wishing on a strawberry shortcake bring him the luck he needs to see his Christmas wish come true?
Christmas with the Recluse by Victorine Lieske – When Charley gets sent by her father to appraise a mansion full of antiques, she gets a surprise when she arrives and the owner is cold and mean, and doesn’t want anything to do with Christmas. But Charley makes it her goal to show Alexander that Christmas is a special time of year. And as time goes on, she sees his frozen heart start to thaw.
His Christmas Wish by Melissa McClone – Carly Bishop loved Christmas…until tragedy struck. Burdened with guilt, Jake Porter believes he could have saved his two friends and kept Carly from experiencing such a heart-wrenching loss. As Jake helps Carly experience the magic of Christmas so she’ll embrace the holiday again, will he also be able to open her heart to something else she’d given up on…love?
The Gift of a Child by Donna K. Weaver – Recently widowed Rae Cavanaugh just survived the worst birthday of her life. She and her two young children must now face a holiday season filled with so many reminders of what they’ve lost. But when a coworker who’s raising his young nephew moves next door, Rae discovers that the support of a good friend, and the gift of a child, can bring back some of the joy of the season. (This novelette is sure to put you in the Christmas mood!)
Love Renewed by Lorana Hoopes – Ten years ago, Kaitlyn Bell thought she was going to marry Dillon Fields until he decided he needed to see the world. Will Kaitlyn and Dillon get their second chance or will the past keep them apart?
The Billionaire’s Blue Christmas by Jennifer Griffith – He needs this job to honor his late wife. She needs to complete her late fiance’s bucket list to be free. When their walls start to crumble on their Christmas season dates, can Chet and Holly find love again, or will they forever be chasing ghosts?
Hawaiian Holiday by Michele Paige Holmes – Ten strangers. Six days in paradise. One unforgettable Christmas. Gage Stevens didn’t want to spend Christmas in Hawaii any more than he wanted to break his engagement, and while he’s certain that no ocean breeze or tropical wonderland can heal what’s wrong, one glimpse at a familiar head of red hair and Gage realizes fate may not be done with him yet.
Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – One blizzard. Two friends. Three days to fall in love. Lifelong islander Brooke Kane knows better than to venture far from home when there’s a storm brewing. But a promise to check on Rose’s Red Door Inn prompts her, and by the time she arrives, the snow is knee-deep and visibility almost non-existent. She settles in to spend a few days alone until a familiar figure appears at the door.
ANTHOLOGIES AND BOXED SETS
The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations – Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter, Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer, A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Because of You by Becky Wade bring light and hope to you this holiday season.
Three Christmas Novellas by Mary Connealy – Longhorn Christmas, The Sweetest Gift, and The Christmas Candle by award-winning author Mary Connealy bring Christmas to three couples in need of love and acceptance in this Western-themed anthology.
A Christmas Courting – This holiday season, fall in love with heartwarming tales of Christmases past with this enchanting collection of Regency romances by Jennifer Moore, Chalon Linton, Jen Geigle Johnson, and Heidi Kimball.
Love, Snow and Mistletoe: Four Sweet Christmas Romance Novellas – Her Fake Christmas Date by Victorine Lieske, A Holiday Rescue by Tamie Dearen, A Second Chance for Christmas by Michelle Pennington, and The Billionaire’s Perfect Match by Annie Houston make this a fun holiday escape.
Wish Upon a Christmas Star: A Boxed Set of 6 Fairy Tale Inspired, Sweet Novellas – To help you celebrate this holiday season, six authors have joined together to bring you a box set of stories filled with the Christmas spirit inspired by beloved fairy tales.
Wow! That’s a lot of holiday books! They should keep you reading for a good loooonnnnngggggg time! And, of course, I hope you’ll read my two Christmas novellas, A Match Made at Christmas and Natalie’s Surprise Engagement, which are both historical Western romances.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!