If the weather outside is frightful, why not cosy up indoors with one of these festive reads?
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Christmas is the most magical time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. So while you’re rushing around buying presents and organising the food and drink, it’s really important to take time out and relax.
And one of my favourite ways to relax is to curl up in bed or under a blanket on the sofa, and read a good novel. There are plenty of Christmas-themed novels around which are a great way to forget about your to-do list for a while.
I’ve picked out a few rom-com novels which I’ve read and enjoyed recently. They’ve all got a lovely Christmassy feel to them, with a sprinkling of snow, a generous helping of romance and, of course, a happy ending!
So why not download one of these books to your Kindle, light a candle, make yourself a hot chocolate and cosy up this Christmas.
A Perfect Cornish Christmas
If you love the idea of disappearing down to the Cornish coast for a festive break, then you’ll love this novel by Phillipa Ashley.
I read A Perfect Cornish Christmas* this year, and it definitely stands out against the crowd of Christmassy rom-coms.
There are twists and turns throughout the story, and to be honest, I didn’t really know how the main plotline was going to be resolved!
This is a full length novel, available in paperback, Kindle and audiobook formats.
Christmas in Cornwall is just around the corner…
But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know who her real father is.
So Scarlett heads to the little Cornish town of Porthmellow, where she believes the truth of her birth is hidden.
Everything will come to a head at Porthmellow’s Christmas Festival … But can Scarlett have the perfect Christmas this year, or are there more surprises on the way?
You may also enjoy ‘Christmas at the Cornish Cafe’ by the same author
Christmas at the Cornish Cafe* is a short novel, available in paperback, Kindle and audiobook formats. It’s a follow on to Summer at the Cornish Cafe, and it’s a fabulously romantic novel with a touch of Poldark about it.
Definitely one to curl up with when the rain is lashing down outside against the windows!
Christmas will be slightly less turbulent than summer, won’t it? Demi certainly hopes so.
She and Cal are keeping their fledgling relationship under wraps for now. But then Kit Bannen, a hunky, blond and somewhat mysterious writer arrives at Kilhallon Resort, and not everyone is charmed. Cal is sure that Kit is hiding something. But is he the only one guarding a secret?
A storm is brewing in more ways than one. As surprises unfold and truths are uncovered, can Demi and Cal finally open up to each other about their feelings?
Christmas at the Beach Cafe
Lucy Diamond is one of my favourite rom-com authors, and I often buy her books to read on a summer holiday.
If you’ve read her summer novel The Beach Cafe, you’ll know that it follows Evie Flynn as she runs away to Cornwall to deal with her late aunt’s beach cafe.
Christmas at the Beach Cafe* follows on from The Beach Cafe, and is a 100 page novella in Kindle format. It’s a perfect quick read if you get a quiet afternoon over the festive period.
After a hectic summer running her beach cafe in Cornwall, Evie Flynn is looking forward to her first Christmas with new boyfriend Ed – she’s determined that it’s going to be the most perfectly romantic one ever. Cosy nights in front of the fire, spicy mulled wine, mince pies . . . what’s not to love?
But the peace is shattered when Ed’s ex suddenly gets in touch again, and then some unexpected guests arrive: Ed’s surly brother Jake and Evie’s heartbroken best friend Amber. Add in the stress of trying to finish her very own recipe book, snow blizzards and family dramas and Evie’s Christmas starts to look as if it’ll be a total turkey.
Will any of her festive wishes come true . . . or is this Christmas just a recipe for disaster?
You may also enjoy ‘Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe’ by the same author
If you’ve enjoyed following Evie’s Beach Cafe adventures, you’re sure to love this next instalment in the story.
It’s another shorter novella available in Kindle format, perfect for a lazy Boxing Day afternoon!
With her Cornish Beach Café closed for the winter, Evie Flynn should be looking forward to lazy days and a happy Christmas, with nothing more pressing to think about than when to have her next mince pie.
But her sister Ruth is coming to stay, in a cloud of heartbreak and bitterness following her marriage breakdown, along with her three unhappy children, and Evie knows she’ll have her work cut out, trying to spread some festive cheer. Then her boyfriend Ed breaks the news that he’s going to spend Christmas in London, for family reasons, and her heart sinks even further.
But there are still a few surprises in store for her, that look set to make this Beach Café Christmas the most memorable one yet . . .
Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse
I love the novels that Michele Gorman writes under the pen name Lilly Bartlett, so I was thrilled when she released a Christmas book.
Christmas at the Falling- Down Guesthouse* is a witty and fun novel about a single mum’s rush to get her Aunt’s B&B ready for a picky reviewer. Of course, she only has days to transform the house, and of course, there’s a handsome neighbour on hand to help out.
This novella is available in paperback and Kindle formats – why not treat yourself?
Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!
Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.
How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery
My final choice takes us back down to Cornwall – a location that inspires so many Christmas novels!
This book has mouthwatering descriptions of festive baked goods, and a secret that will keep you hooked through to the last pages.
It’s a novel available in paperback, Kindle and audiobook format, and unusually it’s also available in hardback, which would make a lovely gift idea!
It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting.
Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She’s at her happiest when she’s creating delicious treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. She’s determined that this Christmas is going to be their best one yet, but life doesn’t always work out as planned…
When Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. And then a face from Polly’s past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that’s not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?