Hello friends! Do you enjoy reading Christmas books during this season? I like reading them all year long, since they are usually in high demand at the public library during December. Since October, I have been reading various Christmas fiction in order to recommend some wholesome books I hope you will enjoy. I try to stick with Christian fiction in general, because it is more wholesome than most books. However, I did venture out into non-Christian works and found some that are good reads without smut.
This is part two of my Christmas picks, the first being posted last year. I hope you enjoy my recommendations!
Christmas on Nutcracker Court by Judy Duarte
Not a Christian book since it is not released by a Christian publisher, but I was pleased to see how often faith was mentioned! Single mom Carly Westbrook worries about providing a merry Christmas for her boys. Her boys are well behaved but seem to have repeated run ins with a neighbor, Max, who would rather be left alone, and strongly dislikes that his dog seems to have become attached to the boys. When one of Carly’s friends decides to do a little Christmas matchmaking, her good intentions cause problems among their social circle. Filled with romance, holiday cheer, interesting characters, and faith, and you get a great read!
What I liked: Faith is mentioned often with different people, and prayer is seen as necessary not just as a last resort. The characters develop well and the setting is Christmas-y without being in your face.
Christmas with Anne, and Other Holiday Stories by L.M. Montgomery
If you like Anne of Green Gables, you will enjoy this book! It is a collection of short, holiday themed stories featuring Anne as well as other characters from L.M. Montgomery’s works. Not all of the short stories feature Anne Shirley, but they are all delightful! This book is suitable for children, too.
What I liked: I enjoy everything about the Anne series, so it was not a surprise to enjoy this book, too. The writing is simple, yet vivid, and each story is heartwarming. In my opinion, this would be a great book to read to children during the month of December.
The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere
This book is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone book. It is not Christian, and there are some unpleasant words sprinkled in, but overall, it is a good read. The book is about Gretchen and Melissa, neighbors who are not friends, since Melissa prefers to keep to herself. Despite Gretchen’s best efforts to be friendly and spread holiday cheer, Melissa remains cold and distant. That is, until Gretchen offers to help Melissa clear out her recently deceased mother’s apartment. While doing so, the ladies come across a half finished note from Melissa’s mother, which starts to tell a story of family secrets and a past Melissa never knew she had. Together, Melissa and Gretchen try to find the answers Melissa desperately seeks, and become closer than either of them imagined.
What I liked: There is so much mystery, many subplots, interesting characters, and of course, holiday spirit. This book is an easy read, and the mysteries are easy to follow, too. I enjoyed trying to piece together clues from Melissa’s past, and the ending left me in tears!
Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage by Sally Smith O’Rourke
Not a Christian book, there is some nudity and premarital relations briefly mentioned, but it is quick and subtle. Written from the unique perspective of the family dog, as he grows with his new master, a young military veteran. Together, man and dog have a good, simple life until they embark on a rescue mission to save a drowning young woman. The dog shares his view on things as the woman befriends his master, they fall in love, get married, have a family, have successful careers, and so on. I have never read anything like this before, and honestly, if I had known that the view point is that of a dog, I would not have read it. but I sure am glad I did!
What I liked: It is a unique story! The dog has an interesting take on everyday life, and there is such detail throughout the story. I didn’t expect it to be so emotional, but I was a mess reading it (in a good way!). I liked that we got to be with the dog and his family through many years and stages in life. I have a feeling this will be a book I reread each Christmas season.
That’s all for this year! I did read many more books, but chose only my favourites for reviewing here. Check out the full list of my Christmas reads here!