The holidays are in full swing and with a lot of people taking time off over the next week or so, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite reads that you can enjoy over your holiday break!
In a Holidaze
It’s the most wonderful time of the year but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her job and just made a romantic error of epic proportions. But worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will spend at her favorite place in the world – the snowy Utah cabin where she & her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other families.
After making a plea to the universe, tires screech and metal collides, and everything goes black. When Mae awakes she’s on an airplane bound for Utah where she beings the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop – and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.
One Day in December
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but in the movies but then, through a bus window on a snowy December day, she sees a man she immediately knows is the one. Their eyes meet and there’s a moment of pure magic, but then her bus drives away.
For the next year, Laurie scans every bus stop and cafe in London for him but doesn’t find it, not when it matters anyways. Instead, they “reunite” at a Christmas party when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. What follows is 10 years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.
This Time Next Year
Minnie Cooper knows two things with certainty: that her New Year’s birthday is lucky and that is all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she’s never met. Their mothers gave birth to them at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day, but Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990 — with the name Minnie was supposed to have, as well.
When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year’s party on their mutual 30th birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. Quinn truly seems to have it all — while Minnie’s on the brink of losing her pie-making company and her home. But if they’re from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more?
Red, White & Royal Blue
When Alex Claremont-Diaz’s mother became President, he was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius – his image is marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: he has beef with the actual prince, Henry, and when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
A plan is devised for damage control: a staged truce between the two rivals. What begins as a fake friendship grows deeper than anyone could have imagined. Alex soon finds himself in a secret romance with Henry that could derail his mother’s campaign and upend two nations, begging the question: Can love save the world after all?
In Five Years
Dannie Kohan lives her life by the numbers and is nothing like her lifelong best friend – wild, whimsical, believes-in-fate Bella. Her meticulous planning seems to have paid off after she nails the most important job interview of her career and accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal in one fell swoop, falling asleep completely content.
But then she awakes and suddenly she’s in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight — but it is one hour she cannot shake. In Five Years is an unforgettable love story, but not the one you’re expecting.
In the early days of the new millennium, Laura arrives in New York City’s Easy Village in the hopes of recording her first album. She’s a one-of-a-kind talent and has just started booking gigs with her beautiful best firmed when she falls hard for a troubled but magnetic musician whose star is on the rise. Their time together is stormy and short-lived – but will have an impact on the rest of Laura’s life.
15 years later, Laura’s teenage daughter, Marie, is asking questions about her father that Laura doesn’t want to answer. She has built a stable life in Brooklyn that bears little resemblance to the one she envisioned when she first left Ohio all those years ago and has taken pains to close the door on what might have been. But her best friend, nor her daughter, will let her give up on her dreams.
TAYLOR JENKINS REID
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astound than Monique herself. SRegardless of why Evelyn selected her, she’s determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story, from making her way to LA in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and of course her seven husbands along the way. Evelyn unspools tales of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a real connection to the star and in the end, their lives intersect in its own tragic and irreversible ways.
With the Fire on High
Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.
Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
It’s Not All Downhill From Here
Loretha Curry’s life is full. A little crowded sometimes, but full indeed. On the eve of her sixty-eighth birthday, she has a booming beauty-supply empire, a gaggle of lifelong friends, and a husband whose moves still surprise. True, she’s carrying a few more pounds than she should be, but Loretha is not one of those women who think her best days are behind her—and she’s determined to prove wrong her mother, her twin sister, and everyone else with that outdated view of aging wrong. It’s not all downhill from here.
But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha will have to summon all her strength, resourcefulness, and determination to keep on thriving, pursue joy, heal old wounds, and chart new paths. With a little help from her friends, of course.
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