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Festive Fiction

It’s the perfect time of year for some heartwarming holiday fiction. There’s something for every Christmas fan on this list -- nostalgic classics, modern romances and even ghost stories!

A Christmas Carol, and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens
"Bah Humbug " That's how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas -- until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through time, revisiting all the people who have played an important role in Scrooge's life. And as their journey concludes, Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart, and what the true spirit of Christmas is all about.

A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
Three stories describe a boy's relationship with his elderly cousin and alcoholic father and the indelible holiday memories they provided him.

A Literary Christmas by The British Library
A seasonal anthology collecting poems, short stories and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language.

Christmas in London by Anita Hughes
Set during London's most festive time of year and filled with delicious food, "Christmas in London" is about love and friendship, and the season's most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness.

Comfort and Joy: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Recently divorced and having no family of her own, Joy Candellaro is beginning to dream of a new life with widower Daniel O'Shea and his son, Bobby, until a fateful Christmas Eve forces her to make a painful choice.

Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
The cerebral Belgian detective uses impeccable logic to locate the murderer of a millionaire in the dreary English Midlands.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
When his successful world is threatened by poor reviews about his latest book, writer Charles Dickens is given a one-month ultimatum by his publisher to write a successful, nostalgic Christmas book, a challenge that is complicated by worldly associates, self-doubt and the hardships of an impoverished young woman and her son.

One Day in December: A Novel by Josie Silver
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic . . . and then her bus drives away. Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. 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 for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is 10 years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can't refuse. She's excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn't expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy fling come New Year's Day...or are they?

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether.

The Deal of a Lifetime: A Novella by Fredrik Backman
A holiday novella about a successful businessman contemplating the choices he made in his life and the little girl battling cancer who provides him with the inspiration he needs.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
Signing up with a dating agency during the holiday season against her better judgment, a jaded career woman endures one disastrous date after another before finding romance in an unexpected place.

The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories by editor Tara Moore
A collection of Christmas ghost stories from authors, including Walter Scott, Arthur Conan Doyle and Elizabeth Gaskell.



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