When you think of holiday stories,certain must-read classics come to mind, such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and more recently Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express. These are stories that make their way off my shelf and into my hands every holiday season. However, sometimes I crave a new holiday story and go looking for touching, romantic or even mysterious holiday books to devour. If you are looking for something new this holiday, here are a few suggestions of holiday-themed stories that have been published in the past few years.
What Light, by Jay Asher—Released in 2016, this moving Young Adult novel follows the story of Sierra and Caleb. Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon and every year she has to pack up and move to California to sell trees in their Christmas tree lot. This Christmas she meets Caleb, a boy with a troubled past. This story is about finding forgiveness, redemption and love, and it just may break your heart. This book is featured in our Holiday Gift Guide.
A Baxter Family Christmas, by Karen Kingsbury—Released in 2016, Kingsbury brought back the Baxter family for an all-new holiday story, as John Baxter invites the transplant recipient who now has his deceased daughter’s heart to share Christmas Eve dinner with the family, a dinner that just might change all of them.
The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey—Released in 2012, this story may not be specifically holiday-themed, but it’s still a great book with which to cuddle up next to a cozy fire and read. A hard-working, childless couple living in Alaska in the 1920s builds a child out of snow during the season’s first snowfall. The next day, the snow child is gone, but a young, blonde-haired girl appears running through the woods. Has this child just lost her way or has she wandered out of the pages of a fairy tale? The truth will transform them all.
The 13th Gift, by Joanne Huist Smith—Released in 2014, this heartwarming holiday story is about how a random act of kindness can transform an entire family. This true story is about the Christmas after the unexpected death of Joanne’s husband and how presents that began showing up on her doorsteps 12 days before Christmas drew her family together again.
Mulled Murder, by Kate Kingsbury—Released in 2013, this is the last book in the Pennyfoot Hotel Holiday Mystery series. In Mulled Murder Cecily Sinclair Baxter is busy training her new holiday staff while dealing with flooded bathrooms and a guest that is found stabbed to death on the beach. For those of you who love mysteries, the entire Pennyfoot Hotel series is good holiday fun.
What new holiday must-reads have you found? I’m always looking for a new book to read.