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Dec 09

Holiday Faves

Posted on December 9, 2020 at 4:52 PM by Maggie Witte

With the year we’ve had, I’m all about comfort this month. For me, it’s a time to revisit all of my favorite Christmas books and the friends within that mean so much. I’ve included on this list not only books for adults, but books for children, as well. These books evoke a sense of nostalgia, which can be comforting in these times. If you take a chance on any of these books, I hope you find as much joy in them as I did.

Happy reading and happy holidays!
-Maggie Witte

Adult
DB 76750 Kissing under the mistletoe by Marina Adair
After wine marketer Regan Martin unknowingly dates a married member of the powerful DeLuca family, she is blacklisted from industry jobs. At her new position in St. Helena, California, Regan discovers that this winery is owned by Gabe DeLuca. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

DB 80430 The mistletoe promise by Richard Paul Evans
Three years after Elise divorced her husband for cheating, another holiday season rolls around, sending her into a funk. Then Nicholas Derr approaches her in the food court where they both eat and offers a contract in which they pretend to be in a relationship. Neither expects the consequences. Bestseller. 2014.

DB 72388 Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
San Juan Island, Washington. Bachelor Mark Nolan has custody of his late sister's six-year-old daughter Holly, who hasn't spoken since her mother's death. But Holly opens up for toy-store owner Maggie Conroy, a young widow who yearns for companionship, and the three slowly bond. Some descriptions of sex. 2010.

DB 83806 Marry me at Christmas by Susan Mallery

Bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug agrees to plan the Christmas wedding for a local groom whose bride is out of town. The bride's brother, movie star Jonny Blaze, steps in to help, with romantic results. Some descriptions of sex. 2015.

DB 70101 Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
Seth Webster struggles to raise his boisterous twin boys after his wife dies. Housekeepers come and go before Mrs. Merkle arrives and takes control. "Mrs. Miracle," as the children call her, encourages romance between Seth and travel-agency owner Reba Maxwell. Commercial audiobook. 1996.

DB 82658 Dashing through the snow by Debbie Macomber
The holidays are coming, and Ashley Davison desperately wants to get home to Seattle. Dashiell Sutherland also needs to get to Seattle for an important job interview. When all flights from San Francisco are full and only one rental car available, the two agree to drive together. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Juvenile
DB 80225 The angel tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab
Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square and people tie wishes to it; but nobody knows where the tree comes from. This year, four children are determined to solve the mystery of the Angel Tree. For grades 4-7. 2014.

DBC06582 Millie in the snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
Millie the cow gets lost in the snow on the way home from helping the postman deliver mail on Christmas Eve, but she and the gifts she is bringing finally make it back to the farm. For preschool to grade 2.

DBC08701 What could be keeping Santa? by Marilyn Janovitz
When Santa fails to appear even though his sleigh is packed and the reindeer stand waiting, he has a very good reason for not being ready. For preschool-grade 2.

DB 23625 The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
On a dark Christmas Eve, a boy who believes in Santa Claus boards a mysterious train, the Polar Express. He and the other children, still in their nightclothes, drink hot chocolate and sing carols as the train races through snowy landscapes carrying them to a huge city at the North Pole to visit Santa Claus. For preschool-grade 2 and older readers. Caldecott Medal. 1985.

DB 25615 The puppy who wanted a boy by Jane Thayer
Petey, a puppy, wants a boy for Christmas more than anything else in the world. Just when it looks as if no boys are to be found, he stumbles upon fifty boys, all waiting to be his. For preschool-grade 2.