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Holiday Fiction

Thanksgiving has now passed and Christmas will be here soon. Get into the holiday spirit this season by reading one of the many holiday fiction titles available at the library. Click a link or book cover below to be taken to the catalog listing for each book.



Silver Bells by Luanne Rice
A widower, Christy Byrne makes his living growing Christmas trees in Nova Scotia and selling them in Manhattan. One day, the unthinkable happens. Christy gets into an argument with his son, Danny. The police are called in, and as Christy is handcuffed, Danny runs away. Widow Catherine Tierney sees the fight, takes Danny under her wing, and gives him access to the private library where she works. A year passes, and Christy returns to New York City to sell his trees. He and Catherine are interested in each other, but she faces a quandary: does she tell the father about Danny and break the boy's trust, or does she betray Christy by keeping the boy's whereabouts a secret? (summary provided by Booklist)


The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts
Kylie's down on her luck-she's broke, unemployed, and her boyfriend just dumped her for her sister. Wandering into an antiques shop, she impulsively buys a cute snow globe after learning it may reveal to its owners their heart's desire. When Kylie starts seeing a handsome young man appear in the snow globe, her friends think she's going crazy. But then they, too, start to see different images. Is it simply fantasy, or are they all due for some Christmas miracles? (summary provided by Library Journal)


A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
The book that inspired the classic film, A Christmas Story has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. The affectionate and wacky, portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts.  Here is young Ralphie Parker's shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father's pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; and  the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie's unstoppable campaign to get Santa--or anyone else--to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle.


The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
Tom Langdon is a former war reporter who now writes feature articles for various magazines. Banned from flying on airplanes after a hostile incident at an airport security checkpoint, Langdon is forced to take a cross-country train from Washington, D.C., to L.A., where his girlfriend is waiting to spend Christmas with him. As he begins talking to the passengers and staff aboard the train, he meets an eccentric older woman who seems to be a regular rider, a young couple preparing to marry on the train, and a former Catholic priest. To Tom's shock, the former love of his life, Eleanor, is also aboard the train. Sparks fly between them, bringing up old feelings along with the unresolved issues from their relationship. Tom realizes this might be his second chance with Eleanor, but a series of unexpected events may derail his plans. (summary provided by Booklist)


The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
Lou Suffern is a busy man, and his family's growing weary of constantly taking the backseat to his career. On a whim, he offers Gabe, a homeless man he meets outside his office, a low-level job, and the uncharacteristically kind gesture plays out in a very unexpected way when Lou learns that Gabe has the power to be in two places at once. As the holidays draw nearer, Gabe tries to make Lou realize the importance of his family, but slow-to-change Lou might not come around to Gabe's way of thinking until it's too late. (summary provided by Publisher’s Weekly)


Twelve Drummers Drumming by C.C. Benison
This splendid first in a new whodunit series from Canadian author Benison introduces the Rev. Tom Christmas, the new vicar of St. Nicholas Church in the English village of Thornford Regis. Five months earlier, Christmas lost his wife to an unknown murderer in London. Soon after this tragedy, while visiting Thornford, he stepped in to officiate at a funeral service after the incumbent vicar, Peter Kinsey, failed to show. He subsequently replaced Kinsey, who has vanished. Christmas hopes bucolic Thornton will be a good place to rear his nine-year-old daughter, but once again he must deal with a violent death-that of Sybella Parry, the choirmaster's grown daughter, whose body he finds inside a large drum.  (summary provided by Publishers Weekly)


Other Holiday Fiction Titles:



The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
Holly by Jude Deveraux
A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry
A Lancaster County Christmas Suzanne Woods Fisher
A Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
Christmas Jars by Jason Wright
Holiday Affair by Lisa Plumley
The Last Noel by Heather Graham
Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
Paper Angels by Jimmy Wayne
Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr
Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanna Fluke
Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier


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