As winter’s chill settles in and the twinkle of holiday lights brightens our surroundings, there’s an undeniable magic in the air. It’s a time for cozy blankets, steaming mugs of cocoa, and, of course, a good book to whisk you away to a world of romance and holiday enchantment. If you’re craving tales of love set against a backdrop of festive cheer, you’re in for a treat. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or just enjoy the cozy vibes of the season, get ready to unwrap a collection of romantic books that will warm your heart and kindle the spirit of the season.
1. Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh
In this romantic comedy, Molly and Andrew find themselves stranded in Chicago due to a sudden snowstorm, threatening to derail their annual tradition of flying home to Ireland for Christmas. Although strictly friends, Molly, who isn’t particularly fond of Christmas, realizes how much the holiday means to Andrew, a festive enthusiast. Cue a whimsical and hilarious adventure to ensure they make it to Ireland in a timely manner. As the clock ticks and the snow falls, their journey unfolds, revealing that perhaps the universe has its own ideas about the connection between these two friends who are convinced they’re not meant to be together. This endearing story explores the magic of the holiday season, unexpected turns, and the possibility of love in the most unlikely places.
2. A Winter in New York by Josie Silver
In this novel that weaves together love and family roots, a young chef named Iris embarks on a fresh start in New York, where she stumbles upon an oddly familiar-looking gelateria in Little Italy. As she befriends the gelateria’s handsome owner, Gio, she learns the family-run establishment is on the brink of closure due to a lost secret gelato recipe. Unbeknownst to them, Iris gets a taste of the last remaining batch and recognizes the flavor as her family’s secret recipe. Balancing her growing affection for Gio with the fear of revealing the truth, Iris offers her culinary skills to help re-create the flavor. However, as secrets unravel and family ties are tested, Iris must navigate a delicate dance to preserve the newfound love and life she has built during the winter in the city.
3. Eight Days and Nights by Betsy Aldredge
In this quirky teen romance, Hannah Levin finds herself reluctantly celebrating Hanukkah in small-town Texas after a snowstorm strands her at her grandmother’s place. Feeling lonely and missing the comforts of home, she stumbles upon an old deli where she meets Noah, the only other Jewish teen in town. Despite his overwhelming Hanukkah spirit, Hannah strikes a deal with him: she’ll help save his family’s deli, which is pretty much the last Jewish remnant in town, if he lets her sulk in peace. However, an unexpected, magical kiss makes her reconsider the true meaning of Hanukkah, the close-knit community, and her relationship with her grandmother in this heartwarming holiday romance set against the backdrop of a charming Texas town.
4. This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
In this instant New York Times bestseller, Minnie Cooper and Quinn Hamilton, born in the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day, share an uncanny connection that spans thirty years. Their lives take vastly different paths, with Quinn enjoying success as a charming business owner, while Minnie faces the potential loss of her pie-making company and home. On their thirtieth birthday, a chance encounter at a New Year’s party reignites their connection, which leads to the big question: what is the mysterious force that keeps bringing them together? As their lives intertwine, “This Time Next Year” unfolds a moving and joyful love story, exploring the unexpected ways that explores the intricate ways in which loving fate brings people together against all odds.