This week’s post highlights some wonderful Contemporary Christian Fiction to warm your holiday reader’s heart. Books are not listed in any preferential order, simply alphabetical by author.
Just like last week’s historical edition of the Christmas Book Bonanza, each title will have the back cover blurb and a purchase link.
Christmas in Jungle Junction by Tabitha Bouldin
Jump into Jingle Junction for a fast-paced Christmas romance.
The last thing coffee shop owner Holly Winters expected was to have dream-boy Patrick Cooper walk through the back door of her shop. He would only be delivering this one time. He made sure she knew he was going home as soon as Henry was well enough to start making deliveries again.
Patrick instantly attracts Holly’s attention, but he has three strikes against him…he hates coffee, he doesn’t like Christmas, and he has a girlfriend. That’s all fine with Holly, until she starts to get to know the man hiding behind the bright green eyes. Patrick is in the one place he shouldn’t be if he wants to avoid Christmas. Jingle Junction is famous for it’s Christmas lights, parade, and their year-round Christmas spirit.
Can this apparent ‘bad boy’ find the joy of Christmas?
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2PrzFNM
Mistletoe Kiss by Andrea Boyd
Chase Spencer had been firmly planted in the friend-zone ever since he first met Rachel Anthony back when they were in grade school and it looks like that’s where he’s destined to remain. And her latest scheme is bound to be torture. She wants them to help break the Guinness World Record for the most couples kissing under the mistletoe at one time. How should he handle this? Should the kiss be a chaste, friendly kiss like she envisions? Or should he do it in a way that leaves Rachel without a doubt that he wants to be more than friends?
It had always been Rachel’s dream to break a world record, and who better to do it with than her best friend Chase? And it wasn’t as if they hadn’t kissed before—sixth grade, spin-the-bottle at Iona Puckett’s party—a peck of the lips and it’d be over. Except she missed the part where they had to hold the kiss for ten seconds. And no one warned her of how she would feel afterwards—confused and longing for more.
How can she convince Chase to change her status from friend to girlfriend?
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2z82Mf1
Christmas on a Mission by Hannah R. Conway
Fitting Christmas in a shoe box has been her mission…until now.
Audria Rylatt is the school system’s liaison for homeless students. She strives to make Christmas bright for hundreds, while the season brings only heartache after her fiancé was killed in combat nearly two years ago. So when her family decides to play matchmaker, she is less than thrilled. To make matters worse, they’ve invited a soldier friend of her deceased fiancé to the family cabin for the holiday.
But she’s surprised to find this soldier, Quinton Nolan, standing at the door of heart. Faced with painful memories, the despair Christmas brings her, and the fear to love again, Audria is in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. Or at least some of the hope Christmas seems to offer so many. Can she embrace a new mission? If so, Christmas may stand to deliver a lifetime of magical memories.
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2PwyT2e
Moostletoe by Jan Elder
Fresh out of divinity school, Rev. Samantha Evans is ready to conquer the world for Christ. She lands in Moose Creek, Maine, a tiny backwater town with more moose per square mile than men. Even worse, one of her new parishioners chews up new ministers for breakfast, and he’s hell-bent on sending her packing.
Forest ranger Eric Palmer is done with women. Determined to live simply with no encumbrances, he’s moved to Northern Maine to study the moose population. With Christmas right around the corner, he runs into his buddy, Sammie, the girl who’d been his best friend when they were teenagers. Unlike most of the women in his life, he trusts her implicitly. But could she ever be more than a friend?
When Samantha’s career is on the line, Eric must save her job and rescue his own shattered heart in the process. But how does Matilda the town moose factor in?
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2DlWdIT
Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey (Operation Romance, Bk #1)
Victoria Spencer hates Christmas.
For the last ten years, disaster has struck on Christmas Eve, leaving Tori dreading the holidays. When she’s assigned to cover the light displays for her newspaper, she’s determined to spend as little time on the article as possible. Especially once she realizes she’s to feature frat boy Gabe “The Babe” Robertson, her former college crush.
Gabe Robertson is a different man than he was in college. Every December, he transforms his acreage into a winter wonderland designed to celebrate the birth of Christ and share God’s love with the community. He also uses the lights to raise money for Operation Mistletoe, an organization that sends Christmas to troops stationed overseas.
Unable to set aside her prejudice, Tori looks for ulterior motives in Gabe’s actions and determines to dig deeper. Will her investigations destroy any chance of a Merry Christmas?
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2Dgw26c
The Washwoman’s Christmas by Elaine Manders
With her husband away on a job until Christmas, newly-wed Amanda moves to the house they’ve inherited from his grandmother in order to prepare it for sale. In the isolated woods of northwestern South Carolina, her nearest neighbor is an elderly woman who holds onto a past way of life, even taking in wash to earn money for Christmas. As the two women work together to renovate the house, Amanda comes to realize the washwoman isn’t the eccentric kook she first thought, but a woman of wisdom and grace who helps Amanda face the demons of her past and find release from her present insecurities.
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2qKiM2k
Ordinary Snowflakes by Jennifer Rodewald
A single mom, a snowy Christmas, and a Secret Santa gift. Perhaps her romance days aren’t over after all. Someone has noticed me. A secret admirer? A man with a good heart, who sees how much I actually need help, even though I never admit it? Maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful story—a romance full of hope and second chances and love.
A secret Santa gift left on Kale Brennan’s front porch opens up a fresh view of her ordinary life, and perhaps of God. Maybe she does matter. Maybe God sees her—as does a new-to-town music teacher who has her seven-year-old daughter gushing and her own knees buckling with his killer smile. But as Kale embraces new possibilities, a staple in her life—a man who is kind and steady, not to mention necessary for her injured daughter’s recovery—also snatches her attention in an unexpected way. Will the one pursuing her with his secret gift and kind gestures be the one her heart longs for in the end?
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2zNCkH5
Keri’s Christmas Wish by Pamela Thibodeaux
For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?
A devout Christian at heart, Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Medicine Practitioner has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. But when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves, will all of his faith and training be for naught?
Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/2ePnias
Christmas with the Enemy by Mary Vee
Christmas doesn’t turn out as planned for either the Chicago Windermeres or the Montana Tuckers. It’s like a glacier helping of Scrooge’s spirit invades the festivities during their chance meeting at the lodge. Only Samantha Windermere and Hank Tucker have any desire to invite Peace on Earth for this Christmas blizzard.
A reviewer says: “A Hallmark Contender.”
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2S09DhD
Love, Laughter & Luminarias by Jaycee Weaver
He has his books. She has her fandoms. They’ve always had their friendship. Could Christmas projects, snowball fights, and local traditions spark feelings neither knew were there?
Surprisingly successful action-suspense author Garrett Wilson is struggling to write a summer novel in December. That is, until he witnesses his best friend, Nina, chase down a shoplifter and realizes that maybe his tough, attractive heroine might not be based solely in fiction.
Geeky-chic Nina Trujillo finds herself contemplating a God she’s never believed in after her brush with danger taking down a thief. That one decision could change the whole course of her life, and quite possibly, her feelings for the one guy she’s never considered more than a friend.
When Nina dives head-first into a series of Christmas projects and ideas for new traditions, she drags Garrett along for the ride. Will her newfound courage and all the extra time together bring their feelings out into the open, or will Nina escape back into the comfort of her fandoms and lose him forever?
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2Dm0GeD
I’ll be back next week with some wonderful contemporary Christian romance Christmas novella collections. In the meantime, tell me which of these authors you’ve already read and which book you’d like to cuddle up with first.
What a collection of stories! They all sound great!
Thanks Kara! I agree! I’m not sure where to begin. Novella collections are coming next week!
Alina K. Field
I love these holiday collections! Thanks for sharing.
Hi Alina, Thanks so much. I love reading Christmas stories over the holidays and into the New Year. Next week I’m featuring Christmas novella collections so be sure to keep an eye out for that one as well.
Let’s see, I’ve read Ordinary Snowflakes by Jennifer Rodewald, Love, Laughter & Luminaries by Jaycee Weaver, and Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey– all fantastic reads! I can’t wait to check out the rest!
Thanks Kelly for sharing!
Nice. I just love the titles. So creative!
Kelly, what a great idea and what a great batch of reads! I love a Christmas story, and the inspirationals are the best,
Hi Kathy, Thank you! So many books, so little time–right?
These look great!
What a great list of books for the holidays! Kudos to all.
Thanks, Kelly for adding my book, Christmas with the Enemy to this group!!
Blessings to all!
Hi Mary, yes wish I had time to read them all!
I’ve read Andrea Boyd’s Mistletoe Kiss and it was adorable! I think I’ve read a few of the others, too, but I can’t wait to double check and dive in if I haven’t!
Hi Jaycee, Isn’t that a cute title? I love your cover! The couple looks so happy.
Pamela S Thibodeaux
Thanks for the spotlight Kelly!
Good luck and God’s blessings