Welcome, fellow book lovers, to the 26th week of the Woman’s World — also known as WW — book club! This week, we’re sharing our favorite new festive reads, from historical fiction to cozy mysteries and swoon-worthy stories. No matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, these tales are sure to bring you holiday joy! And there’s one thing we can guarantee: These books are curated to lift your mood, lower your stress and make you feel great.
Here is our WW book club roundup for December 24th to December 30th, 2023 — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you! (To quickly access all our WW book club recommendations, click here.)
Looking for a holiday love story?
Try Snow Place Like Home by Lacey Baker
Bursting with seasonal charm and starry-eyed chemistry, this is the story of Ella Wilson, who has avoided returning home for the holidays for years. But when she loses her job, she’s left with no choice but to go back home. While there, Ella is roped into planning the town’s Christmas tree auction with Seth Hamil, her first love. Soon, they both wonder if fate has brought them together again…and if Christmas wishes do come true.
Searching for a cozy mystery?
Grab Paws to Remember by Sofie Kelly
The new installment in beloved author Sofie Kelly’s Magical Cats series is a fun, festive whodunit starring librarian Kathleen Paulson and her enchanted felines. A water leak leads to the discovery of a body found in the walls of a store run by an artists’ co-op that Kathleen’s friend Maggie is a part of. Then, a friend with a connection to the body asks Kathleen to look into it. Now, she and her detective boyfriend vow to crack the case.
Want a heartfelt holiday romance set in NYC?
Get lost in the pages of Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
Bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews is known for her sweet, heartfelt holiday novels — and her latest delivers! Kerry Tolliver travels from North Carolina to New York City to help her brother sell Christmas trees at their family stand in Greenwich Village. Before long, Kerry begins to grow close with her neighbors and a single dad named Patrick. A warm and sparkling Christmas story!
Yearning for a “paw-fect” love story?
Pick up a copy of Unleashed Holiday by Victoria Schade
A feel-good saga begins in this charming tale following dog trainer Chelsea Higgins. It’s the holiday season, and everything is going fine in Chelsea’s life…until she comes face-to-face with her former nemesis, gym bro Andrew Gibson. After a run-in with Andrew’s dog, Chelsea is left with a bum wrist. So they strike a deal: Andrew will help rehab her wrist if Chelsea trains his dog. But will they help each other in more ways than one?
Need some last-minute decor ideas?
Find inspiration in French Country Cottage Christmas by Courtney Allison
Turning your home into a cozy retreat is key for a magical and inviting Christmas season. And holiday decorating expert Courtney Allison’s latest book serves as a guide for enhancing every room in your home! Filled with gorgeous photos and smart tips, like specific checklists to plan your decorating and an easy step-by-step guide to layering ornaments on a Christmas tree, Allison offers ideas for everything — from garland to twinkle lights and more. It’s a joy-filled map for transforming your space into a cozy, cottage-inspired winter wonderland!
Love Hallmark movies?
Enjoy Every Day is Christmas by Karen Schaler
Emmy-winning Hallmark movie writer Karen Schalers stuns in this novel about second chances and the magic of Christmas based on her hit film. Workaholic Alexis Taylor doesn’t have any Christmas traditions, except breaking up with her boyfriend right before the holiday. But when a surprise visitor shows up at her door, Alexis begins to realize that maybe falling in love during the Christmas season isn’t so bad after all.
Feel like traveling back in time?
Escape with A Mistletoe Promise by Sofi Laporte
Historical romance author Sofi Laporte delivers a swoon-worthy Regency love story that follows Frances Littleworth, who is stuck at an all-girls boarding school in Bath, England. But when Mr. Percy Tiverton, future Earl of Halsford, convinces her to hire him as a drawing master, Frances realizes she is falling in love with the irritatingly handsome gentleman. When they find themselves stuck underneath the mistletoe, Frances just might get everything she’s ever wanted.
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.