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Whether you like awesome holiday-themed reads or you're just looking for your next favourite book, this list has something for everyone!
 

Andrews, Donna.
Owl be home for Christmas

Shortly before Christmas in Caerphilly, Va. , a blizzard traps everyone at the Caerphilly Inn, which is hosting Owl Fest 2019, a gathering of ornithologists from the academic community. The attendees are a rowdy bunch, given to an overabundance of owl hooting, arguing, and fistfights. Meg's grandfather, J. Montgomery Blake, the event's headliner, does his best to keep them under control with help from Meg and the rest of the extended family. When a body turns up, Meg and local law enforcement are faced with a whodunit that takes plenty of twists and turns. As always, spending time with Meg and her wonderful family is a delight. - Publisher's Weekly

Montefiore, Santa
Here and now

Marigold has spent her life helping others around her. Now that she is older, slowing down and having trouble remembering things, her friends and neighbours comes to her rescue. A wonderful story about the power of community and our need for personal interaction.

Taylor, Patrick
An Irish country welcome

It's 1969 in the small Irish village of Ballybucklebo, and Patrick Taylor returns to detail the lives of the inhabitants for the fifteenth time. There's a new baby on the way, a moon landing on TV, and much more in this comforting tale of a place we ourselves might like to live.

Colgan, Jenny.
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

It's the most wonderful time of the year... and the perfect moment to escape to a charming English village! In the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne, the Christmas season has arrived. It's a joyous time for family, friends, and feasting, as decorations sparkle along the town's winding streets and shop windows glow with festive displays. Though Polly (of The Little Beach Street Bakery) is busy keeping up with the demands of the season, she still makes time for her beekeeper boyfriend, Huckle. But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a happy holiday. - Syndetics

Morgan, Sarah
Family for beginners

Whether you've had too much of your family over the past few months or perhaps too little of their presence, Family for Beginners builds a lush world in America and Britain to take you into the lives of Flora and Jack and their family struggles. This book feels like it is full of sunshine, not too heavy nor too trite. A great getaway in these times of being stuck at home.

McHugh, Clare.
A most English princess

McHugh tells the story of Princess Victoria, Queen Victoria's eldest daughter who marries Prince Frederich heir to the Prussian throne. A well written historical novel of the late 19th and early 20th century. An epic family story to get lost in.

Liasson, Miranda.
All I want for Christmas is you

Just when Kaitlyn Barnes vows to get over her longtime crush on Rafe Langdon, they share a sizzling evening that delivers an epic holiday surprise: Kaitlyn is pregnant. And if that weren't life-changing enough, everyone assumes they're engaged - a charade they must keep alive through the holiday season. Rafe would rather Kaitlyn believe a lie than face his own dangerous truth: he's falling for her, hard. After a devastating loss, Rafe swore he'd never risk his heart again. Yet the longer they pretend to be engaged the more Rafe starts to want the real thing. But now he has to convince Kaitlyn he wants to be by her side for all the Christmases to come. - Syndetics

Hill, Melissa
The summer villa

Three women meet in the Amalfi Coast region of Italy in this sun-soaked novel. All three women are at a crossroads in their lives, and they decide to reconvene a few years later to catch up after becoming friends. There is some drama to overcome, but you'll be spirited away in this tale of friendship and coming to terms with life choices.

Fenton, Liz.
How to save a life

Dom and Mia have some relationship issues made all the more difficult by Mia dying. But this is no real tragedy, as Mia and Dom get to start their lives over again (a la Groundhog's Day) and attempt to work it out for the better. Lighter and more fun than you would initially think.

White, Karen
The Christmas spirits on Tradd Street

Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy - after all, it s the first Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone. Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life - and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer. Besides that, a past adversary is convinced that there is Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on Melanie's property. There have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed (and died) for it. - Syndetics

Dev, Sonali
Pride, prejudice, and other flavors

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco's most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that's not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who's achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules: Never trust an outsider. Never do anything to jeopardize your brother's political aspirations. And never, ever, defy your family. Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings. But he needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer. And then he discovers that she's the only surgeon who can save his sister's life. As the two clash, their assumptions crumble. But before a future can be savored there's a past to be reckoned with. - Syndetics

Bradley, Alan
The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

Fans of Harriet the Spy will welcome 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce, the heroine of this rollicking debut. In an early 1950s English village, Flavia is preoccupied with retaliating against her lofty older sisters when a rude, redheaded stranger arrives to confront her eccentric father. Equally adept at quoting 18th-century works, listening at keyholes and picking locks, Flavia learns that her father may be involved in the suicide of his long-ago schoolmaster and the theft of a priceless stamp. The sudden expiration of the stranger in a cucumber bed, wacky village characters with ties to the schoolmaster, and a sharp inspector with doubts about the colonel mean complications for Flavia and enormous fun for the reader. - Publisher's Weekly

Guillory, Jasmine.
Royal holiday

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can't refuse. But what she doesn't expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality. Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour--until now. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year's Day. . .or are they? - Syndetics

Mallery, Susan.
You say it first

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks--mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and work at the family's bank. But Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right--where she really belongs is in his arms. - Syndetics

Evans, Richard Paul.
The Noel letters

There's a tinge of Dickens A Christmas Story in this latest from Richard Paul Evans. Noel Book, leaves New York  to fly to Utah to be with her dying dad. Things start to unravel shortly thereafter, but that indomitable Christmas spirit finds a way to save the day.

Foster, Lori
Cooper's Charm

Sisters Phoenix and Ridley need a quiet place to heal and regain their confidence after some hard knocks, and picturesque lakeside resort Cooper's Charm is the perfect temporary landing spot. The grounds-keeper job is hard work, but the physical labor helps Phoenix recover from the trauma of robbery and assault, and she thrives on being part of a tight-knit staff. Resort owner Cooper Cochran understands needing a hideout, since he bought the resort while reeling from his wife's murder, and Phoenix helps take his mind off his woes. Ridley, at loose ends after an ego-bruising divorce and hefty settlement, stays at the resort as a housekeeper and soon falls for sexy scuba instructor Baxter McNab. - Publisher's Weekly