Christmas is a time I love to find a cozy spot where I can see the lights of the tree, sip a hot drink, throw a knitted blanket over me, and read something that is sure to delight. In recent years I’ve tried to find a novel that is “Christmasy” to read during the December season. Listed below are the three novels I’ve read over the past few years starting with my favorite:
I usually love Pilcher and The Shell Seekers remains a favorite of mine. But when I started reading the Winter Solstice, I couldn’t get into it. So I set it aside. The next Christmas I tried again and it took. And ironically, it’s ended up being the favorite of the three books I have listed here. It took a bit to really get engrossed but once I did, I’m so glad I read it! It’s the type of writing style I enjoy and the story has a lot of depth. I love how the author brings five very different characters of various ages together. The last few paragraphs made me tear up–in the best of ways!
It’s Poirot! It’s Agatha Christie! What’s not to like? A delightful Christmas mystery with my favorite quirky and witty detective–Poirot. What could be better? Nice and short which made it easy to slip in during the busy demands of the holidays. I also listened to this one on audio which was was nice because the reader was excellent.
A lot of people with similar reading tastes to mine love this novel. I enjoyed it. It was a sweet, fast read. I wasn’t enraptured by it, but it was nice for Christmas. A lot of historical fiction fans like Hazel Gaynor but I’ve tried a few times and this was the only one I’ve been able to get into. However, I have a feeling that a lot of my readers here may enjoy it even more than I did! The story centers on a couple who write each other throughout World War I and goes and also goes forward in time when that same young man is now towards the end of his life.