Who’s singing Christmas carols? Admit it. There’s something about the holidays and cold winter nights. Something about holiday themes and the excitement they incite. The authors of Winter’s Sweet Kiss, a sweet romance anthology, would know! Their stories will warm your hearts and take the chill out of your evenings.
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The list is huge, but the one song that gets me happy no matter what is Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. I can’t not sing to this and it sums up my feelings. Maybe you can’t guarantee everything will be perfect, but it’s the best time of the year!
I like the movie ‘Love Actually’. Mostly because of Jamie and Aurelia’s story. I love how they’re answering each other’s statements even though neither speaks or understands the other’s language. And that proposal was the cutest ever. And Colin Firth! Need I say more?
I could write an entire book on this; I think I love every holiday movie ever made, and I could list many books and songs I love as well (I can’t pretend to know all of those!). However, my current favorite book is Earl Hamner, Jr.’s The Homecoming: A Novel About Spencer’s Mountain. For those of you who did not grow up in the 1970s, this is the book on which the made for TV movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story was based. And of course, that led to the long-running TV series The Waltons. Good night, John Boy.
Since living in the South, I’ve become fascinated with the southern Appalachians, and I’ve always been interested in the Great Depression, so I had a feeling I’d love the book. I waited weeks for the lone, yellowed copy owned by my local public library and enjoyed reading it aloud to my younger daughter. Unfortunately, she didn’t enjoy it as much as I did.
While verifying precise titles for this post, I discovered there was an earlier, 1963 movie (Spencer’s Mountain) based on the book, starring Henry Fonda. Guess what my mission is for this holiday season?
I’m going to go with holiday song – Baby It’s Cold Outside. My husband is ALWAYS singing a line here & there, and my girls chime in once they realize what he’s singing. Each time they break into song, I get a big smile on my face.
I absolutely love A Christmas Story. It’s fun, silly, and carries the slightest bit of romanticism. My sister and I loved watching the 24 hour loop they aired on Christmas day when we were teenagers. I wish I could pick a favorite line, but there are so many! I did manage to teach all my kids “Meat loaf, smeat loaf, double beat loaf, I hate meat loaf.” Oh, and my husband continues to threaten to get a tattoo of the famous Leg Lamp. Obviously, I’m not the only one in the family who loves the movie.
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Key Words: Adult, Romance, Sweet, Contemporary, Historical, Anthology
BEGINNING OF FOREVER By Terri Rochenski
Blurb: When Wayne Edwards moves to town, Lillian Douglas experiences stirrings she thought were long dead. Guilt ridden over betraying her deceased husband and the feelings Wayne inspires, Lillian reluctantly lets him in. Secrets of the past – an old promise emerges, but will it threaten their forever?
MELT By Shaya Roy
Blurb: Newlyweds in an arranged marriage, Naina and Dev go to the mountains of Shimla, India in search of snow. Unfortunately, they find fifteen inches more than they expected.
Being snowed in with her husband is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives Naina an excellent excuse to snuggle up to her deep, quiet man, but every time Dev spurns her, a little more of her heart drips away. Melting the ice around her husband’s heart before the snow outside does might take more pride than Naina’s ready to surrender.
ONE IN A MILLION SNOWFLAKES By Michelle Ziegler
Blurb: Angela is in love with someone she can never have–her best friend, Rebecca’s older brother.
Stranded in the bitter cold after a disastrous blind date with yet another company Christmas party looming, a standing offer from the boss’ nephew gets a little more appealing. Desperation. Not a good sign. Surely when Rebecca rescues her from the blinding snow, she can also convince Angela to just go to the party alone. She can always count on her best friend.
That is, as long as she never finds out about Angela’s secret crush.
AN UNEXPECTED WREATH By Annabelle Blume
Blurb: Stella’s got everything she needs in life: a great job, a beautiful house, and her independence. But on last minute trip to the local Christmas tree lot she finds something, or rather someone, she desperately wants – Grayson. An emergency trip to Target, an unexpected wreath, and a little Christmas magic make the season much brighter.
SANTA BEBE By Lily Carlyle
Blurb: Disillusioned by men and her belief that they see her only as an object, Bebe is determined to find a man with money. Her geeky, but unfailingly kind, next-door neighbor James tries to convince her of the possibility of real love, even as she reveals to him the troubled childhood that made her so cynical about relationships. When her mother dashes her hopes for a perfect Christmas, Bebe finds herself turning to James once again, and in the process, learning a lot about herself and the promise their relationship holds.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18844487-winter-s-sweet-kiss
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