December is here, and nothing makes me happier than the beginning of the final month of the year. In addition to Christmas being just around the corner, winter is on its way, which means cold nights, hot tea, warm blankets and great books. Looking for a new book to curl up with? Here’s what we’re reading this month…
Christmas at Claridge’s by Karen Swan
Christmas at Claridge’s by Karen Swan is it the perfect escape from the cold weather. In it, Notting Hill socialite Clem tries to run from her past but winds up exactly at the place she didn’t intend to: a small abandoned villa in Portofino, Italy. Throw in a handsome dark stranger and you’ve got the perfect holiday romance. Interested? Watch the trailer here.
Perfect Pairing: The Holiday starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. Much like Clem, Iris and Amanda (Winslet and Diaz) run from their problems by trading homes for the holidays.
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett’s life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.
Perfect Pairing: Is there a better way to get to know your favourite author than over a glass of your favourite red wine?
Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
In 1955, Philomena Lee was forced to give up her three-year-old son to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic, too. Based on real events, Martin Sixsmith‘s heartbreaking yet redemptive story has charmed readers internationally.
Perfect pairing: An outing with your loved one to see the movie adaptation of Philomena staring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk
Angela, the irrepressible heroine of Lindsey Kelk‘s bestselling I Heart series, is back – and getting ready for her first Christmas as a married woman. Husband, tree, eggnog… what could go wrong? Everything, almost. With her familiar voice and charismatic cast, Lindsey Kelk will have you laughing your way through the holidays.
Perfect Pairing: Your favourite holiday beverage, like a Candy Cane Latte.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Curl up with Reconstructing Amelia, the debut novel from Kimberly McCreight that climbed the New York Times bestseller list when it was first released last winter. Reconstructing Amelia tells the story of litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron who, after receiving a mysterious anonymous text, tries to solve the circumstances of her daughter’s alleged suicide. Through Amelia’s e-mails, text messages, and Facebook posts, this harrowing novel shows how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.
Perfect pairing: A cozy blanket, a warm coffee and a good reading light: you’ll stay up way past your bedtime trying to solve this chilling thriller!
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom‘s #1 Canadian bestseller, The First Phone Call from Heaven, tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.
Perfect pairing: A box of tissues, followed by a quick phone call to Mom or Dad.
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