I am aching to travel. Like, big time. I think that’s one of the things I’ve missed most about 2020 is looking forward to and planning for trips with my family. The girls took their first plane rides last year, and we were so hoping to continue exploring the world with them this year. Alas, 2020 had different ideas, so home we shall stay for the time being. However! The next best thing is to travel through reading, and I put together a few ways for you to travel through these Christmas books! They are all holiday love stories of some sort, pretty easy reads, some more lovey-dovey than others (read reviews first, please!), and each one almost includes the place or city as another character in the book because of how much detail and description is used…you feel like you’re there! Want to travel to the Highlands of Scotland for the holidays? I’ve got you covered. Longing for snowy London for Christmas? Scroll down!
One Day in December by Josie Silver — LONDON
This one was a quick read with lots of “will they/won’t they?!” moments and missed opportunities to express hidden feelings. Felt like a tour of modern day London and surrounding areas as we follow the best friend and her boyfriend…who happens to also be our heroine’s true love-at-first-sight.
The Winter Street series by Elin Hilderbrand — NANTUCKET
I’m partial to book series, especially when they are set on one of my wish list locations: Nantucket! Elin Hilderbrand is a favorite, and she gives you 4 books (easy reads) to fall in love…especially with Nantucket which feels like a main character in the story! Each book follows the development of love, misunderstandings, heartbreak and coming together for Christmas. If you want more of this author’s book series, try starting with Winter in Paradise; this series takes place around New Year’s in St. John, and once you’re done unraveling the mystery and the love connections in these books, it feels like you’ve traveled to the Virgin Islands!
The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan — SCOTLAND
Again, partial to anything about Scotland, because it’s also on my bucket list! Loved this story about three sisters (all so different) and their individual journeys to find love in the Highlands of Scotland. Plus, growing up in a house with just mom and sister and now raising a tribe of sisters, I’m partial to anything about, well, sisters!
Mr. Dickens and his Carol by Samantha Silva — LONDON
A humorous, behind-the-scenes take on a classic novel, this book takes you all around Victorian London on a fictional quest as Mr. Dickens learns about family, his poor choices, true love and what Christmas really means. It’s quirky and different, and it’s fun to then watch or read the original book or movie right after you’ve been given some “behind the scenes”…no matter how fictional.
On my list next are This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens and He Sees You While You’re Sleeping by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark after they were reccomended to me by a friend and my mom! Have you read any of these? What are your favorite Christmas books? If you need to “get away” for a bit, travel through these Christmas books and enjoy the trip! 😉