Five festive books to fill your stockings

Get into the Christmas spirit with these festive books you’ll want to find under your tree.

1. Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café

Jessica Redland

The snow is falling, fairy lights are glistening and Christmas shopping is underway – but for Tara Porter, owner of thriving cafe The Chocolate Pot, this is the loneliest time of the year. With a lifetime of secrets, she has retreated from her friends, family and romance, and as the weight of her past becomes heavier and an unexpected new neighbour moves onto the street, she realises now is the time to confront her history.

2. The Cornish Cream Tea Christmas

Cressida McLaughlin

Hannah Swan is looking forward to Christmas for the first time in years. Her new job is taking her – and her colleague Noah – to the beautiful Cornish village of Porthgolow for the first time to help the Crystal Waters Hotel. But, she can’t shake the feeling that Porthgolow is strangely familiar and when bad weather cuts off Porthgolow and staff and customers report odd noises and sightings, it gives Hannah and Noah time to work out what’s really going on.

3. Mistletoe & Mr. Right

Sarah Morgenthaler

This is an easy read, perfect for a bit of charming fun. Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But she’s determined to prove that she belongs there and kits herself up to track one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries, the Santa Moose – an antlered Grinch determined on destroying every bit of holiday cheer, and when she accidentally tranquillises Rick Harding, she may have found her Mr Right.

4. Christmas Shopaholic

Sophie Kinsella

Sophie returns to the world of Becky Bloomwood to share the next instalment of her story. Becky adores Christmas and, as many of us know, it’s even easier with online shopping sites – plus if you spend enough you get free delivery. Becky’s parents are moving to Shoreditch and have asked her if she’ll host Christmas but with her sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, her husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – is chaos inevitable?

5. Christmas With Kim-Joy

Kim-Joy

Why not escape from the fiction and feel the festivity in the kitchen? Kim-Joy’s baked creations have charmed fans (including us) since she reached the final of the Great British Bake Off, in 2018. Sharing her simple decorating techniques and delicious flavour combinations, Kim-Joy will delight bakers of all abilities with melted snowman cake pops, white chocolate igloos and inspiration for designing your own magical gingerbread village. It’s clear Christmas 2020 is set for plenty of sweet treats.

Faye Dixon

Lifestyle Journalist and Blogger from the North East.

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