Wednesday, November 29
Rereading at Christmas ~ @AuthorKristina Knight
Liz asked on Monday about our favorite holiday reads. I have two.
Okay, I lied, I have several -- I adore Liz's (and the other Heartwarming Authors) take on small town Christmases, and the anthologies they've put out over the past three or so years. Start with Heartwarming Christmas and then work your way through them, I promise you won't be disappointed!
And y'all know my adoration for Nora Roberts, although I honestly can't think of a single 'Christmas' book she's put out (if you know of one, please comment below because I need whatever that book might be in my life), Kristan Higgins, Carly Phillips, the list of go-to authors seems to get longer and longer every year.
Still, there are two books that I read over and over...especially during the holiday season. They are Home for the Holidays by Johanna Lindsey and The Present by Johanna Lindsey. It's entirely possible that Johanna has many better books than the two of these, I honestly wouldn't know. Although I've read a handful of her books, I've by no means hit even the halfway mark. Mostly because I don't read a ton of historical romance (I know, you're gasping in shame at me right now, aren't you?). These two books, though, are go-tos for me.
When I need a Calgon, take me away moment to relieve some of the holiday stress.
When I can't find a single Christmas special of interest (sometimes, Hallmark's 455 days of Christmas just doesn't cut it).
When I'm feeling a little blue or a little out of sorts or just want to be transported.
I get swept up into the tumultuous relationships of the Malory family, and I wonder - again and again - if the gypsy grandmother will wind up with the aristocrat, and if the brothers will be able to set aside their differences, and will the elderly father take a chance on love that has been waiting patiently for him? I worry that Larissa won't be able to save her family name, and I cry because Vincent wants to protect her even though he's sworn revenge on her family...and I cry when she realizes why she's been brought to Vincent's...and I wonder how these two will ever be able to let go of their pasts because surely not even Christmas magic can solve these problems.