One week to Christmas! Do you have all your stocking stuffers figured out? Last week, I wrote about some great contemporary Christmas stories, and today, as promised, I’ll focus on historicals. (And by the way, on the Read-A-Romance Facebook page, we’re counting down to Christmas with daily author posts and holiday book celebrations, along with some giveaways, so check in there if you’d like.)
As usual, there tons of great Christmas titles this year. Over the past few years, Grace Burrowes has put out some novels that have become almost Christmas canon (Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight), and she added to her list this year with another special Christmas title, What a Lady Needs for Christmas. She’s also part of a charming e-published collection, Christmas in the Duke’s Arms that includes two other favorites, Shana Galen and Miranda Neville.
Sophie Jordan’s Heiress for All Seasons is a fun Christmas novella that includes a snowstorm, an American heiress and an English aristocrat reluctant to marry for money, even if it means turning his family’s fortune around. Something about forced intimacy through snowstorms gets me every time, especially at Christmas.
Another fun and romantic Christmas anthology out this year is Christmas Brides, with five sweet, sexy stories that are a good mix of romance and humor.
Harlequin can always be counted on to deliver a good Christmas anthology or two, and this year they have two that look intriguing (and include friends of mine, so I’ll include them here; it’s nice to be able to give a little help to my friends): Wild West Christmas, for the Western historical fans out there, and Wish Upon a Snowflake for European Regency.
Finally, two favorite historical authors can be counted on to make Christmas special: Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney. Both of these powerhouse Regency authors have a string of books and novellas that are worth reading and re-reading every year to get into the Christmas spirit. Two of Balogh’s older novellas, A Christmas Bride and Christmas Beau, were published together and are available in both print and e-book editions.
Five of Putney’s shorter-length Christmas works are combined in Christmas Revels, which was e-published this year, and the Mischief and Mistletoe collection, which she co-wrote with her Word Wenches blogging pals (including Anne Gracie, Jo Bourne, Patricia Rice and Nicola Cornick) is always on my to-be-read-at-Christmas list.
So what about you? Any Christmas historical romances you’ll be reading this week?