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It’s that time of the year where we get to read and watch all things festive. There’s nothing better than settling down under a blanket with a hot drink and a cosy, Christmassy read. Here are 5 new releases that are perfect for the festive season.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
In a Holidaze is the latest standalone release from the author duo Christina Lauren, well-renowned for their incredible romance reads. In this festive time-loop reminiscent of Groundhog Day, Maelyn Jones finds herself reliving the same holiday in the snowy cabin she spent her childhood Christmases in. Mae is single, back living with her parents as her career flounders, but reliving the same day on a loop is not the divine intervention she had been hoping for. Mae must figure out how to break the loop — and get her life back on track — in this hilarious and magical read.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
Twelve Dates of Christmas is a new dating app, which Christmas-loving Kate is all too happy to sign up for. Kate has the chance to experience twelve festive dates with single men from her hometown, finally getting to prioritise romance above her career and family commitments. But, with each date, Kate learns more about herself than the men she meets, leaving her to wonder whether she’ll ever find love. This fun and festive romance is Jenny Bayliss’ debut novel.
All About Us by Tom Ellen
All About Us is a heartwarming modern take on A Christmas Carol, in which a man struggling with his relationships and his career can’t stop thinking about how life would have turned out if he’d made different choices. Ben is given a unique opportunity: he wakes to find himself reliving the defining moments of his life, seeing events unfold from a new perspective and offering answers to the questions that have followed him throughout his life. This solo debut is a heartwarming and beautiful read that examines family, relationships, and friends, carrying throughout the central message that you can change your life at any age.
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
Another incredible and hilarious rom-com is This Time Next Year, following two characters after a coincidental — or fated — meeting. On New Year’s Eve thirty years ago, Quinn and Minnie are born a minute apart. But, from the moment they leave the hospital, they lead entirely separate lives. When they find themselves in the same place at the same time once again, a romance sparks between them and they decide to give love a chance.
The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine
Finally, if you’re not a romance lover, there’s nothing like a Christmas murder to get you into the festive spirit. In this atmospheric, small-town crime novel, a killer leaves a warning on the doorstep of DI James Walker, ruining his prospects of a quiet Christmas. Walker must thwart the killer’s plan to leave twelve bodies over the next twelve days, but a raging blizzard and panicked villagers stack the odds against him. This is book one in a new detective series.