For the past five years or so, I have been reading holiday-themed books to help put me in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. There is something about reading those delightful books that make me want to drink copious amounts of hot chocolate, eat sugar cookies, and wear ridiculous sweaters. What can I say? I am a walking advertisement for a Hallmark movie. If you too want to feel the joy of the holidays through the written word, here are a few titles that are available for check out at A. K. Smiley Public Library. Warning: may induce holiday cheer!
The first book on our holiday tour is “A Holly Jolly Diwali” by Sonya Lilli. Niki Randhawa is a data analyst and is known for being practical and strategic until she is unexpectedly laid off and finds herself questioning everything. Newly unemployed, Niki makes a spur of the moment decision and goes to Mumbai, India for a friend’s wedding, just in time to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, where she meets Sameer Mukherji. Could this be love or is Niki caught up in the holiday spirit of Diwali?
The next book on our holiday tour is “The Matzah Ball” by Jean Meltzer. Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt loves Christmas. She loves it so much that she writes Christmas romance novels, which isn’t a bad thing, except that she is Jewish and has hidden her career from her family for years. Trying to find inspiration for a new novel, a Hanukkah romance, she attends a music festival, The Matzah Ball, where she finds more than inspiration: she finds love from the past and love in Hanukkah.
The last book on our holiday tour is “A Magical New York Christmas” by Anita Hughes. It’s Christmas week in New York City at the infamous Plaza Hotel and journalist Sabrina Post will be staying there as part of her latest writing assignment, ghost writing for a famous art dealer and former employee of the Plaza Hotel. Her week is going as one would expect it to, perfect, until she meets another guest staying at the hotel, Ian Westing, a Brit who may or may not related to the British aristocracy. Ian is also under the guise that Sabrina is someone she isn’t. Will love prevail against the case of mistaken identities? Anything is possible at The Plaza Hotel at Christmas time.
Dash on down to A. K. Smiley Public Library to check out these festive reads and many more.