Top 5 Reads for the 2019 Holiday Season

by Heather Caliendo
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It’s that time again: holiday reads 2019!

Think romcoms, complicated family dynamics and even a Holiday theme ghost mystery. Just like beach reads in the summer, holiday reads are all about the setting. There’s quite a bit out there so I narrowed it down to five of the most talked about books. I’ll also be reading these as well so I will update this article with my reviews and discussion questions for book clubs. So if you’re in a book club, definitely try to fit one of these in before the end of the year!

I was first introduced to Sarah Morgan’s writing when I read last year’s The Christmas Sisters (another holiday read that must be on your list!). Her stories are full of heart and will make you think. So I absolutely can’t wait to read her latest, A Wedding in December. Here’s the synopsis:

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

You can order the book on Amazon here. And after you read it, check back for my book club questions!


I’ve been seeing We Met in December by Rosie Curtis all over #bookstagram! I love holiday-themed romcoms so I’m definitely excited to read this one. Here’s the synopsis:

Twenty-nine-year-old Jess is following her dream and moving to London. It’s December, and she’s taking a room in a crumbling, but grand, Notting Hill house-share with four virtual strangers. On her first night, Jess meets Alex, the guy sharing her floor, at a Christmas dinner hosted by her landlord. They don’t kiss, but as far as Jess is concerned the connection is clear. She starts planning how they will knock down the wall between them to spend more time together.

But when Jess returns from a two-week Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started dating someone else—beautiful Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into (hell, sharing a bathroom with) the man of her dreams…and the woman of his. 

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check back for my book club questions!


Another novel that is getting a lot of positive holiday buzz is An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow. This one sounds like a PG-13 version of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Here’s the synopsis:

If there’s one gift Erika Sheraton does not want for Christmas, it’s a vacation. Ordered to take time off, the workaholic surgeon reluctantly trades in her scrubs for a ski suit and heads to Wild River, Alaska. Her friend Cassie owns a tour company that offers adventures to fit every visitor. But nothing compares to the adrenaline rush Erika feels on being reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed Reynolds.

Gone is the buttoned-up girl Reed remembers. His sister’s best friend has blossomed into a strong, skilled, confident woman. She’s exactly what his search-and-rescue team needs—and everything he didn’t know he craved. The gulf between his life in Wild River and her big-city career is wide. But it’s no match for a desire powerful enough to melt two stubborn hearts…

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check back for discussion questions!


So I haven’t read any of the books in this series and full disclosure: I received a free copy from the publisher. But a ghosty Christmas story does sound pretty entertaining and I wanted to have a mix of different reads on this list. So I’ll report back with a review as soon as I read it but here’s the synopsis for now:

Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy–after all, it’s the first Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts at the cistern, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life and her house–and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer….

And these relics aren’t the only precious artifacts for which people are searching. A past adversary is convinced that there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on the property that Melanie inherited–untold riches rumored to be brought over from France by the Marquis de Lafayette himself and intended to help the Colonial war effort. It’s a treasure literally fit for a king, and there have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed–and died–for it. And now someone will stop at nothing to possess it–even if it means destroying everything Melanie holds dear.

You can order the book on Amazon here.


OMG, One Day in December by Josie Silver made such a huge splash last year! I absolutely loved this book so much that I might even re-read it this year and I rarely re-read books. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you pick it up! Here’s the synopsis:

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.

Hope you enjoy the holiday reads 2019 list— Happy Holidays!!

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