The 10 Best Holiday Romance Books to Read This Season

The holiday season is a time for love, joy, and heartwarming stories that bring people together. As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, there’s nothing like curling up with a good book that transports you to a world filled with romance and holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a list of the best holiday romance books to read ANY TIME, with options from classic literature to contemporary picks that will captivate your heart and imagination.

The 10 Best Holiday Romance Books to Read This Season

So, let’s dive in and explore the enchanting world of holiday romance novels that await you!

Why Holiday Romance Books are the Perfect Seasonal Escape

There’s something special about holiday romance books that make them the ideal companions for the season. Their delightful combination of love and festivities offers an immersive escape from reality that is unmatched in other genres.

The Magic of Love and Festivities

Holiday romance stories capture the magic of the season with an abundance of love, warmth, and good cheer. These tales often incorporate themes of family, personal growth, and a renewed sense of wonder, which all work together to create a feeling of joy and serenity. The atmosphere of the holidays provides a whimsical backdrop for love stories to unfold, often brimming with the magic of the season.

Imagine the smell of freshly baked gingerbread cookies wafting through the air as snowflakes gently fall outside your window. The twinkling lights of the Christmas tree cast a warm glow over the room as you curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and a heartwarming holiday romance novel. The story unfolds before your eyes, transporting you to a world of love and festivities that is sure to leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.

Cozy Up with a Heartwarming Read

As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up under a cozy blanket with a heartwarming holiday romance novel. These books offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, allowing you to immerse yourself in a world of happiness, love, and festivities that is sure to warm your heart.

Picture yourself sitting by a crackling fire, sipping on a warm cup of tea as you lose yourself in a captivating holiday romance novel. The characters come to life before your eyes, their journeys of love and self-discovery unfolding in a magical winter wonderland. You can almost feel the soft snowflakes falling on your face as you turn the pages, eagerly anticipating the next twist and turn in the story.

Whether you’re looking for a lighthearted romance or a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, holiday romance books have something for everyone. So why not treat yourself to a cozy night in with a delightful holiday romance novel this season?

Classic Holiday Romance Novels

When it comes to classic holiday romance novels, few books can match the appeal of these timeless tales. Fortunately, there are some standout options that have long captured the hearts of readers everywhere.

The holiday season is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and get lost in a romantic tale. These classic novels are sure to warm your heart and leave you feeling cozy and content.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, Annotated (Penguin Classics)

Although not specifically set during the holidays, the themes of family, love, and personal growth in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice make it a perfect read for the season. This classic novel’s witty repartee, charming characters, and heartfelt romance will keep you entertained as you follow the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

As you read through the pages of this timeless tale, you’ll be transported to the English countryside during the early 19th century. You’ll experience the joys and trials of falling in love, as well as the challenges of navigating societal expectations and family dynamics.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women (Bantam Classics)

An all-time favorite, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a heartwarming novel centered around the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – as they navigate love, loss, and the triumphs and tribulations of growing up. The story beautifully captures the essence of family and love during the holiday season, making it an ideal pick for the colder months.

As you read this classic novel, you’ll be transported to the world of the March sisters during the Civil War era. You’ll experience their joys and sorrows, their triumphs and setbacks, and their unwavering love and support for one another.

Whether you’re a fan of classic literature or just looking for a heartwarming holiday read, these timeless tales are sure to capture your heart and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Contemporary Holiday Romance Picks

If you’re looking for a more modern touch to your holiday romance reading list, check out these contemporary options that are sure to dazzle and delight.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

One Day in December: A Novel

In One Day in December, Josie Silver tells the enchanting tale of Laurie, who falls in love at first sight with a man through a bus window on a snowy December day. The story unfolds over a decade of missed connections, heartbreak, and the transformative power of love. This captivating novel is the perfect heartwarming read for the holiday season.

The novel takes place in London, where the snow falls softly and the streets are decorated with twinkling lights. Laurie is on her way home from work when she sees a man at a bus stop. Their eyes meet, and she feels an instant connection. However, before she can do anything, the bus drives away. Laurie spends the next year searching for the man, but to no avail. Just when she thinks she’s lost him forever, he shows up as her best friend’s new boyfriend. The novel explores the complexities of relationships and the power of fate.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date Book 4)

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory follows Vivian Forest, who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when her daughter invites her to spend Christmas at the English royal family’s estate. Along the way, Vivian finds herself falling for the estate’s captivating private secretary, making this modern day fairy tale an enchanting and romantic holiday read.

The novel takes place in the picturesque English countryside, where the estate is decorated with grand Christmas trees and the smell of freshly baked gingerbread fills the air. Vivian is a hard-working social worker who has never taken a vacation. She jumps at the chance to spend Christmas with her daughter, who is a stylist for the royal family. Vivian is swept off her feet by the charming private secretary, Malcolm, who shows her the beauty of the estate and the magic of the holiday season. The novel explores the idea of taking risks and finding love in unexpected places.

Small Town Holiday Romance Stories

There’s something undeniably charming about small town holiday romance stories, where close-knit communities and quaint settings provide the perfect stage for unforgettable love stories to take shape.

As the snow begins to fall and the holiday season approaches, small towns across the country come to life with festive decorations, cheerful carolers, and warm, inviting shops and cafes. It’s the perfect time for love to blossom, as old flames are rekindled and new connections are made.

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel

Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery transports readers to the idyllic coastal village of Mount Polbearne during the festive season. Amidst the holiday cheer, protagonist Polly juggles running her successful bakery and dealing with unexpected romantic twists. The enchanting scenery and heartwarming storyline make this book an irresistible holiday read.

As Polly navigates the challenges of running a business during the busiest time of the year, she also finds herself drawn to a handsome newcomer in town. With his easy smile and kind heart, he quickly becomes a fixture in the village, and Polly can’t help but wonder if he might be the one to help her find happiness this holiday season.

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane (Honeymoon Harbor Book 2)

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross tells the story of Aiden, a young artist returning to his charming childhood hometown after a career-ending injury, and Jilly, the free-spirited woman who captures his heart. This sweet and heartwarming small town holiday romance is the perfect book to cozy up with as the snow falls outside.

As Aiden settles back into the town he left behind years ago, he finds himself drawn to Jilly, a woman whose zest for life and adventurous spirit are infectious. Together, they explore the town’s hidden gems and create new memories, all while falling more deeply in love with each passing day.

Whether you’re curled up by the fire or enjoying a cup of hot cocoa at your favorite cafe, these small town holiday romance stories are sure to warm your heart and leave you feeling full of holiday cheer.

Second Chance Holiday Romance Tales

Nothing warms the heart quite like a second chance love story, especially during the holiday season. Give these unforgettable tales a chance to bring love and hope into your reading list this year.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

Although not a typical romance novel, Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol embodies the spirit of second chances with the heartening journey of Ebenezer Scrooge to redemption. A timeless and heartwarming holiday tale, this story of love, compassion, and forgiveness is one that everyone should revisit during the festive season.

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley

The Holiday Swap: The perfect feel good romance for fans of the Christmas movie The Holiday (The Zara Stoneley Romantic Comedy Collection, Book 1)

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley follows the story of two women, Daisy and Charlie, who decide to trade homes for the holiday season. As they adjust to their new surroundings, they discover the possibility of love and second chances. This delightful story is a heartwarming and charming addition to your holiday reading list.

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

The Mistletoe Promise

In The Mistletoe Promise, two strangers, Elise and Nicholas, make a pact to pretend to be a couple for the holiday season to avoid the pressures of their families. As they spend more time together, they begin to fall for each other and realize that their fake relationship may have turned into something real. This heartwarming tale of second chances and unexpected love will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

The Christmas Secret: The Perfect Christmas Story From a Sunday Times Bestseller

In The Christmas Secret, journalist Alex travels to a small town in Scotland to uncover the truth behind a mysterious disappearance that happened years ago. Along the way, she meets a charming local named Ross and begins to unravel the secrets of the town and her own heart. This enchanting holiday romance is a perfect blend of mystery, romance, and second chances.With these four captivating holiday romance books accompanying you this festive season, you’re bound to feel warm, cozy, and inspired by love. And if you’re still craving more, don’t forget about classics like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, both of which embody the spirit of second chances and the power of love.


What’s the difference between a summer romance book and a holiday romance book?

Holiday romances can happen at any time of the year, just not during work times. However, summer romances are specifically designated for summer, specifically vacations abroad. 

What are some good Christmas romance books?

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren, Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory, and Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle are all great, Christmassy romances.

What is the most popular holiday romance?

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover has received a wide range of praise since its release and is now one of the most popular holiday romance books.

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