As some of you may know I have a love hate relationship with Christmas.
I love the idea but hate the reality. The heat, the shopping, the crowds. The whole general un-Christmasy feel of it all.
I want snow damn it.
Thick, white, glorious snow that you can make snowmen out of or lay down on, making Christmas angels. And I want a roaring fire that I can curl up in front of with a pile of books and a cozy blanket. And I want Christmas markets where I can buy egg-nog and mulled wine and Christmas cookies and gingerbread men and beautiful hand made Christmas ornaments.
Basically I want the Christmas of my dreams. Until then I just have to settle for the huge range of Christmas books that we have got at Auckland Libraries to fulfil my Christmas wishes.
Calling Mrs Christmas / Carole Matthews
"Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born."
Wish upon a star / Trisha Ashley.
"Single mum Cally’s life is all about her little girl Stella. But life gets very tough when Stella gets sick. Balancing her job as a recipe writer and looking after Stella is all consuming, so when Cally meets handsome baker Jago the last thing she wants to do is fall in love...
Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' sweetshop / Jenny Colgan
"Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie?"
Take me home for Christmas / Brenda Novak
"Christmas is a time for remembering
. Too bad all memories aren't pleasant. Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town's Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned. But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions and is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted."
Just for Christmas / by Scarlett Bailey
"When Alex Munro learns that the love of her life is getting married to another girl, all she wants is to be alone. Moving to a Cornish cottage Alex finds that her new neighbours are determined to involve her in their madcap Christmas festivities. Then she meets her sexy neighbour Ruan - and somehow Alex doesn't want to be alone this Christmas after all. But having lost one fiance, Ruan has no intention of letting anyone get close to him again."
The cowboy's Christmas courtship / Brenda Minton
"With her mortgaged farm and two jobs, Layla Silver is struggling to keep afloat for the holidays. But does she need Gage Cooper riding to her rescue? Back in high school, Gage was nobody's hero. Now he's an
injured bull rider home for Christmas to make amends for his checkered past. And something about the stubborn, beautiful Layla has him wanting more than forgiveness. Can a wandering cowboy turn a Christmas courtship into an everlasting love?"