Season’s Readings at Alliance Public Library

The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini: Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique–an annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, but it may take a holiday miracle to make it the smashing success they want it to be.

The 19th Christmas by James Patterson: A fearsome criminal known only as ‘Loman’ seizes control of the headlines with a deadly surprise for Christmas morning. Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women’s Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.

Dachshund through the Snow by David Rosenfelt: This Christmas, lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, decide to help Danny and his dachshund, Murphy. Danny asked Santa for a coat for his mother, a sweater for his dachshund, Murphy, and for the safe return of his missing father. It turns out Danny’s father doesn’t want to be found. Now Andy and his eccentric crew dash to reunite a family in time for Christmas.

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas: As the holiday season begins, Laurel McCullough could use some good news. She and her husband, Zach, have been praying for a baby that seems more and more like an impossible dream, and they’ve had to move in with her grandmother, Helen, who’s having trouble taking care of herself. Then Mrs. Miracle appears at the door and reveals herself to be nothing short of a godsend.

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: Things are looking cheerier than ever this Christmas, until Becky’s parents ask if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong? Her sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave–again, and little Minnie demands a very specific picnic hamper: Surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old-boyfriend-turned-rock-star and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear.

Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans: The year is 1975. Elle Sheen–a single mother who is supporting herself and her six-year-old, African-American son, Dylan, as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner–isn’t sure what to make of William Smith when his appearance creates a stir in the small town of Mistletoe, Utah. As their lives unexpectedly entwine, Elle learns that William, a recently returned Vietnam POW, is not only fighting demons from his past, but may also have the answer to her own secret pain.

Let it Snow by Nancy Thayer: Christina is preparing for the holidays at her Nantucket toy shop when her landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raises her rent. When Christina bonds with Wink, his sweet, young granddaughter who frequents the shop, it becomes clear that perhaps he isn’t so cold after all. And with the help of Wink’s uncle, who happens to be a charming and very handsome bachelor, this may be the best Christmas any of them could have ever imagined.

Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels: At the request of her late grandmother, Joy temporarily takes over a bed and breakfast in North Carolina. Rumor has it that, during holiday season, guests can be reunited with the spirit of a loved one who’s passed on. Joy’s skeptical, yet she feels her beloved Nana’s influence all around her … perhaps even indulging in a little matchmaking between Joy and handsome estate attorney Will Drake.



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