More holiday-themed novels to read

There are more books with holiday settings to enjoy this season!

A petsitter gets involved in a holiday mystery in “A Midwinter’s Tail” by Bethany Blake.

Daphne and her small town are all gearing up for the town’s Bark the Halls Ball, with a special guest, CeeCee French, a native of the town who has founded a chain of pet care franchises and is going to put a flagship store in their town, which will definitely compete with Daphne’s friend Moxie’s Spa and Paw. And it certainly makes her suspect number one when CeeCee is found dead under the town’s Christmas tree with Moxie’s pet shears in her. Daphne is determined to prove her friend didn’t do it, and with the help of her Basset Hound, she’s going to do it before Christmas is ruined.

A cute cozy mystery with a focus on pets, this will appeal to genre fans and give them a seasonal treat.

“A Midwinter’s Tail” is published by Kensington. It is 47.99 and 333 pages long.

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New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock tells a story of second chances and holiday romance in “Catching Christmas.”

Finn used to be the owner of a restaurant — until the economy took away his dream. Now driving a cab, he happens upon an elderly woman named Callie, who needs him to take her to the doctor. He quickly realizes she is having memory issues and shouldn’t be alone, and triggers his own guilt about not taking good care of his mother during her final days, and decides to stay with her to make sure she’s alright. When she calls the next day to ask him to take her shopping, he wonders where her family is. Then he meets her granddaughter, Sydney, who is trying to balance her high-stakes job and take care of her grandmother. Miss Callie wants to find Sydney a date, and wants Finn’s help. But does she want him to help find her a date, or does she want him to be the date?

This is a sweet romance story that is full of heart and perfect for the holiday season.

“Catching Christmas” is published by Thomas Nelson. It is $17.99 and 277 pages long.

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Love triangles go to the dogs in “Mutts and Mistletoe” by Natalie Cox.

Charlie is not having a good Christmas. Her boyfriend just dumped her for his personal trainer, her mother has went off with her new husband for the holidays and her apartment just got destroyed in a gas leak. Literally not having anywhere to go, she decides to visit her cousin, Jez for the holidays. But once there, it turns out Jez wants her to run Cozy Canine Cottages, her business for her until New Year’s. With not a lot of options and needing the money, she agrees. Her Christmas seems like it’s going to be spent with a pregnant Beagle named Peggy, Slab the poodle and Remus and Romulus, the Malamutes. If that wasn’t enough, she has a cute but annoying vet named Cal who keeps her on her toes, and Hugo, who always wants a favor, especially for her to watch his deaf Great Dane. Will Charlie’s holiday literally go to the dogs or is a romance on its way?

With plenty of rom-com humor and some cute animals, this will be a sweet holiday treat that will leave readers howling for more.

“Mutts and Mistletoe” is published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. It is $13 and 310 pages long.

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And for those who love cats, is a sequel to “Molly and the Cat Cafe” in “Christmas at the Cat Cafe” by Melissa Daley.

Debbie runs a small town cat cafe with the help of resident cat Molly and her kittens. Debbie’s sister, Linda, arrives in town, heartbroken, and Debbie knows she has to have her move in. Unfortunately, Linda has brought her dog, Beau with her and the cats are not thrilled. Molly also has the issue of a new cat moving in on her turf. While Christmas is coming and that means tinsel and family, it also brings its own set of problems. Will the cats and Debbie and her family have a good Christmas?

A cute story of holiday miracles and warm and fuzzy cats, this will be purr-fect for cat lovers.

“Christmas at the Cat Cafe” is published by Thomas Dunne Books. It is $27.99 and 305 pages long.

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A grieving family finds new life in an old house in “A Christmas by the Sea” by Melody Carlson.

Wendy has recently inherited an old beachside cottage in Maine, and needs a way to pay off the debts after her husband’s death. She decides to move herself and her 12-year-old son there and renovate the property so it can be sold. Jackson, her son, sees the cottage as a way to have a fresh start somewhere else. With the help of local craftsman, Caleb, Wendy is hoping to get the property ready by Christmas. But while she wants to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, the lure of the seas starts to pull her to a new home and possibly a new love.

With a lovely setting and great holiday spirit, this is a story that will warm readers’ hearts.

“A Christmas by the Sea” is published by Revell. It is $16.99 and 176 pages long.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.

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