Christmas stories to cozy up with

A novella is available wherever you download books right now to get you in the Christmas spirit with “Candy Cane Crime” by Amanda Flower.

Flower brings back a side character from her Amish Candy Shop series to track down a candy cane mystery. While Charlotte has been helping her English cousin, Bailey, with her candy shop, she gets to be in charge of the town’s candy cane exchange, in which notes are exchanged with the canes and delivered. When Charlotte gets one herself signed from a secret admirer, she’s determined to figure out just who it is. And while crime never seems far away from the sleepy town of Harvest, Charlotte just might find some Grinch-y behavior from a town member!

This is a cute novella that is a perfect mix of cozy and holiday spirit with familiar characters.

“Candy Cane Crime” is an ebook available now from Kensington Books.


Four stories by popular authors in the genre are collected in a volume of novellas, “An Amish Christmas Wedding” by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller and Vannetta Chapman.

In “Evergreen Love,” Clipston follows a story of a couple who broke up due to a misunderstanding about a house that must come together to get their siblings married and find their old romance rekindling. In “Holiday of Hope,” Irvin follows the story of a widower who adopts a troubled orphaned boy and the local schoolteacher is the only one who wants to help him break through to his new ward. In “Wreathed in Joy,” Fuller follows two friends who tried to date and couldn’t make it work, which ruined their friendship. When she needs his help, he steps up again, and their friendship seems to be on the mend. Will love follow? And in “A Christmas Prayer,” an older widower and a never married older woman find a common ground with an injured dog. Is it too late for romance?

All are sweet, holiday-themed stories that bring a glow and a message of love and hope.

“An Amish Christmas Wedding” is published by Zondervan.


A couple who buys a table preparing for their new baby is connected to another couple in “The Christmas Table” by Donna VanLiere.

When Lauren finds out she is pregnant and due in December 2012, she and her husband decide they need to get their home ready to be family — and that includes a kitchen table. One bought by a furniture builder at a garage sale seems to do the trick, and as they bring it home they find recipes inside a drawer — from a mom to a daughter, teaching her how to cook, and Lauren begins to follow along. In 1972, John is building a table for his wife, Joan, who is trying to learn to cook while battling breast cancer. How will the table tie the two families together?

This is a sweet story that is a perfect inspirational Christmas read.

“The Christmas Table” is published by St. Martin’s Press.

Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.


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