4 Holiday books to get you in the Christmas spirit

Good, quality family time is part of what makes the holiday season so special, but sometimes, you just need to escape for a bit and get some alone time. Sneak away and dig into one of these new holiday-themed books. You’ll reemerge ready to let the festivities carry on. All quick reads, they’re also perfect to get lost in while you’re traveling.

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“2 A.M. At The Cat’s Pajamas” by Marie-Helene Bertino

Three different storylines are woven together in this heartwarming story, which was just released in paperback. Set in Philadelphia, it all takes place over one extraordinary night. Sarina is a teacher who just moved home, after getting divorced. She’s on her way to a dinner party, nervous about seeing her high school crush. Madeline is a nine-year-old aspiring jazz musician with high hopes for what this Christmas Eve has in store. Lorca owns a local jazz club, but is struggling to pay the rent. He’ll need a Christmas miracle to keep it open. You’ll enjoy seeing how everything plays out and it will remind you of life’s small, everyday miracles.

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“The Mistletoe Inn” by Richard Paul Evans

The author of “The Christmas Box” is back with another enjoyable love story. Kimberly used to dream of becoming a famous romance novelist, but she’s had her heart broken so many times that she’s on the verge of giving up on love, let alone mustering up the energy to write about it. In a last ditch effort to get her inspiration back, she decides to spend Christmas at a writing retreat. Once there, her heart is opened in ways she never could have predicted.

“Naughtier Than Nice” by Eric Jerome Dickey

If you’re looking for something extra steamy to keep you warm, reach for this enticing new romance novel and sequel to 2003’s “Naughty or Nice.“It’s about three adult sisters, all dealing with their own complicated romantic conundrums. Though their family is tight-knight, each hides her own dark secret, and as secrets often do, these ones won’t stay hidden for long.

“A Gift From Bob” by James Bowen

If you loved James Bowen’s New York Times bestseller “A Street Cat Named Bob”, you’ll love this inspiring story just as much. This book is about a time during the holidays when Bowen was a struggling street musician. The streets were cold and Bowen didn’t have anywhere to go or much to eat. When an abandoned cat, Bob, came into his life, it motivated him to keep living and not give up. The holidays can be a rough time, but hope comes in unexpected ways.

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