Apologies! I’d meant to have this particular list up last week, but life intervened. So, better late than never, if you like historical holiday-themed novels, you’ll probably like….
— Mary Balogh’s A Christmas Promise, a classic Regency marriage of convenience story with a holiday twist;
— Jo Beverley’s Christmas Angel, another Regency marriage of convenience from a master of the genre;
— More Jo Beverley, in this case Winter Fire, a Georgian-set romance. It’s part of her Malloren series, but I read this one– and loved it– before I’d read any of the others in the series;
— Eloisa James’s An Affair Before Christmas, part of her Desperate Duchesses series, also Georgian (I do love the Georgians);
— Carla Kelly’s Marian’s Christmas Wish, a very sweet, traditional Regency;
— One of my regular Christmas re-reads used to be Judith McNaught’s Regency-set short story, “Miracles”, in A Holiday of Love;
— Inching forward to the Victorians, Lisa Kleypas’s A Wallflower Christmas, the follow-up to her wildly successful Victorian-set Wallflowers quartet (although non-Christmas related, my two favorite Wallflower books are Secrets of a Summer Night and The Devil in Winter);
— Moving from romance to mystery, there’s Deanna Raybourn’s latest installment in her Lady Julia series, Silent Night, a Christmas-themed novella;
— Tracy Grant’s His Spanish Bride, which takes place in December, ending just at Christmas, a prequel novella to her Malcolm and Suzanne series;
— Stephanie Barron’s Jane and the Wandering Eye, one of her wonderful Jane Austen mysteries, set around Christmas 1804;
— Rhys Bowen’s The Twelve Clues of Christmas, the latest in her Jazz Age-set Royal Spyness series;
— Mystery novelist Anne Perry has written a mind-boggling number of Victorian-set Christmas stories (rather like Debbie Macomber’s Angel books, I tend to get rather confused when trying to remember which is which): there’s Silent Nights: Two Victorian Christmas Mysteries, A Christmas Homecoming, A Christmas Odyssey, and A Christmas Promise, to name just a few.
I know I’ve left out a mind-boggling number of books– and half of them will hit me once I’ve published this post. Help! What are your favorite historical holiday reads?