There are many holiday novels published in the months leading up to December. We've read (well, devoured) two titles that are sure to put you in a festive mood!
One Day in December by Josie Silver
I stayed up far too late finishing this one last week! It's the story of Laurie, a twenty-something Londoner who thinks meet-cutes and love at first sight are only in the movies. Then on a snowy December day while she's riding the bus, she locks eyes with someone outside and absolutely knows he's the one. The bus pulls away before he can climb aboard or she can jump off. After she thinks she'll never find him, Laurie meets him again. But it's when her best friend Sarah introduces him as her new boyfriend, Jack.
The book follows the two for 10 years and alternates between Laurie's and Jack's point of view. The 10 years are filled with so many emotions, and I was along for the ride! This book is like if the movies Love Actually and Bridget Jones's Diary were combined into the most wonderfully British rom-com. Laurie and Jack are pretty messy characters, sometimes unlikeable, and always filled with some cuss words. Objectively, there were a lot of tropes, it was a tad predictable, and the story was a bit choppy since it covered 10 years in 400 pages. However, I still enjoyed every page! If you're looking for a good holiday romantic comedy, this one is for you!
Shanel Slater, Teen Services Specialist
Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler
This holiday novel was a surprise for me. I was expecting something very forumlaic and was pleasantly surprised and reluctant to turn the last page. Haley Hanson is a driven ad agency executive, and she’s got a chance to finally become partner in her Boston ad agency with one last big successful campaign. Tyler Toys wants a new ad campaign, and Christmas features prominently in their brand. When Haley sees her chance to pitch the campaign slipping away, she begs her boss to give her a chance. He agrees, on one condition: she has to attend a week at Christmas Camp to regain her Christmas spirit. Reluctantly, Haley goes, determined to complete camp early and work on her campaign while she’s at camp.
It doesn’t quite work out that way for Haley, as she meets the other participants at Christmas Camp and learns she’s got to complete daily tasks in order to earn her certificate of completion. She finds out her phone and laptop are taken away each day so she can concentrate on the activities designed to help campers realize what’s important: family time, traditions, snow ball fights, and decorating trees. Haley is a bit of a scrooge, but you find out why, and that helps endear her character and certainly makes you cheer her on! I think the idea of a Christmas Camp is genius, and I hope somewhere one actually exists. This novel will be a TV movie in the very near future, so keep a look out for it. Meanwhile, read the book!
Sue Gerth, Collection Strategies Manager