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From Victorian mystery tales to wartime dramas to contemporary romance, here are six festive books to enjoy over the Christmas season. Don’t forget the mince pie and mulled wine!

Snow Angels by Nadine Dorries

The fifth book in Nadine Dorries’ Lovely Lane saga returns to Liverpool for more emotional drama with the nurses and doctors of St Angelus Hospital.

At this point in the series the characters feel like extended family and you’ll be rooting for them as they struggle with pregnancy, adoption and the hospital hierarchy.

Against a suitably wintry 50’s backdrop, this is the ideal book for anyone who enjoys a traditional story with plenty of heart.

Buy Now: Snow Angels – Head of Zeus, £4.50

 

Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove

Searching for something a little different from the usual festive reads?

Look no further than this new Sherlock Holmes historical mystery, which sees the famous detective and his sidekick Watson investigate the case of a woman who believes she’s being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.

Not only is this an entertaining and atmospheric classic Holmes-esque story, but it’s also a beautiful book that you’ll want to revisit year after year.

Buy Now: Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon – Titan Books, £9.35

 

A Christmas Gift by Katie Flynn

Forced to flee her home in the middle of the night, sixteen-year-old Lizzy Atherton joins forces with her old school friend and an escaped evacuee as she tries to find her mother amidst the chaos of WWII.

This cosy wartime tale, which transports readers to Liverpool in 1939, is an uplifting story about friendship, fortitude, love and family.

Don’t miss the delicious mince pie recipe in the bonus content at the end.

Buy Now: A Christmas Gift – Arrow, £7.76

 

Snowed in at The Practice by Penny Parkes

Snuggle down with the final book in the delightful Larkford series, which first captured readers’ hearts in 2016 with Out of Practice.

Centred around a country medical practice in the Cotswolds, this fourth instalment is full of romance, secrets and rivalry as it follows the tight-knit community of doctors and patients we’ve come to know and love.

Add in some canine fun and you’ve got yourself the perfect festive read.

Buy Now: Snowed in at The Practice – Simon & Schuster, £5.75

 

Coming Home To Winter Island by Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas’ unputdownable winter novel is the kind of story that demands to be read beside a roaring log fire with a warming hot toddy in hand.

Arriving just in time for the festive season, the book centres on singer Ruby who travels to a remote Scottish island to help her ailing grandfather and gets more than she bargained for.

It’s not strictly a Christmas tale but it’s a lovely mood-lifting book for these cold, dark days.

Buy Now: Coming Home To Winter Island – Headline, £5.70

 

The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a snowy seasonal story by Heidi Swain.

The Christmas Wish List ticks all the boxes for a feel-good festive book: Small town vibes? Check. Romance? Check. Holiday cheer? Check, check.

Fans of the Wynbridge book series will devour this glittering Yuletide tale that’ll have you laughing one moment and tearing up the next. Pure escapism.

Buy Now: The Christmas Wish List – Simon & Schuster, £5.75

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