Shannon's Season's Readings

eBooks to match your Hallmark movie addiction

So have you been binging on Hallmark movies until  your teeth ache because of their saccharin sweetness they provide you?

Yep, me too and I'm loving almost every minute of it.

So in this edition of Shannon's Season's Readings I wanted to show you where many of those movies had their beginning. . . on the pages of a book, of course.  You will see some very familiar authors of course and I included a link to the eBook version of the book, because that is how I read my ooey gooey sappy Christmas books, so no one will judge me.   That's okay though, you go ahead, these are available in print too, read away, I won't judge you!


Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Emily Springer, widowed mother of one, decides to leave Leavenworth, Washington, to spend Christmas with her daughter in Boston.

Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays--except he's thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!

Through an internet site, Charles and Emily arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston--and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover that it's not the prison town--it's Santa's village! The place is full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and...elves.

Meanwhile, Emily's friend Faith Kerrigan travels to Leavenworth to visit her and instead finds Charles the grinch. Then Charles's brother, Ray, shows up at his home in Boston to discover that he isn't there--but Emily is.

Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge in unexpected ways. Because everything changes at Christmas!

This is the one starring Faith Fairchild. It's a pretty true adaptation and leaves you with all the feels.

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.

Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:

1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day

The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets.

Starring Jamie King, a very satisfying watch and read for all of your Hallmark wishes.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington, D.C., to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

As you can see this is Hallmark's blockbuster of the season with high ranking names like Kimberly Williams Paisley, Dermott Mulroney, and Danny Glover.  The movie was decent, but the essence of the message is really captured in the book.

Created by Shannon Kazmierczak on Dec 5th, 2017 @ 2:59 PM.
Updated on Dec 6th, 2017 @ 2:59 PM.