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The air is cooler. The leaves are turning vibrant colors. You’ve been given the green light to order a variety of spiced items–pumpkin, apple, cinnamon–without being publicly shamed. You’re looking forward to the holidays that are just around the corner. The shopping, the family, the food.
the shopping, the family, the food. The other two sound nice, but end up ruining the third by giving you massive amounts of heart burn.
In truth, what you are really looking forward to are the nights spent in cozy pajamas beneath a pile of blankets watching the endless stream of Hallmark Christmas movies. Amiright?
That Hallmark sure knows how to to set up some romantic expectations. And deliver every time. It doesn’t matter how corny the meet-cute is, or how obvious the ending appears, I can’t peel myself away. I have to hang around for that kiss. You know, the one you get in the final two minutes of the show. Man, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I cannot wait.
So, if you’re like me, a romantic
sucker at heart and you want to treat yourself, or if you know someone who is and want to make your shopping a little bit easier this year, check out this list. 20 Christmas Gifts for Hallmark Fans Who Love to Read is full of gift ideas for anyone who loves Hallmark Christmas movies and also loves to read!
Below, I’ve featured a few of Hallmark’s signature series that first started as books. Before we get started, let’s take a moment to appreciate these fantastic cups… I think I need one.
That’s right, the current hit Chesapeake Shores is actually based on a series of novels by Sherryl Woods. The series consists of 14 novels, which can all be found here.
Within the 14 novel series, there are FOUR Christmas-themed books. That is quite alot for any series. So, if you know someone who loves Chesapeake Shores, consider giving them the entire series, or start with these Christmas-themed stories. They’re sure to excite the booklovers on your list who love Hallmark Christmas, too!
A quick summary from Amazon: “After years apart, Mick and Megan O’Brien are finally ready to make it official…again. Most of their grown children couldn’t be happier about their rekindled love and impending marriage this holiday season. Only Connor is a holdout. Driven to become a divorce attorney after what he views as his mother’s abandonment of their family, Connor’s not about to give his blessing to this reunion romance. ”
A quick summary from Amazon: “Dating Matthew O’Brien—a playboy and a younger man—cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love—and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew’s objections.
But the O’Brien family has other ideas, and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about the trip. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?”
A quick summary from Amazon: “As the only child of a single mom, Jenny Collins wanted nothing more than to be part of a large, rambunctious family like the O’Briens. Ironically, though, when her mother married into that family, Jenny found herself feeling more like an outsider than ever.
Now, after years in Nashville as an established songwriter, Jenny’s drawn back to Chesapeake Shores to collaborate on a Christmas production…and to make peace with the past. As if that’s not challenging enough, Caleb Green, the singer who broke her heart, has followed her to town, determined to win her back.”
A quick summary from Amazon: “For the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she’s sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with family medicine resident Noah McIlroy, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well-laid plans for the future. It doesn’t help that Noah—with a whole lot of help from her O’Brien relatives—is completely on board with the prospect of marriage and happily-ever-after.”
Although Cedar Cove has wrapped up filming, it remains a Hallmark Channel favorite. I mean, who doesn’t love Andie MacDowell?
The show is based on a series of popular books by the wonderful Debbie Macomber. This series consists of 12 novels and you can find the entire list here.
Within the actual 12-book series, there is only one Christmas novel.
A quick summary from Amazon: “The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.
But…someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters, Bailey and Sophie, have invited their dad, Beth’s long-divorced husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.
As always in life—and in Cedar Cove—there are surprises, too. More than one family’s going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!”
However, in addition to the single Christmas novel, Debbie Macomber did publish an anthology of Cedar Cove Christmas stories outside of the 12-book set.
A quick summary from Amazon: “First, drop in at 5-B Poppy Lane, where you’ll get a chance to visit with Helen Shelton, her granddaughter Ruth and Ruth’s husband, Paul. They’ll offer you a cup of mulled cider and the story of how they met—and they’ll share Helen’s breathtaking adventures during the Second World War.
Then drive out to Grace and Cliff Harding’s place. They have a small horse ranch not far from Cedar Cove. Mary Jo Wyse and her little girl, Noelle, will be there, too. Join them in reliving their memories of the Christmas Mary Jo came to Cedar Cove, pregnant and alone, and had her baby in the Hardings’ stable (well, actually the apartment above it). That’s the night firefighter Mack McAfee began to fall for Mary Jo and the idea of a family—with her.”
Debbie Macomber is actually renown for her cookbooks, in addition to her fiction. For most people, a cookbook is always a welcome Christmas gift and either of the two below are sure to delight.
And, if cooking isn’t your thing, she’s also an AVID knitter with several books on the topic!
When Calls the Heart
Despite the drama Lori Loughlin is currently ensued with, When Calls the Heart is one of my favorite Hallmark shows. It is based on a series of novels by Janette Oke. I’ve featured the first novel, the namesake of the show, on my blog along with a companion discussion guide and recipe.
It should be noted that the show is loosely based on the novels and is actually considerably different. However, many people enjoy both. The novels are part of a series of six that can be found here.
While there is no Christmas-themed novel in the set, there are a few other Hallmark Christmas for booklovers options for readers who are also lovers of the show.
This devotional looks so sweet and is sure to help anyone get into the right perspective this Christmas. Here’s a quick summary from Amazon: “When God Calls the Heart at Christmas is about a celebration of faith, family, friends, and the most meaningful Yuletide traditions. Inspired by best-selling author Janette Oke and the Hallmark Channel original TV series When Calls the Heart, these twenty-five devotions not only explore “God-moments” from the series, but also commemorate favorite holiday recipes, stories, and traditions—many of them contributed by the Hearties, the beloved fans of the show.”
In addition, the creators of the devotional have made a separate journal to “give you a place to keep those wonderful Christmas memories as you celebrate faith, family, friends, and the most meaningful Yuletide traditions.”
Since Abigail Stanton runs a restaurant on the show, it’s no surprise that there are several cookbooks for fans by fans. Check out the first edition here and the second and third below.
At Home in Mitford
In case you missed it, Hallmark made At Home in Mitford, the series by Jan Karon, into a movie. Whether or not they did the book any justice is up for debate. However, if you haven’t read the series yet, then hopefully Hallmark at least piqued your interest.
At Home in Mitford is the title book to the 14 book Mitford series by Jan Karon. It’s one of my favorite feel-good, small-town romances (and really much more than that). In fact, I featured it on my blog alongside a companion discussion guide and recipe.
If you’re curious about the entire 14 book series, check it out here.
Of the 14 books, there is only one Christmas book.
Here’s a quick summary from Amazon: “Since he was a boy, Father Tim has lived what he calls “the life of the mind” and has never really learned to savor the work of his hands. When he finds a derelict nativity scene that has suffered the indignities of time and neglect, he imagines the excitement in the eyes of his wife, Cynthia, and decides to undertake the daunting task of restoring it. As Father Tim begins his journey, readers are given a seat at Mitford’s holiday table and treated to a magical tale about the true Christmas spirit.”
In addition to Shepherds Abiding, Jan Karon did write two special Christmas stories for Mitford fans: The Mitford Snowmen and Esther’s Gift.
If you love Father Tim’s wisdom and the inspired sermons, meetings, and quips he shares throughout the book, you’ll love these companion books as well. Bathed in Prayer, A Continual Feast, and Patches of Godlight.
I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book where so much delicious food is eaten by the characters. It’s no surprise that Jan Karon released a cookbook to rave reviews. If you were drooling over all of the roasts, stews, casseroles and pies mentioned in the book, be sure to check it out.
Love Comes Softly
Last, but not least, is Love Comes Softly. Hallmark made several movies from the 8-book series by Janette Oke (yes, the same author who wrote When Calls the Heart).
I read Love Comes Softly many moons ago in high school and loved the book so much that I read almost the entire series. I revisited Love Comes Softly recently and featured it on the blog with book club discussion questions and a companion recipe.
It’s been a while since Hallmark released the films, but they are still a favorite of many viewers. If you haven’t read the book series, let me encourage you to do so. Check them out here.
Although it wasn’t part of the original book series, Love’s Christmas Journey is a Christmas film inspired by the books. It was well received by fans of the series and sure to be a great gift if you happen to know one.
I hope you’ve enjoyed 20 Christmas Gifts for Hallmark Fans Who Love to Read! Holiday shopping is no joke and I hope this makes your experience a little easier this year! Check out part 2 of this series, 14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans!
Until next time, Happy Reading!
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