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14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans

*If you are new here, WELCOME! In this post, I’ll share 14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans!

14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans
14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans

In my last post Hallmark Christmas for Booklovers, I shared gift ideas for booklovers who also love Hallmark shows. Specifically, I highlighted these shows: Chesapeake Shores, Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart, At Home in Mitford, and Love Comes Softly. If you love those shows or are an avid Hallmark fan and are looking for unique gift ideas, check out the post.

In this post, I’m going to share 14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans. I hope you enjoy this list of delightful holiday-themed finds for the Hallmark lover and reader in your life and buy a couple for yourself while you’re at it.

Let’s start with this factoid–Did you know that Hallmark has it’s own publishing company? That’s right, the eponymous Channel has it’s own line of books.

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The Light We Lost Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Light We Lost, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

The Light We Lost Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Light We Lost Book Club Questions and Recipe

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo was a book that kept surfacing in various places on the internet for me, so I decided to read it. It’s been a featured book for Reese’s Book Club and received rave reviews many places. I, personally, have decided not to “review” books here and offer a star rating and I think this book is a perfect example of why.

The Light We Lost
by Jill Santopolo

Jill Santopolo’s writing in The Light We Lost was superb. There were several lines that really made me stop and think. Often, I had to set the book down and walk away for a while to process the reactions it stirred in me. To me, this is a sign of great writing.

All of that said, this book seems to be very polarizing. You either love it or hate it. You can read the wide range of reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. Again, this is what I think makes a great book club book–one that gets you thinking and talking whether you love or hate the characters. It is a great example, though, of how people can experience books so differently based on their own life experiences, opinions, and values. The very reason I steer clear of rating books.

I hope your book club will consider featuring The Light We Lost if it hasn’t yet. It will definitely spur a good discussion. Below, I’ve provided your group with several book club questions and a recipe for The Light We Lost, so if you are looking for food ideas and more, keep reading!

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20 Christmas Gifts for Hallmark Fans Who Love to Read

*If you are new here, WELCOME! In this post, I share 20 Christmas gifts for Hallmark fans who love to read!

20 Christmas Gifts for Hallmark Fans Who Love to Read
20 Christmas Gifts for Hallmark Fans Who Love to Read

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.

Okay, maybe 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!

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The Nightingale Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Nightingale, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

The Nightingale Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Nightingale Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Nightingale Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Nightingale Book Club Questions and Recipe

If you haven’t read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, I highly recommend it. In fact, it was the book that stirred the passion in my heart again for reading and story telling. I had been reading and studying fiction for a while when I decided to read The Nightingale. And, after reading it, I thought THIS is exactly what a good story should be for a reader.

The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale is an all-encompassing experience that wears you out by taking you through the full range of emotions and leaves you contemplating life. And, a book with a steady plot full of twists and turns.

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The Goldfinch Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Goldfinch, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

The Goldfinch Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Goldfinch Book Club Questions and Recipe

The Goldfinch has been on my reading list for quite a while. Generally, I like to read or at least be informed about Pulitzer Prize winners and usually they are good picks for book club discussions. Although, I will say the last few I’ve read have been hard to read and I’ve taken a step back from the list in recent years. However, when I saw that The Goldfinch was made into a major motion picture, I decided it was time to read it.

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

Here’s the deal about Hollywood that doesn’t always apply to acclaimed literary fiction–they (usually) produce movies with a good plot. Literary fiction doesn’t have to have much of a plot to still win awards. The writing and character development are more important.

So, I figured that The Goldfinch would be a good merger of quality writing, character development, and plot.

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The Great Alone Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Great Alone, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

The Great Alone Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Great Alone Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Great Alone Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Great Alone Book Club Questions and Recipe

I’ve been interested in the Vietnam War and it’s aftermath for a while now, so when I saw The Great Alone from Kristin Hannah, who is one of my favorite authors, I had to read it. I was actually able to listen to it on audiobook and it was fantastic, if you get that choice.

The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah

If you’ve read The Nightingale and loved it, you’ll love this book, too, although it’s very different. This novel centers on the relationship between a mother and a daughter. There is a love story and triumph in the midst of (alot) of tragedy, just like in The Nightingale, but this is a very different read centered on the mother/daughter struggle.

This book will leave you thinking and by the end of it you’ll be holding your loved ones a little tighter, which makes it a great choice for a book club. If it’s on your list, I’ve provided book club questions and a recipe for The Great Alone, so if you’re looking for food ideas and more, keep reading!

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Where’d You Go Bernadette Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Where’d You Go, Bernadette, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

Where'd You Go Bernadette Book Club Questions and Recipe
Where’d You Go Bernadette Book Club Questions and Recipe

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? This book ranks alongside other fantastic works like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine that deal with mental health with humor and grace. If your book club hasn’t read Where’d You Go, Bernadette, I highly recommend it as a read that is quirky, humorous, and still carries enough weight to facilitate a great discussion.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

The great news is that Where’d You Go, Bernadette was released in 2012, but is still timely and relevant. A lot of book clubs prefer to read books easily found at the library, and, by now, your library should have plenty of copies. You can also buy it in mass market paperback for fairly cheap.

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Then There Was You by Kara Isaac Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Then There Was You by Kara Isaac, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac Book Club Questions and Recipe
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac Book Club Questions and Recipe

As a (mostly) traditional reader, I haven’t read many books that have been indie published. So, I decided to change that. Insert Kara Isaac and Then There Was You. Wow. I was beyond pleasantly surprised.

Then There was You
by Kara Isaac

Of course, this book won a RITA in 2018, so I’m not sure why I was so delighted to find out how awesome it was! It is an inspirational (faith) romance, but can easily be enjoyed by any reader. However, as a Christian, I found this book to be a breath of fresh air compared to other titles I’ve read.

It was just so REAL. I loved the characters, the romance, and the plot. I hope you do, too!

I wanted to share this gem here as a book club suggestion for groups who might be looking for a feel-good inspirational read that still has depth. If that’s your group, I hope you’ll take a chance on this read. I’ve provided book club questions and a recipe for Then There Was You to facilitate your meeting! So if you are looking for food ideas and more for your book club meeting, keep reading!

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The Rosie Project Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Rosie Project, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

The Rosie Project Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Rosie Project Book Club Questions and Recipe

If your book club needs a good laugh or a feel good book, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is the book for you. From page one, I loved the narrator’s voice and couldn’t stop smiling. As someone who works in a business office during the day, I have met so many Don’s that I can’t count them. Too bad they weren’t as funny or redeemable.

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion

This book really was a breath of fresh air to me. I’ll be interested to know if you felt the same. Even though it is a rom-com essentially, I had no trouble finding more than enough book club questions and a recipe (ummm, margaritas anyone?) to compliment the book.

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Inspirational Quotes from Books

Below I’ve shared some of the best inspirational quotes that I have found while reading books. Anything concerning faith. I hope you enjoy the images. Feel free to share across all social media sites, but please give www.bookclubbites.com credit!

Let me know in the comments below what inspirational quotes from books have struck you while reading. Faith can guide us through the toughest times. Since many characters face extreme circumstances, it’s often their faith that gets them through. I know that for me, that’s true. Here are some of my favorite quotes about faith that inspire me. I hope they inspire you, too.

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At Home in Mitford Quote – Forgiveness
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