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Holiday Fiction


By Kathy Pillatzki
Assistant Director
Henry County Library System

  Everybody needs a break from the holiday rush, and what better way to relax than with a good book? Itís hard to completely switch gears and get your mind off of holiday preparations, though. Happily, lots of bestselling authors have released new fiction with a seasonal flair, so you can read and stay in the holiday spirit at the same time!

  Anne Perry, best known for historical mysteries including the Thomas Pitt series and the William Monk series, has published a Christmas-themed story every year since 2003. Typically, Perry chooses a minor character from one of her series books, and fleshes out that personís story in a short, holiday-themed novel. The seasonís offering is A Christmas Hope, featuring Claudine Burroughs, a worker at a womenís clinic in the Monk series. While they include characters from her seriesí books, each of Perryís Christmas novels works fine as a stand-alone, so you need not have read the series to enjoy them.

  A perennial favorite at the libraries, Mary Kay Andrews has just released Christmas Bliss. A resident of Atlanta and Tybee Island and a former writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Andrews writes fun, breezy novels with settings and characters that are instantly familiar to anyone raised in the south. If youíre a fan of her writing, be sure to go back and read the ten Atlanta-based mysteries she wrote between 1992 and 2000 under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck.

  Romance readers will appreciate new releases by several bestselling authors. A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods, A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer, and A Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs are now available on library shelves. For romance with a western flair, try Merry Christ-mas, Cowboy by Janet Dailey or White Christmas by Diana Palmer. Those who enjoy their romance with a little suspense might like Debbie Macomberís newest release, Starry Night, while fans of inspirational fiction will enjoy A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson.

  Those who prefer their Christmas fiction a little grittier might like Robert B. Parkerís, Silent Night: A Spencer Holiday Novel. To the great regret of his legions of fans, Parker passed away in 2010, leaving this partially complete manuscript. It was finished by his longtime agent and literary executor, Helen Brann. Critical reviews have been mixed, but most agree that all of the classic Spenser elements are here: an underdog in need of Spencerís help, a mystery that can only be solved by good old-fashioned street work, and mouth-watering descriptions of Spencerís cooking. Followers of the series will be satisfied.

  No time to read a full-length novel? No problem! Holiday editions of your favorite magazines are on the shelves as well, including Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and Southern Living, all rich sources of inspiration for decorating and cooking this season. No time to even visit the library? Also no problem! We offer free digital access to over 60 favorite magazines, available by visiting our website and clicking on the Zinio icon under ďOnline Resources.Ē December issues of Country Living, Family Circle, Redbook, Taste of Home, and Every Day with Rachael Ray are just a few clicks away.

  These titles are available at all five Henry County libraries. Check one out today, or ask our staff to recommend their holiday favorites!



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