The best cosy Christmas feel-good books

Grab a mug of hot chocolate and a mince pie, snuggle up on the sofa in your cosiest Christmas jumper and enjoy these festive romantic fiction books – perfect for fans of Christmas movies like Holidate and The Christmas Switch and indeed anyone looking to feel festive! 

The countdown to Christmas is on! If you're a fan of all things festive, read on for our edit of the best fiction books to cosy up with this Christmas. They're guaranteed to get you feeling Christmassy.

For more inspiration, discover our edit of the best short books and novellas, perfect for reading over the Christmas break.

Christmas By Candlelight

by Karen Swan

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Christmas by Candlelight is the new cosy christmas story from Karen Swan. It’s three days before Christmas and starting to snow when Libby and her new boyfriend reluctantly attend her university reunion. Hosted by Archie Templeton, the heartbreaker of their group, at his grand family estate, the night is a great success until they go to leave: the road is now impassable and they’re given a bed for the night. At first, being snowed in together is fun as the old friends wait in high spirits for the farmer to clear a path. But as hours pass with no news, everyone grows restless. Then the power goes out . . .

The Christmas Postcards

by Karen Swan

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Natasha and her husband Rob's make or break holiday takes a turn for the worse after their daughter's beloved soft toy disappears on their journey home. After looking to social media for help, Natasha discovers Duffy who's adopted the toy as his lucky mascot as he treks across Nepal. The pair begin a correspondence that soon becomes meaningful to them both, until one day Duffy heads deeper into the mountains and the messages stop. Spanning the snowy Cotswolds to the majesty of the Himalayan foothills, The Christmas Postcards is the perfect cosy festive romance.

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The Plight Before Christmas

by Kate Stewart

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Whitney is not having a merry Christmas. In the last three weeks she’s lost her boyfriend and a promotion; and now she's forced to gather at her grandparents’ cosy cabin for the holidays with her large family. Then, to make matters worse, she discovers her old boyfriend, Eli, on the doorstep. Now she’s stuck for a week with Eli, the only man to ever break her heart. And he’s ready to win her back. The Plight Before Christmas is a second-chance, Christmas-themed sexy romance from Kate Stewart, author of the Ravenhood series.

A December to Remember

by Jenny Bayliss

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Half-sisters Maggie, Simone, and Star are forced to rekindle their broken relationship following the death of their father, Augustus. They are confronted by Augustus's will, which requires them to navigate trials together to unlock their inheritance. Spending the winter months at Rowan Thorp, a charming village where they spent much of their childhood, stirs up feelings with forgotten flames, and makes the sisters confront the lives they’ve left behind. As old wounds resurface and long-buried secrets come to light, the sisters must learn to work together if they hope to succeed.

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

by Jenny Bayliss

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In Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Jenny Bayliss, author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas, brings us a festive romantic comedy. As the only single person at a school friend's lavish wedding, Nory seeks a moment of peace. But, this is soon interrupted as she encounters Isaac – the castle's gardener and her former school rival. Soon, an astonishing secret about Isaac's past unravels and Nory finds herself in a unique position to help right this wrong . . . 

The Winter Children

by Lulu Taylor

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After years of IVF, Olivia and Dan’s beloved twins are born. Overjoyed, the young family move to Renninston Hall, a huge Elizabethan house belonging to absent friends, and it would seem that Olivia and Dan are set to have a picture-perfect winter. But as they begin to enjoy the life they've always dreamed of, a secret at the heart of their family begins to unravel – one that Olivia does not yet know. And the house, too, holds dark secrets within . . . 

A Winter Memory

by Lulu Taylor

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Sitting on the edge of a loch in the west of Scotland, Ballintyre House has always attracted romance. There's Helen, who years ago fell for charismatic Hamish, now shelters in the house with him from the scandal that cost him his job. When his brother's wife goes missing, only Helen seems to notice or care. Back in the late 60s, Tigs has fallen for James Ballintyre, and her heart is broken when he marries Josephine. Generations of love and obsession come together, as Helen searches for a missing woman, and confronts difficult truths about her own decisions.

A Marvellous Light

by Freya Marske

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For fans of Bridgerton who'd like to welcome magic into their lives. Set in an alternative Edwardian England, this is a comedy of manners, manor houses, and hedge mazes: including a magic-infused murder mystery and a delightful queer romance. Young baronet Robin Blyth thought he was taking up a minor governmental post. However, he's actually been appointed parliamentary liaison to a secret magical society, and he’ll need the help of Edwin Courcey, his adversarial magical-society counterpart, as together they discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles.

Christmas with the Teashop Girls

by Elaine Everest

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Christmas with the Teashop Girls stars Rose Neville and the staff of Lyon's Teashop in Margate as they navigate life at war, along with love, family drama and, for Rose, an upcoming Christmas Eve wedding to her dashing fiancé, Captain Ben Hargreaves. This heartwarming 1940s-set Christmas love story is packed with nostalgia, bravery and hope. 

The Christmas Train

by David Baldacci

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Full of magic and mischief, David Baldacci's Christmas novel is perfect for fans of The Christmas Chronicles and Just Another Christmas. It's the story of disillusioned journalist and modern-day Scrooge Tom Langdon, who – after a misunderstanding at the airport – is forced to take the train across the USA to reach his family in time for Christmas Day. With a cast of characters who take Tom on a journey of self-discovery, this novel will win over even the most dedicated Grinch this Christmas. 

Royal Holiday

by Jasmine Guillory

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It's the holiday of a lifetime for Vivian Forest, when she gets to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a member of the royal family. Excited to spend the holidays taking in the sights and sounds of Britain, Vivian doesn't expect to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, whose charming accent and unyielding formality warm her heart. Malcolm Hudson has never given a personal tour in his time with the royals – until now. When Vivian's return flight approaches, she and Malcolm will have to decide if this is simply a holiday romance or a love affair to change their lives.

A Dog's Perfect Christmas

by W. Bruce Cameron

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Cosy up by the fire with your furry friend and this feel-good festive read, ideal for fans of Netflix Original A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale. A Dog's Perfect Christmas is the poignant story of a family who open their hearts to new possibilities and meet a very special puppy along the way.

Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

by Maya Angelou

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More than a writer, Angelou is a wise historian, an advocate for peace, and a champion for the climate, as well as a patriot, a mentor, and a friend. The wisdom and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there is always cause for celebration. Celebrations is a collection of timely and timeless poems that are an integral part of the global fabric. Several works have become nearly as iconic as Angelou herself. She writes of celebrations public and private, a bar mitzvah wish to her nephew, a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey, and a memorial tribute to the late Luther Vandross and Barry White. A collection to be cherished and shared.

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

by Jenny Colgan

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Jenny Colgan's feel-good fiction is all about the magic of new beginnings, and so this Christmas story set in Cornwall is perfect for fans of 2006 movie The Holiday. Polly is looking forward to baking up a storm at her Little Beach Street Bakery and settling in for her first Christmas with boyfriend Huckle, until a storm threatens to cut off the island's power and ruin everything. With her perfect Christmas at stake, it's up to Polly and the villagers to save the day.