Winter is made for sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. If you are in need of some new reads pick up and pre-order these books to make the most of #cozyseason! From holiday romance, to complex women’s fiction, to inspiring poetry and prose there is something for everyone on this list.
The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks by Julie Valerie
Wife, mother, and an aspiring filmmaker, Holly Banks wants it all, but that’s a little difficult to do when her husband has a new and demanding job, her daughter is having a hard time reading, and her mother is back on the dating scene. Just when Holly thinks things are at their roughest, her dog digs up an ancient artifact in her village center, and the media goes crazy. Will Holly be able to unpack, launch her business, and prepare her film script for submission? Or will she succumb to the stress?
Layla by Colleen Hoover
After an unexpected attack leaves Layla, the woman Leeds loves in the hospital for weeks, she physically heals, but is mentally and emotionally scarred. Wanting to put their relationship back on track, Leeds takes her to the bed and breakfast they met at, but Layla’s behavior takes a turn for the worst. Feeling distanced from Layla, Leeds meets and shares a connection with Willow, another guest at the B&B who shares his concerns. As Leeds realizes he has to pick one of them, he learns that the wrong choice could be determinantal for all of them.
Memories in the Drift by Melissa Payne
Ten years ago, Claire Hines lost her unborn child and now suffers from short-term memory loss after a tragic accident. Claire goes about her daily life using notes, calendars, fractured pieces of her past, and of course, her supportive father. Even though Claire wants to regain her memories, there are some memories of her mother and her ex-boyfriend that she can do without. However, when both her mother and ex-boyfriend come back from the past, Claire will have to confront her pain and learn about healing and forgiveness so that she can move on.
Outlawed by Anna North
Anna North’s Outlawed is a fresh, page-turning western saga featuring an irresistibly no-nonsense, courageous, and determined heroine. It’s 1894 and 17-year-old Ada’s life is on the right path, but after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving this life behind. She joins the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid who is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang devises a plan that may get them all killed.
Mistletoe and Wedding Bells by Ashley Farley
In the third installment of the Hope Spring Series, three women try their best to find their happily ever after, but they all come across hardship. Stella needs to gain custody of her half-sibling, Presley Ingram needs to plan Stella’s wedding instead of her own, and Cecily Webster has to choose between marriage or her successful career.
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
Raffy loves his art as a costume maker and only wants to wow at the big upcoming cosplay event where others can see his work and perhaps give him a sponsorship that can potentially lead to art school. Only problem is, his ex-boyfriend Luca, is his competition. They were the perfect match until Raffy’s ambition and Luca’s insecurities clashed and ruined everything. Now, the two boys are going to have to work together and Raffy will have to confront his unresolved feelings for Luca and his own self-doubt to get what he wants.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Maelyn Jones hates her life because she has a dead-end job, she sucks at romance, she lives with her parents, but worst of all Maelyn has just spent her final Christmas in her favorite place ever – the snowy Utah cabin that she and her family have spent every holiday since her birth. When Maelyn is driving home from her day at the cabin, she asks the universe to show what will make her happy. Suddenly, she gets into a car wreck and wakes up on a plane bound for Utah to relive the same holiday over and over again. Will Maelyn be able to break free from the mysterious time loop? Or is she stuck forever?
Waiting For The Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton
Cadie Kessler, a forestry researcher, has spent years of her life trying to cover up a dark secret. That is, until her estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie back to her childhood home where they are forced to face the secret that ended their childhood. Now all grown up, Cadie must face the truth and decide what she can sacrifice in order to protect the people she loves and the forest she loves.
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
Darren is twenty-two-years-old and is unambitious. He is happy working at a Starbucks, hanging out with his girlfriend, and living with his mother who only wants to see him live up to his potential. However, this all changes when Darren runs into Rhett Daniels, the CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s coolest tech startup. Darren endures training and makes it into the sales team of the company only to discover he is the only black person there and so he creates “Buck,” a ruthless salesman who his loved ones don’t even recognize. But things turn tragic at home and Buck soon realizes that he must teach young POC how to infiltrate America’s salesforce.
If I Tell You the Truth by Jasmin Kaur
After surviving a sexual assault that leaves her pregnant, Kiran leaves her home in Punjab and heads for Canada. However, being in Canada undocumented and with an expired visa leaves Kiran and her daughter Sahaara vulnerable. Sahaara on the other hand would do anything for her mother, especially when she learns about her past which compels her to her justice for her mom. Even if it means challenging the powerful man who hurt her.
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
When Reese’s partner, Amy decides to detransition, Reese feels that her almost perfect life is falling apart. As Amy becomes Ames, he and Reese call off their relationship which leads Reese into a self-destructive pattern and Ames into unhappiness, but he is determined to get her back. However, when Ames learns that his boss and lover is pregnant with his child, he wonders if this is the chance, he’s been waiting for to form a family and raise the child together.
It’s all Love by Jenna Ortega
Actress Jenna Ortega shares a collection of quotes and affirmations about growing up in Hollywood as a Latina, going through love and heartbreak, depression, and losing loved ones. Jenna’s words will remind her readers that everyone struggles, but that they are not alone.