CHRISTMAS 2022 FICTION: DELAYED FLIGHTS, FAKE DATING AND MISTLETOE ROMANCE, TOO!

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Social media pages and chats are all abuzz for the Christmas movie season about to descend on us. Then there’s me. I’m over here with a scrunched-up face and an opinion that it’s just not quite time yet to begin the movie watching. But of course, I do because I plan seasonal content and the earlier I can engage in this, the better. Since everyone loves the arrival of this, it may stand to reason they are curious about the Christmas fiction of 2022 as well. In an effort to let you know what’s coming – or at the very least, a sampling of this, I’m sharing some of the titles coming to bookshelves.

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Mostly I think the titles are from authors who have already released Christmas fiction. But we may find one or two Christmas novel debut authors. Let’s just get this party started and see who we can find!


CHRISTMAS FICTION OF 2022 BOOK LIST

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MEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE, JENNY BAYLISS

October 18

Follows a woman with a secondhand bookshop who finds herself reuniting with a group of posh classmates, who she never quite fit in with, and a fling, during a wedding weekend. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content

CHRISTMAS BAGGAGE, DEBORAH M. HATHAWAY

October 19

Shaking things up this Christmas, a woman heads to England rather than her usual Christmas plans. Together with her friend, she enjoys all the English things, including the guys… except maybe for her friend’s cousin, who is just a little too annoying. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is described as a clean, sweet, wholesome romance set in present-day

JUST LIKE MAGIC, SARAH HOGLE

Available Now

Using a “spirit” for this plot, it will follow a woman who fakes a perfect life in the aftermath of her family cutting off her extravagant lifestyle choices. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content

SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS, JENNY HOLIDAY

Available Now

An American woman is hired to help straighten the affairs of a royal where she must work closely with the advisor of a king, a straightlaced man who doesn’t have much of a life, having spent much of it in service to the royal family. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content

JACK AND FROST BAKE-OFF, AMANDA P. JONES

November 15

Two people enter a baking competition for very different reasons, becoming competitors, but both learning and finding things neither expects. Amazon | Goodreads

MY KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AMANDA P. JONES

Available Now

After being “ghosted” by possibly the perfect man, a woman struggles with the decision to let him back into her life when he reappears looking to pick up their would be relationship. Amazon | Goodreads

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, MAGGIE KNOX

Available Now

Reality TV stars are forced to pair up on their musical competition when after one random duet together, fans start to love them together forcing them to pretend they like each other when in reality they cannot stand to be around each other. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content

IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS EVE, JEN MCKINLAY

December 6

Despite the plans all laid out for her including a ring, forty-year-old Claire just cannot go through with it. So she escapes on a horse drawn carriage where a bewildered Santa is her passenger. What she doesn’t know is she just may be the perfect person for her passenger, only this could come with unexpected consequences. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content

A NOT-SO HOLIDAY PARADISE, GRACIE RUTH MITCHEL

November 16

When her cruise ship leaves her behind, a woman finds herself stuck with her brother’s best friend over the holidays. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is described as a clean, sweet, wholesome romance set in present-day

THE CHRISTMAS CLASH, SUZANNE PARK

Available Now

The kids of rival restaurateurs, Chloe and Peter, who also aren’t each other’s biggest fans, must join forces if they plan to save their respective family’s businesses. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, may or does contain PG-13 content

ONCE UPON A DECEMBER, ANNE E. REICHERT

Available Now

A divorce aftermath is where Astra’s life is now. But with it in her rearview, this Christmas, she’s ready to have a nice time, and that may just start with getting to know the handsome stranger at the festival bakery. Amazon  | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content

SUGAR PLUMS AND SCANDAL, LAURA ROLLINS

This is a historical fiction novella, which as our commenter Courtney points out, is a rare find, about a woman who finds a gentlemanly man willing to marry her in a convenient union to help save her family. Amazon | Goodreads

BAGGAGE CLAIM, JULIANA SMITH

November 26

Needing a boyfriend during her trip home, a woman finds herself sharing her troubles with the man next to her. Before they know what’s next, they make a plan for him to pretend to be her nonexistent boyfriend, which all of her family is expecting to meet. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, may or does contain PG-13 content

FAKING CHRISTMAS, CINDY STEEL

November 2

After a little white lie, a woman has to “fake date” the man she loathes most during family traditions and a Christmas getaway. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is described as a clean, sweet, wholesome romance set in present-day

ONE LAST GIFT, EMILY STONE

Available Now

Following the death of their parents, siblings cling to each other and their friend, Sam, as the only people they have. But then Cassie loses her brother and finding a scavenger hunt from him, she must decide if she’s brave enough to accept this last thing from the bother who meant so much to her. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content

THE POLITICS OF CHRISTMAS, DREW TAYLOR

Available Now

On the cusp of realizing her dreams, a woman has to unexpectedly fly home when her mother becomes ill, which brings her face to face with her ex! Amazon | Goodreads

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HOLIDAY ROMANCE, CATHERINE WALSH

This one sounds like lots of fun about two friends who, each year at Christmas for the last ten years, share a Chicago to Dublin flight home for Christmas. Only this year, more than one thing goes wrong. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content like “mildly descriptive sex scenes.”

MERRY EX-MAS, COURTNEY WALSH

October 25

Chasing the ideal career as the host of Good Day Denver, a woman has an even greater surprise during her trip home which is seeing her EX in her HOUSE! Amazon

JUST FOR DECEMBER, LAURA JANE WILLIAMS

November 24

Taking place on the set of a film, the plot follows the writer of a Christmas movie film and the actor playing its lead. Amazon | Goodreads

Note: this is secular fiction and based on what research says, contains PG-13 content

MORE TITLES TO CONSIDER!

Titles linked to Amazon

The Holly and the Ivy (Historical Fiction Novella Collection)

A Cat Cafe Christmas, Cody Gary (Secular Fiction)

Christmas Together, Bell Renshaw (Contemporary romance)

Have you read any of these? Do you plan to? Are any on your must read lists? Are you a Christmas fiction reader? Comment all of your comments; I’d love to hear your thoughts and chat!

PS; Add what Christmas novels you’re reading (or wrote!) and if they fit within the titles here, I’ll try my best to add them within two days to the list.

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4 comments

  1. What a fun list! There are several new to me titles on here. I’ll have to seek them out! I’m very excited for Courtney Walsh’s new one, and Amy Reichert’s looks good.

    I’m also excited for a new one by Laura Rollins, Sugar Plums and Scandal. It’s a historical novella. I find Christmas historical stories more rare, so they’re fun to seek out.

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