Hey, friends! Welcome to day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas! Today we will be taking about 11 of my favourite independently published Christmas stories. 🙂 Please do check out (my) reviews before purchasing a book, of course. 😉 My reviews can all be found on the Goodreads pages. 🙂
And now let’s get started!
1. Christmas Collection by Rebekah A. Morris.
Yes, yes, I know, this isn’t ONE book. But it’s a collection… of amazing Christmas stories. Okay? 😀 They’re all pretty great, but here are my favourites!
- The Christmas She Wanted.
- At the Christmas Lodge.
- Home for Christmas.
- Christmas Delays, & Other Short Stories.
- First Christmas in America.
- A Police Force for Christmas.
- Providence Christmas.
2. Sincerely, Jem by Kate Willis.
My name is Jessie. I’m an expert at introversion and cheesecake eating. (#skillz) I’m trying to become a writer, but gathering inspiration = social interaction, so… no.
The world’s best mail carrier suggested I get a pen pal, so this is the story of that pen pal experiment and the beautiful way it opened my eyes.
Merry Christmas and much cheesecake to you!
This lighthearted novella is inspired by Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster and originally appeared in the anthology A Very Bookish Christmas.
Daddy-Long-Legs meets Kate Willis and Christmas. 😀 That basically sums up the book! It’s so fun, guys. 😀
3. Emmanuel by Angela R. Watts.
“Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. . .”
In dystopian America, with civil unrest and wars among the states, illegal activity is rampant and only the strongest survive. Reese Burns is one of the strong fighters. He doesn’t need Jesus to fight, either.
Ezekiel, a ten-year-old child living in a fight dome, insists he get the answer about the story of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Reese sets out to find the boy the best gift he’s capable of giving. The story of Jesus. The story only brings Reese pain at first, but then he’s forced to make a choice when a miracle happens. Can Reese choose faith in an unseen God in the midst of chaos?
An Infidel Books short story prequel.
I will not lie—this story kind of inspired Chords + Notes + Strains. ;P I enjoyed this one because it was sweet and heart-tugging and full of the reason for Christmas. ❤
4. Beyond the Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton.
Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she.
Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside.
But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her.
On a fateful night at a party she vowed she’d never attend, she comes face to face with a shocking truth.
As the world around her teeters on the brink of war, Eliana struggles to figure out just where her loyalty lies; a decision that will drastically change the course of her life. Will she ever be free to see what lies beyond the horizon?
Magic-less fairytale retelling + WWII Austria + a cool pilot hero + Cinderella plot… mm, yes please!
5. Gingerbread Treasures by Rebekah Jones.
Missing Gingerbread Men are the Key…
Oliver Breckenridge has a case — one he’s willing to fly all the way across the pond at Christmastime to look into.
Emily Willis says it all started with the gingerbread men. Then came the dognapping. And then the email…
Despite mounting clues, Oliver and his ad hock team of investigators aren’t getting anywhere. Add in a man Oliver hoped never to see again, a few rumors, and even more inconsistencies, and matters aren’t clearing up.
Finding the “gingerbread treasure” might turn out to be more than they bargained for.
Sherlock fans will enjoy this clever retelling of The Sign of Four! It included SO many of the elements from the original tale but turned them into something new. I was so impressed!
6. Red Boots by Kate Willis.
Old Joey’s lips fell open in astonishment as he examined a pair of boots. They were bright red, standing out like a forgotten apple on an autumn tree. He whistled, long and low. “Red boots!”
A pair of shiny red boots bring unexpected Christmas joy to a shopkeeper and a little girl.
A very short story.
Well, yes, here’s another Kate Willis book because she’s amazing. 😀 This one is just tiny but SO sweet!!
7. Noelle’s Gift by Amanda Tero.
Mama needed happiness for Christmas, but Noelle was only eight. What gift could she give?
A short story.
Another short story that’s super-duper sweet and satisfying. <33
8. Molly & Anna by Sarah Holman.
Originally part of the A Very Bookish Christmas novella collection
With the death of her sister near Christmas time, Lacie becomes the guardian of two girls of mixed heritage. Caring for them is harder than she ever imagined. She’s confronted daily with memories she would rather forget and her own prejudice. No matter what, she is determined to give her two nieces the best Christmas she can.
Molly hasn’t seen her aunt Lacie in a long time, but she is determined to be glad, like in the book Pollyanna. It isn’t as easy. She misses her parents, her home, the mission her parents worked in, and her friends. She cannot understand why Aunt Lacie doesn’t like to talk about her father, but she will do whatever she needs to make a new start for her and her sister.
Another retelling, because yes, I love retellings. This is a sweet little retelling of Pollyanna with SUCH a good message!! <33
9. Wind Chimes by Victoria Minks.
Christmas is a day of forgiveness, love, God, and family, no matter where you live or when you lived. These stories will take you somewhere long ago, and yet much like today.
With a touch of humor and a family-loving gentleness, these stories carry all the hope of Christmas.
The Wind Chimes— Still bitter over a hurtful mistake a year ago, Martin Roebuck meets the despised doctor on Christmas Eve.
The Two Runaways— Lost while running away from home, Albert Russell is taken in by an old man, who seems to also have past grievances.
On the Fourth Floor— Though living on the same floor, George Nolan and Christin Rimmers overlook each other— until a common challenge brings them together the night before Christmas Eve.
The Spinster— Wanting to avoid Christmas loneliness, Milly Lambert finds herself in the cabin of an old woman who holds a wise secret.
The Broken Man— Criminal Arch Fisher attempts to take advantage of a kindly old settler in the woods, but things go miserably awry.
Winifred’s Adventure— Elderly couple Amias and Winifred Hambly—eager for an uncommon life—discover a dying mother the day before Christmas.
I think this one is a Christmas staple for me, haha. I’ve read this probably every year around Christmas since I first got it when it first released! It is such a sweet, sweet collection. And if this copyeditor can ignore the flaws, so can you. ;P
10. Gift From the Storm by Rebekah A. Morris.
One cold, dark evening a young stranger appears outside the Morgan home with two small children. Injured and on the verge of complete exhaustion, she will only say that her name is “Amy.”
Where did she come from? Who is she? And what has she been through? Dr. Justin Morgan and his family look for answers as they struggle to minister life and health to the needy ones in their midst.
Mystery! Sweet family relationships! A little romance! Christmas! <33 Oh yes, I really enjoyed this book and must read it again soon!
11. Least of These by Kate Willis.
The Christmas before Kiera turned eighteen…
A surprise snowstorm has Kiera’s family and friends full of merriment, but the thought of homeless orphans weighs heavily in the back of her mind. But what can she do to help them?
A short story.
Wrapping up with a last Kate Willis short story. This one is a prequel to a book I haven’t read yet (I know, I know!!!) and it is just… yes, sweet. 😉 I love sweet Christmas stories, okay??
Soooo there you are!! Tell me what are some of YOUR favourite Indie Christmas books!!
P.S. Don’t forget the giveaway! Faith is giving away a Christmas Prize Pack. The giveaway opens December 14th at 12am ET and closes Christmas Eve night. The winner will be announced Christmas Day. Here’s the link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4a652fbb10/?
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