Heartwarming Christmas Reads & Chick Lit &Women Fiction Books

Even though I’m not a big fan of Christmas, I do love to drift off into another place with a good Christmas book from the chick lit or women’s fiction genres. There’s nothing like a heartwarming read to give you a bit of Christmas spirit.

Here are a few that I’ve read in the last couple of years. Some are currently only 99p on Kindle and we all know how important budget is at Christmas. Have a look at my suggestions and let me know your favourites.

This post includes books reviews for:

Ellen Berry – Snowdrops on Rosemary Lane

Emma Heatherington -Rewrite the Stars

Claudia Carroll – Meet Me In Manhattan

Cressida McLaughlin – Christmas on the Canal Boat Café

Kate Hewitt – A Cotswold Christmas

Camilla Isley – A Christmas Date

Debbie Johnson – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe

Melissa Hill – Christmas in New York


Heartwarming Christmas Reads – Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction Books


Snowdrops on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

Snowdrops on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry is endearing and heartwarming. It has a sad backdrop but is a beautiful read. Snowdrops on Rosemary Lane is the tale of Lucy getting her life back in track, setting up her own business in a Yorkshire B and B, and settling into country life with her two children. There’s a lovely surprise at the end which makes it a wonderful heartwarming read at this time of year.

After reading the acknowledgement, I found there is a whole series of Rosemary Lane books and that I’ve read many titles by Ellen Berry under the name Fiona Gibson. That will be more added to the TBR pile then.

book cover for Rewrite the Stars by Emma Heatherington. has a white background with blue snowy scene with a man and woman standing together

Rewrite the Stars by Emma Heatherington

Rewrite the Stars by Emma Heatherington is the perfect read for anyone who believes in love at first sight or hopes for a reconnection with a lost love. Do you ever wonder about the one that got away or what could have happened if you’d taken a different path?

Last year A Miracle on Hope Street by Emma Heatherington was my favourite Christmas read of 2019. Rewrite the Stars gives it a good run for top spot and could quite possibly be my favourite Christmas read for 2019.

This love story is about Charlotte (Charlie) and her first love who she meets many years after their last meeting as teenagers. It is often very sad as it deals with depression, guilt and family loyalty, yet heartwarming and thought provoking at the same time.

I read Rewrite the Stars in one day over 4 hours and couldn’t put it down. Add a few extra minutes on to that as I struggled to read the end through the tears. If you’re looking for a moving Christmas love story this one is for you.

Emma Heatherington wins again at Christmas.

cartoon girl sitting on front of canal boat with long brown hair and ginger cat

Christmas on the Canal Boat Café by Cressida McLaughlin

Long term readers may remember me mentioning the Canal Boat Café by Cressida McLaughlin as being one of my favourite reads of 2017. Well, I finally got round to reading parts 5 and 6 which cover the festive season.

You don’t have to have read parts 1-4 first as there is a little bit of recap in the Christmas editions (although I recommend that you do because they are lovely stories). You do, however, need to read or part 5 and 6 together and in order.

In these two novellas, you get more tales of canal life as the roving gang meets up in Little Venice London for the Christmas season. The stories provide a bit of nature, mystery, romance, and friendship, as well as two lovely furry companions.

Both parts are a good couple of hours reading. I thoroughly recommend reading the whole series, parts 1-4 can be bought together or separately.

Warning of food craving alert for macaroons, bacon rolls and gingerbread spiced lattes.

book cover picturing the silouette of a woman and man standing on a bridge of the manhatten sky line

Meet Me In Manhattan by Claudia Carroll

Dubliner Holly discovers the pitfalls of internet dating as she converses online with Andy, an American pilot. The story is set over Xmas and it’s quite clear that Holly certainly detests this time of year, although it takes a while until you find out exactly why.  Things don’t go to plan as she visits New York to confront Andy. She tries to turn the disaster into her advantage to progress her career as an investigative journalist. During her quest, we visit all the usual tourist spots as well as a few new ones.

The story takes a serious downward turn both stateside and in Dublin. The negative world of online media is shown at it’s worse. I will leave it to you to read to find out how it all ends, no spoilers here.

cartoon scene of house in the country surrounded by snow

A Cotswold Christmas by Kate Hewitt

Local boy Colin comes to New Yorker Anna’s rescue when she finds herself with nowhere to stay after her holiday B & B gets flooded. This is such a lovely Christmas romance and is the first in the Willoughby Close series of which I will definitely be reading more of.  The novella is approximately a 2 hour read.

book cover huge pile of presents in red white and blue with silouette of a man and woman in read

A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley

This is an enjoyable afternoon’s read about a seemingly successful woman who hires herself a boyfriend for the Christmas holidays rather than face her family as a singleton.  There’s lots of sibling rivalry and it’s rather sad how the relationship between mother and daughter is portrayed whilst the family meets up in a small town USA outside of New York.

This novella contains a bit of slapstick, some sexual attraction, and the inevitable romance. It makes for an easy read in the lead up to Christmas. This is part three of a four-part series but can be read as a stand-alone book no problem.

cartoon book cover of a house in the country surrounded by snow and blue skies

Debbie Johnson – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe

I immediately loved this story. You were just sucked right into the family and cafe that was set in a beach location in Dorset. The main character, Becca, had a believable tragic past but the story was enveloped in love. What a great idea the Comfort Food Cafe is.

This was the first book that I read by Debbie Johnson some years ago and I went on to read the whole series. The Gift at the Comfort Food Cafe is another festive offering from Debbie Johnson.

Read more about what I thought of The Comfort Food Cafe books and a post that I went on to write about someone special inspired by the series.


Melissa Hill – Christmas in New York

Predictable romance scenario that is made more enjoyable by the background of visiting the New York tourist attractions at Christmas.  Well written and a pleasant enough way to spend half an hour when you don’t want to read anything too taxing. Do check out other titles by the same author though as they are very good and there is sometimes a free Christmas trilogy on Amazon Kindle.


A Miracle on Hope Street – Emma Heatherington

Just in case you missed my review last year, I wanted to include this in this selection. As I mentioned in the review of Rewrite the Stars earlier, it was my best Christmas read of 2018 and is probably one of my favourite Christmas books ever. A story of understanding, compassion and hope, with a little bit of romance thrown in too. You can read more in my full review of A Miracle on Hope Street.

book cover with house in a snow globe and title
I hope this will give you a few ideas for some festive reads.

Do you have any Christmas reads to suggest? It would be great if you could share the titles in the comments below. 

You may like to read:

* Free Christmas Kindle Reads

* Fabulously Festive Christmas Reads

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You can find links to all my Christmas and book-related posts below.

Author’s Twitter: @FionaGibson @debbiemjohnson @melissahillbks @emmalou13 #CressidaMcClaughlin #KateHewitt @camillaisley

Author’s Instagram @melissahillbooks @emaaheatherington @katehewitt1 @cressmclaughlin

6 thoughts on “Heartwarming Christmas Reads & Chick Lit &Women Fiction Books

  1. Rewrite the Stars sounds pretty cool. I guess we all have that young love that didn’t quite work out. It’s interesting to picture what would happen if it had. I had a young love once who liked to bake cookies. When I tried them, they were…well, maybe it’s good it didn’t work out. Ha. Or who knows? Maybe she’s a wonderful cook, now. Sounds like a very cool read, though. Great post!

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