Christmas Pop: Fiction Previews, Sept.–Oct. 2020, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

A sleigh full of Christmas fiction for the holidays.

Cameron, W. Bruce. A Dog’s Perfect Christmas. Forge. Oct. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9781250163585. $15.99. CD. HOLIDAYS

Colgan, Jenny. Christmas at the Island Hotel. Morrow. Oct. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780062911407. $27.99. lrg. prnt. HOLIDAYS

Evans, Richard Paul. The Noel Letters. Gallery: S. & S. Oct. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781982129606. $21.99. CD. HOLIDAYS

Evans. Richard Paul. The Noel Collection: The Noel Diary; The Noel Stranger; Noel Street. Gallery: S. & S. Oct. 2020. 960p. ISBN 9781982153632. $61.97. HOLIDAYS

Gray, Shelley Shephard & others. Amish Christmas Twins. Kensington. Sept. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781496717856. pap. $15.95. HOLIDAYS

Macomber, Debbie. Jingle All the Way. Ballantine. Oct. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781984818751. $20. CD/downloadable. HOLIDAYS

Macomber, Debbie & others. Together for Christmas. Mira: Harlequin. Oct. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9780778309901. $16.95.

Mallery, Susan. Happily This Christmas. HQN. Sept. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781335448958. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781335081285. pap. $16.99. HOLIDAYS

Novak, Brenda. A California Christmas. Mira: Harlequin. Sept. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780778310129. $28.99. HOLIDAYS

Roberts, Sheila. One Charmed Christmas. Mira: Harlequin. Sept. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780778360926. pap. $15.99. HOLIDAYS

VanLiere, Donna. The Christmas Table. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9781250164674. $17.99. CD. HOLIDAYS

Yates, Maisey. The Last Christmas Cowboy. HQN. Sept. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781335448989. $28.99. HOLIDAYS

After numerous No. 1 New York Times best-selling doggie delights, Cameron returns with A Dog’s Perfect Christmas, featuring a peppy puppy easing a family’s tough holiday problems (300,000-copy first printing). In Colgan’s Christmas at the Island Hotel, set on an island between Scotland and Norway, new hoteliers Flora MacKenzie and brother Fintan get ready to open for the holidays while island-girl Isla loves her posh new waitress job and kitchen assistant Konstantin, secretly a duke’s son sent to learn about hard work, starts liking the environs (100,000-copy paperback and 30,000-copy hardcover first printing). The standard bearer for Christmas fiction, Evans keeps on glittering with The Noel Letters (200,000-copy first printing), which adds to the pleasures of the three previous “Noel” books gathered in The Noel Collection. Three authors pull together heartwarming Amish family stories in Amish Christmas Twins , with Gray featuring two orphans anxious because their foster parents are expecting (“The Christmas Not-Wish”), Rachel J. Good revealing how Elizabeth Yoder—who has lost her husband and unborn child—finds a way to celebrate Christmas (“New Beginnings”), and Loree Lough imagining two determined people helping four children create a Christmas surprise for their parents (“Twins Times Two”). In Macomber’s Jingle All the Way, work-obsessed Everly Lancaster escapes the holidays for a tour of the Amazon river basin with handsome guide naturalist Asher Adams but suddenly feels she should go home for a snow-flecked Chicago Christmas. Macomber also joins with Brenda Novak, Sheila Roberts, and RaeAnne Thayne for a quartet of never-in-book-format stories in Together for Christmas. In Mallery’s Happily This Christmas, single mom Wynn Beauchene helps cute neighbor cop Garrick ready his home for his visiting daughter, and the rest is romance. Novak’s A California Christmas offers a new “Silver Springs” story to match the shine of the holidays (400,000-copy mass market and 10,000 hardcover first printing). In Roberts’s One Charmed Christmas, emotionally burdened Catherine Pine escapes the holidays by taking a European river cruise, where not one but two suitors—a doctor and a chocolatier—await (75,000-copy first printing). In Donna VanLiere’s The Christmas Table, John Creighton builds a table for his wife in 1972 and a pregnant Lauren Mabrey finds its decades later at a garage sale, with fabulous recipes stuffed in a drawer (150,000-copy first printing). Finally, Yates’s The Last Christmas Cowboy features sweet young Rose Daniels’s efforts to match her sister with family friend Logan Heath for the holidays, except maybe she and Heath are the real match (400,000-copy mass market and 10,000 hardcover first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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