Avon Books’ Christmas Guide
It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is just a few weeks away and we couldn’t be more excited! As wonderful as it is with the endless parties, mountains of mince pies and gallons of mulled wine, it’s also a very busy season and there’s lots going on. Now, we know some of you are super organised and have your Christmas shopping done already but you might still be hunting for those last few presents to put under the tree and in stockings. Fear not, for we have the perfect – if we may say so ourselves – Avon books Christmas guide to help you make all the right choices this year for the special people in your life.
For all the busy ladies who are rushed off their feet; whether you’re holding it down at work or trying to plan a special time for the family at home, we know that there’s nothing more important than a bit of me time and we’ve got a fabulous festive treat to help you get cosy and wind down. A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft is the one! Georgine has always loved Christmas. That is, until her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts and a broken heart. She throws herself into organising the local school’s Christmas show to distract herself, but when a handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, she may need another method… A fabulous, feel-good Christmas romance, we’re sure you’ll adore this seasonal gem.
For the one who likes tearjerkers, we recommend An Orphan’s Wish by Molly Green. Set in 1943, this poignant novel takes you back to a time when war was raging. Set in Liverpool, Lana takes on the role of headmistress and teaches children from the local village as well as the nearby St. Barnado’s orphanage, trying to part with the ache of loss and take her mind off things. The children desperately need her help and Lana finds herself fighting for everyone’s happiness, but one young girl shows her that there is a way through the darkness – because even when all seems lost, there is always a glimmer of hope to be found… Grab the tissues!
Now, for the one who’s after a thrill, we have a fantastic new release – Cuckoo by Sophie Draper. A chilling debut about a young woman, Caro, who seeks refuge from a tough relationship by returning to her childhood home in Derbyshire after the death of her wicked stepmother, Elizabeth. Although she’s in search of a new start, she can’t help but find herself tugged by the past when she goes through Elizabeth’s things and starts to unravel the truth behind their tumultuous relationship – are some things better left hidden? Prepare to be spooked.
For the dad who loves adventure, we have The Rebel’s Revenge by Scott Mariani. If you’re looking to get him off the couch this season, this isn’t the way to go BUT we can promise adventure, action and to get his heart pumping (without the gruelling cardio)! When ex-SAS major Ben Hope is taking a holiday, he seems to find himself caught up in state-wide manhunt where he’s the target. Desperate to clear his name, he journeys to the heart of Louisiana’s swampland to track down the killers of an innocent woman who was slaughtered in a vendetta dating back generations. It’s time to join the hunt.
This one is a winner for your mum who loves pacey crime. Bestselling author Mel Sherratt’s Hush Hush is sure to keep mum on the edge of her seat this season. When a killer runs rampant attacking people in the places they feel most safe, it’s up to DS Grace Allendale to put a stop to it. But all clues lead to local crime family the Steeles and suddenly it’s not so clear-cut anymore… because they’re Grace’s family. Now she must make a choice – her team or her family. Is blood really thicker than water?
For the pet lover in your life, we give you our favourite furry friend, Alfie. Our cool cat has had many adventures but in his latest book, Alfie in the Snow by Rachel Wells, he finds himself and his kitten, George trying to save Christmas! When a new family moves onto Edgar Road, Alfie and George couldn’t be more excited – they’ll be perfect neighbours, right? Wrong. One little misunderstanding gets blown out of proportion and suddenly the whole street is at war! It’s up to Alfie and George to save the day.
The next one is for those who like love a bit of suspense – something that makes the skin crawl and the hairs stand. Introducing Perfect Silence by Helen Fields! The body of a young girl is found dumped by the roadside near Edinburgh and there’s a gruesome discovery: the outline of a doll carved into the victim’s skin. D.C.I Ava Turner and D.I Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby… Who’s next to be silenced in this cruel game? Bit of advice from us here at Avon: reader should have thick skin – no pun intended.
For the one who wants to be swept away by romance and is binging on Netflix Christmas movies, we recommend Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley. When Maisie moves back to Gull Island to help her parents run the very cosy Driftwood Inn, she can’t help but feel scarred by the painful memories of the previous year when she lost everything. However, things start to look up when a handsome Patrick arrives to help out around the inn. Finding herself attached, Maisie can’t bear the thought of saying goodbye after Christmas, but maybe a little magic can help her hold on to her happiness?
Finally, for the one who likes a roller coaster of a read, there’s The Fear from Sunday Times bestselling author C.L Taylor. When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life but it all ended rather messily with Lou left disillusioned. Now 32, Lou discovers the Mike is involved with another teenager and she’s determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, but what if she falls victim to his predatory ways again? A psychological thriller you’ll happy sink your teeth into, The Fear is full of twists and turns – sure to add more excitement to any holiday.
There you have it Avon readers, our guide to a perfect, bookish Christmas. We hope you’ve found something for everyone – even yourself – and enjoy this wonderful season with all of your loved ones. Now, God rest ye merry gentle(wo)men!