Episode 9 – Holiday Romance

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This episode of the Feminist Romantic is all about the holidays! Scroll below the show video for a complete list of titles mentioned in the podcast.

For Hanukkah:

  • Erotic: Matzoh and Mistletoe, by Jodie Griffin (* I somehow managed to skip over this one on my outline!)
  • Sweet
    • Lighting the Flames: A Hanukkah Story, by Sarah Wendell
    • Lights, Latkes, and Love: A Holiday for Romance Novella by Peggy Bird
  • Short story collections
    • Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern, and Jennifer Gracen
    • “One for Each Night” by Judith Arnold from Burning Bright (different anthology than the above-named one—this one includes stories from three different faiths, all set in the same town, with some overlap in characters/timeline).

For Yule/Solstice:

  • Non-religious
    • Frozen by Meljean Brook (more of a paranormal story that uses mythology and the solstice)
  • Religious/Wiccan
    • “Return of the Light” by Maggie Shayne from Burning Bright (MC is a wiccan high priestess, and faces a trial of faith, going through her own darkness before finding the light—and love—again)


For Kwanzaa:

  • Technically a Christmas story, but includes a kwanzaa celebration—A Mistletoe Affair (Wintersage Weddings, book 3) by Farrah Rochon


For Christmas:

  • Movies
    • While You Were Sleeping
    • Love, Actually.
    • Christmas in the Clouds
    • That’s only three, but there are a million-and-one Hallmark and Lifetime movies, as well as new entries from Netflix like A Christmas Prince. They vary in quality (acting, writing, direction, design), but for the most part their sincere love of the holiday season and willingness to go for the schmaltz saves them. Just go to any streaming service at this time of year and look for holiday movies and take your pick!
  • Novels
    • Holly by Jude Devereaux (takes place almost entirely in the summer, but ends at Christmas)
    • An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James (key events in the main couple’s lives take place during the Christmas holidays, although the book’s timeline spans many years).
    • What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander (first book in the Millworth Manor series—set during a house party at Christmas).
    • A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery (Fool’s Gold series)
    • Ice by Linda Howard (romantic suspense)
    • Debbie Macomber has made the Christmas novel into something of her own niche—she has more than any other author I found in my searches. She writes sweet contemporary romances, so if that’s your thing, here you go!
    • INSPIRATIONAL: The Substitute Guest by Grace Livingston Hill (believe it or not, I was raised in a fairly strict, fundamentalist Christian home. Grace Livingston Hill was the first romance author I ever read. But I always felt like something was missing from her stories—and then I discovered Harlequin and realized what was missing was passion and sex. But I still love this story about a man who discovers home and family and faith, and a woman who realizes she’s been looking for love in the wrong places).
  • Short Story Collections
    • Contemporary
      • A Winter Wonderland by Fern Michaels, Holly Chamberlin, Leslie Meier, and Kristina McMorris
      • Christmas Cards from the Edge by Jennifer Ashley, Lisa Cach, and Naomi Neale
    • Historical
      • A Christmas to Remember by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret.
      • Mischief and Mistletoe by Mary Jo Putney, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Jo Beverley, Nicola Cormick, Cara Elliott, and Susan King
    • Mixed (Contemporary and Historical)
      • A Holiday of Love by Judith McNaught, Jude Devereaux, and Jill Barnett
    • Linked or same author
      • The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverly, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cormick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, and Susan King
      • Christmas in Duke Street by Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville
      • Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend by Jennifer Ashley, Jennifer Probst, Erin Quinn, Calista Fox, and Mary Leo
      • “Star Light, Star Bright” by Anne Stuart, from Burning Bright (this is the Christmas story in the anthology, but also set in the same town in Vermont)
      • A Lady Most Willing by Connie Brockway, Eloisa James, and Julia Quinn (novel in three parts—doesn’t actually mention a holiday, but takes place in December during a snow storm in Scotland).
      • The Delaney Christmas Carol by Iris Johansen, Fayrene Preston, and Kay Hooper. (part of a larger family saga—and interesting because each story examines Christmas past, present, and future for the family).
      • Christmas Revels by Mary Jo Putney (puts together her previously-published holiday stories)
    • Novellas
      • (tied to a series)
        • Once Upon a Christmas Eve, by Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane series)
        • A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan (Brothers Sinister series)
        • Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift by Jennifer Ashley (Mackenzies series)
        • Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare (Spindle Cove series)
      • Standalone
        • Home for Christmas by Nora Roberts
        • Christmas Roses: Three Historical Novellas by Susan King, Mary Jo Putney, and Patricia Rice (this is an anthology, but the novellas aren’t linked)

Email me at thefeministromantic@gmail.com for links or more information!

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