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Holiday Romance Recommendations

Now that one of my absolute all time favorite holiday themed books – Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares has been made into a Netflix series, I can live safe in the knowledge that almost everyone is aware of its appeal. Another favorite of mine, Let it Snow, also received the Netflix treatment in 2019. But that has me thinking, what should be next?

Might I humbly suggest they adapt this?

As a more diverse title, it holds strong appeal. Twelve stories by some of the YA greats of our time, all edited by Stephanie Perkins? Yes, please.

That, however, has me at the end of my expertise on the subject, so I went looking for more. Here is what I found:

From the publisher:

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas—a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby. When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available. This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

Sounds promising!

Or maybe this:

From the publisher:

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite
of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

And for fans of the TV show Doctor Who, there is always this:

From the publisher:

Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you’ll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy’s department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas.

Do you have any favorite holiday romances you’d like to see get the Netflix treatment? Chime in below in the comments.


  1. My True Love Gave to Me is a Christmas collection, not a “holiday” one. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the title is grossly misleading. (A story where a Jewish character dresses as Santa is a Christmas story.)

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