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'Tis the Season of the Frazzled Woman

With December quickly approaching, I am desperate to begin watching my annual Christmas movies. “Love, Actually.” “Bridget Jones Diary.”“Little Women.”“The Holiday.” As I gathered my list of the best Christmas romance movies of all time, there seemed to be a trend between the titles.

What unites these films?

Each featured an eccentric (usually British) woman who wears colorful scarves, a worn-out duster coat, and the most outrageous hats you’ve ever seen. They are always late, out of breath, and can’t help but say the wrong thing all the time. Looking back, perhaps it was comforting to see women who didn’t have anything together be the heroine of the story. It didn’t matter that they spilled their coffee down their blouse, cursed in front of the Prime Minister, or ran their fingers through their crush’s hair. They persevered!

Books with a frazzled woman vibe

It only seems fitting that I recommend some books with the same vibe in honor of the frazzled woman. 
“Snowed In” by Catherine Walsh 
A swoonworthy and utterly gorgeous romantic comedy about two people who keep running into each other at a Dublin bar and eventually make a pact to see them through the holiday season: They’re going to be the very best fake dates for each other ever.
“Kiss Her Once For Me” by Alison Cochrun 
A queer holiday rom-com that’s perfected the fake dating trope. Elle is down-on-her-luck when suddenly the landlord of the coffee shop she works at proposes a marriage of convenience for him to get his inheritance. She’llget a load of cash for playing her part. However, when she goes home with him for the holidays, she soon discovers his sister is the mystery woman she fell for last Christmas Eve. 
“Wreck the Halls” by Tessa Bailey 
Would it be a true Christmas romance list if I didn’t include Tessa Bailey? I’ve mentioned “Window Shopping” before, but am so excited about her newest book, “Wreck the Halls,” featuring the adult children of two former rock stars who team up to convince their estranged mothers to play a Christmas Eve concert. They’re enemies. They’re potentially lovers. A decade-long scandal stands in between them. But will this one last hurrah be enough to bring them together at last? 
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Wreck the Halls

By Tessa Bailey

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey delivers a sexy, hilarious standalone holiday rom-com about the adult children of two former rock stars who team up to convince their estranged mothers to play a Christmas Eve concert

Snowed In by Catherine Walsh digital book - Fable

Snowed In

By Catherine Walsh

A swoonworthy and utterly gorgeous romantic comedy that will make you laugh out loud and fall completely in love.

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A Holly Jolly Diwali

By Sonya Lalli

One type-A data analyst discovers her free-spirited side on an impulsive journey from bustling Mumbai to the gorgeous beaches of Goa and finds love waiting for her on Christmas morning.

Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun digital book - Fable

Kiss Her Once For Me

By Alison Cochrun

Perfect for fans of Written in the Stars and One Day in December, Kiss Her Once for Me is the queer holiday rom-com that you’ll want to cozy up with next to the fire.

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer digital book - Fable

The Matzah Ball

By Jean Meltzer

Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. For a decade she’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family.

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