12 Most Anticipated Book to Screen Adaptations in 2019

Listeners and bibliophiles all around, rejoice! 2019 is going to be one for the books! From long-awaited adaptations to reboots of classics, avid bookworms will see a host of fantastic books hitting both the big and small screens. Whether you like tearjerkers or award-winners, small screen production or big screen spectacles, there will be something to dive into for everyone. So, brush up on your listening, because this year is sure to be a treat for the eyes and the ears.

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron, narrated by Ann Marie Lee
Expected release date: January 11

90 minutes of watching an adorable dog do adorable things? Sign me up! A Dog’s Way Home, based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron who also wrote A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Ashley Judd and tells the story of one resilient dog who travels more than 400 miles to make its way back to its owner. Are you feeling the puppy love yet?

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The Passage by Justin Cronin, narrated by Scott Brick
Expected release date: January 14

The Passage, the first in Justin Cronin’s epic three-part series, is finally coming to the small screen after initially being optioned for a big screen production. A gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage tells the story of orphan Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) who is pursued by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. When Special Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is sent to track her down, he becomes disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her.
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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Film Adaptation: Chaos Walking) by Patrick Ness, narrated by Nick Podehl
Expected release date: March 1

Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, and Nick Jonas are joining forces to bring to life Patrick Ness’s bestselling Young Adult series. Based on the first novel in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go, the story is set in a dystopian town called Prentisstown where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. When the only boy in town, Todd (Holland), discovers an awful secret, he’s forced to run for his life.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite
Expected release date: March 22

Maria Semple’s bestselling dramedy begins when notorious and opinionated Bernadette Fox, played by Cate Blanchett, disappears out of the blue. In an effort to track down her mother, Bernadette’s 15-year-old daughter, Bee, combs through email messages, official documents, and secret correspondences to piece together the story of her mother’s troubled past.

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Pet Sematary by Stephen King, narrated by Michael C. Hall
Expected release date: April 5

After the massive success of It, horror fans will be eager for another flick adapted from Stephen King’s vast body of work. Pet Sematary, first adapted in 1989, returns to the big screen starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. The story centers on a doctor who, after learning about a mysterious pet cemetery that sits on an ancient burial ground, makes the doomed decision to bury his deceased son there in hopes of resurrecting him.

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The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright
Expected release date: April 5

Based on a true story, the movie, starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, will be adapted from Osha Gray Davidson’s book of the same name that tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken Civil Rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a Ku Klux Klan leader.

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, narrated by Dominic HoffmanBahni TurpinRaymond Lee
Expected release date: May 17

Nicole Yoon fans rejoice! The second novel by the bestselling author of Everything, Everything is being adapted for the big screen and is set to be released on May 19. The story begins with Natasha, a pragmatic teenage girl who meets and falls in love with a boy named Daniel hours before her family is going to be deported back to Jamaica.

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, narrated by David Pittu
Expected release date: October 11

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this adaptation starring Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, and Jeffrey Wright tells the story of a teenage boy named Theo Decker (Elgort) whose life is changed after surviving a bombing that killed his mother at a museum. Following the shock of the attack, Theo makes a split-second decision to steal a painting which then leads his life down wild and unexpected paths.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, narrated by Barbara Caruso
Expected release date: December 25

Christmas just got a whole lot better with the upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel about four sisters growing up in New England during the Civil War. Greta Gerwig, the writer and director of 2017’s acclaimed coming-of-age movie Lady Bird, is taking on the latest adaptation of the classic novel with a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Laura Dern. (Is it Christmas yet?!)

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, narrated by Martin Jarvis
Expected release date: first half of 2019

It’s an apocalyptic year for the small screen. Scheduled for release sometime in 2019, Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s collaborative novel, Good Omens, has an all-star cast featuring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, John Hamm, and Nick Offerman just to name a few. The six-part miniseries begins with a prophesied doomsday, which then sees an angel named Aziraphale (Sheen) and a demon named Crowley (Tennant) teaming up to prevent the coming apocalypse.

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The Golden Compass (Film Adaptation: His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman, narrated by Philip Pullman
Expected release date: 2019

Although there’s no release date set for BBC’s adaptation of His Dark Materials, production has wrapped for the eight-part series, and fans will soon see the first book in the trilogy, The Golden Compass, come to life on the small screen. Dafne Keen, best known for her role as Wolverine’s daughter in the movie Logan will play the hero, Lyra Belacqua. The series also stars James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ruth Wilson and will follow Lyra through parallel universes as she meets a host of fantastical creatures.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, narrated by Ariadne MeyersJennifer Niven, and Kirby Heyborne
Expected release date: 2019

Netflix is adapting Jennifer Niven’s heart-wrenching YA bestseller about two teenagers, Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who find each other at difficult points in their lives. Together, they set out to discover the wonders of the world around them. Grab your tissues, this is going to be a tearjerker!

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Holiday page to screen

Get even more into the spirit by listening to these classic holiday books that have been turned into classic holiday movies.

1. The Polar Express by Theodor Seuss GeiselRob KapilowChris Van Allsburg, narrated by Nathan GunnIsabel LeonardOlivia LombardiThe Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, and The Polar Express Children’s Choir

The Polar Express.

On Christmas Eve, a young boy climbs aboard a magic train filled with other children being treated to goodies while en route to the North Pole, where Santa is to offer the very first Christmas gift to one lucky passenger. This magical Christmas story is one of self-discovery that shows listeners that the wonders of life never fades for those who believe.
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2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, narrated by Walter Matthau

How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.
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3. The Greatest Gift (film adaptation: It’s A Wonderful Life) by Philip Van Doren Stern, narrated by Edward Herrmann

The Greatest Gift.

Unable at first to find a publisher for his tale of a man named George who ponders suicide until he receives an opportunity to see what the world would be like without him, Stern originally published the story in a small pamphlet and sent it out as his Christmas card for 1943. One of those copies found its way into the hands of a producer, and the film that has become a cherished holiday tradition for many was born.
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4. A Christmas Carol (film adaptation: Scrooge) by Charles Dickens, narrated by Paul Scofield

A Christmas Carol.

“Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding,” says Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas… until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life overnight.
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5. A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd, narrated by Dick Cavett

A Christmas Story.

Ralphie Parker is in for a disappointing Christmas: he discovers his decoder ring is really an Ovaltine promotion; his parents battle over a lascivious leg lamp; the savagery of bullies is ripe; and, most crucially, Ralphie’s campaign to get a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle results in the adult world saying, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
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6. Skipping Christmas (film adaptation: Christmas With The Kranks) by John Grisham, narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris

Skipping Christmas.

Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas this year. Theirs will be the only house without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. Instead, they’re going on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings consequences.
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7. The Bishop’s Wife by Robert Nathan, narrated by Stephen R. Thorne

The Bishop's Wife.

Bishop Henry Brougham wants to build a new cathedral, but doesn’t know how he’ll find an archdeacon to help fund it. But that’s not his only problem. Him and his wife, Julia, are in a passionless marriage. When the bishop prays for help, it comes in the form of Michael, who takes the position of archdeacon. With the holidays approaching, the bishop senses the attraction between Julia and Michael.
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8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, narrated by Barbara Caruso

Little Women.

Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married.
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9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May, narrated by Stephen R. Thorne

Rudolph.

Rudolph, loveable and generous, humble and good, embodies the spirit of Christmas, and reminds us of the magical possibilities that exist within us all. In the companion story, “Rudolph Shines Again,” Rudolph loses his light and is certain he is of no use to Santa now; he decides to go far away, where no one knows how bright his nose used to be. But on his journey, something magical happens.
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6 horror audiobooks scarier than the movies

Looking for a surefire way to get spooked this Halloween? These page to screen adaptations will trick and treat.

 

1. The Shining by Stephen King, narrated by Campbell Scott

The Shining

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote… and sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
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2. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, narrated by William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan

The Exorcist

Summoned to a case of apparent possession, Father Karras is skeptical at first — then horrified. The victim, a 12-year-old named Regan, seems to be controlled by a malignant supernatural force that makes her swear, blaspheme, scream, and perform appalling acts. With his faith in God and humanity tested to the limit, Karras turns to the ultimate solution: exorcism.
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3. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, narrated by Mia Farrow

Rosemary's Baby

She is a housewife: young, healthy, and blissfully happy. He is an actor: charismatic and ambitious. Their spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is their dream home, which turns into an unspeakable nightmare. Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin, where terror is as near as your new neighbors and where evil wears the most innocent face of all.
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4. Psycho by Robert Bloch, narrated by Paul Michael Garcia

Psycho

It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates Motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty, but clean, and the manager seemed nice, if a little odd. Norman Bates, the reserved motel manager with a mother complex, and has been called the “first psychoanalytic thriller.”
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5. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, narrated by Thomas Harris

Silence of the Lambs

A serial killer stalking women has a purpose, although no one can fathom it. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is assigned to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history. His understanding of the killer, and of Clarice, form the crux of this brilliant, horrifying tale.
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6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, narrated by David Rintoul

Frankenstein

An experiment goes horribly wrong, and the monster swears revenge on his creator. Swiss student Victor Frankenstein uncovers the secret to bringing life to what is lifeless, and in assembling body parts to create a monster, ultimately sets the stage for his own destruction and that of everything he loves when the monster is rejected by society.
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Page to Screen in March 2018

Before you head to the movies this month, make sure you listen to the books they were based on first!

 

1. Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews, narrated by Jeremy Bobb
Expected release date: March 2

Red Sparrow.

A gripping, highly commercial espionage thriller written with the delicious insider detail and up-to-the-minute insight, only known to a veteran CIA spook. In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence.

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2. Death Sentence (Film Adaptation: Death Wish) by Brian Garfield, narrated by Brian Holsopple
Expected release date: March 2

Paul Benjamin was an ordinary New Yorker until a gang of drug addicts killed his wife and raped his daughter. When the police proved helpless, Benjamin bought a gun and found his own vengeance, methodically tracking the addicts and killing them one by one. Now he is in Chicago, and the cycle of violence is about to begin anew.

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2. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, narrated by Hope Davis
Expected release date: March 9

Wrinkle In Time.

Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract,” which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time. 

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4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, narrated by Michael Crouch
Expected release date: March 16

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business.

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5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton
Expected release date: March 29

Ready Player One.

Wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut-part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

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2018 Academy Award Nominations

Now that the 2018 Academy Award Nominations have finally been announced, check out the audiobooks of the works that helped inspire these great films!

 

1.Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. André Aciman’s critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion.

 

 

2. Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony McCarten

May 1940. Britain is at war, Winston Churchill has unexpectedly been promoted to Prime Minister, the horrors of Blitzkreig witness one western European Democracy fall after another in rapid succession. Facing this horror, with pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, Churchill wonders what words could capture the public mood when the invasion of Britain seems mere hours away.

It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched and wonderfully written new book, The Darkest Hour. A day-by-day (and often hour-by-hour) narrative of this crucial moment in history provides a revisionist look at Churchill-a man plagued by doubt through those turbulent weeks-but who emerged having made himself into the iconic, lionized figure we remember.

 

3. Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine

The Battle of Dunkirk, in May/June 1940, is remembered as a stunning defeat, yet a major victory as well. The Nazis had beaten back the Allies and pushed them across France to the northern port of Dunkirk. In the ultimate race against time, more than 300,000 Allied soldiers were daringly evacuated across the Channel. This moment of German aggression was used by Winston Churchill as a call to Franklin Roosevelt to enter the war. Now, historian Joshua Levine explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.

 

4. The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero’s laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” (Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon, with Wiseau himself beloved as an oddball celebrity. Written with award-winning journalist Tom Bissell, The Disaster Artist is an inspiring tour de force that reads like a page-turning novel, an open-hearted portrait of an enigmatic man who will improbably capture your heart.

 

5. The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War by Neil Sheehan

Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War, Neil Sheehan

The Pentagon Papers is a series of articles, documents, and studies published by The New York Times that revealed the true depth of US involvement in the Vietnam War for more than two decades starting in 1945, bringing to light startling conclusions about America’s role in that conflict. It won both a Pulitzer Prize and a ground-breaking Supreme Court decision.

With a foreword by James L. Greenfield, who coordinated the team that reported the series, this edition is sure to provoke discussion about freedom of the press and government deception, and shed light on issues that are still relevant now, more than four decades later.

 

6. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Mudbound, Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan’s mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

 

7. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder, R. J. Palacio

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school-until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

 

8. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis

In this powerful and realistic tale, eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city during the Taliban rule. Parvana’s father- a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed- works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food. As conditions in the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden by the Taliban government to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner.

 

9. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf

With music and sound effects, this audiobook is perfect for those who love Ferdinand and those who have yet to meet him.

A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. And he does just that, until the day a bumblebee and some men from the Madrid bullfights give gentle Ferdinand a chance to be the most ferocious star of the corrida—and the most unexpected comic hero.

 

10. Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-in): The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu

Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-in): The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant, Shrabani Basu

Drawn from never-before-seen first-hand documents that had been closely guarded secrets for a century, Shrabani Basu’s Victoria & Abdul is a remarkable history of the last years of the 19th century in English court, an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen, and a fascinating portrayal of how a young Indian Muslim came to play a central role at the heart of the British Empire.

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Your favorite holiday movies are based on great books

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Did these holiday themed audiobooks inspire the movies or did the movies inspire them? Share your best guess with us in the comments below!

 

The Bridge: A Novel, by Karen Kingsbury

Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since. Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him… Read more and listen here

 

 

Trading Christmas, by Debbie Macomber

Emily Springer, widowed mother of one, decides to leave Leavenworth, Washington, to spend Christmas with her daughter in Boston. Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays – except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!… Read more and listen here

 

 

The Mistletoe Promise, by Richard Paul Evans

This book is about two strangers who forge a fake relationship for the holidays. The two intended for the arrangement to be platonic but finding an unlikely relationship blossoming from the situation… Read more and listen here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel, by Debbie Macomber

Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Sutherland, a former army intelligence officer, has a job interview in Seattle and must arrive by December 23. Though frantic to book a last-minute flight out of San Francisco, both are out of luck: Every flight is full, and there’s only one rental car available…Read more and listen here.

 

 

 

Marry Me at Christmas, by Susan Mallery

To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy-until she finds out she’ll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world’s sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner!…Read more and listen here

 

 

The Christmas Train, by David Baldacci

On a train ride to Los Angeles, cash-strapped journalist Tom Langdon encounters a ridiculous cast of characters, unexpected romance, and an avalanche that changes everyone’s Christmas plans…Read more and listen here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s Miracle, by Karen Kingsbury

Maggie’s Miracle focuses on the power of a young child to change two people’s lives. A best-selling Christian author, Kingsbury is sure to touch all listeners’ hearts with her tender novel…Read more and listen here

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