Reading a Summer Christmas

I really enjoy all those cheesy Christmas Romcoms. For me, they are the perfect way to relax, partly because they are entirely predictable. This includes the movies and also book. At the end of a busy year, they are a great way to relax.

There is just one problem.

I’m in Australia. We celebrate Christmas in Summer. Usually, the weather is warm.

There have been some years where it’s been cooler, and I can remember one Christmas where it was snowing in some parts of Victoria, but usually we don’t need to wear a jumper and the idea of a full cooked lunch is not quite what we’re after as it’s way too hot to put on the oven, let alone eat a hot meal.

I have seen a few movies that have been set in warmer climates, but not many. There also aren’t many books around either.

Recently, I read Tangled By Tinsel by Phillipa Nefri Clark, a short romance story set in a small Australian town around Christmas. This is the sort of story I have been looking for along with Snowy’s Christmas by Sally Murphy, a lovely picture book featuring a white kangaroo that I read last year.

When I was browsing in a local bookshop yesterday, all the Christmas novels were from the Northern hemisphere! Almost all the picture books involved snow in some way too.

I am aware that there are some novellas out there, however they aren’t available as print books, my preferred method of reading.

I am on a hunt for more books that are set in an Aussie Christmas, or at least a Christmas where snow doesn’t feature. If you know of any, please send them my way. And before anyone suggests it, yes, I am trying to formulate my own Aussie Christmas stories too.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
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