When a gift comes from the heart, its worth always exceeds its value. We asked the three talented authors of the recently released anthology All I’m Asking For what they think is the most romantic gift to give (and receive!).
Christi Barth – Tinsel My Heart
If you’ve read any of my books, it’s obvious I like to drench myself—and my characters—in romance. So for me, the most romantic Christmas gifts are sentimental. Something to commemorate your love and your life together. An ornament secretly purchased over the summer while at your favorite vacation spot. A photo collage from each of your anniversaries.
No spoilers, but there’s a gift (okay, it might be an ornament) at the end of Tinsel My Heart that’d wring tears from Scrooge himself! The gift should make your heart flutter when you buy it, and again when he opens it.
Becca Huntley’s produced the Lyndale Park Player’s over-the-top Christmas pageant for ten years. The beloved Minneapolis tradition is the theatre’s main fundraiser. But this year’s production is almost canceled when their director disappears into rehab at the last minute. Good thing his directing partner steps in to save the day. Except for the minor fact that he hates everything about Christmas.
Brighton Walsh – Season of Second Chances
My husband and I have been together a long time (this’ll be our 20th together!) so it gets difficult finding something unique and romantic when gifting. Last year, we had the stipulation that one item had to be homemade (we didn’t, however, stipulate who it had to be homemade by). As such, he got me a handmade necklace with a quote from Wuthering Heights: “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” It’s one of my favorite gifts he’s ever gotten me. My advice on gifting romantically? When in doubt, gift from the heart.
When a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan’s offer to stay with him for the night.
Kat Latham – Mine Under the Mistletoe
The best romantic gifts are the ones that have special memories attached or that give you a chance to create new memories together in the future.
My husband and I met when we were both living in Prague, in the Czech Republic. It’s one of the world’s most romantic cities. For our first Valentine’s Day, he gave me a stunning book of black-and-white photos of the city. Eight years after we moved away, I still have that book.
Since my birthday is in January, for Christmas he sometimes gives me travel reservations so we can go away together and start the year making new memories.
Thanks to a transatlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did not include a sexy stranger climbing into her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can’t help but wonder if Santa has delivered early…
Put love on your wish list
This Christmas, the producer of a small-town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him. Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.
Edited by Angela James.
Stories also available for purchase separately.