Book ClubLifestyleWindermere Bellevue Commons News December 6, 2023

Wonderful Winter Reads

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‘Tis the season for curling up in front of the fire with a good book! This month’s round up of Literary Listings will transport you to winter wonderlands where not everything is always merry & bright, but full of possibility when we have the right people by our sides. Find peace and joy with these great books and happy holidays!


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Marketing Remarks: It’s Christmas in Concord! Embrace the yuletide spirit from the cozy ambiance of Orchard House. This sprawling property located a short carriage ride away from downtown Concord has everything you need to create a fairy tale Christmas. Convert the traditional parlor into a flex space for wrapping and hiding presents, walk the short distance to Walden Pond for ice skating & winter fun before warming up by the antique wood-burning stove for mulled cider.

Agent Remarks:

A WBC Team Member Favorite! – “I love rereading Little Women during the winter months; it’s a heartwarming story about family and sisterhood that brings the spirit of the season to life. Through her powerful storytelling, Louisa May Alcott reminds generations of readers the importance of finding beauty and joy in the simple things, but most of all, the importance of surrounding ourselves with those we love. Nothing feels cozier than snuggling up with this book in front of the fire at Christmastime.” – Makena Schoene

Directions: Read the full synopsis here!




Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak


Marketing Remarks: It’s a winter wonderland at Weyfield Hall. This country estate is the perfect place to hunker down for the season, complete with antique furnishings dating back two centuries! The main house sits far enough from the main road to ensure optimum privacy and social distancing, while numerous guest suites provide plenty of space for housing long-lost family members and disgruntled fiancées for the holidays. Escape to Essex today!

Agents Remarks: Seven Days of Us is not your typical holiday story. Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic (no, not Covid!), a family must quarantine for the Christmas holiday at their estate in the English countryside. When the dysfunctional Birch family is forced to spend a full week in forced proximity, old battles resurface as new dramas enfold, including but not limited to, secret affairs, hidden diagnoses and surprise children. Francesca Hornak crafts a Christmas tale where not everything ends up tied perfectly in a bow – her characters are flawed, even unlikable, and yet their struggles and attempts at reconciliation are relatable, making this a refreshing addition to the holiday season reading list.

                                                                         Directions: Read the full synopsis here!



The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking


Marketing Remarks: Welcome to your home; a cozy retreat to relax and reflect. Where friends and family gather, with a kitchen perfect for cooking up yummy meals that warm your heart as well as your stomach. Where years and growth spurts are recorded on tall doorways, the dining areas where stories are told and memories are made. Where backyards are meant for cartwheeling, barbequing and stargazing. Welcome to your home, where its always a good idea to snuggle up in front of the fireplace for a quiet night in. Home really is where the heart is.

Agent Remarks: Made famous by the happiest country in the world, Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is loosely defined as a “quality of coziness”, a way of living that seems to have been perfected by the Danes and other Scandinavian countries. The Little Book of Hygge is the perfect guide for creating a warm and cozy atmosphere in your everyday life, especially during the cold, dark days of winter. From crafting delicious, hearty meals to finding peaceful moments amidst the hustle and bustle of work or school, Meik Wiking shows us that hygge can be found everywhere, anytime.

Directions: Read the full synopsis here!



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Written by Makena Schoene