As we peek behind the first window of our advent calendar, welcoming in the winter feels good and it’s hard to resist the Christmas festivity in the air.  With lockdown in full swing, but Christmas markets unfortunately cancelled this year, why not carve out time for yourself and curl up in bed with a heart-warming romantic read and your favourite indulgent Christmas tipple.

With that in mind, we’ve put together three of our favourite romantic bedside reads to get cosy with over the coming weeks. Add them to your Christmas wish list or treat yourself for a pre-Christmas a break from ubiquitous screens.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars – Glendy Vanderah

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Vanderah’s debut novel has had somewhat of an astronomical rise since its release in early 2019. Featuring on Amazon Charts and Washington Post Bestseller, and even earning the feat of a Goodreads Choice Award finalist, this charming read is sure to soothe you this winter. The story follows the character Joanna Teale, who is returning to studies after experiencing personal loss and trauma. She and her neighbour Gabriel are met by a mysterious child who claims to have been sent from the stars to witness miracles.

This story is endearing, gripping and mesmerising, and provides the perfect tonic at the end of a long winter’s day. Snuggle into bed (preferably a French one!) with this enchanting book and allow it to  entice you into a pre-Christmas slumber. In this case, judge a book by its starlit cover and give it a read!

This Time Next Year – Sophie Cousens

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Coming off the back of high critical acclaim, This Time Next Year is another debut novel, this time by highly rated Sophie Cousens. If light-hearted comedic entertainment combined with sweet romance is your literature of choice, you will absolutely adore this book.

Follow the amusing story of Minnie and Quinn, a seemingly impossible pairing that the universe seems intent on uniting. Cousens character development is truly exquisite, whilst being unafraid to portray common character flaws, adding a sense of realism to this book.

Wind down after a hard day with this one. Take it into the bath or create a relaxing haven in your bedroom. Place some candles over your nightstand of French chest of drawers, turn down the distractions of modern technology, and find some true peace and quiet to get the full benefit of this one. We can promise you’ll be picking it up night after night.

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

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Our third and final must read for this winter is the fabulous ‘The Kiss Quotient’. Another debut novel, this heart-warming story from Helen Hoang is guaranteed to soothe your soul. If ‘The Rosie Project’ series was your cup of tea, then you’ll absolutely adore this story.

Follow the story of Stella Lane, a keen mathematician whose love for creating complex algorithms has given her undeniable financial success, but at the cost of a dating life by her thirties. She employs the services of escort Michael to get her French kissing up to speed, before she heads out to the world of dating.

Give this book a try for some gentle entertainment. It combines excellent character development with a refreshing romance storyline to create a really unique read, sure to be enjoyed during the grey days and dark nights.

Relaxing at home

We know how hard it is to unwind at home whilst our living rooms or kitchen tables have been temporarily converted to workspaces. With no commute, no gyms, yoga or pilates classes to take us away from our screens, it can be hard to find separation between work and home.  Now, more than ever we’re encouraging bedrooms to become our calm and comforting sanctuaries.

We’ve got everything you need to create a truly relaxing bedroom experience in which to unwind this winter. From exceptionally comfortable mattresses to luxury French beds and premium quality luxury bedding sets – perfect for spending time enjoying romantic tales, we can help you rest your mind for your best night’s sleep. Browse our gorgeous bedroom furniture including truly romantic French style chest of drawers, wardrobes, mirrors and more to complement your style and space beautifully.