Thanksgiving Books For Adults: A List of Books For Readers of All Genres


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The selection for Thanksgiving books–for adults–is nowhere near as large as they are for other holidays like Christmas. That’s not to say there aren’t some really great books to be read for this specific holiday though. See these reading suggestions if you’re looking for books with a Thanksgiving theme in various genres from romances to horror to mysteries.


22945337Former Boston Brahmin Mercy Allcutt moved to Los Angeles specifically to get away from her overbearing mother and father. So she’s upset when her boss, P.I. Ernie Templeton, gives her the entire week off at Thanksgiving, 1926, so that she can spend the holiday with her parents in their new winter home in Pasadena, California.

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thanksgiving janetWhen Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long. Soon the two are making Thanksgiving dinner for their families.

Series: Loveswept Romance

Publication Date: 10/31/2006

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23311539New Adult Paranormal Romance ** Mature Content ** Recommended for ages 16+ due to sexual situations and language

Short Stories for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s – Including a Choose-Your-Own-Ending

A fun collection of holiday short stories and recipes from Kristie Cook’s internationally bestselling Soul Savers Series. Last year’s shorts for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s have been rewrapped into one big gift, along with NEW content. Bonus material includes two stories for Halloween – including a choose-your-own-adventure-type ending! Also, find recipes for each holiday, submitted by the most avid of Soul Savers fans. That’s 11 short stories and 48 recipes in one neat package ready for the holiday season.

Enjoy your Halloween treats with a scary story from Tristan and Alexis and a choose-your-own-adventure where you get to decide your fate—supernatural or human.

Stuff yourself full with three Thanksgiving stories about a baby vampire yearning for a traditional feast, a lost werewolf who finds love, and Tristan, Alexis, and the crew struggling to enjoy dinner when the enemy attacks.

Open three gifts that include a Daemoni warlock finding her own way to celebrate anti-Christmas, a vampire converted to the good side who discovers the miracle of Christmas, and a special, fan-inspired story from Tristan – winner of multiple best hero/best book boyfriend awards, including UtopYA Con 2014 Best Supernatural Hero.

Finally, ring in the New Year with a were-romance, a party that tests four witches’ resolutions, and your favorite couple struggling to grab their midnight kiss.

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thanksgivinggang2The Thanksgiving Gang, Sequel to The Gray Ship
Book Two of The Time Magnet series.
A time travel thriller of terrorism, love, and courage.

Jack Thurber has traveled through time—again. This was the fourth time he time traveled, earning him a nickname The Time Magnet. But this time he’s traveled into the future.
He discovers that he and his Navy Captain wife Ashley were killed in a terrorist nuclear attack on Ashley’s ship Thanksgiving Day 2015. Four other ships were attacked in what became known as the Thanksgiving Attacks.
Jack’s got to find a way back to the past, the past when he and Ashley were still alive. To do that he forms a group of people to help him. They call themselves The Thanksgiving Gang.
Dare he change history?
Dare he not?
Rip roaring, gut wrenching suspense wrapped in a story of friendship and courage.

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thanksgiving sweetwaterJenna Mitchell Grayson returns to her hometown to run a center for children with autism. Divorced and raising a child diagnosed with special needs, she tries to put her life back together in the one place she’d sworn never to return.

Confirmed bachelor, Deputy Walker, has a reputation for being a playboy, but he’s never found the right girl to capture his heart. Not since the girl-next-store, Jenna Grayson, moved away. Now the woman who stole his heart has returned, and he is determined to discover why she left without an explanation or even a goodbye.

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thanksgiving prayerBefore Claudia Masters even meets Seth Lessinger, she leaves him a message from the Psalms: “May the Lord give you the desire of your heart.” She knows there’s something different about this man. Something special. And meeting him only confirms it.

For his part, Seth, who is a new Christian, immediately recognizes that Claudia is the woman for him—the woman he wants to marry and take back to Alaska. But Claudia is torn between Seth and her life in Seattle. How can she give up everything familiar, everything she’s always worked for? And yet, she can’t bear the thought of losing this man she’s come to love…. Only when she acts with faith and hope does she find her true destiny.

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turky day murderTinker’s Cove has a long history of Thanksgiving festivities, from visits with TomTom Turkey to the annual Warriors high school football game and Lucy Stone’s impressive pumpkin pie. But this year, someone has added murder to the menu, and Lucy intends to discover who left Metinnicut Indian activist Curt Nolan deader than the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey—with an ancient war club next to his head.

The list of suspects isn’t exactly a brief one. Nolan had a habit of disagreeing with just about everybody he met. Between fixing dinner for twelve and keeping her four kids from tearing each other limb from limb, Lucy has a pretty full plate already. So what’s a little investigation? But if she’s not careful, she just may find herself served up as a last-minute course, stone-cold dead with all the trimmings…

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A Cheyenne ThanksgivingWhen Cam MacLeod is attacked by a half-starved exotic beauty defending her son on the high Wyoming plains, he’s understandably intrigued. And the more he learns about Tess, the more he begins to hope that he’s found his chance at a ready-made family. He even manages to talk her into marrying him.

As the weeks turn to months, and he realizes how well they fit together, he knows that he’s secured his Happily Ever After…

Except for one small detail: Tess refuses to give him her love.

If he can convince her that they were made for each other before the end of November, he’ll have a reason to be truly thankful.

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CornucopiaThe sixteenth book in Melanie Jackson’s bestselling Chloe Boston Cozy Mystery Series is a 27k word collection of 5 holiday short stories.

“Melanie Jackson is a talent to watch.”
–WritersWrite.com

In “Mystery in the Footlights” someone is trying to sabotage the Hope Falls Halloween production of Macbeth. Fortunately Chloe is working on constructing the sets so she is available to apprehend the villian.

In “Over the River” Chloe and Alex must battle the local wildlife for their dinner when they decide to celebrate Thanksgiving in an aunt’s remote cabin in the woods.

In “The Dentist” Chloe has to make an emergency visit to the dentist to fix a cracked molar. While in the dentist’s chair she uncovers a mystery which could endanger more than her dental work.

In “A Christmas without Carol” Chloe, Alex, and her parents spend Christmas with Chloe’s uncle who is recently widowed. Through three encounters, past, present, and future, he learns the meaning of Christmas and changes his life forever.

In “For Whom the Bells Toll” Chloe and Alex spend New Years Eve solving a mystery in a secluded castle which has been redecorated for charity.

Come spend the holidays with Chloe this year. You’ll be happy you did.

If you are a fan of Nancy Pickard or Susan Conant you are going to love the cozy hometown feel of Moving Violation.
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Gunfighter GothicA Gunfighter Gothic Extra: Thanksgiving at the House of Absinthe & Steam

It’s 1866, and Hanna and Jill are on vacation in London but the weird refuses to leave them alone. After a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner, Gunfighter Gothic is hired by an American businessman to discover the cause of his daughter’s maladies, which he believes to be supernatural in origin. Hanna and Jill spend the night partying with his daughter, Pemelia, and her fiancé at the grand opening of the House of Absinthe & Steam, a fashionable cocktail bar run by a brilliant botanist that holds an ancient secret and the key to Pemelia’s fate.

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thanksgiving michael dibdinThanksgiving is a moving portrait of the profound effects of love when all that seems to remain is loss and grief. Unhinged by his wife’s unexpected death, Anthony, a middle-aged Seattle journalist, becomes obsessed with her past. He drives through the Nevada desert to locate her ex-husband looking for some unnamable solace. But, what awaits him is a bizarre and violent encounter with the past that entangles Anthony with his half-estranged stepchildren, the police, and his own disquieted mind and that only makes Lucy’s ghostly presence seem all the more real. The crisp dialogue, shadowy atmosphere, and sharp pacing of a master crime writer work to great effect in this arresting story that toys with the precipice of insanity and the extremes of passion and loss. This is a splendid shadow play on the enduring human mystery of love.

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A Small Town ThanksgivingA LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR

Ghostwriter Samantha Monroe has just arrived in Forever, Texas, to turn a remarkable woman’s two-hundred-year-old journals into a personal memoir. The Rodriguez clan welcomes her with open arms…and awakens Sam’s fierce yearning to be part of a family. But it’s the eldest son—intensely private rancher Mike Rodriguez—who awakens her passion.

Hiring Sam to preserve his great-great-great-grandmother’s story for future generations was Mike’s inspiration. He just didn’t realize how much he’d want her to be part of his family’s continuing saga. Delving into the past has made Sam hungry for a future—with Mike. The next move is up to him—if he doesn’t make it, the best woman he’s ever met just might waltz back out of his life forever!

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if the shoe killsThe tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liasion for a new work program, ’tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks–the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car–dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess–before the other shoe drops. . .

“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.” –Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

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Sword of the ProphetWho will survive Thanksgiving?
Families across the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends.

An international Lone Wolf terrorist, The Sword of the Prophet, releases a deadly virus that spreads like wildfire, and there is more to come.

Kuno Zell, a businessman with a happy family, and a turbulent past, faces the choice between protecting his loved ones and facing The Sword.

With worldwide terrorism in the daily news, the possibility of Bioterrorism against the West is a real threat.

How do we respond when the ‘Invisible warriors of Allah’ invades our homes and destroy the very fabric of our society?

Right out of todays headlines, the Sword of the Prophet is fast paced and entirely possible.

Will you survive?

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Twice Upon A ThanksgivingDamaris Moore keeps having a dream of being chased through a forest by unseen demons prodding her with pointed sticks as she seeks the branched shelter of a large beech tree that in some strange way seem to offer her sanctuary.

Always at this point, she wakes up. But is it only a dream or infinitely more frightening; a regression in which she is travelling back in time, to be someone else in some other age, before she was even born?

If so, what if one night she doesn’t awake to avoid what happens next? Something so terrible as to prevent her returning back to the present and her young daughter, Katy, the only person she now loves, an emotion she no longer feels for any man, unwilling to trust one enough to drop the barrier she has, through past experiences, placed around herself.

But each night the dream gets more real. Suddenly, on Thanksgiving Day, she is twice drawn back into it, and realises she is occupying the body of an ancestor she was named after, one of the settlers who came to the “New World” on board the Mayflower to make a new home, who is being chased by the same demons through the same forbidding forest. A young girl in love with the young chief of a Native American tribe, except, unlike Damaris, her descendant gives without reserve, even to putting her life at risk for the sake of her lover’s … and in so doing reveals to Damaris the meaning of true love.

But if her young namesake and lover escape the dangers facing them, and if Damaris is then returned to her own time, will she still be her old guarded self, or will the experience remain with her enough to change her when she meets a stranger in similar need?

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Strangers at the FeastOn Thanksgiving Day 2007, as the country teeters on the brink of a recession, three generations of the Olson family gather. Eleanor and Gavin worry about their daughter, a single academic, and her newly adopted Indian child, and about their son, who has been caught in the imploding real-estate bubble. While the Olsons navigate the tensions and secrets that mark their relationships, seventeen-year-old Kijo Jackson and his best friend Spider set out from the nearby housing projects on a mysterious job. A series of tragic events bring these two worlds ever closer, exposing the dangerously thin line between suburban privilege and urban poverty, and culminating in a crime that will change everyone’s life.

In her gripping new book, Jennifer Vanderbes masterfully lays bare the fraught lives of this complex cast of characters and the lengths to which they will go to protect their families. Strangers at the Feast is at once a heartbreaking portrait of a family struggling to find happiness and an exploration of the hidden costs of the American dream.

Published to international acclaim, Jennifer Vanderbes’s first book, Easter Island, was hailed as “one of those rare novels that appeals equally to heart, mind, and soul,” by the San Francisco Chronicle. In her second novel, this powerful writer reaches new heights of storytelling. This page-turner wrestles with the most important issues of our time—race, class, and above all else, family. Strangers at the Feast will leave readers haunted and deeply affected.

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9779129JANE SCHUMACHER is a smart, spirited and often profane press secretary to the Governor of New York. Immersed in the thrilling world of political warfare, she is shepherding her popular and charismatic boss for a serious run for the White House. But after a visit to her doctor just before Thanksgiving, she questions whether any of her dreams will come true. Angered and shaken by the news, the high powered political operator abruptly cancels her holiday plans with her handsome Argentinean-born boyfriend to return to her upcountry New York hometown after many years of absence. Upon her arrival, Jane begins to doubt her decision as she encounters reminders from her troubled past. There are awkward reunions with a distant father, and with Joanne, her skeptical, dismissive fraternal twin sister. And then there is Denny, Joanne’s vulgar and violent husband of twenty years. But throughout it all Jane remains haunted by the voice of her late mother. Thanksgiving dinner is a disaster, and as she storms from her sister’s house, vowing never to return, Jane discovers her sister’s painful secret. But return she does only to face a fateful dilemma: should she simply rescue her sister from Denny’s evil clutches or take justice into her own hands? But for Jane Schumacher, however, nothing is ever simple. Nothing is cut and dried. The sisters flee the scene and embark on a cathartic journey through the Adirondacks in pursuit of a lifelong mission. And, as they rekindle a love that only twins can feel for each other, they share in a series of shocking revelations. Only then do they discover what is truly important in life-and in death. Set against an engaging backdrop of modern political times, Upcountry is a riveting, page-turning story of sibling strife, of affection and joy, sadness and grief, and finally redemption and rebirth.

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Murder and the Glass HouseIn the small coastal community of Florence, Oregon things aren’t always quite what they seem. To visitors and residents alike, the small town feel with the calm of the beach doesn’t seem like a backdrop for a nightmare. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and the murder and mayhem will begin.

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Now readers it’s your turn! Leave us a comment and share your favorite Thanksgiving themed books.

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