"This romantic comedy is the perfect way to pass a winter afternoon should Johnny Depp be unavailable."—Daily Record


There’s a reason that so many romantic comedies—in both movie and book form—take place around the holidays. With magic in the air and a new year on the horizon, this time of year is ripe for possibilities. Today’s Free Fridays selection, From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually by Ali McNamara, is one of the most fun contemporary romances you’ll ever come across.


Protagonist Scarlett O'Brien is an unrepentant, daydreaming movie fanatic. Her idea of true love has always been shaped by the silver screen. So when she’s offered a house-sitting job in Notting Hill—the site of one of her favorite movies—her imagination immediately runs wild.


When her London gig starts to resemble a RomCom, replete with a handsome, but flawed, neighbor, Scarlett begins to wonder if those heroines from her favorite films were as overwhelmed as she is.


This light modern romance is the perfect holiday treat.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Ali recommends:


A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry


As a Brit I was intrigued to read this romantic comedy about an American girl, Bronte, who falls in love with Max, a young British duke. I wondered how an American author would view our Royal family and their often eccentric ways!


But Megan Mulry does it with so much simplicity and grace, I’m sure she could quite easily slide into British aristocracy herself without too many problems!

The book is a fun, light-hearted take on the classic ‘Cinderella meets handsome prince’ fairy tale, but is given a sharp, modern twist that will delight for anyone who’s ever dreamt of finding their own royal suitor and living happily ever after.

by Ladonna2 on ‎12-21-2012 05:56 PM

Thank you very much, can't wait to read. I downloaded it so I can have it for the NOOK HD I am getting for christmas.

by LillieAna on ‎12-21-2012 06:19 PM

It sounds like a light fun read! I liked my 1st edition Nook and now I am enjoying my Nook HD.  All of the same great books plus apps and web access! What fun! Merry Christmas to all.

by daNanner on ‎12-21-2012 07:48 PM

@ElizabethSR check out swappa.com for a gently used Nook Color

by ohnorita on ‎12-21-2012 07:53 PM
Thank you thank you for another FREE FRIDAY I don't see the usual list of other free titles....butterfly13 list looks like romance novels....romance novels scare me , keep me awake and cause awful nightmares.... Happy holidays to ALL...be safe and happy! Hope and pray 2013 is a great year for all. rita
by ohnorita on ‎12-21-2012 07:56 PM

Thank you thank you for another FREE FRIDAY I don't see the usual list of other free titles....butterfly13 list looks like romance novels....romance novels scare me , keep me awake and cause awful nightmares.... Happy holidays to ALL...be safe and happy! Hope and pray 2013 is a great year for all. rita

by taylor55 on ‎12-21-2012 10:19 PM

Thanks for the free book. Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope to have some free time to read in the next few days. Can't wait!

by creese on ‎12-21-2012 10:54 PM

Hi Elizabeth,


I just wanted to let you know that at the bottom of the BN.com site for Nooks, they sell "certified pre-owned" Nooks at a great price. Also, Barnes & Noble has a store on eBay that does sell their Nooks with warranties. 


I am hoping that the Color or Tablet come back. They were perfect for reading and alot of great free and low price apps. Not everyone wants or can afford an HD as the only current model.


I hope this post is not breaking any rules.

by evilwman on ‎12-21-2012 11:56 PM

Thank you to all who post our FREE books here.  I don't often post, but I am truly thankful and look forward to each Friday.  So far my Christmas Nook from 2011 is a gift that is still giving!!! 


You are all awesome and much appreciated.


Again thank you and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!!

by IvanaCappuccino on ‎12-22-2012 12:43 AM

I actually downloaded (& paid for!) this book a few weeks back and I really enjoyed it.  It's light and fun - don't expect anything more than that.  But it was still a good read and I recommend it.  For anyone who has seen & loves movies (chick flick, that is)  set in the UK, you will enjoy this book.

by Sueso on ‎12-22-2012 03:59 AM

Merry Christmas to each of you!  Thank you butterfly & Jeremy!  Great choices I'm thinking! :smileyhappy:

by bewhoyouareandbethatwell on ‎12-22-2012 07:48 AM

Merry Christmas to all of you, too!

by spec on ‎12-22-2012 08:46 AM
Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Paradise Lost: With bonus material from The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper by John Milton

Seven Wonders Journals: The Select by Peter Lerangis

Religion & Spirituality
Breaking Curses, Experiencing Healing by Tom Brown
Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey

Duality by Renee Wildes
Fallen by B. J. Daniels

Biographies & Memoirs
Henry VIII's Wives: History in an Hour by Julie Wheeler

Mystery & Thrillers
Clues to Christie: The Definitive Guide to Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Tommy & Tuppence and All of ... by Agatha Christie

Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Goddess Hunt by Aimée Carter

Business & Investing
The Rules of Management, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Managerial Success by Richard Templar
FranklinCovey Style Guide: For Business and Technical Communication by Stephen R. Covey
Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work by Alan Lurie
Make More, Worry Less: Secrets from 18 Extraordinary People Who Created a Bigger Income and a Better... by Wes Moss
Investing with Volume Analysis: Identify, Follow, and Profit from Trends by Buff Pelz Dormeier
A Professional's Guide to Decision Science and Problem Solving: An Integrated Approach for Assessing... by Frank A. Tillman, Deandra T. Cassone
Practical Solutions for Healthcare Management and Policy (Collection) by Brett E. Trusko, Carolyn Pexton, Praveen Gupta, Jim Harrington, Douglas A. Perednia
Trading Commodities, Commodity Options and Currencies (Collection) by Carley Garner
Building Sustainability Into Your Organization (Collection) by Peter A. Soyka, Arthur V. Hill, Robert Palevich
Analysis Without Paralysis: 12 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions by Babette E. Bensoussan, Craig S. Fleisher


Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by JForest on ‎12-22-2012 10:05 AM

thanks, spec! been waiting for your helpful list, as always. Love that u put that extra effort into categorizing things, so that we can jump straight into the section we're interested in!

by AKCareBear on ‎12-22-2012 09:00 PM

Thank you so much as always the Nook is the gift that keeps on giving thank you to everyone and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Years :catvery-happy:

by mikesmartha on ‎12-23-2012 08:48 PM

I am running behind this weekend.:smileyhappy: Thanks for once more providing us with more great reads! Hope all of our Nook Family has a wonderful holiday!