"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 TarHeelGirl00 on ‎12-21-2012 08:23 AM

I love both books and movies, so I'm willing to give this a try!  Thanks!


Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

by Eros-Ashima ‎12-21-2012 08:25 AM - edited ‎12-21-2012 08:44 AM

Thank you for the lighthearted selection today. Sometimes a fun read is just the ticket. And thank you to all who contrbute here for your generosity and companionship. My husband recently mentioned that I have my Nook Color in my hand about "10 hours a day". That might be an exaggeration, but it sure has become my little electronic pal!



by butterflly13 on ‎12-21-2012 08:29 AM

@Eros-Ashima my two year old is fasinated with mine he calls my "book" and is likes to send me back to the cover,lol good thing I like the look at the page number when I stop reading (most of the time) sometimes he gets so made when I get it back

by Arlr on ‎12-21-2012 08:35 AM

Thank you so much for free book Friday!


by Eros-Ashima on ‎12-21-2012 08:43 AM

butterfly - That's so cute! They will grow up in a world where books can be gotten online, how great is that!?

by Baste on ‎12-21-2012 08:48 AM

Thank you Jeremy, B&N, & an early thank you to Butterflly13, Spec, Jeff & all others that take the time to look for & post books. Free Friday is the best day of the week. Happy Holidays all.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎12-21-2012 09:03 AM

Jeremy and B&N thank you. What better way to look forward to New Year after all the bustle of Christmas is over and I'm kind of down with nothing to look forward to



I hope everyone here has a Happy Holiday, with much love, celebration and reading of course :smileyhappy:

by Wompus on ‎12-21-2012 09:04 AM

Thank you for the free book! I make sure to check every Friday! 

by moontan on ‎12-21-2012 09:04 AM

Thanks so much for the free books.  After today I'm on vacation and will have lots to read.  Happy reading and Merry Christmas.

by TracyeD on ‎12-21-2012 09:22 AM

Have a wonderful holiday and Happy Reading to all!

by pumpkin2009 on ‎12-21-2012 09:30 AM

I enjoy your free books friday. will have a lot to read. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all an espeially Barnes and Noble

by SushiGeorge on ‎12-21-2012 09:43 AM

Thank you for the Christmas presents!


by judy9569 on ‎12-21-2012 09:50 AM

Thank you all for the free selections!  I really enjoy all Free Friday selections.  Merry Christmas to all!

by LuvstoRead23 on ‎12-21-2012 10:02 AM

Thanks, I picked this one up, as well as one on Butterfly's list.  Thanks to everyone.  At least I'll have plenty to read during our ride off the fiscal cliff!  Happy Holidays to all!  I love Fridays.