Category Archives: Romance

You Can Go Home Again!

The Truth About Hope
Kate James’ soon to be released new novel is a wonderful story of going home again and second chances.  When Hope’s mother dies when she is 17, she is forced to leave her boyfriend Luke and all that she has known in Canyon Creek.  The father that abandoned them both, as well as the town, insists that she come and live with him in San Jose, CA.

When Hope turns 18 she leaves her aloof father and strikes out to make her own way in the world.  Eventually she reunites with her father again and is charged with going back to Canyon Creek and making reparations for him.  Will the towns people forgive her or her father for their abandonment?  What about Luke, whom she still loves?

This was a great story that truly was ‘heartwarming’.  The characters James created are both real and easy to relate to.  The locals who are less than welcoming when she returns – anyone who’s lived in a small turn can relate to those types.  Luke and Hope – each with their own secrets and yearnings are any young lovers.

I really enjoyed Hope’s story and recommend it if you are looking for a ‘feel good’ read.

Heartwarming Holiday

A Child's Christmas
“A Child’s Christmas” by Kate James is a ‘feel good’ story for any season.  Paige is a single-mother with a very sick 7 year-old son, Jason.  They are facing his third battle with brain cancer and the prognosis isn’t promising.  Worried that it may be his last Christmas, Paige agrees when a friend suggests the Wish I May Foundation for fulfilling Jason’s Christmas wishes.  Enter Daniel, a handsome lawyer who gets matched with Jason to make his wishes come true.  Continue reading

Romance in the Tropics

Silver Linings
“Silver Linings”, by Kate James, is so much more than just another romance story.  It has a depth and emotion to it that kept me glued to my chair long past when I should have been in bed, just so I could finish it. Continue reading

Unexpected Romance

The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion’s debut novel, “The Rosie Project” is a real treat.  The characters are quirky and endearing. The writing is crisp and wry.  I found myself laughing out loud throughout the book. Continue reading

Romance in Dangerous Times

Call Me Duchess
“Call Me Duchess”, by Maggie Dove is a Victorian romance with a touch of Gothic intrigue thrown in for good measure.  The Wiggins’ sisters, whose father has gambled away their savings and their home, are off to London to land husbands during one “London Season” or resort to life as governesses.  Marguerite, the eldest, has long set her sights on the very eligible and wealthy Duke of Wallingford. Continue reading

A Reluctant Fairytale

Someone Else's Fairytale
“Someone Else’s Fairytale”, by E. M. Tippets is a fun romantic tale with a bit of suspense thrown in for good measure.  Chloe Winter’s is a hard-working student pursuing a post-graduate degree in forensic science in Albuquerque.  Her friend talks her into being an extra for a movie shoot where she meets Jason Vanderholt, one of Hollywood’s hottest stars.  Jason is quite taken with Chloe but she doesn’t have time in her life for romance, let alone the Hollywood nonsense.  He persists with friendship and romance follows. Continue reading

Reality Can Be Fun!

“Unscripted” by Natalie Aaron & Marla Schwartz is a fun look at the crazy world of reality TV shows, with some romance thrown in.  Abby Edwards is a producer for a reality TV dating show.  When her ex-boyfriend is the screenwriter of a wildly successful movie she is left feeling that her life is going nowhere and not at all what she’d hoped it would be.  She’s been stuck in the reality world rut, scrabbling from one show to the next, with no way out. Continue reading

Ancient Culture Clashes

The Wedding Shroud
Elisabeth Storrs’ novel, “The Wedding Shroud: A Tale of Ancient Rome”, is a fascinating historical romance that takes place in 406 B.C.  I don’t generally gravitate to stories quite that far back in time; but I was drawn into the world of the novel right away. Continue reading

Weaving Past & Present

Maiden's VeilI just finished reading “Maiden’s Veil” by Lisa Constantino and really enjoyed it.  I found myself not wanting to put it down, which is always a good sign.  The story was both tragic and engaging.

The story moves between past and present and gradually weaves it into one fabric.  Clarinda Asher is a weaver in a remote mid-evil English village.  She has been banished to live atop a hill outside the village after participating in an ancient fertility ceremony called the Maiden’s Veil.  Jess is a modern-day weaver from America who wanders into Clarinda’s village in search of fabric and inspiration.  There she meets Owen, a disenchanted husband and historian.  They immediately spark a connection that will have far-reaching consequences for both them and the town.  As the details of Clarinda’s banishing slowly emerge and secrets are revealed, parallel events take place in the present day. Continue reading

Star Crossed Love

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsJohn Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars” is a brilliant young adult story of love, cancer and friendship that will speak to a person at any age.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cheer the characters on. Continue reading