Read These Love Stories this Fall

We are a few weeks shy of Autumn 2019. Although I live in South Texas where this particular season is null and void, it is still my absolute favorite. The fall is my favorite season to tailor my reading to.

I went through my Goodreads to seek out books I’ve read over the past few years that I think would make perfect fall reads. These are all love stories that have stood the test of time for me, and I think you’ll really enjoy.

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Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly

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If you’re in the mood for a love story that defies death itself, you will be completely engrossed in Bess Houdini’s story. Mrs. Houdini is one of those historical fiction romances that is meticulously researched and flawlessly transports you to another time and place. Bess immediately became one of my favorite heroines after finishing the last page of this book. It’s dark, it’s romantic and if you’re in the mood for a bit of time travel, Victoria Kelly will completely carry you away to a time not your own with this one.

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

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Susanna Kearsley is a favorite author of mine, and honestly I’d like to just recommend you read all of her books this fall. I won’t do that though. If you read anything by her this fall, read The Rose Garden. Our heroine Eva, returns to the Cornish coast where her and her family spent their summers when she was a child to scatter her sister’s ashes. Once there, she has to grapple with ghosts of her past as well as ghosts from another time. It is in her time travels to the past that she meets and begins falling for, Daniel Butler. I read and fell in Love with this book in 2017, and Daniel and Eva’s love story is still an absolute  favorite. Susanna Kearsley writes the push and pull between these two so well, my heart was racing at the thought of ‘she’s going to have to go back to her own time.’ I love this love story so much. Go, add it to your reading list asap!

A Love Beyond Time by Judie Aitken

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A Love Beyond Time was published in 2000, so it is one that you will have to do some digging to actually track it down. It’s an amazing time travel romance following archeologist Ryan Burke, who goes to work on a site near the battle of Little Big Horn. She is given a teepee to sleep in and time travels back to just days before the battle. Of course there is a romance, between her and a Lakota warrior that is perfection. It is fascinating to see Ryan, who is so fascinated by Lakota history in her own time, have to deal with the prejudices of the actual people when she’s in her time. We see her have to earn their trust and that of the Lakota warriors. It was so good. I loved that our heroine in this book time travels back to a part of American history you wouldn’t expect to be at the forefront of a romance novel.

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

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‘The love of her life had literally fallen from the sky, and she’d given her whole self to him and damn the consequences.’

Map of the Heart was such a beautiful story involving family secrets, villages in France, old loves. It is a story, with so many layers, and I constantly find myself thinking of the characters. You do a bit of time traveling in this one, but not to the extreme like my other recommendations. Our heroine, Camille, her daughter Julie and Camille’s father, travel back to the little French town where her father was raised. Some unexpected secrets arise, having them learning secrets that go back to the Second World War. It was absolutely amazing, a story that even after all this time, I can’t get off my mind.

I hope you found a recommendation or two for your more than likely, already huge Fall TBR. Recommend me something you’re excited to read this fall. We will chat again soon.

Until then, take care of yourselves.

xo.

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Quick Read Recommendations

Once upon a time when I was suffering from a terrible case of book snobbery, I wouldn’t dare read a “novella,” or “short story.” I wanted the bragging rights of saying “Oh yeah, you know, I read xxx many novels this year.” *insert eye roll* So happy am I, to say that once I began reading romance, I got over that really quick..because oh gee would I be missing out!

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I get it! When you’re reading a book that’s less than 200 pages, there is that fear that you’ll get hooked to the story, attached to the characters and then before you know it..the story is over. I’ve seen some authors work magic though..leaving me completely satisfied in a short amount of pages. Here are a few:

A recent read for me, which came in at about 255 pages was Imperfect Match by Melanie Harlow and Corinne Michaels.

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Imperfect Match is a friends to lovers romance following Willow and Reid. Willow wants to take over her Mom’ match making business and uses Reid as her guinea pig basically. She swears to both him and her Mom that she will set him up with the right girl, he’ll fall in love..and that should convince her Mom to let her take over the business. What she doesn’t expect is for her and Reid to fall in love. It was magical, sexy, so much fun..I loved it..I would’ve read 100 more pages if that’s what the authors decided to do. Can’t recommend it enough.

My next recommendation literally has *at the time of me typing this* 97 ratings, and 32 reviews on Goodreads which is crazy to me because I freaking loved it! That is The Devil’s Heart which is book 1 in The Dark Tide’s series by Candace Osmond.

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Time travel. Romance. Pirates. Unexpected love. Family secrets. This 233 page book had it all for me and Don’t get Me Started on the cliff hanger at the end! The ending had me immediately one clicking whatever else was available on amazon at the time because I had to have them readily available for when I was ready to jump back into this world. Do yourself favor and go one click this book. Like now, please!

My next recommendation is one I found via the Audible Romance package and coming in at 107 pages, managed to listen to in it’s entirety one day after work while stuck in traffic.

Wednesday

Wednesday by Kendall Ryan was dark, emotional and oh, so sexy. It’s a friends to lovers’ish romance. The love interest is a widower and after the death of his wife, he basically comes and has sex with his best friend, the heroine, every Wednesday. She starts wanting more. He doesn’t think he has it in him to give it to her..you know how it ends, but damn it was good getting there!

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole is 128 pages and one of my five star ratings of the year.

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Reggie and Gustave were perfection. Reggie is a blogger, whose website Girls with Glasses has really taken off and has caused her to have a serious case of insomnia. The only thing that used to help her sleep was this guy Gustave’s voice via his YouTube video. She tracks him down. You help me, I’ll help you type of situation happens and shortly after blooms a romance. I loved these two. I want to be besties with Reggie. I totally could’ve read more of this story had it ben a full length novel but Alyssa Cole worked her magic and it was perfect just the way it was.

I have learned after reading three of her books to never underestimate the power of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Like ever. She is bad ass at what she does. I couldn’t make a recommendations list of shorter stories and not recommend Evidence of the Affair by her.

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In Taylor Jenkins Reid style, the formatting alone of this book is different. It is entirely told through letters..which in my opinion, itself makes it a quick read. The book is a whopping 115 pages and took me no time at all to make my way through. If you don’t read this one in one sitting, it’s because you’re not trying. It’s addicting. There’s just so much wrong and you keep reading because you have to know what the hell is going to happen next. How is this all going to be rectified? So good. I need more short Stories from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Please and thanks.

So those are a few short story recommendations from me. Share some of your favorites with me if you have any..I’d love to add them to my tbr. Take care of yourself, we’ll chat again soon. xo.

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I asked Friends for Book Recommendations.

Hello Friends! I recently went on Twitter and asked friends what the last book they read that made them happy was, or their last five star read. Life is tough. You never know what demons someone is battling. The smallest thing can easily change the course of someone’s day. As someone diagnosed with chronic depression, I am constantly seeking ways to brighten my day and reading has never let me down. I hope this post reaches someone who needs it. I screenshot the actual message from everyone so you can see who it came from and give them a follow if it appears you read the same kind of books. They are all absolutely wonderful people and I am so grateful for their responses.

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