If Life Is Like a Box Of Chocolates; Romance Novels Can Be Too
Molly & Tiffany chat with author Carole E. Barrowman on suggested reads for romance novels. To find out more check out Carole E. Barrowman website at CaroleBarrowman.com.
“The Witness” by Nora Roberts
As a way to rebel against her puritanical mother, a young woman lets herself be seduced by a man she meets in a nightclub. They go back to his place where she witnesses something that changes her life (think Russian mob and murder). The book shifts to her living as an adult in a rural town in the Ozarks where she falls in love with the handsome sheriff; but, as it must, her past catches up with her. The chemistry sparks between the main characters, plus the heroine is quirky and interesting.
“I’ve Got Your Number” by Sophie Kinsella
While planning her wedding, Poppy Wyatt loses her engagement ring, an heirloom in her fiancée’s family, and her cell phone. In the process of looking for the ring and her phone she finds someone else’s phone and she claims “finders, keepers.” Poppy decides to use the phone even when Sam, an attractive businessman wants it back. As it turns out, Sam is a lot of things her fiancée is not. Has she fallen for the wrong man? This charming story is full of texts, emails and giggly funny moments.
“The Bride” by Julie Garwood
Every fan of a good romance novel should read one of Garwood’s. Her characters are appealing and go beyond stereotypes. Garwood’s plots are warm and entertaining. This one is set in the highlands of Scotland during the middle ages. The King of Scotland has forced a Scottish laird, our hero, Alec Kinkaid (a fierce man with dark secrets) to marry the daughter of an English Baron, Jamie, our a feisty heroine. They are mismatched in loyalties and upbringing and this results in some lovely banter and romantic tension.
“Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater
Set in Minnesota, this is the first in a series about Sam, a werewolf (they become human in the summer), and Grace, the human he has been in love with for a long time and watching from afar. A lovely romantic read (beautiful descriptions) about two star-crossed lovers (think Romeo & Juliet). The mythology surrounding the werewolves that Stiefvater has created is quite clever.