Some of my favorite romance reads for your spring reading by Jackie McMurray.
Women’s Fiction – A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe
A compelling coming-of-age story set in North Dakota and Minnesota during the 1950s. Scheibe tackles the unsettling themes of family secrets, racial unrest, and small town politics through the main character, Emmaline Nelson. Unlike many other young women in the 1950s, Emmaline wants more for herself than settling down with a man and raising a family. She lands a job at the newspaper office as a switchboard operator. She dreams of becoming a reporter. Little does she know that her research for the newspaper leads her to painful family secrets.
This story stayed with me for a long time.
Paranormal Romantic Suspense – Chasing Victory, The Winters Sisters, Book 1 by Joanne Jaytanie
There are no whimpering females or laid-back males in Jaytanie’s debut novel, Chasing Victory. Instead, the reader gets a fast-paced suspense populated by a kick-ass heroine, a determined military undercover agent, and a murderous villain.
In Chasing Victory, Jaytanie seamlessly managed to weave elements of three genres together—paranormal, romance, and suspense—into one neat package.
Chasing Victory is the first book in the Winters Sisters Series, and while each book in the series can stand alone, I recommend you start with this book and read your way through each book in the series.
Sweet Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit – Fooling Around with Cinderella, A Storybook Valley Novel by Stacy Juba
The story loosely follows the tale of Cinderella, including two sisters who take advantage of the heroine, Jaine Andersen. Her prince, Dylan Callahan, is the general manager of Storybook Valley. When Jaine approaches him to propose hiring her to do the park’s marketing, he agrees, but only if she’ll finish the summer season as the park’s Cinderella before she moves into the marketing position. Juba’s writing style is witty and her ability to keep the reader in the storybook world is great. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
Historical Romance – Save My Place by Olivia deBelle Byrd
Olivia deBelle Byrd takes the reader on an emotional ride with the ever hopeful heroine, Elisabeth Belle Sterling, a Southern woman through and through. The book is based on the real life events of a friend of the author and told from Elisabeth’s point of view. The book starts with Elisabeth’s proclamation that she will be a spinster. She’s only twenty-two, but she’s determined to stay a spinster after her college boyfriend dumps her right after graduation. She believes nothing can sway her, that is, until she meets Kincaid Patterson on a blind date.
Save My Place is a story of faith, hope, and unconditional love. The narrator’s voice is compelling and leads the reader through a maze of highs and lows in a manner that had me feeling what she felt—laughter, relief, frustration, anger, love and loss.
Christian Western Romance – Convince Me Cowboy: A Bellham Romance by Danita Cahill
Convince Me Cowboy starts with all the reasons Shay Monahan will not fall for a cowboyagain—especially not a rodeo cowboy. Her heart was already broken when she discovered the rodeo cowboy she married was sowing his oats across the rodeo circuit. Now that she is divorced, she dismisses the notion of ever dating a cowboy again.
Cahill does a fine job of giving the reader both points of view of the main characters who both do a great deal of trying to talk themselves out of falling for the other while being thrown together into some intimate moments.
I loved the setting. I could feel the grit on my teeth at the rodeo grounds and visualize the horsesand the ranches. Convince Me Cowboy is a clean romance that kept my attention while I waited for the heroine to sort through her trepidation. There’s just something about cowboys, isn’t there?
Reviews provided by Jackie McMurray.