Book Genres (Staff): Romance

June 2018

Where the Wild Cherries Grow By Laura Madeleine

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A lone surviving member of a family decimated by World War I runs away to a seaside village in the south of France, where she begins to heal in the wake of vibrant natural cuisines and a passionate love affair that is threatened by secrets from the past.

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July 2017

Miss You By Kate Eberlen

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A chance meeting fails to bring the 18-year-old Tess and Gus the love with each other that they deserve, and they wind through lives that bring surprises and divert them from their intended paths, but will they get a second chance at love together?
A wryly romantic debut novel with echoes of One Day, by David Nicholls that asks, what if you just walked by the love of your life, but didn’t even know it?

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June 2017

On Turpentine Lane By Elinor Lipman

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Living a mostly peaceful existence in her small suburban hometown where she struggles to ignore the dysfunctional people in her life, Faith discovers mysterious artifacts that make her question a promising new relationship and everything she believes.

By the best-selling author of The View From Penthouse B.

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February 2017

Three Amazing Things About You By Jill Mansell

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Hallie doesn't have long to live. And to make things even more complicated, she's in love with a guy who's seriously out of bounds. She's never going to let him know, of course; she's just going to enjoy every remaining moment of her crush. She's also determined to spend her last months helping those who write into her Dear Rose column with problems of their own. Her doctors can't fix her, but maybe she can fix a few other people's dilemmas before it's too late.

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February 2017

The Confectioner's Tale: A Novel of Paris By Laura Madeleine

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A chance encounter with the daughter of a famed patisserie's owner introduces a young man to a sensuous life of melted chocolate, sweet cream, and light pastry that leads to a forbidden love affair, which is rediscovered by the man's granddaughter eighty years later.

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August 2016

At the Edge of Summer By Jessica Brockmole

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The acclaimed author of Letters from Skye returns with an extraordinary story of a friendship born of proximity but boundless in the face of separation and war.

Luc Crépet is accustomed to his mother bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside. Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: Claire Ross, a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl who inspires Luc in ways he never thought possible. Then, just as suddenly as Claire arrives, she is gone, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe. When she returns years later, World War I is raging. Will Luc and Claire, both altered by the conflict and the many years apart, be able to find each other and recapture what was lost?

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January 2016

The Bollywood Bride By Sonali Dev

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Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess--beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof--until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar. 
Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria's exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love--until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it's taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she's been guarding for everyone else's benefit--and a chance to stop acting and start living. 
Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.

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February 2017

The Flower Arrangement By Ella Griffin

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Every bouquet tells a story. And every story begins at Blossom & Grow, a tiny flower shop in the heart of Dublin... Among the buckets of fragrant blooms, beneath the flickering candles and lanterns, Lara works her magic, translating feelings into flower arrangements that change hearts and lives. She is no stranger to the power of flowers herself.
They gave her hope when she was a child, again as a mother. But old wounds take time to heal, and life has more heartbreak in store. What will it take for the woman who can unlock everybody else's emotions to open up her own heart?

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March 2017

Nine Women, One Dress By Jane L. Rosen

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Nine unrelated women whose
circumstances are shaped by
unrequited love, infidelity and fame
find their lives touched by the same little black dress and its seemingly magical properties.

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June 2017

Close Enough to Touch By Colleen Oakley

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A young woman with a rare and debilitating allergy to other humans is forced to venture out into the world after the death of her abandoning mother before forging an unusual bond with a struggling single dad.

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November 2017

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman

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A socially awkward, loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging an unlikely friendship.  

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February 2018

The Days When Birds Come Back By Deborah Reed

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A woman struggling with her divorce, sobriety and a stalled career returns to the Oregon coast of her childhood to renovate and sell her late grandparents' memory-laden home and shies away from a relationship with a contractor who is reeling from his own losses.

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February 2018

The Paris Secret By Karen Swan

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While assessing objects d’art in a
Paris apartment that has been
abandoned since WWII high-powered fine art agent Flora Sykes is thrown into the glamorous world of the Vermeils family until she makes a discovery that brings
about scandal and places her in the eye of a storm that carries her from London to the glittering coast of Provence.

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March 2018

Future She Left Behind By Marin Thomas

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After her ex-mother-in-law, Shirley Pratt, insists on joining her as she goes home to Little Springs, Texas, Katelyn Chandler has to keep the peace between Shirley and the other matrons of the town and reconsiders getting back together with her high school sweetheart.

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March 2018

Next Year in Havana By Chanel Cleeton

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A freelance writer returns to her grandmother’s homeland to fulfill her last wish to have her ashes scattered in Havana and discovers her family history amidst Cuba’s tropical beauty and dangerous political environment.

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March 2018

In the Midst of Winter By Isabel Allende

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A minor traffic accident becomes a catalyst for an unexpected bond among a human rights scholar in Brooklyn, his Chilean tenant, and an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, who explore the difficulties of immigrants and refugees.

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April 2018

How to Stop Time By Matt Haig

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A man with a secret rare condition that has enabled him to survive for centuries moves to London to become a high-school history teacher and considers defying his protective guardians' rule against falling in love when he becomes entranced by a captivating colleague.

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April 2018

The Music Shop By Rachel Joyce

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The owner of a 1988 music shop in a down-at-heel suburban community uses his talent for connecting customers to the music they seek and resists a chance at an intimate relationship with a beautiful young woman who hides a mysterious agenda and compels him to confront painful elements from his past. 

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June 2018

You Me Everything By Catherine Isaac

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A decade after leaving the disinterested father of her baby, Jessica is convinced by her terminally ill mother to make room for the child's father in their lives. Jessica embarks on a summer-long trip to France, where she visits the hotel her ex runs and endeavors to make him love his son.

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July 2018

The Lost for Words Bookshop By Stephanie Butland

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A secretly heartbroken woman who prefers books to people finds her world upended by the arrivals of a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries that reveal that someone has found out about her mysterious past.

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