Happy Valentine’s Day to all book lovers out there! Our Friday plans include cuddling with our favorite book and maybe a couple of tears and laughter! Tempted? Well…
Check out Bookstr’s “Romance” picks for our Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!
by Cecelia Ahern
Sixteen years after Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling phenomenon PS, I Love You captured the hearts of millions, the long-awaited sequel follows Holly as she helps strangers leave their own messages behind for loved ones.
Seven years after her husband’s death — six since she read his final letter — Holly Kennedy has moved on with her life. When Holly’s sister asks her to tell the story of the “PS, I Love You” letters on her podcast — to revisit the messages Gerry wrote before his death to read after his passing — she does so reluctantly, not wanting to reopen old wounds.
But after the episode airs, people start reaching out to Holly, and they all have one thing in common: they’re terminally ill and want to leave their own missives behind for loved ones. Suddenly, Holly finds herself drawn back into a world she’s worked tirelessly to leave behind — but one that leads her on another incredible, life-affirming journey.
With her trademark blend of romance, humor, and bittersweet life lessons, Postscript is the perfect follow-up to Ahern’s beloved first novel.
Cecelia surprises us with her page turning sequel. We honestly can’t believe it’s been sixteen years since the release of P.S I Love You! It’s the story we never thought we needed! This perfectly written novel shows us the meaning of life, loss, love, moving on and how “I love you” can never be said enough. You’ll fall in love with how Cecelia genuinely portrays each character, as you form a deep connection with each and every character. So, prepare a huge box of tissues and a big bowl of cookie dough ice cream to comfort you because you’re in for an emotional read! You’ll be sobbing your romantic hearts out. Booklist praises this novel saying, “Readers will want to have plenty of tissues on hand for this lovely, touching, heartwarming sequel.”
Coffee Shop read
by Rachel Gladstone
A Romantic Comedy about Death and Second Chances
30-year-old Nashvillian, Julia Holmes is just weeks away from becoming Mrs. Aaron DeMinthe. For as long as she can remember she’s dreamed of getting married at Whitfield Chapel and now her dreams are about to be realized. Julia has meticulously planned every detail of her big day from the flowers to her gown but the one thing she didn’t plan for is Aaron’s announcement: he needs to tick something off his bucket list before they tie the knot and that something is to hike the last leg of the Appalachian Trail; a project several years in the making. Julia is appalled by this idea and tries to dissuade him from going but his mind is made up and so, she reluctantly gives him her blessing. Less than 48 hours later, as he summits Mt, Katahdin, the last mountain of the trek, he’s struck by lightning and killed, effectively kicking the bucket while ticking something off his bucket list.
Julia is grief stricken and inconsolable and despite the fact that she’s surrounded by her best gal pals, her parents and Lincoln Douglas, who was on Mt, Katahdin with Aaron when he died, she loses her grip on reality and quickly starts unravelling at the seams. Returning to Whitfield in search of closure she happens upon the Chapel’s Wedding Director who offhandedly mentions that they’re looking for a Weekend Wedding Assistant and before she can even think about it she takes the job. As she ushers four brides a weekend down the aisle she was supposed to walk down herself, Julia tries to understand why she said “I Do” to a job she never set out to get, in a place she’d only meant to occupy for an afternoon and wonders if she’ll ever find true love again.
You know that saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, believe us when we say this book isn’t your your ordinary sugarcoated fluffy romance story. Each chapter provides purposeful details that build up the story. It’s a story about how a young woman copes with her loss, making the character believable. You’ll enjoy following Julia on her journey to healing. Not to spoil much, but you can definitely expect a happy ending! So, light up that vanilla scented candle and get your hot cocoa ready because you’re in for a long read. Foreword Reviews glorifies this novel saying, “The Weekend Wedding Assistant is a story about figuring out who to become once you’re outside of defining relationships…It’s an uplifting message that never grows old.”
by Mara Wells
A poodle, a black lab and a Chihuahua walk into a dog park…
All Caleb Donovan has to do to redeem his family name is take a rundown Miami Beach apartment building and turn it into luxury condos. Easy, right?
Unfortunately, that would also turn the local dog park into a parking lot and the neighbors aren’t having it. Caleb is faced with outright revolt, led by smart, beautiful building manager Riley Carson and her poodle, LouLou.
For Caleb, this project should have been a slam dunk. But even more challenging than the neighborhood resistance is the mutual attraction between him and Riley. It would be so much easier just to stay enemies.
Can Riley and her canine sidekick convince Caleb that what’s best for business isn’t always best for the heart?
An enemies to lovers type of romance and dogs? It’s basically the best Valentine’s Day read! Wells doesn’t fail to surprise us with each and every chapter. You’ll be invested in the characters’ lives, as you root for a happy ending. It’s a cute, funny, and entertaining romantic read about how the heart wins every time. You definitely won’t be able to resist finishing this book in one read. And did we mention it has dogs? Trust us, it’s the perfect escape from reality! So, get your box of Ferrero Rocher and cozy up with your pet! Not to mention that, once you’re done, you’ll be impatiently waiting for the next two installments. Booklist appraises this book saying, “A funny and sweet romance featuring dogs, Miami, and cantankerous grandparents. Readers can expect more canine-inspired entertainment, since this is billed as the start of Wells’ Fur Haven Dog Park series.”
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