small town romance

B+
The Christmas He Loved Her

A Retro Review originally published on October 11, 2013 My tolerance for treacle tends to be low, so it probably surprises no one when I say that small-town contemporaries tend to be a mixed bag for me. Happily for me, The Christmas He Loved Her ended up being both a wonderful read and something b ...

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Homecoming

The last time readers of Ms. Stacey’s Boys of Fall series saw this hero and heroine, they were getting to know each other on the hood of a car. Sam Levitt left town shortly after, expecting to never see Jen Cooper again. But when a request from a trusted mentor beckons him back to Stewart Mills, N ...

B+
Barely Breathing

Lexi Jewell left Scarlett Springs a donkey’s age ago, choosing a life of her own in Chicago as a CPA rather than stick around a town that only offered her pain and judgement. She’s back now for reasons beyond her control and planning to high-tail it out again as soon as she can sort her father ...

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Dockside

Susan Wiggs is almost always a guaranteed good read for me. The particular style of her contemporaries with narration going back and forth in time is a favorite, even though it can drive me crazy as I’m reading, because I just want to know what the hell happened between the hero and heroine twenty ...