Later this month, a friend of mine’s book club which typically only reads very serious books for adults is going to read a romance. They read about the RWA fiasco and have seen the increased coverage of romance in the big name press and so they decide to give one a try. For most, it will be the first romance they’ve read as an adult. My friend asked me to recommend a book–So. Much. Pressure.–and to come and talk about the book and romance to the group.

I gave her a list to choose from:

Cecilia Grant’s A Lady Awakened

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/a-lady-awakened-by-cecilia-grant/

Courtney Milan’s The Heiress Effect

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/the-heiress-effect-courtney-milan/

Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/flowers-from-the-storm-by-laura-kinsale/

Sherry Thomas’ His at Night

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/his-at-night/

K. J. Charles’ A Seditious Affair

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/a-seditious-affair-by-kj-charles/

Elizabeth Kingston’s Desire Lines

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/desire-lines-by-elizabeth-kingston/

Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner’s Earth Bound

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/earth-bound-by-emma-barry-and-genevieve-turner/

Alyssa Cole’s A Prince on Paper

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/a-prince-on-paper-by-alyssa-cole/

Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/the-kiss-quotient-by-helen-hoang/

Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver

https://allaboutromance.com/book-review/spinning-silver-by-naomi-novik/

 

After discussing it with her book club, they picked Flowers from the Storm. I think it’s a good choice. It’s a complicated story with leads who both have fascinating backstories and is roundly agreed to be a classic.

And it got me thinking, if you could recommend just ONE–and, yes, I know you guys are terrible at that :) –romance to a non-romance reader, a book that you thought would appeal to many, what would you suggest? And, if you can, include the book title, the author, and why you’d pick it!