Let your library help you find one you’ll love!
By Jeanine Raghunathan
Last year I found myself reading more romance books than any other genre, which is unusual for me. Maybe it was the stress of the pandemic that led me to read stories that were a little more dreamy, escapist, and had “happily ever after” themes. One of the best places to find all three of those qualities in a book – and more – is in a romance book. At Prince William Public Libraries, there are so many to choose from. Here are a couple of my favorites from 2020.
“The Happy Ever After Playlist” by Abby Jimenez
This story is part romantic comedy, part rock star romance and part playlist. I love all those things and really enjoyed this sweet, light-hearted, funny story. Sloan lost her fiancé two years ago and is trying to get her life back on track when she finds a darling stray dog named Tucker that brings joy into her life. After weeks of unsuccessful attempts to contact Tucker’s owner, he finally makes contact with her and wants his dog back. Tucker’s owner is Jake, a musician on tour in Australia. Through flirty texts and long phone calls, Sloan and Jake form a friendship that has the potential to blossom into so much more. I was drawn to “The Happy Ever After Playlist” because music and reading are two of my favorite things and I was not disappointed. You will see this is the second book in a series called “The Friend Zone,” but it can be read as a stand-alone book.
“28 Summers” by Elin Hilderbrand
A woman in my book club has been talking about Elin Hilderbrand’s books for a while so, when “28 Summers” showed up on the “New” bookshelf, I decided to check one out. It is the story of Mallory and Jack and their long-time love affair (28 Summers) that lasts for exactly three days each year when they get together at Mallory’s Nantucket cottage over Labor Day weekend. Based on the movie “Same Time Next Year,” it is a sweet love story about two people who are whole-heartedly and deeply in love, but who have very little time to express it to each other. When they are not together for the rest of the year, they live their own lives without contact, each looking forward to the next summer when they will meet again. This story will tug at your heartstrings and, if you fall in love with it and its setting, there are many other Hilderbrand novels to take you back to Nantucket!
Not sure how to start looking for romance books? If you’re interested in physical books, but don’t have a specific title in mind, call one of the Prince William Public Libraries and ask for our Concierge Service. Our friendly staff will pick out books based on your criteria. Or, visit www.pwcgov.org/library and explore our Online Catalog. Go to the “Search” feature and type in “romance” to get started. Another great resource to help find titles is NoveList Plus, available on our Digital Library.
If you’re interested in e-books or audiobooks, be sure to get Libby by OverDrive, hoopla Digital, or Freading through our Digital Library. All three have an app to use on your tablet or smartphone so you can read or listen anywhere.
Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or the pandemic that gets you in the mood to read a romance, your library is here to help you find one (or three!) you’ll love.