The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a stunning historical fiction! Told through the lives of two women, we get introduced to Soline the owner of a Paris bridal salon during WWII as well as Rory, the new owner of the bridal salon building years later. As their stories intertwine, it’s impossible to put this one down. Their lives stay on your mind!

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Behind Closed Doors by Catherine Alliott

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.

But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.

As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London – and the stories it hides – for a rural escape to her parents’ farmhouse in the Chilterns.

But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home, especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.

Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she’s been keeping from herself and those she loves.

​Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . .

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The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This story has me obsessed with Scottish historical fiction! I need more now! This was a beautifully written book with characters that were complex and interesting and a plot that was filled with secrets and mysteries!

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Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Witches. Romance. Magical Secrets. Competition.

This book had all the things that I love in a magical book! When Emmy returns to her childhood town for a magical tournament, her plan is to get in, lay low, and get out. After a bad break up years ago, she chose to leave town and allow her magical powers to fade. Coming back home, she reconnects with two women who also had a bad experience with this guy. The three of them decide to join forces and get revenge. Mixed into this story of revenge is a magical tournament that Emmy must host, and three people from the other main families of the town must participate in.

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What Passes as Love by Trisha R. Thomas

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was a beautiful work of historical fiction that I hope so many people pick up! The characters are well-developed and provide the reader with someone to connect with and root for! The historical timeframe was created with wonderful details that really brought me into the 1800s. I was absolutely captivated with this one, and I think so many other readers will be as well!

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Reasons for Avoiding Friends by Megan Leavell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Reasons for Avoiding Friends is about two women who have hit their middle-life. They used to be such good friends, they knew each other so well. And yet, they haven’t spoken in years. Then Iris shows up needing Gwen’s help, and guest room.

I enjoyed this story. I liked how Gwen and Iris kind of stumble around each other trying to find that rhythm they used to have. As they move through their story, we get to watch them realize that they don’t need to pretend, they can be who they truly are.

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What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was full of drama and exciting moments, and I really enjoyed it! A lot of the book is in Paris, and I absolutely loved the location! The city descriptions were beautiful and truly brought the story to life for me!

What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said, and while I do feel like the author did a great job at recapping a bit for the reader, I do think it would be best to grab What’s Not Said and read it first. I think that it will make the second book an even more enjoyable read for you!

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Hometown by Wendy Rich Stetson

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an interesting mix of Amish and English living. I really enjoyed experiencing the Amish community through the eyes of Tessa as she returns to her small Pennsylvania hometown. It felt like such a lovely place to live!

Tessa was hoping to live low-profile for a little while until she moved to NYC, but as those plans fall through, she finds herself settling into town. Intrigued by the attractive and complex Amish man, Jonas, she finds herself in a somewhat non-traditional friendship with some steamy tension.

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The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is perfect for readers that enjoy historical fiction set in the 1920s! The world building was vividly descriptive! I loved reading about the costumes and New York City during this time.

Olive is chasing her dream of being a big singing star on the stage. She finds that making it big is a bit harder than she expected, but she doesn’t give up. She finally gets a showgirl job, and she enjoys the feeling of being on the stage. After meeting Archie, she finds herself in a tangle of secrets. Can they make it in their relationship with their secrets revealed?

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Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. The main character is flawed in a way that makes you want to give her a hug, and then shake her a little bit💗. She’s that friend of yours that does not quite believe she can have ALL the happiness life can give her. Her struggles and her journey were the highlight of this story for me.

Emma wakes up from a coma with a boyfriend that has moved on to her friend, and a physical therapist that she loves to hate. When that physical therapist ends up getting her a new apartment, one that she doesn’t have to share with her now ex-boyfriend and ex-friend, she ends up seeing the evil PT in a new light.

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Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I really enjoy retellings. Jane Eyre retellings are one of my favorites. I have read quite a few different ones. I like that the general premise can stay the same, and I still enjoy the story!

Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost is a Jane Eyre retelling, and it feels contemporary while still holding strong to the base story of the original. I really enjoyed that this story jumps right into the plot. I feel like I didn’t have to wait at all to get to the Rochester house and see the first creepy thing! It really made the book fly by!

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The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

This was such a great story! I loved the relationships, both romantic and friendly, and I enjoyed the storyline. This is a story that just made my heart feel full and happy! It funny, but tackles life topics that can be easily related to.

The characters in this book are amazing, and you truly become friends with them as you read. They all have their own special traits that make them so endearing. There are things that can be unlikable at times, but since no one is perfect, I like to see that in a character.

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