Happy Valentine’s Day! Who’s in the mood for romance? I want to talk about books today and as I’m sure you’ve probably learned by now, I don’t read a lot of romance novels. It’s not my favorite genre and I find it, well, cheesy if I’m being honest. I’m always nervous to start one because I feel like I’m only going to end up hating it in the end so what’s the point in wasting time? It always happens though that just as I feel like I’m about to give up on the genre completely I stumble across a total gem that gives me hope for the genre again.
I just really have a thing against emotionally manipulative storytellers (I’m looking at YOU, Nicholas Sparks!) that write stories for the sole reason of making someone cry. Making someone cry doesn’t necessary mean you wrote a good book although I have to admit that I am a sucker for tragedies. With that, I suppose I should admit that the stories below, while some of my favorites, are a bit heartbreaking in parts.
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The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan
Did I cry? Sure did! I also obsessively tweeted Allegra Jordan for weeks after I finished the book dragging that poor woman into at least two dozen conversations about her book and the characters. It starts out in Boston just before the start of WWI and follows the lives of a young American girl and her German love who is called home to fight for Germany in the Great War. See it here.
Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen
Yes, this book came out in 2014 and I’ve easily read it a dozen times but I still fall in love every single time (and sob like an infant as the story pulls on my heart, shatters it completely, and gently puts me back together again). I am not usually this emotionally invested in a book but dammit if McQueen doesn’t completely hook me. If there is any book on my list that is an absolute must-read, this is it. Just remember that if you have any bit of a heart, you’ll cry. See it here.
The Frost of Springtime by Rachel Demeter
The Frost of Springtime was my introduction to Rachel Demeter and since this book I’ve read everything she’s published. This one was her debut and a deeply intense historical romance. It’s so raw, intense, and passionate yet it’s not full of gratuitous sex and meaningless groping. It’s gritty and heartfelt in a way that no other historical romance I’ve ever read has captured. Her follow-up books, Finding Gabriel and Beauty of the Beast, are fabulous but nothing compares to The Frost of Springtime. It does have a particular subject matter that some readers have found offensive but frankly, you should just put your big-girl undies on and deal with it. It’s historical and it’s beautiful. See it here.
If you’re looking for a great romantic read this Valentine’s Day, you cannot go wrong with any one of those. They are all amazing stories by unbelievably talented women.
Which one are you the most interested in reading? Have you read any of them before? What’s your favorite romance novel?