You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane is $1.99. This is a “one that got away” story between two friends from college. With a 3.8-star rating on GR, readers loved the writing, which happened to give them a mega case of the feels. This book has a major catnip alert (Seriously, it should come with a warning) with a friends to lovers beginning and a possible second chance romance. Have you read it?
What happens when the one that got away comes back?
Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.
It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.
From the moment they met they’d been a gang of two; partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is definitely not. In fact, the men in her life make her want to take holy orders…
Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.
Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.
Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews is $3.99. Another possible second chance romance, our divorced heroine finds she may not be over her ex-husband while attending his wedding (Cue The Graduate wedding scene!). While the reviews on GR caution readers about a slow start, ultimately they loved the romance aspect, calling it “sweet,” “tentative,” and “loving.”
Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance. Maybe everything happens for a reason. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back. But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town. On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone. Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.
The Affair by Gill Paul is $1.99. Set during the filming of Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra, this books is part historical fiction and part women's fiction. Though some readers felt the plot was a slightly too predicatble, the book's tumultuous relationships and Hollywood scandals set a great pace. Plus, look at that gorgeous cover!
A passionate, tender and captivating story of glamour, infidelity and love, behind the scenes of the most iconic Hollywood movie ever made
Rome 1961. The cameras roll on the film set of Cleopatra and the explosive Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton love affair is about to capture the world’s attention.
When Diana Bailey begins work as a historical advisor, tensions are running high. The film is in financial crisis and a media storm is brewing over the Taylor-Burton relationship.
Diana adjusts to a new life away from her troubled marriage, and strikes up a close friendship with Helen, a young make-up artist, as well as seeking solace in Ernesto, a charismatic member of the film crew. But Helen is harbouring a dark secret – one that will affect Diana in more ways than she could ever imagine…
An enthralling story of love and passion, set against the stunning backdrop of one of the most iconic Hollywood movies ever made.
The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee is $1.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Raised on early nineties women's television (a la Golden Girls and Designing Women), I'm a sucker for groups of women getting together and just being awesome. Set in the fictional town of Avalon, Illinois, this particular cast of women features a widow, a divorcée, a female plumber and newcomer to Avalon, and a woman about to adopt a child from another country. Readers loved the ladies' individual stories and how they combined the scrapbooking element. Are you picking this one up?
Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243
At Madeline’s Tea Salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, local residents scrapbook their memories and make new ones. But across town, other Avalonians are struggling to free themselves of the past: Isabel Kidd is fixing up her ramshackle house while sorting through the complications of her late husband’s affair. Ava Catalina is mourning the love of her life and helping her young son grow up without his father. Local plumber Yvonne Tate is smart, beautiful, and new to Avalon, but finds that despite a decade of living life on her own terms, the past has a way of catching up—no matter where she goes. And Frances Latham, mother to a boisterous brood of boys, eagerly anticipates the arrival of a little girl from China—unprepared for the emotional roller coaster of foreign adoption.
Enter Bettie Shelton, the irascible founder of the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society. Under Bettie’s guidance, even the most reluctant of Avalon’s residents come to terms with their past and make bold decisions about their future. But when the group receives unexpected news about their steadfast leader, they must pull together to create something truly memorable.
By turns humorous, wise, and deeply moving, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a luminous reminder that the things we hold most dear will last a lifetime.