Guest Blogger, Noelia Brunz
Book Review: Five books to fall in love in February
Valentine’s Day may be over but it doesn’t mean all the romanticism and love are gone too. Today I’m sharing with you this book review on all five romantic books to keep all the sweetness of Valentine’s Day floating in the air. Let’s get started.
The day of the duchess by Sarah MacLean
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as he finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over 30 thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t.
She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose — and her mind has been shattered…
When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bodine and Callen discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Callen, but Bodine finds herself trusting him — and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past — and the threat that follows in her wake — will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.
The summer that made us by Robyn Carr
That was then…
For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.
This is now…
After an accidental drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. Torn apart, none of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.
Map of the heart by Susan Wiggs
An accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the blessings she’s enjoyed. When her ageing father asks her to go with him to his native France, she has no idea that she’s embarking on an adventure that will shake her complacency and utterly transform her.
Returning to the place of his youth sparks unexpected memories—recollections that will lead Camille, her father, and her daughter, Julie, who has accompanied them, back to the dark, terrifying days of the Second World War, where they will uncover their family’s surprising history.
While Provence offers answers about her family’s past, it also holds the key to Camille’s future. Along the way, Camille meets a handsome American historian who stirs a passion deep within her she thought she’d never experience again.
The girl with the make-believe husband by Julia Quinn
With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie… I told everyone I was your wife.
When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out three months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is — even if he does not recall her face — and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.
Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself — completely — to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.
And this is it for today! Have you read these books already? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to leave me there your recommendations!
‘til the next time!
About the author:
Noelia Brunz is a student and blogger – and traveler at heart – who lives in Argentina with her husband and shares in Fri Själ little bits of their adventures, dreams and lives. Check out her creative BuJo or minimalism related posts and subscribe to her blog to not miss any of the free goodies she’s always sharing.
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