Looking for Leroy by Melody CarlsonStarring: Brynna Phillips, a divorced Oregon teacher definitely not looking for love, who joins her coworker Jan on a summer RV trip; and Leroy Sorrentino, a widower with three adult daughters.
A complex pairing: After Brynna talks about a teen romance from summer camp, Jan decides they'll find the boy named Leroy whose family owned a California vineyard. When they find the place, Brynna's roped into a job by Leroy's pregnant daughter...but doesn't mention she knows Leroy.
For fans of: charming second chance romances; middle-aged main characters; wine country settings.
Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa FergusonThe setup: Editor Savannah Cade secretly writes a romance novel while working at an upscale Nashville publishing company where the boss' handsome son has just arrived from New York to be the new VP.
What happens: Savannah stashes her manuscript in a secret room, and when she returns for it, someone's edited her work. As the two editors communicate back-and-forth via the novel, Savannah realizes she's falling for her editor...even though she has no idea who he is.
Is it for you? Though faith doesn't play a role, this clean, sweetly charming romance offers an intriguing look at the publishing world and features a storyline reminiscent of You've Got Mail.
Something Good by Vanessa MillerThree women's lives intersect: Alexis, a CEO's wife with two kids and a mother with mental health issues; Trish, a married mom caring for her adult son who was injured in a car accident; Marquita, a rough-around-the-edges young single mom who's just lost yet another job.
What happens: As they face an assortment of issues, including guilt, family problems, and financial struggles, they grow in their faith together.
Read this next: For other thought-provoking books, try Katie Ganshert's No One Ever Asked or Christina Suzann Nelson's More Than We Remember.
Count the Nights by Stars by Michelle ShockleeOne place, two times: At Nashville's famed Maxwell House Hotel during the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, wealthy Priscilla Nichols falls for a poor Italian immigrant. In 1961, after Miss Priscilla falls ill, Audrey, who works at the Maxwell's front desk, sorts through the elderly woman's papers with a young lawyer, which leads them to a long-ago mystery.
For fans of: Kim Vogel Sawyer's A Silken Thread, a romance set during the 1895 Atlanta cotton exposition; and split-time romances, like Ashley Clark's Heirloom Secrets trilogy.
Reviewers say: "good to the last drop" (Library Journal); "a riveting historical romance" (Publishers Weekly).
Secrets, Secrets Everywhere
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay HarrelFeaturing: counselor and abuse survivor Sophia Barrett, who moves to Cornwall, England seeking a change; and Sophia's new boss, Ginny Rose, who's an American in Cornwall running a bookstore that she co-owns with her husband...who's just left her.
What happens: Sophia finds old letters from a woman who was in love with her upper-class friend and tries to find out more about the Victorian couple with help from Ginny and Ginny's brother-in-law.
For fans of: charming stories of friendship and healing; stories set in bookshops; novels that combine the past and the present.
The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan1945 London: Married at the beginning of World War II and separated for years, Diana and Brent need to get to know each other again. But Diana worked as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park and can't discuss her work, and Brent, who was on the front, suffers from terrible nightmares and memories.
What happens: MI6 recruits Diana, an architectural historian fascinated by Sir Christopher Wren's work, to help root out a Russian spy using churches and church services to send messages.
What sets it apart: the sweet love story between an already married couple; the architectural and historical details; the evocative settings.
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