We’re coming in at the end of July. Summer is very quickly passing us by. It seems as if the days are passing at a speed so fast that I can hardly keep track anymore. As fall looms on the horizon, bringing with it thoughts of college homework, colder weather, and darker skies, I find that, at times, I wish only to curl up on my couch with a good book and slow down.
Lately, I’ve found myself reading more books from the romance genre. I was never a big romance reader growing up, so this is new to me. However, there are some books that I’ve simply fallen in love with, and perhaps you’ll find your next summer read on this list to help you slow down some time, as well.
This book is one that has been near and dear to my heart for nearly a decade. It is one of the few romance books that I read before this year.
The main character of Cassidy, Cassidy (shocker, right?), is a seamstress living in 1880 Montana. She is well-loved by nearly everyone in the town of Token Creek. However, nobody really knows any details about her life before coming to Token Creek.
When a figure from her past arrives in the small town, Cassidy’s world is turned upside down. Her relationships with everyone in Token Creek are threatened, as well as her close friendship with (and growing love for) a local rancher.
It’s an amazing read, and you’ll find yourself falling in love with Cassidy and the many other characters in the small Montana town.
Just Above a Whisper
This book, also written by Lori Wick, is a unique one. It follows Reese, a young woman who has been an indentured servant for most of her life. When the man who holds her contact dies, she is in the bank’s control. However, Connor, the son of the bank’s owner, soon realizes that the bank owns Reese’s contract and decides to change that, instead bringing Reese to work for him, free of contract.
Reese is incredibly grateful for the freedom she’s never known, but something about Connor frightens her. Will her heart be able to cut through the fear and see the kind man he truly is? I definitely recommend reading to find out!
The Carousel Painter
I have read this book over and over again. It’s a classic on my shelf, one that I’ll forever hold dear. If you’re someone who likes to read about women pushing past the historic male suppression, this is definitely one you would love.
The book follows Carrington, a young woman in Ohio. She lands a job at a carousel factory, the only woman to do so. From day one, it’s clear that the men there want her gone, none more so than the manager of the factory, Josef.
Carrington’s friend, Augusta, a woman who has grown up lavished and doted upon, never understands why Carrington would choose to live in the factory district and work the grueling hours.
When an unexpected crime occurs at Augusta’s house, all eyes turn to Carrington. She must race to prove her innocence, or she could find herself in jail. And the crime isn’t the only thing weighing heavy on her mind, as Josef begins to take up space in her head when she least wants him to.
It’s a very good read, and I can’t recommend it enough!
Alright, alright. I know what you’re going to say. “Twilight? Sparkling vampires? Ew.”
Yes, it’s Twilight. Yes, the vampires sparkle (which is kind of cool, but less so for vampire lore geeks like myself. But it’s okay, it’s not a huge part of the book).
But, what you never hear about is the fact that Stephanie Meyer has genuinely written an amazing story, full of romance and thrill. When I first read this book, I found myself unable to put it down as I got to know Edward’s family, the Cullens. An unexpected twist at the end of the book will send you furiously flipping through the pages until you come to the end.
It was also interesting to see the relationship between Edward and Bella grow and develop. If you’ve seen the movies, you’ve seen it a little bit. This book goes above and beyond the movies, however.
If you’re a fan of supernatural books or romance books (or both!), I recommend checking this book out of your local library and giving it a shot. Don’t let the stigma against “Twilight” ruin your chances of finding your next favorite summer read.
Behind the Glass
If you’ve been following this blog since we began, you might remember our review on “Behind the Glass”, written by the amazing Kristen Morgen.
This book follows Rebecca, an aspiring photographer. She’s got two jobs, one for money and one for passion, she says. She has a wonderful boyfriend, yet she can’t seem to open up to him.
Then she meets Michael, a stranger at her local coffee shop. Their relationship instantly takes off as they both feel a deep connection unlike any they’ve ever felt.
However, Rebecca refuses to be unfaithful to her boyfriend, going so far as to push Michael away.
As time passes and they keep running into each other, Michael and Rebecca realize that their love is stronger than either of them has ever felt. Their struggles to find each other only make this love grow stronger, making this story the perfect summer romance read.
I hope you’ve found a potential summer read in this list! I highly recommend checking any (or all!) of these books out. You won’t regret it!
What are your favorite summer romance reads? Drop them in the comments below so that others can have an even larger list to look at!