Recommended Reading: It’s a Love Story

FRANKLIN LIVING JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023

While away the gloomy gray days of winter with a good book. In the mood for a little romance? Northwest-Shoals Community College library director Lori Skinner has a few titles to recommend:

“Veil of Night”
By Linda Howard
In “Veil of Night” by Alabama author Linda Howard, Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job – until her latest client turns out the be the worst bridezilla ever. When the bride is murdered, everyone involved in the ceremony is under suspicion, with Jaclyn being the prime suspect. Complications arise when the detective assigned to the case discovers he and Jaclyn have a romantic past.

“Lady Be Good”
By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Described as a modern fairy tale, “Lady Be Good” features a laugh-out-loud romance between a proper English headmistress and a Texas athlete. When Ms. Emma Wells-Finch arrives in Texas, she is determined to destroy her spotless reputation to avoid an unwanted marriage. Kenny Traveler, her tour guide through blackmail, is determined to salvage his reputation by keeping hers spotless. Humor abounds as each works for their own goals and discovers that opposites might attract after all.

“The Worst Best Man”
By Mia Sosa
Named one of the Best Romances of 2020 by EW, Cosmo, OprahMag, Buzzfeed, Insider and NPR, “The Worst Best Man” is a fresh take on the enemies-to-lovers tale. Carolina Santos, bride and wedding planner, is embarrassingly left at the alter at her own wedding. Hoping to never revisit that chapter in her life, Carolina is dismayed to learn that an amazing opportunity to grow her business means she must partner with the former best man – also known as the groom’s brother, who encouraged him to jilt her – from her failed wedding.

“Twice in a Blue Moon”
By Christina Lauren
Twice in a Blue Moon features a second-chance romance between first loves, Sam and Tate. Fourteen years ago, Sam betrayed Tate’s trust by revealing she is the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s largest film stars. Reunited on set when Tate, an aspiring actress, get her first big film break, Tate must question whether a once-in-a-lifetime love can actually happen twice.

“How to Be a Wallflower”
By Eloisa James
Fans of Bridgerton will be thrilled with Eloisa James’ “How to Be a Wallflower,” the first in the Would-Be Wallflowers series. Miss Cleopatra Lewis is making her society debut but has zero interest in making a match. With a plan in place to fend off suitors, she meets Jacob Astor Adams, a rough American businessman, when she visits a costume shop to build the perfect wardrobe to play the wallflower. They strike a bargain, and amongst their competitiveness, emotions develop that highlight the stark differences in their lives.

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