Wheeee welcome everyone, to the first post for Novel Newcomers 2019! We’ll be beginning with a guest post, from the lovely Surbhi @ Bemused Bibliophile as she shares 5 heart warming romances to read this Valentines. (if you click the book titles, it’ll take you to Goodreads, so you can snoop at the synopsis and add them to your TBR!)
You’ll find her links to her socials and blog at the end of this post. So, grab a cuppa and get ready as Surbhi takes us through the books we should read this Valentines!
What’s Novel Newcomers?
The idea of debut authors being featured across the blogosphere, but with book bloggers instead. But there were so many features already focusing on debut authors at the time, why not focus on newer bloggers in the bookish community as well?
In 2016, Nori from ReadWriteLove28 and Sophia from Bookwyrming Thoughts joined forces to feature some of the newest additions in the book blogging world. In 2017, Sophia started it… but dropped off the face of the planet due to other commitments and put the feature on a hiatus for 2018.
Now Novel Newcomers is back for 2019! With me, Clo, as Soph’s co-host. Are you ready for this years fun, as we shine a light on newbie book bloggers who started in either 2017 OR 2018?
Valentine’s day is around the corner. So, I thought why not make it special by writing a romance recommendation post. Honestly, I don’t much read straight-forward romance novels, most of the romance I do read are generally the sub-plot in a story but I, like, any other person. Believe that a good love story, can be such a stress buster and has the ability to make you laugh, give you strength and reinstate your faith any given day.
After all, aren’t we all trash for good fuzzy and mushy feelings in our lives. Therefore, here I am talking about some of my favourite romance novels that I read in the past year. I hope my list helps you guys, to love a little more and live a little more.
Among all the amazing books that Jojo Moyes has penned down “Me before You” has garnered the most fame and popularity and I see the appeal of it and I love the appeal of it but for this post I wanted to talk about Moyes other story that completely stole my heart. Set in dual time-period, “The Girl You Left Behind” cannot be categorized as a straight-forward romance novel but this book deals with the themes of love, hope and sacrifice.
Part of the story takes place during world war 1 and is told through a French woman Sophie, whose husband is fighting at the front. The other part of the story is set in present day, London and is told through Liv, a young woman, who lost her husband to a sudden heart attack. The lives of these two women are separated by 100 years and yet their stories intersect each other in a most unusual way through a portrait of Sophie which Sophie’s husband Edward painted and which now is in possession of Liv, who adores it more than anything in the world.
Both Liv and Sophie are extremely strong female characters, willing to do whatever it takes to protect and preserve the thing and people they love most in the world. As for as romance goes, I preferred Sophie and her husband Edward more than Liv’s romantic life because Sophie and Edward’s love story literally transcends war, suffering and years of misery.
They never lost faith in each other even when they were miles apart, the fierceness with which Sophie loved her husband melted my heart. I must add here that this is not a book which will give you fuzzy feelings in the stomach. It gets dark, poignant and heart-breaking at times but it’s also a story that will make you believe in “Love conquers all” and somewhere it will restore your faith in humanity.
I have never really been a fan of Cecelia Ahern books until I read Love, Rosie or Where Rainbow Ends. Somewhere this book felt very personal and intimate to me and it will be an understatement to say that I was hung up on this book for days.
The book follows the lives of two best-friends, Alex and Rosie from age 5 to 50 as they navigate through their respective lives of happiness, heart-break, love, passion, sacrifices and misery to find out that all along the way, they were each other’s true soul-mate. This book has the most gorgeous slow-burn romance that I have read in a while but most importantly, it has so much love in it.
Alex and Rosie goes through a lot and their problems felt so real to me, I legit cried so many times while reading this book and laughed out loud even more times because the relationship dynamics between characters is that compelling and extra-ordinary. Rosie is one the strongest female leads I have ever read about, her life is nothing but struggles but she never gives up, she just grabs everything, good or bad that life has to offer and try to make the best out of it.
Alex and Rosie’s relationship goes through various changes over the years and it wasn’t all bed of roses but through every thick and thin, they were each other’s constant and that’s what makes their relationship so special, pure and ethereal.
If I were to describe this book in three words, it will be fun, entertaining and sexy. R.S Grey is one of my go to authors when it comes to light-hearted Rom-com stories and “Anything you can do” is one of my favourite books by her.
The story is about Lucas and Daisy, who have been enemies from the day they were born, always at each other’s throat and always competing. Their enmity only increases when the two of them comes back into their home-town after finishing their medical degree and starts contending for the same post in the town’s only family practice clinic.
If you like reading hate to love trope this book is a perfect mix of witty banters, uncomfortable circumstances and laugh out loud situations. However, the best thing about this book is that the balance of power is equal between the two main leads. Both has charismatic personalities and they just go head to head with each other and it’s just pure entertainment.
I must add her though, that this book contains some mature and adult content so if you aren’t someone who prefers smut, you shouldn’t pick this up. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this book and it definitely gave me warm and fuzzy feelings throughout.
“One Day in December” is the most recent romance book that I have read. Honestly, books following themes of “Love at first sight” or “Insta love” are a huge deal breaker for me so, even I am surprised at how much I adored this book. Laurie and Jack meet each other or rather see each other, through the window of a crowded bus and they feel this instant connection. But then the bus moves forward and they lose each other. There after Laurie tries to find Jack for a whole year without any success only to meet him later as her best friend’s, boyfriend.
Now, you see, how that can be a problem. The best thing about this book is the fact that even though, the connection between the two-main lead is instant, the relationship development between them is gradual and goes through various stages before they find their way to each other. Both these people constantly struggles to find their niche in the world and around each other.
Meeting someone and falling in love with that person is the easier part but to keep loving that person through every change and through every highs and lows of life is the difficult part. To be honest, there were a few things which sort of bothered me in this book but if I were to look at a bigger picture, this book gave me all the right kind of feels. Also, it has a very amazing female friendship and a fairy-tale ending which left me smiling ear to ear.
“The Wedding Date” is a gorgeous, refreshing and diverse romance, which follows the story of Alexa and Drew. The two of them meet when they get stuck in an elevator of a hotel. Drew is visiting San-Francisco for the wedding of his ex and he is minus a plus one, therefore he asks Alexa to be his date for the wedding and she agrees.
What follows is a series of funny, cute, adorable and sexy times for the two of them but when reality catches up, they need to decide about what they need and what they truly want. The best thing about this book is that both Alexa and Drew are career driven people and so dedicated towards their beliefs.
I absolutely love when the balance of power is equal between couples, for me it makes any story especially in a romance genre extremely fascinating. Also, while this is essentially a meet cute romance, I loved all the importance given to the issues related with dating a person of a different race.
Alexa is a black woman with a curvy figure and the book delves into some much-needed representation and body positive attitude through her character. Once again, this book contains some mature content so be aware of it but other than that, it is super delightful and if I were to suggest only one book that you read this Valentine, I will say pick up “The Wedding Date”.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!