If you’re a fan of romance stories, this holiday season treat yourself to The Love List, a series of interconnected stories about four best friends who come up with an unusual plan — the “love list” — to find romance and how they find true love in a small town. To put it simply, each drops a name of a nice guy their friends may like into a basket, and each chooses one…with unexpected consequences.
In “Love Uncorked,” by Jennifer Conner, we meet Tegan Taylor, owner of the Que Syrah Syrah wine shop in Vine grove, the heart of wine country. She chooses Richard, but their date turns into a disaster. Richard is not at all the type of man she’s looking for. But, then, a handsome Australian cowboy shows up, and things take a turn. Maybe the love list wasn’t a bad idea, after all.
In “Love Found Me,” by Sharon Kleve, Chloe Miles never thought she could find true love, especially with someone so different from her…until she meets Mitch Brodin as he steps foot into Roy’s Pet Rescues looking for advice on how to care for new born kittens. Chloe is vivacious and unpredictable, while Mitch is methodical and predictable. Like her, he never thought fate would bring him someone so opposite, especially when he hadn’t planned on being so lucky.
In “Blind Tasting,” by Angela Ford, Dr. Rebecca Miller is devastated over her fiancé’s affair with her best friend. To heal herself, she moves from the city and gets a job in a small country hospital. From the love list, she picks up the name of Chase Tanner. Things are going well, until he discovers the love list and believes to be fooled. Can Becca convince him she really does love him?
In “Building up to Love,” by Joanne Jaytanie, Tegan, Chloe and Becca have already found true love…except Laura, so she thinks the love list is cursed, at least when it comes to her. She’s in the process of opening a B&B when suddenly Travis Jerome arrives new to town and jumps at the chance to work on Laura’s B&B remodeling. Sparks ignite, and a night of tragedy and near death brings their hearts together.
The Love List was a pleasure to read, the perfect novella collection to read at the beach or curled up in a warm sofa in front of the fire this holiday season. Written by four award-winning authors, the stories will make you laugh and will warm your heart. The writing is light, fun, and uplifting, the characters ones to root for. If you enjoy light romance stories with fun plots and compelling heroes and heroines, you’ll want to give this one a try.
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My review was originally published in Blogcritics.