by: ID Johnson
“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion
It’s that time of year when cozying up with a good book by the hearth might just get more stoked than the blazing fire. If you’re a reader who fits into the category that prefers Fifty Shades of Autumn, then there’s no doubt this is the perfect time of year to stay indoors and see if you can find your next book boyfriend between the sheets… of paper. But if you prefer something a little less manchestcentric, then this is also the perfect time to grab a hot cup of your favorite beverage, a warm blanket, and your favorite sweet romance novel. Why should the naughty girls get to have all of the fun!
Romance Novels are for Nice Girls, Too!
I have always been an avid reader who loved a good romantic tale. Back when I was in high school, it seemed there were two true camps of romance novels. There were the ones I was allowed to pluck off the shelves of the local library—Jane Austen’s Persuasion or even Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre—and then there were the books my mom only thought she’d concealed well-enough in her bedroom drawers that I wouldn’t discover them while putting away her socks.
I Want a “Hallmark Channel” Romance!
In my experience, it was difficult to find a clean, contemporary romance that wasn’t pointed at young girls. Let’s face it—Sweet Valley High was great for sixth graders, but I wanted something a little more complex without any bodice ripping. For me, that left little choice unless I went the way of Janet Oke and her sweet romance novels of biblical proportion (which are wonderful but perhaps a little too religious heavy for some) and are also not contemporary. I found the market lacking the print equivalent of the Hallmark Movie Channel sweet contemporary romance novel that will give the reader all the feels and none of the need for privacy!
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Thankfully, the book market has changed for the better since I was a young lass looking for sweet kisses with plots I could related to in more familiar settings—like suburbs, not estate houses in England of yore. Now days, if you prefer sweet, heartwarming tales of women who find the perfect respectful man who knows how to button his shirt and keep it in his pants, set in a place you might actually visit one day—like a small town in West Virginia or a ranch in Colorado–then there are plenty to choose from.
Always a Season For Love
A lot of these sweet contemporary romance novels are even holiday themed—which is a bonus in my opinion! You can find all sorts of Christmas clean romances available on book retailers and a surprising number of autumn and Thanksgiving themed books as well, such as (shameless plug) my Thankful For You.