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Weekend Reading: Love Stories

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Andrea blogs over at Good Girl Gone Redneck where you will often find her writing about her favorite books. You can also keep up with her reading recommendations on her Facebook page and on Instagram.

I am quite sure that you don’t need me to tell you that it’s Valentine’s Day weekend – but I’m going to talk about it anyway.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is often considered a Hallmark Holiday. Yes, sometimes you don’t really care if you celebrate, but then you buy yourself some chocolate anyway because you feel like you want some.

Sometimes you spend the day watching sappy movies. Sometimes you don’t pay it any mind.

But for those among us who enjoy a good book – especially a good love story? – I’ve got a few recommendations you might want to pick up this weekend. And I promise, they’re not JUST love stories. They’re quality reads you’re sure to enjoy.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, Amy Reichert

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a wonderful book. The characters connect in a way that you’ll definitely enjoy – and also? – just look at that cover! It’s beautiful. It also makes me absolutely want cake. Immediately. I liked this book so much I reviewed it on my blog because I just had to. A sweet story, one with love and angst, happiness and frustration, and loads more. The book also offers a culinary whirlwind throughout Milwaukee that’s truly enjoyable and leaves you wanting to visit right away. Overall, Reichert’s writing drew me in and I have no doubt it will do the same for you.

The Royal We, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Royal We

A fun and lighthearted read loosely based on The Royal Family, The Royal We is a very entertaining story. What would be called fan-fiction for those among us who find ourselves interested in William and Kate and their families, and an enjoyable read for readers who might not know a single thing about the monarchy and those within it. I loved the British flair that this story had, along with the development of its characters. You’ll find friendships, family, relationships and love, and a touch or two (or more!) of some intense drama. This book is the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend read.

Me Before You, JoJo Moyes

Me Before You

If you have not yet read Me Before You you really must. The movie is coming out this June and you’ll want to read the book before then – so why not pick this weekend to do so? I will warn you, this is not your typical love story. It’s intense and powerful, emotional and heartbreaking. But it’s so very good. The relationship that you watch develop with the turn of ever page is one you won’t forget. And at that, well, I feel like that’s all I can tell you without ruining the story or giving too much away.

Lost Lake, Sarah Addison Allen

Lost Lake

Sarah Addison Allen is a favorite author of mine and has been for many years. I’m a big fan of all of her books, but something about Lost Lake leads me to choose it as my recommendation for you today. I love the main character and I love the way she finds herself home again in so many ways. Addison Allen writes beautiful fiction, along with a bit of mystical flair. If you’ve never read her work before you are in for a treat. She has quite an intriguing style of storytelling and I think you’ll find this to be a perfect read this weekend.

What about you? Do you have a favorite love story? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to my virtual to-read shelves! And let me know if you grab a copy of one of these novels. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Andrea Bates

Andrea is a native New Yorker living in NC who has become quite accustomed to wearing flip flops year-round. A licensed clinical social worker, she spends her free time volunteering for a number of organizations supporting women (more specifically, mothers) in need of a reminder that they are not alone. Andrea blogs at Good Girl Gone Redneck, where she writes from the heart, sharing the ins and outs of parenting, family and relationships. She also devours books and regularly features her honest reviews, ensuring that her readers are intrigued and ready for more.

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