11-30-2009 12:32 PM
I happen to love falling into a perfect small town romance -- with the flavor of small town America (usually), and a bubbling pot of passion and scandal. My newest B&N Review column features five terrific ones --
Please check it out and then tell us what your favorite small town romance is!
11-30-2009 05:40 PM
As always Eloisa great article and how true is that. I for one not only love to read about small towns I live in a small farming town of 300 in Eastern Central Missouri not too far from St. Louis.
Some of my favorite small town romance series are:
Susan Wiggs - Lakeshore Chronicals from Avalon NY
Sarah Graves - Home Repair is Homicide series from Eastport Maine
Emilie Richards - Ministry is Murder series from Emerald Springs (don't know where)
Marie Bostwick - Her Thread series from New Bern CT
Linda Lael Miller - any of her series from small towns across the USA
thats a few of my favorites.
11-30-2009 10:48 PM
11-30-2009 10:56 PM
How could I forget Vicki Lewis Thompson's Hex series - I love Big Knob, Indiana, her setting for those books!
Eloisa mentioned some favorites of mine in her column. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, to start with, then Jenny Crusie, Lisa Dale and Susan Mallery. I've read Lori Wilde's other books but not the new one yet. And I'm looking forward to reading Marsha Moyer's book soon!
12-01-2009 01:10 PM
Those are all good ones!
I also love Robyn Carr's Virgin River series! It is excellent.
We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. - Agnes Repplier
12-01-2009 06:41 PM
Another great column, EJ. I added the Lori Wilde to my TBB list. It sounds great.
Susan Wiggs's Avalon, Robyn Carr's Virgin River, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, and Toni Blake's Destiny are all places I love to visit. If we're including mysteries, I'd add Julia Spencer-Fleming Millers Kill, Nancy Atherton's Finch, and Margaret Maron's Colleton County.
And I must add that Marsha Moyer's Lucy Hatch books are among my all-time favorites. I have reread my copies till they are falling apart. Hearing that Moyer is writing another book, even if the stories of Lucy, Ashe, and Mooney have ended, would be a lovely Christmas gift.
12-02-2009 12:53 AM
12-02-2009 03:51 AM
Debbie, 300 people? Now THAT's a small town! I grew up in a town of 2,242, but suddenly I feel as if it was the big city...
There's a huge pleasure to the idea that everyone knows your name. My sister used to be able to identify practically every car, especially, natch, those driven by teenage boys. And we all knew incontrovertible truths, such as "girls from Dawson (a nearby small town) were fast."
Nora Roberts does a great job of giving that flavor...
12-02-2009 09:45 AM
I am a big fan of small-town stories. I enjoyed Lori Wilde's Wedding Veil series and Lisa Dale's first book Simple Wishes. Other favorites have been Robyn Carr's Virgin River books and Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles. Debbie Macomber and Nora Roberts have also written quite a few wonderful books set in small towns.
Debbie Macomber makes Seattle feel like a small town, no? It's what I love about her books, the charm and tight-knit community feel.
12-04-2009 01:17 AM
12-04-2009 09:01 AM
No kidding! I picked up one of Debbie M's books for the column that I had read and confidently remembered as being small townish -- and then realized it was set in a city, not a town!
I always have that experience with her! I forget that the one series is set in Seattle!
12-06-2009 06:57 AM
Debbie M's "Blossom Street Series" Always felt like a small town..Because she writes in such a "cozy fashion" My all time favorite is the "Welcome to Tyler" series set in Wisconsin..I live in a very small Vt. Town,and its the best feeling.I grew up in NYC,and always wanted this "Where everybody knows your name,car etc... ..Nora Roberts "Three Sisters Island Trilogy" series one of the best... Susan...
12-06-2009 03:13 PM
Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island Trilogy Series #2) I agree - Three Sisters Island is my favorite Nora Roberts trilogy.
12-06-2009 04:06 PM
Becke,and Everyone Else....Please Vote
I give her Trilogy series a 10+..Only N.Roberts I have read,loved them . Becke.Not sure if you are aware that there is a "Book Cover Award Voting Site"pen21 told me about it.I didn't write it down,but if you go to beccafitzpatrick.com Becca has a link..Hush,Hush is in many catagories,as well as some of your super favorite Authors...Such amazing covers Romance,Paranormal,Hot Romance etc,etc Post if you vote..maybe others will do that as well...Hush Hush is of course my favorite Vtc Susan
12-06-2009 08:41 PM
12-06-2009 08:50 PM
The website for that cover contest is http://allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/ I didn't see any of Nora Roberts covers but they did have some good ones on it.
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12-08-2009 11:37 AM
I read a lot of Christmas romances this time of year. I find that my favorites are those that take place either in Regency England or small-town USA. Nora Roberts' THE GIFT and Debbie Macomber's SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS are 2 that I have read this week, and both are set in small communities. I enjoy the small-town feeling that the whole town is celebrating together. The celebrations are simple, but more meaningful.
12-09-2009 11:01 AM
My favorite small town romance (as always) is the one I'm reading right now. That would be Lori Wilde's 'Sweethearts' Knitting Club'. I love the fact that the heroine is faking it. Haven't we all been there sometime?
12-11-2009 11:49 AM
I didn't grow up in a huge town but certainly not as small as some of the towns mentioned here. My parents grew up in a small village where everyone did know your name. Really freaky to see it all recently on YouTube which makes small towns HUGE.
I think my love of small town books is connected to the series my favorite authors write. It's as if the town takes on a character of its own in the story. Robyn Carr's Virgin River series makes me want to drive through the mountains to that town.
Nicole Cornick's recent series takes place in Fortune's Folly and I get the same feeling.
I have to echo everyone else's favorites here, as well.
12-14-2009 08:55 PM
hmmm small town? how bout daddy for keeps. More than a Cowboy, Daddy's Little Cowgirl, Finaly a Family, A Family for Luke, Arkansas, Love Song, Reluctant Cowgirl, The Cowboy Takes a Bride, and Aling Came a Cowboy....I know lol I read alot of cowboy books hahaha
It’s just a common case of everyday reality
Man I know it’s tough but you gotta suck it up
To hear you talk you’re caught up in some tragedy
It sounds like life to me