`Welcome Amy Alessio – who’s bringing us a great collection of small town romance! Love it!
Small town romances continue to fill the bestseller lists. What is the appeal of these stories? For me it is a return to a cast of familiar, appealing, and usually quirky characters. Many of these series remain strong through ten or more stories, with generations of characters appearing in some cases. They are usually set in island, mountain or lakeside villages on either coast of the United States. Have you visited these popular small towns?
|Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series has spawned an industry including holiday books, a new series, cookbooks and even a television series on the Hallmark channel. The first Cedar Cove book, 16 Lighthouse Road, features family court judge Olivia. Each character and household in Cedar Cove, and now in its offshoot series Rose Harbor Inn, face serious issues in the midst of hope and happiness.|
|The Lakeshore Chronicles by Susan Wiggs centers around a family owned lake resort. The first title, Summer at Willow Lake, finds Olivia Bellamy trying to rejuvenate the resort when she uncovers secrets and love while bringing the family together again.|
|Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series proved Simply Irresistible to readers and has remained strong. In Simply Irresistible, laid off Maddie finds new purpose and a handsome contractor in Lucky Harbor, Washington|
|Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor started Lisa Kleypas contemporary small town series with such success that it became a Hallmark movie. The first three titles center around three brothers after their sister dies and leaves them with the care of a young girl. The fourth title follows a friend in town and delves both into paranormal and light bondage elements but employs the same warm atmosphere and cast .|
|Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series now boasts a Fool’s Gold Cookbook with its own romantic story in the long running series that first captured readers with Chasing Perfect. Novellas and short stories abound amidst many novels from this prolific author. Chasing Perfect features Charity’s mishaps and reluctant new romantic feelings as she begins a new job at California University.|
|Robyn Carr kicked off several new series with Virgin River, the story of a widow starting over in a California small mountain town. Finding a baby on her doorstep changes everything. Carr’s site has character sketches, maps and even recipes to help readers follow her long running series.|
|Travel to Deep in the Heart of Texas with Katie Lane’s sizzling Western series. Make Mine a Bad Boy leads off this adventure when Hope returns to her small town hoping to reconnect with her first love only to find the wild boy of her fantasies a better choice.|
|Janet Chapman paranormal Scottish small titles have grown into three connected series, the Highlanders of Pine Creek, Midnight Bay, and the Spellbound Falls books. Handsome scots in these humorous titles can run time travel, employ special powers, charm ladies easily and even run resorts. Meet the first Highlanders in Charming the Highlander.|
Travel this weekend to a small town where anything can happen before characters find happy endings.
Bio: Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens in programs for over seventeen years in her work as an award-winning librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. She reviews teen mysteries for Teenreads.com and Crimespree Magazine as well as adult mysteries and romances for Booklist. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at http://www.amyalessio.com/.
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