If you’re a huge fan of holiday romances, take a peek through Amy Alessio’s latest reading list – you’ll be thankful you did! =)
Turkey mishaps and more make Thanksgiving holiday stories surprisingly romantic.
|Classic title The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler has one of the most memorable turkey scenes in fiction. Rose cooked the family turkey on a lower temperature all night and her brothers refuse to eat it. They are really unhappy with the prospect of Rose falling in love with main character Macon’s literary agent Julian and ending their comfortable household arrangement. Julian eats the dinner to support Rose, sealing their charming courtship. The movie of this one is fun too and won Geena Davis a supporting actress Academy Award.|
|Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts series has featured a couple Thanksgiving stories, and recent ones have focused on worth charity quilting projects. A Quilter’s Holiday was the first Thanksgiving themed story, and takes place the day after Thanksgiving, when the quilters enjoy leftovers and work on their holiday projects. Each character has memories or feelings come to the surface while sewing. Anna, the talented cook at the retreat, is making a quilt while sorting her growing romantic feelings for her male best friend.|
|Debbie Macomber’s Thanksgiving Prayer was recently reprinted to bring the inspirational story to new readers. Claudia relies on her faith and her heart as she considers quitting medical school to join her love, Seth, in Alaska.|
|The latest in Marie Ferrarella’s Forever, Texas series, Small Town Thanksgiving, features two lonely, stubborn people who are brought together through 200 year old journals. Ghostwriter Sam thought she was writing a memoir, not writing a happy new future for herself. Hired by private rancher Mike to write a memoir of the family history from the journals, Sam soon realizes she wants to be part of his life and family.|
|Janet Evanovich’s Thanksgiving brings all her unique zaniness, feisty main characters and funny supporting cast in a holiday story. Megan Murphy is annoyed when a bunny tries to eat her dress, but soon discovers other feelings for its owner, pediatrician Patrick. She ends up helping him care for an abandoned baby as well as providing Thanksgiving dinner for both of their matchmaking families.|
|Written by pseudonym Deborah Cooke, author Claire Cross’ Coxwell series brings turkey to the table for another new couple in All or Nothing. Jen is still reeling from her broken engagement and can’t bear the thought of her family setting her up with another suitor for Thanksgiving. She won’t agree to a date with handsome Zach Coxwell, customer from the bar where she works, but she does invite him to the family’s Tofu turkey dinner, changing both of their lives for the better.|
|Vickie Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, and Julie Kenner each feature a magic log cabin and a holiday in the anthology Holiday Hideout. Thompson writes the Thanksgiving novella in the collection about Beth Davis, who is just trying to escape her family at a colleague’s Lake Tahoe cabin. When Coinneach McFarland is sent by the landlords to fix a leak, they both suspect another fix up is at play. They bond over their annoyance at being set up, and quickly find other common ground.|
Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground, was published by 4RV Publishing. 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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