I’ve been focusing so much on writing blog posts about or including dark romance novels that now I feel I need to get back to the bright side. And because it’s now summer, so everything seems more optimistic. I think hopeful love stories are perfect for this time of year. Oh, and for Christmas! But that’s a story for another time.
Of course, we can’t do without some drama. But it’s well-written drama. And it has a purpose. Not just to shock or bait the reader. At least that’s what I feel.
So, the love stories I’ve selected for this post are:
- Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
- The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
- Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson
- Savaged by Mia Sheridan
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Happiness For Beginners by Carole Matthews
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#1 Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
If you’re a romance reader, you must have heard of Archer’s Voice by now. It’s the emotional story of a boy who grows up isolated from and by a society that gave up on him.
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A tragic event that happened in the past altered his ability to speak. His voice. In a world full of prejudices and appearances, people think he is mentally impaired or that there is something wrong with him.
His life begins to change when Bree moves to Pelion, a beautiful lakeside town I fell in love with.
She helps him find his voice. The courage to thrive and to show himself to the world. They share a beautiful friendship and a connection that brought tears to my eyes more than once.
Perfect for readers looking for:
- Beta hero,
- friends to lovers,
- slow burn,
- inexperienced hero,
- heart-warming love story
#2 The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Ben Payne, an orthopedic surgeon attending a medical conference, and Ashley Knox, a magazine writer who needs to make it back in time for her wedding. Two strangers who, in order to avoid being stranded in a Salt Lake City airport, agree to charter a small plane to get home.
The plane goes down in a remote wilderness. Injured, with limited supplies and resources, and no shelter, they have to find a way to survive the cold and make their way back to civilization.
This may appear like a classic survival story, but don’t be fooled! It’s much more than that.
The book is so emotional, hopeful, and inspiring, but also with a touch of beautiful sadness to it. You’re curious, afraid. You laugh, then you hope, then you cry. Then you laugh some more, cry some more, and in the end, you’re grateful for reading such a unique story.
#3 Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson
Annie’s Song falls into the historical romance novels category.
Annie Trimble is a delicate young lady with an uncommon condition. Due to a ear infection she had when she was a child, her hearing has been impaired. This leads to her parents thinking she is retarded. Hence, she has been unsocialized for most of her life.
Her life as she knows it changes after a terrible attack. Alex Montgomery, the attacker’s older brother, comes to the rescue -sort of-and agrees to marry Annie and raise the baby she’s carrying as his own.
With skillful storytelling, Catherine Anderson tells the story of a sweet and naive girl who learns about life, love and being a woman. Her innocence is the source of some of the most unexpected, funny, and endearing scenes in the book.
Trigger warning! The book contains on-page rape. It’s not descriptive. The book is under no circumstances dark. But it’s still there.
#4 Savaged by Mia Sheridan
Romance novel plus a bit of murder mystery. That’s what Savaged by Mia Sheridan is.
Jak/Lucas has lived a strange life until he meets wilderness guide Harper Ward. Though he starts by being a suspect in a murder case, Harper is drawn to his disheveled look, intelligent eyes, and tall, muscular frame.
Of course, there is more to Jak than meets the eye. He has a sad past. The result of twisted human ambitions who do (social) experiments on people.
Because of that, his social abilities are kind of lacking. That, and his mountain man appearance make him a savage in the eyes of the community. Harper needs to decide if he’s a killer or a victim. Or both.
Although the plot may seem a bit farfetched to some of you, the story is fresh and emotional. In the end, there is hope and healing in tragedy and secrets.
#5 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This classic novel follows the life of the title character during five different stages. Jane’s childhood, when she is physically and emotionally abused by her aunt and cousins. The years she spends at Lowood School. Here is where she knows friendship and human connections, despite suffering oppression.
Then there is the time she works at the mysterious Thornfield Hall as a governess. This is when she falls in love with her equally mysterious employer, Edward Rochester.
After having her heart broken by the discovery of a dark and shocking secret, Jane wanders the country, struggling to survive the hunger and lack of shelter. It is during this difficult time that she arrives at Moor House. She meets an estranged uncle here who thinks she’ll be the perfect wife for him. But rest assured, Jane’s not interested;)
Finally, she is reunited with Rochester and gets to live the life she deserves.
A beautiful story of love and growth. If you’re struggling through life, I think you’ll see yourself in Jane Eyre and be inspired by her strength.
#6 Happiness For Beginners by Carole Matthews
This book strikes me as the typical feel-good story you read when you want to escape. I haven’t read it yet, but… I mean, look at the cover!
So, from what I gather, this appears to be a second chance at love novel. Molly lives at Hope Farm (a little cheesy, I know!), surrounded by a lot of animals and a dream-like landscape.
She runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who have difficulties integrating and performing (I guess) in the regular educational system.
This is how she meets Shelby Dacre and his son, Lucas. Molly is entrusted with Lucas’ education.
The boy is more challenging than she expected. And there’s also the problem that his handsome father is becoming a distraction she’s not sure she needs.
You know what? I could definitely see this book being turned into a movie. Anyway, book or movie, I think it reads like the perfect escape we sometimes need.
That’s about it for this post. If you know other feel-good and hopeful love stories, please share them in the comments. Also, share your thoughts about these books if you read them.