From time to time, we all happen to be in the mood to read love stories that make us feel good, relax, and escape reality. So if it’s that time for you, I have six novels that I love and I think you will too.
If you’re a fan of Mia Sheridan or you like classic or historical novels with a little romance, you can find something in this post for you.
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.
On the other hand, if you also like drama and emotions in your romance MOVIES, check out this list of romance movies that make you cry.
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. 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 however when Bree moves to Pelion, a beautiful lakeside town I personally 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 I’m sure you’ll find endearing.
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, however, goes down in a remote wilderness. Injured, with limited supplies and resources, and no shelter, Ashley and Ben 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 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 an ear infection she had when she was a child, she loses her hearing from an early age. This leads to her parents thinking she is retarded. As a consequence, she has been unsocialized for most of her life.
But 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 though and the book is under no circumstances dark. But just in case you want to know.
#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 and uncommon 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 reunites 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 is the typical feel-good story you read when you want to escape.
So this is 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 in the regular educational system.
This is how she meets Shelby Dacre and his son, Lucas. Molly is entrusted with Lucas’ education. The boy, however, 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.
So farm life, cute animals, and a little romance make this book a great escape.