Go online this weekend for some enjoyable romance reads

Published 9:50 am Friday, April 10, 2020

This column was submitted by Evangeline Cessna, Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library Local History Librarian. This week’s column focuses on romance novels available online. Due to the concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the library is closed through at least April 20. Remember, you can find additional titles at wcvpl.blogspot.com.

Since we will be closed at least another week, this week’s column features romance titles from RomanceBookCloud.com. Remember, to access it for free go to our website https://wcvpl.biblionix.com and scroll down until you find the link on the left side of your page.

By Reservation Only is a novel by Barbara Edwards. Award-winning Chef Nathan Harte has worked long and hard to restore his property in Willow Spring, Vermont. Now, the Deerbourne Inn is finally ready for its grand opening. He’s ready to greet his guests with fine cuisine, comfortable rooms, and maybe even a ghost or two. Nathan moved to Vermont to escape the rat race and to relish a slower-paced life, but it seems that things aren’t going to go exactly as planned. He now must contend with a broken arm, a quirky arsonist, a long-ago mystery, and whatever he finds in his three-hundred-year-old attics.

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Afraid to Breathe is part of the Donavon Sister Series by Debra Jupe. Country music superstar Teddie Donavan has been ordered to rest because of severe exhaustion, so she decides to return to her hometown to face the tragic death of her parents seventeen years prior. She is also going to have to face the boyfriend who shattered her heart. Drew Millard has been miserable ever since he broke it off with the love of his life. He has also experienced a run of bad luck and hard times. Just as he is putting his life back together, Teddie comes home and they both must confront the pain of the past in order to move forward.

Teacher Gilda Greco has to contend with a whole lot of guilt in A Different Kind of Reunion by Joanne Guidoccio. Gilda missed an email from a former student — Sarah McHenry — has turned up dead. Now, Guilda is kicking herself because she thinks she could have prevented Sarah’s murder. Constable Leo Mulligan plays on her guilt to enlist help in finding the culprit before he/she kills again. Along with Canada’s best-known psychic and six of Sarah’s friends, Gilda agrees to a séance to find out what happened. When they all get together, however, old rivalries and grudges rear their ugly heads. Naturally, the séance is a bust, but Gilda doesn’t give up and decides to investigate for herself, but will her snooping put others in danger including herself?

Laylah Abrams paints a portrait of love on the American frontier in A Fair Trade. Jack Briggs has been content to live off the land, but lately he has been yearning for a place to put down roots. When he meets the Findleys, he is taken with the wife Penelope almost immediately. She is the prettiest woman he has ever seen, and he wants nothing more than to make her his. Penelope, on the other hand, won’t have anything to do with Jack as long as she is married, but that changes when her husband dies suddenly along the trail. Jack offers Penelope a deal—pretend to marry him so that she will have protection and he can take advantage of the free land given to married couples. At least, that is what they tell each other.

Captured by Chocolate is a novel by Steena Holmes. Radio DJ Dylan Morgan and photojournalist Casey Michaels have been in a long-term, long-distance relationship for years. Dylan has never caught the travel bug and is content to live his life in the small town of Marietta. When a job opening at a major radio station on the east coast catches his eye, he seriously considers taking the position, but then Casey calls. She is tired and wants to settle down into small-town life, but all she meets is suspicion with everyone expecting her to pack up and leave any minute. She decides to prove she’s ready to settle down by staging a photography show celebrating Marietta life. Then, London calls…

After All by Laurie Winter is a contemporary romance about the power of unselfish love. Molly Hernandez is two years past a lifesaving surgery that left her infertile, but she is running full steam ahead to accomplishing her goal of becoming a DEA agent. Drew Atwater has finally left the Army and has a one-year plan to find a wife and start having children. The problem is that the woman he wants is a spit-fire cop determined to leave their sleepy little town. While working with troubled teens, Molly and Drew realize they are a powerful team and are drawn closer together. Will their opposing goals tear them apart and leave their love in the dust?