Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Romance Novels


This week’s topic, Favorite Romance Novels, is a fun one. I don’t read very many formula romances, but I do read a lot of “romantic fiction” or chick lit. F.Y.I.–these are not listed in any ranked order.

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer


I read this sweet romance in Peace Corps years ago, but it has stuck with me. Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.

Portrait of a Marriage by Pearl S. Buck


If you think Pearl Buck wrote only of China you’re missing a lot of great books. Portrait of a Marriage is one of my favorite books ever. She is the only author have ever read who captures the true feeling of married love. The illustrations are so poignet, too. I loved them as much as I loved the book. Portrait of a Marriage by Pearl S. Buck.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf




Romance doesn’t stop when you hit 30 or even 70. This is a contemporaty classic. Even the movie was good. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson


I admit–I threw this back. Then I got the audio. I fell irreversibly in love with this story. Another that shows that age and even ethicity does not interfer with love. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes


I know, I know–Me Before You! And, I LOVE Louisa and Will. But this one is just so sweet and wonderful, TOO. And, many people haven’t heard of it yet and they should. Jess, Tanzie, Ed, Norman and Nicky will ALSO capture your heart–I promise. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes.


Do you love love stories?

You may want to read last week’s Top 10 Tuesday: Love Freebie post!

And, be sure to check out my Cross-Generational Romance posts. Older man, younger woman, but true love. See the tag cloud in the right side bar and click to view them.


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Review: Christmas in London by Anita Hughes


The Story

Louisa receives the career-making chance of a lifetime when Baking With Bianca’s desert fails and her cinnamon rolls are brought in to save the day. Off to London to do a tv show, Christmas at Claridge’s her professional life is made. And, possibly, her personal lie, too. Kate’s TV career is taking off. Since leaving Prince William and Kate’s alma mater, St. Andrew’s University in Scotland, she’s put in the time. Now, with Christmas at Claridge’s, her mark is made. But will some blasts from her past enhance or endanger her happiness and success?

What I Liked

I loved it all. It’s light and fun, well-paced and jolly. Just what a Christmas book should be.  The food sounds so delicious, the venues so inviting and the worst thing that happens to anyone is an attempted tryst that is solved with the words “No thank you.” Pass the eggnog and the mince pies, please! This one is a winner.


But even in a fictionalized Royal Family, they mostly live at Kensington Palace–not St. James. But who, other than me, cares, right?

My Rating


THE Christmas book for lovers of contemporary romantic stories!

Christmas in London by Anita Hughes