Chick lits are popular anytime of the year, but most would agree that if there was a season for romantic fiction it would have to be spring, when as the saying goes, “love is in the air”. From Sophie Kinsella to Nora Roberts to Douglas Kennedy, here’s a look at some of the most intriguing and highly anticipated romantic chick lit reads scheduled to hit bookstores this spring.
Bestselling author Debbie Macomber explores the challenges of dealing with change as well as the blessings and unexpected opportunities it can bring in her latest Blossom Street Novel titled appropriately Starting Over. The novel, out April 2, 2013, centers on Libby Morgan, who has sacrificed her personal life for the chance to make partner at her high-pressure law firm. She is completely blindsided when her boss tells her that she has been fired. Libby is forced to rebuild her life, which she does with the help of an unlikely group of new friends she gets to know by hanging out in a local yarn store. She begins to change for the better and gets a shot at romance along the way, but soon Libby must decide what direction her new life will take.
Nora Robert’s Whisky Beach, out April 16, 2013 is part mystery, part romance. This imaginative drama tells the story of Boston lawyer Eli Landon, who after being raked over the coals in the investigation of his estranged wife’s murder, retreats to Buff House, his family’s 300-year old home perched above Whisky Beach. Eli soon finds a companion in the ever present Abra. An apparent Jill of all trades, Abra is the resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker and massage therapist. Being a woman of so many talents, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when she is the one who helps Eli clear his name. But it is a shock to discover that the root of Eli’s troubles is centuries old.
Sophie Kinsella’s latest offering Wedding Night out April 23, 2013, is a whimsical read, about Lottie, a young woman whose hopes of a marriage proposal from longtime boyfriend are dashed, when Ben an old flame, suddenly enters the picture. He reminds Lottie of their pledge to get married if both were still single by the time they were 30. Longing to leave the single live behind, Lottie jumps at the chance. But friends of both Lottie and Ben can see that they are making a hasty mistake, and are determined to stop the hasty elopement.
Douglas Kennedy’s novel Five Days out April 30, 2013, centers on Laura, a radiology technician in a small Maine coast hospital, who is pondering what her future will be when her two adult children, about to go out on their own, leave her with an empty nest and a husband who has become a stranger to her. When Laura, who has become disillusioned with life in, general over the years, has the opportunity to attend a conference in Boston, little does she know the profound effect the trip will have on her life. A chance meeting with a man, also from Maine, who is going through a difficult and confusing time in his life, leads to romance; and the two examine whether or not they should choose desire over obligation.