If You Like Romance Why Not Try
Love romance? Why not try one of these brand new books to the Oamaru Library
The Last Days of the Romanov Dancer by Kerri Turner (Adult Fiction Rental, TUR)
Petrograd, 1914. A country on a knife edge. The story of two people caught in the middle – with everything to lose. For the Imperial Russian Ballet has become the ultimate symbol of Romanov indulgence, and soon the lovers are forced to choose: their country, their art or each other.
Contains: ballet, history, romance
The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons (Adult Fiction Rental, SIM)
Young and handsome, Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. His world is turned upside down by a love affair with Josephine, a mysterious young woman who takes him by storm. But she is not what she seems, carrying secrets that tear them apart—perhaps forever.
Contains: secrets, time travel, relationships
The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem (Adult Fiction Rental, RAH)
To Leila traditional Indian parents, finding a husband is as easy as match, meet, and marry. But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance, where real love happens before marriage, not the other way around. So she decides it’s time to stop dreaming and start dating.
Contains: arranged marriage, dating, humour
Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber (Adult Fiction Rental, MAC)
Jenna Boltz’s life is at a crossroads. After a messy divorce from her surgeon husband nearly twenty years ago, she raised her two children on her own. When Jenna’s elderly mother breaks her hip, Dr. Rowan Lancaster saves the day. Despite his silent, stoic exterior, Rowan is immediately smitten with Jenna. But when Jenna’s children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected before the life she has always dreamed of passes her by.
Contains: relationships, divorce, self-discovery
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella (Adult Fiction Rental, KIN)
Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend. It’s how she got her nickname, after all. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour. Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.
Contains: favours, empowerment, family
Losing the Plot by Elizabeth Coleman (Adult Fiction Rental, COL)
Vanessa finds herself a single mum with a hole in her heart where her husband had been. Somehow she finds the courage to fulfil her dream of writing a romance novel but soon discovers that her novel has been plagiarised by her idol, celebrity author Charlotte Lancaster. Vanessa reluctantly sues Charlotte with the help of solicitor Dave Rendall. When gun QC Marcus Stafford agrees to join their legal team, Vanessa feels like her perfect man has stepped right out of the pages of her book and into her life.
Contains: authors, self-realization, plagiarism
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich (Adult Fiction Rental, EVA)
A canny young woman makes over her awkward millionaire client, with some hot and sexy results!
Contains: friendship, love triangles, make overs
Star Crossed by Minnie Darke (Adult Fiction Rental, DAR)
When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable—to Justine, anyway.
Contains: fate, relationships, astrology
Maybe this Time by Jill Mansell (Adult Fiction Rental, MAN)
When Mimi first visits her dad's new home in the Cotswolds, she falls in love with Goosebrook and the people who live there. There's Paddy, with his electric-blue eyes and seductive charm. Friendly and funny Lois makes Mimi laugh. And seriously gorgeous Cal Mathieson is welcoming and charismatic. Though Mimi loves her city life and her career, she'd be very happy to return to Goosebrook if it means seeing more of him. Life is about to take some unexpected and shocking twists and turns. And Mimi's path and Cal's are set to cross again and again—but will it ever be the right time for both of them?
Contains: community, relationships, timing
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (Adult Fiction Rental, KAM)
When Alys’s family is invited to the wedding of the century in their town, her mother, the indomitable Mrs Binat, excitedly coaches her five unmarried daughters on the art of husband hunting. Alys’s eldest sister Jena quickly catches the eye of a wealthy entrepreneur. But his friend Valentine Darsee doesn’t conceal his unfavourable opinion of the Binat family.
Contains: retellings, sisters, partner selection
A Cornish Summer by Catherine Alliott (Adult Fiction Rental, ALL)
A summer on Cornwall's sandy beaches sounds like the perfect getaway. Except Flora finds she'll be spending it with her former scheming mother-in-law, ex-husband and his new wife. Can she survive the summer playing happy families? Could a holiday romance help her finally get over her him? And will stumbling on the family secret change her mind about them all?
Contains: family secrets, vacations, divorced people
The House of Second Chances by Esther Campion (Adult Fiction Rental, CAM)
Their grandmother's stone cottage was always a welcome retreat in the childhood summers of Ellen and Aidan O'Shea. After a trip home from Australia, Ellen is keen to bring the neglected home back to its former glory and enlists the help of her dear friend and one of Ireland's top interior designers, Colette Barry. Aidan is already begrudging the work on the house he has avoided for nearly twenty years. The last thing the builder needs is an interior designer who seems to do nothing but complicate his life.
Contains: restoration, second chances, starting over
A Marriage of Convenience by Janet Woods (Adult Fiction Rental, WOO)
1815. Having fallen on hard times, doctor’s daughter Grace Ellis serves as a lady’s companion. But on Lady Florence’s death, Grace discovers that she’s been left an unexpected legacy by her former mistress. There’s just one catch. In order to claim her inheritance, Grace must wed Lady Florence’s disreputable nephew, a gruff army brigadier more than three times her age.
She is offered a way out by family friend Dominic, who is determined to marry Grace himself in order to save her from a grim fate. But just as the proposed marriage of convenience looks set to turn into a true love match, others step in to crush Grace’s happiness.
Contains: inheritance, historical, marriage
Lost and Found by Danielle Steel (Adult Fiction Rental, STE)
What might have been? This tantalizing question propels a woman on a cross-country adventure to reunite with the men she had loved and let go.
Contains: road trip, reunions, second chances
The Girl in the Pink Raincoat by Alrene Hughes (Adult Fiction Rental, HUG)
Everyone hated the heat and the deafening noise, but for Gracie the worst thing was the smell of chemicals that turned her stomach every morning when she arrived at the Rosenberg Raincoats factory.
Gracie is a girl on the factory floor. Jacob is the boss's charismatic nephew. When they fall in love, it seems as if the whole world is against them – especially Charlie Nuttall, who also works at the factory and has always wanted Gracie for himself.
But worse is to come when Jacob disappears and Gracie is devastated, vowing to find him. Can she solve the mystery of his whereabouts? Gracie will need all her strength and courage to find a happy ending.
Contains: world war, secrets, first love