I read my first romance novel when I was only ten years old. I found it in a drugstore, left alone while my mother looked for whatever it was she needed there.
It was a Harlequin romance on a turning book rounder, and I think it was about a curt, brusque CEO who yelled at his secretary quite regularly, right up until the day he grabbed her and kissed her, and she began to realize that he had fallen in love with her, too.
I am sure there were other books available on the rounder, but I doubt there were any written for children. And I would bet money that there were pretty people on the cover, and that that is what attracted my attention.
Having never read a romance novel before, I had no idea what to expect.
But I was hooked by the happily ever after ending and a story I could probably relate to and undoubtedly wished for, in my own life. A plain Jane who didn’t think much of herself and was not respected by most of her peers, or by the beautiful people she encountered on a regular basis, was chosen, loved and rescued from a life of nothingness.
Well, I thought, heck that’s just like Cinderella! I certainly was familiar with that story.
Now, my mother had not been thrilled that I wanted that book. But I demanded it.
You might say I was a sensitive, but nonetheless, strong-willed child if you knew me back then.
So I went home with that book, and that was the beginning of a decades-long love affair with romance novels. And though the content, these days, is much more varied and modern than unattractive poor girl meets wealthy boss, they are still stories that are relatable and fun to read.
Today, I want to share a series of books that were so good, I almost read a book a day and was done with them all too soon.
Each book is about just one day and chronicles everything that happens, 2 hours at a time, in a 24-hour period. I wouldn’t have thought that could work. But it was utterly fascinating!
There’s a sort of family of misfits - vibrant, laughing, warm and lovable misfits - who form a family of choice and they show up in each book.
Though some of the characters don’t know each other at the beginning of the book, in each one, they turn out to be connected in surprising ways.
The books have several Sliding Doors moments and that becomes poignantly important in the last book of the series.
In each book, a central story has a beginning, middle and an end, but there are a few connected and supporting stories that continue twisting & turning until the last book is complete.
The laughter, love, warmth and friendships in each book are heartwarming. And each story has an unpredictability that makes it difficult to put down.
Check them out here…
One Day in Winter
Another Day in Winter
The Last Day in Winter
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
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