Few things can bring us as much joy and comfort as a good romance novel. Whether you’re looking for a lighthearted escape from reality or a page-turning drama, the books on this list are sure to tug at your heartstrings.
From heart-breaking tales of tragedy to stories of unexpected love, here are the 10 most heartwarming romance books of the year.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Normal People by Sally Rooney is an engrossing and insightful character study of two people in a complex relationship. The story follows Marianne and Connell as they navigate their relationship through the changing landscape of their lives.
Rooney captures the nuances of their relationships in an honest and thoughtful way, exploring their individual and shared vulnerabilities. The depth of the characters and their development is impressive, and the writing is very well-crafted. Highly recommended.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is an absolutely delightful read! This modern romance novel is a heartwarming story of two people from different worlds who find a connection in a way they never expected. The characters are incredibly well-developed and the chemistry between them is palpable.
The story is filled with humor, charm, and a lot of warmth. The writing is so beautiful that it’s hard to put the book down. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a sweet and romantic read.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
I recently read The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary and loved it! The story follows two strangers, Tiffy and Leon, as they try to navigate their lives while sharing a flat. The book was funny and heartwarming, with a great cast of characters.
The plot was unique and the writing was very engaging. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a lighthearted romance.
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane is a delightful romantic comedy about two people who are forced to work together as colleagues and must overcome their initial dislike for each other.
The story is filled with hilarious moments, witty dialogue, and some serious moments that will make the reader feel for the characters. The characters are well-developed, the story is well-paced, and the ending is satisfying. It’s a must-read for any romantic comedy fan!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is a fun, heartwarming romance novel that will leave you feeling satisfied and hopeful. The story follows Olive, a cynical woman who is determined to never fall in love, and Ethan, a carefree playboy who is determined to never be tied down.
When the two find themselves on an unexpected Hawaiian honeymoon, sparks fly and the two must decide if they can move past their preconceived notions of love and take a chance on something real. Christina Lauren brings her trademark wit and charm to this story and creates a world that readers will love to escape into. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet, romantic read.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Project is an endearing and heartwarming novel about Don Tillman, a professor of genetics who embarks on a quest to find a wife through a scientific approach. With a unique and quirky cast of characters, the story is full of humor and wit.
Though the plot is predictable at times, the story is still enjoyable and full of charm. The Rosie Project is a must-read for anyone looking for a light and amusing read.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I highly recommend The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book is an emotional and captivating story that centers around Hollywood actress, Evelyn Hugo. Through her story, readers get to explore the complex and often heartbreaking world of fame and the importance of true friendship.
The characters are incredibly well-developed and the story is incredibly well-written. I was completely enthralled by this book and could not put it down until I finished it!
What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand is a delightful story about a woman who finds love and friendship in a small island community. The characters are wonderfully written and engaging, and the setting of St. John is beautiful and inviting.
The story is full of surprises and twists, and the characters’ struggles and triumphs are heartfelt and inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic and uplifting read.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory is a fun and lighthearted romantic comedy that will make you laugh, swoon, and want to read more. The characters are likable and easy to relate to, and the story is engaging.
It’s the perfect read for those looking for an escape from reality and a bit of romance. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and enjoyable read.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is a gripping psychological thriller that takes readers on a suspenseful journey. The story follows nine strangers who come together for a ten-day retreat at a remote health resort, run by a seemingly enigmatic and mysterious director.
As the days progress, the guests soon find themselves drawn into a web of secrets and lies as their lives become intertwined and deeply affected by one another. The plot is full of twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats, and the characters are incredibly believable and well-developed.
If you’re looking for a thrilling read that will keep you coming back for more, Nine Perfect Strangers is the perfect book for you.