Romance

Browse all our articles, featuring books that contain an element of romance, whether that be simmering romantic tension or a full blown love affair — heartwarming, heart breaking or heart racing!

Recent standout reads for us in the romance genre are Ashley Poston’s The Seven Year Slip, Pip Williams’ The Bookbinder and Mhairi McFarlane’s Last Night. And, it would be hard to go wrong with some of our all time top romance reads such as the iconic One Day, The Flatshare and The Time Traveller’s Wife, the quirky under-appreciated gem Resistance Is Futile and the uplifting Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

Finally, if you too think romance and humour make the perfect match, then we recommend checking out our most popular Book List: 30 Top Romantic Comedy Novels.

Book Review – SNAP The World Unfolds by Michele Drier

Book Review – SNAP The World Unfolds by Michele Drier

SNAP The World Unfolds Synopsis SNAP, a multinational celebrity TV show and magazine, is the holy grail for Maxie Gwenoch. When she snags the job as managing editor, she’s looking for fame, fortune and Jimmy Choos. What she finds is a…

THE TRANSLATOR by Leila Aboulela, Book Review

THE TRANSLATOR by Leila Aboulela, Book Review

The Translator Book Synopsis Juxtaposing the contrasting landscapes and culture of Khartoum and Aberdeen, Leila Aboulela paints and intimate portrait of a young woman torn between conflicting pressures, beliefs, and desires. Sammar is a young Sudanese widow working as a translator in a…

Book Review – THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

Book Review – THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Synopsis Every year, twelve boys and twelve girls are chosen to take part in the Hunger Games. Watched by the entire nation, this is action-packed reality TV at its most exciting – and most dangerous. Katniss Everdeen has…

LITTLE PRINCES by Conor Grennan, Book Review

LITTLE PRINCES by Conor Grennan, Book Review

Conor Grennan’s Little Princes is a story about a young man who sets out looking for fun and adventure and finds maturity and true purpose. Little Princes Synopsis One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal In search…

The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes, Review: Web of mystery

The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes, Review: Web of mystery

The Peacock Emporium, an early Jojo Moyes novel, is filled with drama and characters as intriguing as the curios in lead Suzanna Peacock’s shop. Jojo Moyes is now is best known for her internationally bestselling novel Me Before You. The Peacock Emporium Synopsis…

JAMRACH’S MENAGERIE by Carol Birch, Book Review: Vivid

JAMRACH’S MENAGERIE by Carol Birch, Book Review: Vivid

In Jamrach’s Menagerie Carol Birch conjures up a world of kaleidoscopic sights, sounds and smells more vivid and captivating than reality. Jamrach’s Menagerie Synopsis 1857. Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London’s East End when he comes face to…

Book Review – THE ARRANGER by L J Sellers

Book Review – THE ARRANGER by L J Sellers

The Arranger Synopsis The year is 2023 and ex-detective Lara Evans is working as a freelance paramedic in a bleak new world. She responds to an emergency call and is nearly killed when a shooter flees the home. Inside she…

Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey, Review: Something special

Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey, Review: Something special

Oscar & Lucinda won Australian author Peter Carey the 1988 Booker Prize and the 1989 Miles Franklin Award. It was shortlisted for The Best of the Booker. Oscar & Lucinda Synopsis A young Anglican minister who looks like a scarecrow, thinks like an angel, and…

THE TINY WIFE by Andrew Kaufman, Review: An absolute gem

THE TINY WIFE by Andrew Kaufman, Review: An absolute gem

The Tiny Wife Synopsis A remarkable short novella, a modern fable that is weird, uplifting and romantic all at the same time – from the author of All My Friends are Superheroes. A flamboyantly-dressed man enters a bank, and proceeds to…

Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris, Review: Delicious dark humour

Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris, Review: Delicious dark humour

Jigs and Reels is international bestselling author Joanne Harris’ first short story collection. Jigs and Reels Synopsis: Each of the twenty-two tales in this enchanting collection is a surprise and a delight, melding the poignant and the possible with the…

ZUGZWANG by Ronan Bennett, Review

ZUGZWANG by Ronan Bennett, Review

Zugzwang Book Synopsis St Petersburg, 1914. Dr Otto Spethmann, a famous psychoanalyst, is implicated in a murder. But he is preoccupied with two disturbing new patients: Anna Petrovna, the troubled society beauty with whom he is inappropriately falling in love,…

THE SUMMER WE CAME TO LIFE by Deborah Cloyed, Book Review

THE SUMMER WE CAME TO LIFE by Deborah Cloyed, Book Review

The Summer We Came To Life Synopsis Every summer, Samantha Wheland joins her childhood friends—Isabel, Kendra and Mina—on a vacation, somewhere exotic and fabulous. Together with their mixed bag of parents, they’ve created a lifetime of memories. This year it’s…

JULIET NAKED by Nick Hornby, Book Review: Rough diamond

JULIET NAKED by Nick Hornby, Book Review: Rough diamond

Juliet Naked Synopsis Annie and Duncan are a mid-30s couple who have reached a fork in the road, realising their shared interest in the reclusive musician Tucker Crowe (in Duncan’s case, an obsession as well as an academic career) is…