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Julie Garwood

9 Summer Reads We’re Taking to the Beach!

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Summer is finally here and we are hyped. Beach days, cookouts, camping, long afternoons devouring a good book – after the endless days of winter, we can’t wait to get out into the sun. Plus it’s finally time to start planning our summer reading list. For us, summer is all about the beach read: light-hearted romance, books that make us laugh, and a few juicy tell-alls for good measure. Here are 9 reads we’re more than ready to bring to the beach this summer: The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown and Company, June 13, 2017) Hilderbrand is the queen of the beach read, which is why we can’t wait to dive into The Identicals, all about twin sisters with a long-standing…

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If You Like Starz’ Outlander, You’ll Fall in Love with These 10 Books

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As a self-proclaimed Outlander junkie, I’m always on the lookout for different books that are just as romantic and compelling as my favorite series. Claire and Jamie are a force to be reckoned with, and it’s not easy to live up to that kind of love. Not to mention the historical details that Diana Gabaldon brings to the narrative, or her unique touches of fantasy and mystery. But over the years, I have found a few books that come close. Here they are, along with this guarantee: if you like Outlander, you’ll love these 10 books. Promise. Outlander Book Recommendations Into the Wilderness, Sara Donati (Delta, 2008) This is the first book in a series that Gabaldon herself recommends to readers — and…

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4 Fabulous romance tropes and novels that take them to the next level

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Since I first discovered romance novels around the age of 12, I have read a lot of them. And I mean A LOT. So many, in fact, that I exhausted the collection at my local library, regularly bought out the drugstore’s supply, and once was almost crushed to death by the stacks and stacks of paperbacks adorning my bedroom. Thank god for e-books. In my early days as a romance reader, I kept stumbling across the same plots again and again. It was only later that I realized these are tropes of the genre—common storylines that are comforting to us in their familiarity. Maybe it was an ugly-duckling romance, or another arranged marriage. Maybe it was a long-lost love re-found.…

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Can’t wait for your favorite Scot to return? A wee list to tide ye over

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a diehard fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. So I had very high hopes —and fears—for the television adaptation. But from the first episode of the new hit Starz series, I’ve basically been happy-dancing in my living room. Hot accents, a perfect Jamie, dreamy lighting, and a sex-scene that’s revolutionizing television—what’s not to love? The first season of Outlander has been split into two chunks, with the second half returning on April 4. Considering that the last episode aired in September, you can imagine my growing desperation. I need this show to come back on the air. Like, now. In the first half of season one, World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall travels back…

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