The best books about finding true love with the least likely person at the strangest time or place

Patience Bloom Author Of Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last
By Patience Bloom

Who am I?

I am an editor and writer in New York. Over twenty-five years, I have edited novels for Harlequin Books. Ironically, the more romance I edited, the stronger my belief that I would remain single—and that was just fine. I am still shocked at how wrong I was and that you can still be surprised. I gravitate toward these kinds of stories, where characters wander into unexpected territory. My surprise came in the form of Sam Bloom, the class clown from high school, a boy I’d never thought I’d see again, much less date. We now share a last name, a remote, and an adorable blue-grey cat named Yossi. 

I wrote...

Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

By Patience Bloom,

Book cover of Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

What is my book about?

Why isn’t real-life romance more like fiction?

Patience Bloom asked herself this question, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like their heroines: That shy guy she had a crush on would sweep her off her feet and turn out to be a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Patience kept hoping. Years later she found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin itself. Every day, her fantasies came true—on the page. Her dating life, however, remained uninspired. She nearly gave up hope. Then one day Patience got a real-life chance at romance, but Sam lived thousands of miles away. Was it worth the risk? Could love conquer all?

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The books I picked & why

Red, White & Royal Blue

By Casey McQuiston,

Book cover of Red, White & Royal Blue

Why did I love this book?

This playful romcom reminded me of the pillars of romance: juicy conflict, lovable characters, and pacing that never quits. You can’t go wrong when the son of Madame President falls in love with England’s dishy prince. This is how diplomacy should always work! Red, White & Royal Blue is high concept fun and ruined my weekend plans to work.

By Casey McQuiston,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Red, White & Royal Blue as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller *

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius--his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when…

The Idea of You

By Robinne Lee,

Book cover of The Idea of You

Why did I love this book?

I thought I was too jaded to read about a single mom embarking on a torrid love affair with a global—younger—boyband heartthrob. This is a romance I’ve written in my mind since age 14 and who could outdo my own vision of marrying a member of Duran Duran? Turns out Robinne Lee does in this gripping, sensual, and soul-stirring romance that is set in a real place. Years after reading this, I’m still thinking of the relationship and its many layers.

By Robinne Lee,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Idea of You as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When Solene Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles, takes her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favourite boy band, she doesP so reluctantly and at her ex-husband's request. The last thing she expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things. What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as…

Book cover of Wow, No Thank You.: Essays

Why did I love this book?

A writer with a hyperactive inner world makes a life with her partner whose existence seems wildly different from her own. It is easy to fall in love with Irby and her rollicking humor. Someone whose brilliance, independence, and talent sets her apart enters into marriage, stepmotherhood, and full small-town regalia. How does that work? Very well, in fact.

By Samantha Irby,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Wow, No Thank You. as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Winner of 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Samantha Irby, beloved author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, a rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays.

“Stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny.... irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye.” —Jia Tolentino

Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago,…

Book cover of The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: An American Woman's Adventures in the Oldest City on Earth

Why did I love this book?

Disclaimer: I went to school with this talented storyteller so I am liable to gush over her prose. Once again, point proven that when you go somewhere and think your life won’t change, you are always wrong. In fact, teaching journalists how to write in Yemen over three weeks might actually be the perfect place for you to discover your purpose—and find the perfect partner. What I love about Jennifer Steil’s writing is her attention to detail, which makes for a gorgeous reading experience.

By Jennifer Steil,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Woman Who Fell from the Sky as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"I had no idea how to find my way around this medieval city. It was getting dark. I was tired. I didn’t speak Arabic. I was a little frightened. But hadn’t I battled scorpions in the wilds of Costa Rica and prevailed? Hadn’t I survived fainting in a San José brothel?  Hadn’t I once arrived in Ireland with only $10 in my pocket and made it last two weeks? Surely I could handle a walk through an unfamiliar town. So I took a breath, tightened the black scarf around my hair, and headed out to take my first solitary steps…

Wish You Were Here

By Jodi Picoult,

Book cover of Wish You Were Here

Why did I love this book?

The pandemic hasn’t been ideal for the experience of wonder—and certainly not deep, intimate relationships with new people who could bring about your demise due to the virus. Picoult masterfully details a woman’s trek through this challenging early COVID terrain, which often appears as a dead end (absolutely no pun intended). But what she does with her circumstances unexpectedly leads her to magical places.

By Jodi Picoult,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Wish You Were Here as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes “a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six)

Rights sold to Netflix for adaptation as a feature film • Named one of the best books of the year by She Reads

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all…

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