The best romantic dramas with unique storylines

Who am I?

I really enjoy coming up with fresh, unique storylines. I have to applaud books that have a new approach and surprise us—it’s not easy for authors to do! The perfect story, to me, is romantic drama and family life all entwined. Family is everything, whether it’s the family we’re born into, one created by marriage, or one by random circumstances. I enjoy reading and writing romance in the context of family drama because it’s the core of who we are. The best stories have romance and also tell about a family coming together. 


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More Than Memories

By Kristen James,

Book cover of More Than Memories

What is my book about?

Molly Anderson returns “home” to a town she doesn’t remember, hoping it will spark a memory. She meets Trent Williams, a Ridge City police detective, and something else sparks. Trent takes on her case and promises to do everything he can to solve it.

Trent has his own secrets, but they have a mystery to solve. Molly quickly realizes her relationship with Trent went deeper than memories. How could she have forgotten her lifelong friend and love? Has he really been waiting for her for the last four years? Can she love him again if she doesn’t remember him? There’s also the possibility that she did something awful, and maybe that’s why she’s afraid to remember her old life.

The books I picked & why

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Where the Forest Meets the Stars

By Glendy Vanderah,

Book cover of Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Why this book?

I love offbeat stories that surprise me! We meet Jo as she arrives at a cabin out in the woods for a scientific bird study, and of course, she arrives with a lot of emotional baggage. She soon meets a little girl who comes out of the woods like she’s homeless. Jo gets a neighbor involved, although not through her choosing. The neighbor doesn’t seem to like people or want to be bothered, but soon they both find themselves responsible for this lost little girl. This story has mystery and intrigue, and a slowly developing romance and family dynamic that I love. The setup is new and fresh, and the writing is amazing. It’s hard to tell you how much I loved this story! 


Sold on a Monday

By Kristina McMorris,

Book cover of Sold on a Monday

Why this book?

This is a surprising backdrop for a romance, and I didn’t even buy the book for a romance read. The start is sad and intriguing – based on a true event – where a reported snapped a photo of a sign saying “children for sale” with the children in the background. The reporter is trying to build his career, and the photo was just a personal shot he took because he was shocked. But it ends up in the paper and causes a horrible cascade of events, which also brings him together with a woman who works at the same paper. This is such a different story and the romance is very sweet. 


What Alice Forgot

By Liane Moriarty,

Book cover of What Alice Forgot

Why this book?

This is such a unique plot! And it reminds me a little of my own novel, so double points. This second chance married romance happens because Alice gets a brain injury and loses 10 years. She thinks she has a happy marriage, not that she’s going through a divorce. She doesn’t remember her three kids! It’s a fun twist on a popular trope. You could say many authors use the amnesia plotline but it’s so satisfying when done well! 


Comfort & Joy

By Kristin Hannah,

Book cover of Comfort & Joy

Why this book?

I spotted this novel in the supermarket and bought it for the pretty cover some years ago, and it introduced me to Kristin Hannah. I like getting into a story without really knowing the plot, and this was surprised the heck out of me! This sweet Christmas story is about rebuilding family and finding happiness and joy again. Joy leaves her life behind and finds herself deep in the rain forest in Washington, where she meets a sad little boy who lost his mother. The dad doesn’t know what to do. All three of them are hurting, and it’s magical when they start to heal together. It’s such a good, sweet story, and it’s still on my bookshelf.


The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green,

Book cover of The Fault in Our Stars

Why this book?

It’s hard to imagine people wouldn’t have put this story on their list already. It’s such a unique romance: two young people who both have terminal cancer. But the tone is light, funny, ironic, and so relatable. The characters really make the story. You can’t help but want to run along with them and hear more. The story is also very deep, meaningful, and impactful - it’ll change your view on life and how much life you can live in a short amount of time. The romance will stay with you forever – it’s the kind of love that makes each a better person, but they also see they don’t need to do that. They accept the gifts they get in life and show thankfulness that will blow you away.


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