In the small town of Winsome, Illinois, two people discover the confusing, complex, and beautiful nature of friendship. Alyssa Harrison never wanted to come home. But after the Silicon Valley start-up where she works collapses and turns her world upside down, she finds herself broke, in trouble, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she returns to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and then move on. Yet as friends and family welcome her back, she begins to envision a future in this small Midwestern community.
One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened her heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care. Amid literature and lattes, three women come together and find that sharing one’s journey with best friends makes life richer.
After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future. Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up. With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.
Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—works to restore the home and dreams of one family, while striving to keep the pieces of her life in perfect order and secure her own happy ending—a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love. But Chef Benito Vassallo, a charming visitor from Italy, soon proves hard to resist. Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben’s marriage proposal and follows him home. Upon landing in Rome, she is enchanted with Italy. But instead of allowing the land, culture and people to transform her, Emily imposes her will upon everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben’s tightly knit family. Once Emily learns to lay down her guard, her life and art soon begin to blossom, and Italy’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.
Previously praised by bestselling authors Eloisa James and Debbie Macomber and recognized as a bright and charming voice in Contemporary Romance by readers, librarians, and critics alike, Katherine Reay’s latest novel promises to be both a winsome love letter to books and a delightful jaunt through the gorgeous hills of Tuscany. With clever nods to Jane Austen’s classic, Emma, and Reay’s own signature wit, this delightful novel serves as a winsome love letter to books.