three romances in my NetGalley reading list

Whilst I don’t tend to seek out romance novels as one of my absolute favourite genres, there are three hearts-and-flowers books languishing in my Kindle that were just too tempting to resist …

I’ve been becoming increasingly terrified by my growing NetGalley TBR list, but – of course – I haven’t managed to exert the self-control to stop requesting the lovely new titles that pop up enticingly each week. So, when I spotted a blog post by The Book Dutchesses, featuring some of their teetering NetGalley reads I was inspired to face my TBR head on.

This is the first post in a new series where I take a closer look at the bookish treats awaiting me. And today’s focus is on the romances …

Always in December


Every December, Josie posts a letter to the parents she lost one Christmas night, many years ago. She always writes the same three words: Missing you, always.

When Josie accidentally collides with a stranger at the postbox, she is unaware that Max has his own reasons for trying to avoid the season…or that their chance encounter is set to alter both their lives – and their hearts – in the most unexpected and beautiful of ways…

Set in London, New York and the gorgeous English countryside, Always, in December is the love story everyone will be talking about this year.

Heartbreaking. Life-affirming. Truly unforgettable.  Always, in December is the timeless, stay-up-all-night love story we all need right now. 

‘A sweepingly romantic, heartbreaking love story, packed with Richard Curtis-style moments, and an ending that took my breath away.’
Holly Miller

The Littlest Library


It’s only the beginning of her story…

Jess Metcalf is perfectly happy with her quiet, predictable life – it’s just the way she likes it. But when her beloved grandmother passes away and she loses her job at the local library, her life is turned upside-down.

Packing up her grandmother’s books, she moves to a tiny cottage in a charming country village. To her surprise, Jess finds herself the owner of an old red telephone box, too – and she soon turns it into the littlest library around!

It’s not long before the books are borrowed and begin to work their magic – somehow, they seem to be bringing the villagers together once more…

Maybe it’s finally time for Jess to follow her heart and find a place to call home?

‘Books, bats and romance…a perfect escape. I loved spending time with the characters of Middlemas.’
Liz Fenwick

The Start of Something


Two lonely people.
One note in the window.
And what happens when they reach out…


Lachlan Wallace is stuck at home after a car accident stalled his army career. With months of physiotherapy still to endure and only his rescue dog and cat for company, he’s taken to gazing out of the window, watching the world spin on without him. And then he notices a vase of flowers on the windowsill of the apartment opposite his. Drawn to their hope and colour, he decides to reach out and sticks a message in his window…

Bethan Gwynne is a stranger in a new town. Bringing up her son Noah by herself, she is slowly rebuilding her life, but loneliness is one obstacle she has yet to overcome. She’s intrigued by a glimpse of her neighbour in the apartment across from hers – and then, one evening, she sees a message in his window just for her:

WHAT ARE THOSE FLOWERS CALLED?

And so begins a love story of two people reaching out, daring to trust a stranger…

‘a wonderfully romantic story about the healing powers of love. Gentle and romantic, a wonderful salve for the soul, it is a charming joy of a read.’
Milly Johnson


Soooooo, help a girl out here … which one would you pick to read first? Have you read and loved any of these books already? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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