Can’t Beat a Classic: Revisit These 7 Romances
by Karen Green
The holiday season is almost here and that means preparing for all kinds of beloved traditions. A fall visit to a pumpkin patch, apple picking at a favorite orchard, family get-togethers and decorating the house—the comfort and happiness we derive from these activities are so great that we continue to do them year after year.
We find that sense of pleasure and contentment in the rediscovery of favorite things as well—walking a path we haven’t stepped on in ages, visiting a cafe we used to frequent or picking up a book we know we loved the first time we read it years ago.
From seasonal stories to romantic suspense, these seven classic novels have been given a new look but contain the same joy, thrills, excitement and satisfaction you’ll remember. And like a new or beloved tradition, once you (re)discover these books, you’ll want to take them down from the shelf to enjoy again and again.
Captive Star (Stars of Mithra) by Nora Roberts
Originally released 1997
Bounty hunter Jack Dakota knows how to handle himself, but the moment he went to pick up bail jumper M.J. O’Leary, he discovered there was nothing easy about the spitfire—or about this case. Someone had set them both up. Now they’re handcuffed together and on the run from a pair of hired killers. M.J. isn’t talking about why the men are after her and everything tells Jack she can’t be trusted. Everything, that is, except his captive heart.
Secret Love (Madaris Family Saga) by Brenda Jackson
Originally released 2000
Actress Diamond Swain needs a peaceful place to hide out from the news-hungry paparazzi—a place like Whispering Pines. And yet from the moment she arrives at the remote Texas ranch, Diamond finds herself at odds with its rugged owner, Jake Madaris. Face-to-face with beautiful, compassionate Diamond, Jake is drawn into a whirlwind, secret romance. But is what he shares with her strong enough to overcome the media’s prying eyes?
A Gift of Grace by Inglath Cooper
Originally released in 2006
In a moment of grief, Caleb Tucker made the biggest mistake of his life. He gave away his wife’s baby, born under the most tragic circumstances. Three years later he gets a second chance when Sophie Owens walks into his feed store with her little girl—a little girl who looks a lot like his late wife. But in order to get his second chance, he’ll have to ruin Sophie’s world. Perhaps, though, a gift of grace could save them both.
Ghost Walk (Harrison Investigation) by Heather Graham
Originally released 2005
Nikki DuMonde’s newest employee is standing at the end of her bed at four o’clock in the morning begging for help. Nikki doesn’t scare easily but then a police officer informs her that her employee was brutally murdered—at the exact time Nikki swears the distraught woman was in her room. No one believes her except for Brent Blackhawk. Able to communicate with the dead, Brent realizes another ghost is also trying to reach out to Nikki and she must listen if she wants to keep living.
Taken by Storm (Whitfield Brides) by Rochelle Alers
Originally released 2008
Tall, ruggedly handsome U.S. Marshal Raphael Madison tells floral designer Simone Whitfield that he’s her live-in bodyguard for the duration of a high-profile court case, but while trying to stay busy and ignore the magnetic pull of the hunky lawman, Simone discovers that sharing her home with a bodyguard stirs up a storm of longing. Soon, their closeness becomes electrifying, resulting in an endless night of uncontrollable passion. But will the morning after bring regrets or promises of forever?
Once Upon a Christmas (Lakeside Mountain Rescue) by Sarah Morgan
Originally released 2004
Bryony’s daughter has put a dad on her Christmas list. That leaves Bryony with one month to find the perfect man! While she’s looking for love, her best friend Helen is doing the opposite. Her Christmas wish is to forget all about her faithless rat of a fiancé. And though Sally was heartbroken when Tom ended their relationship, she’s back—working in his department as the new midwife.
Friends Helen, Bryony and Sally’s festive cheer definitely needs a boost, so it’s lucky that once upon a Christmas, wishes really do come true.
Gone Cold by B.J. Daniels
Originally released in 2012
Ice Lake is the ideal romantic getaway for Morgan Sinclair and her new husband, Tom Cooper—until Tom’s past catches up with him. Morgan is snowed in with a man who isn’t what he seems, and a killer is out for revenge. She must unravel the truth before it’s too late—but can she trust the man she married?
Are you ready to rediscover a fall classic? Let us know which of these books you’ll be picking up—or picking up again!