Finding Unexpected Family in 7 Amazing Romantic Reads

Love doesn’t just happen for single, unattached people and in these seven novels, children and family members play just as big of a part in fostering romance as cupid does. The road to love may be a bit more complicated for some couples, who have to keep the feelings of more than just two people in mind, but that only leads to richer, more complex—and ultimately, more rewarding—journeys.

From single parents discovering comfort and intimacy in unexpected places to combat soldiers returning to a very different life than the one they left behind, these couples come with some very wonderful strings attached—strings that tie them close to one another. Because becoming a family—and falling in love—can happen in many different ways.  

A Soldier’s Return (The Women of Brambleberry House) by RaeAnne Thayne

Returning home to Brambleberry House had brought Melissa Fielding and her young daughter such joy. Perhaps it was no accident when the single mom “bumped” into Eli Sanderson, and discovered the handsome doctor was also back in town. The ex-soldier was still so captivating, but also more guarded. Was now the time to put old ghosts to rest?

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His Honor, Her Family (Meet Me at the Altar) by Tara Randel

Golden, Georgia, is the ideal place for crime scene investigator Deke Matthews to heal after a tragedy left him questioning everything. But there’s another reason he’s here, and moonlighting as an adventure guide provides the perfect cover. Attorney Grace Harper is back in Golden only long enough to save her family business—just when Deke has found the woman to share his life with.

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The Rancher’s Return (Sweet Briar Sweethearts) by Kathy Douglass

Ten years ago, the love of Raven Reynolds’s life disappeared. Soon after, Raven had the rancher’s child—though he didn’t know she was pregnant! Now Donovan Cordero is back and her prayers have been answered, but happily-ever-after feels further away than ever. Because how can she rebuild a life with her child’s father if she’s engaged to another man?

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The Marriage Bargain (Family Blessings) by Stephanie Dees

Jules Sheehan will do anything to keep custody of the two orphaned girls in her care—including a marriage of convenience with their uncle. Cam Quinn crosses the globe as a travel writer, but he’s ready to settle down. Now tough, tender Jules is offering the home he’s secretly longed for. Can this marriage in name only become a family of the heart?

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Anything for His Baby (Crimson, Colorado) by Michelle Major

Shep Bennett’s as smooth as they come, except when it comes to his new daughter. Paige Harper has the magic touch with the traumatized toddler, so she strikes a bargain. She’ll care for Rosie, if Shep will let her run the inn he bought out from under her family. But will Paige be able to keep her heart out of the deal?

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Their Family Blessing (Mississippi Hearts) by Lorraine Beatty

When single mom Carly Hughes inherits the Longleaf Lodge, she gains a heap of trouble—her teenage crush, Deputy Mackenzie Bridges. Her father left Mack the land around the lodge. While Carly wants to sell for her daughter’s sake, Mack wants to stay for his niece’s. If they can’t work together, they’ll both lose everything, including the renewed spark between them.

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Twins for the Soldier (American Heroes) Rochelle Alers

Army ranger Lee Remington didn’t think he’d ever go back to Wickham Falls, home of some of his worst memories. Now, returning to help his sister, he’s shocked by a powerful attraction to military widow Angela Mitchell—and floored by this mother of toddler twins, who accepts his proposal. But as he preps for his ready-made family, Lee has something to tell her.

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