5 Stories of Big Romance in a Small Town
by Karen Green
Before the story even begins, there’s something inherently romantic about setting it in a small town. We think of these quaint villages as destinations where cares melt away and life happens at a slower, calmer pace; where everybody knows your name (and your business) and if they don’t, they’ll quickly learn it.
The town may be small, but the lives, loves and experiences are big! Check out these five small-town and rural romances to see what’s on offer beyond the city limits.
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Country Strong (Painted Pony Creek) by Linda Lael Miller
Our tour starts in Montana, as a small town under the big sky becomes the backdrop to a second-chance romance that cowboy Cord Hollister never dreamt could happen.
Painted Pony Creek is the setting for heartache, hope, secrets and a love story that is as wild as the weather out on the Western plains.
A Hopeful Harvest (Golden Grove) by Ruth Logan Herne
Golden Grove, Washington is, like many small towns, supported by agriculture and family farms, including the apple orchard single-mother Libby Creighton has returned home to care for.
And as this tale of faith, family and forgiveness progresses, Libby finds a partner and an entire community that cares for her.
Fortune’s Fresh Start (The Fortunes of Texas: Rambling Rose) by Michelle Major
Of course, not every citizen of a small town is a farmer or rancher; some hope to exploit a picturesque façade for other gains.
That’s exactly what real estate mogul, Callum Fortune is attempting to do in Rambling Rose, Texas. He’s happy to help give the community a much-needed facelift and then move on but it seems the charms of the town extend beyond it’s quiet streets and quaint buildings—and he’s not sure he can leave them behind.
Second-Chance Sweet Shop (Wickham Falls Weddings) by Rochelle Alers
Because of their out-of-the-way locales, small towns often seem to have an impressive proliferation of independent businesses and self-employment. And on these Main Streets, in towns like Wickham Falls, West Virginia, people like Sasha Manning get to start over.
And it’s not just Sasha’s pastries that local newspaper editor, Langston Cooper keeps returning to the Sweet Shoppe for—just like it wasn’t just the chance to take over a struggling business that led either of them to return to Wickham Falls after so many years away.
A Walk in the Park by Brenda Jackson
Must love dogs for this charming tale of small-town romance set in rural Alabama.
When Raquel Capers confronts her neighbor over his dog’s dalliance with her own, she can’t help the attraction she feels for him despite her annoyance.
Not everybody in a small town is what they seem to be, and as Raquel and Quest get to know each other, they both must reveal information that could set the gossip mill buzzing.
Quest is not the typical boy-next-door—and it’s definitely not just puppy love for these two.
Previously published in the 2013 anthology, Love Bites as Smookie and the Bandit.