Whether you have ever fallen in love with a fictional character, wanted to leave your life behind to jump into the pages of a book, or found inspiration in a work of fiction, you will find a story to fall in love with below.
In relatable rom-com fashion Gigi Rutherford is a woman who loves love stories, but not just any love stories, her favorites are those read by the smooth-voiced audiobook narrator Zane Wilkenson. After learning Zane will be leading a tour through the English countryside Gigi decides to leave fiction behind and find the real thing. Will the real Zane live up to the men he has voiced, or will there be surprises in store for her in England?
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Jane is a modern New Yorker who has eschewed the frustrating city dating scene for the fantasy of Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, with a particular preference for Colin Firth’s interpretation of the character. When a relative dies and bequeaths her a trip to an English resort aimed at Austen-obsessed women Jane wonders if being done up in full Regency style will finally break the Austen spell or land her a Mr. Darcy?
Gaia is a successful novelist who spins her seductive dreams into bestselling romantic yarns. After a difficult childhood the closest she ever wants to come to love is in her sleep. But what is she to do when she starts dreaming about Jacob, a man she knows in real life? Especially when she finds out they are now sharing each other’s dreams? One’s mind boggles at the possibilities…
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Nina’s life is small and that’s exactly how she wants it. She has a great job in a bookstore, a fantastic trivia team, and a cat. Anytime she wonders if she should broaden her horizons she can open a new book. And then the unexpected happens, the father she never knew dies and suddenly she is beset by requests to meet by siblings she has never known. Nina liked her life just the way it was, what chaos could expanding it bring?
A slightly unconventional pick for this list, but if you liked any of the previous titles you will adore this one. Georgie’s life has hit a snag and she has landed back in her hometown as an adult facing the fact that she does not know what she wants out of life. After finding an old “friend-fic” diary she wrote as a teenager she begins trying to make her wishes from the past come true, along with Levi Fanning, her grumpy new roommate, she makes her way through the wishes of her old diary and begins to find what she wants now along the way. Who doesn’t love a heroine who writes her own happily ever after?