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6 Contemporary Romance Recommendations for the Month of Love

6 Contemporary Romance Recommendations for the Month of Love

Valentine's Day may be over, but we're still feeling the love at Wordsworth HQ! Fresh on the heels of our BookTok romance recommendations last week, today we're recommending more of our favourite contemporary romances.

These recommendations from Liza - our Willowbridge store manager - are sure to set your heart aflutter!

Destination Wedding - Diksha Basu - R230

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If you enjoy romance books that open your mind to new cultures as well as opening your heart to love, Destination Wedding is a must-read!

Tina wants to feel Indian. Really Indian. Not Indian in the sense of going to yoga in Brooklyn. She wants to know the real India - only whenever she visits, people take her to bars and restaurants and boutiques that could be anywhere in the world.

So she jumps at the chance to get to know the country when she heads to Delhi for her glamorous cousin Shefali's week-long wedding, with her best friend, her parents and her mother's all-American boyfriend in tow.

Navigating a world of Delhi playboys, models, dating agencies for widows, and wedding guests with personal bodyguards, Tina is determined to have an authentic Indian experience. Now if only someone would tell her what that was...

Christmas for Beginners - Carole Matthews - R215

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Who said Christmas books need to be limited to being read at Christmas-time? If you need a cheerful pick-me-up that feels like a mug of hot chocolate in book form, this is the one for you!

Christmas is fast approaching at the new Hope Farm. Owner Molly Baker has been convinced to organise an open day to raise some much-needed funds ahead of the New Year, but the nativity tableau is proving challenging. With anti-social sheep, awkward alpacas and a seriously sequined Santa Claus to assemble, Molly is feeling overwhelmed, and in desperate need of some Christmas spirit...

Despite the chaos of the farm getting in the way of her event planning, Molly is looking forward to spending the holidays with boyfriend Shelby and his son, Lucas, hopeful that a happy family Christmas is exactly what they need to draw them all together. But while she is busy making plans on the farm, Shelby, it seems, has ideas of his own.

As the nativity draws near, the team are working hard to pull off a spectacular festive fete - and make sure the animals and humans remain on their best behaviour.

Will this Christmas be merry and bright... or is there more than one surprise in store for Molly and Hope Farm?

To All the Dogs I've Loved Before - Lizzie Shane - R250

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This beautiful second chance romance will have readers (and dog lovers!) swooning.

The last person Elinor Rodriguez wants to spend time with is her first love, Levi Jackson. The quietly intense lawman broke Elinor's heart once before, and she's determined to never risk trusting him again.

Unfortunately, her mischievous rescue dog seems to have other plans. Somehow Dory always manages to escape Elinor at the worst possible moment. And in the small town of Pine Hollow, Levi is the man to call when a dog is disrupting traffic.

As the kid who barely graduated - and still struggles to hide his dyslexia - Levi always believed that Elinor was way out of his league. Even though he ended their engagement all those years ago, Elinor continues to take Levi's breath away whenever he sees her.

Now, with a little help from a four-legged friend, Levi and Elinor may just get another shot at the ending they deserve.

The Layover - Lacie Waldon - R215

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If you loved The Unhoneymooners, The Hating Game, or The Spanish Love Deception, you'll love this workplace enemies to lovers romance!

After ten years as a flight attendant, Ava Greene is poised to hang up her wings and finally put down roots. Unfortunately, she's working her last trip with Jack Stone - the absurdly gorgeous, ridiculously cocky man she's held a secret grudge against for years.

When their plane encounters mechanical problems, what should have been a quick stop in Belize suddenly becomes a weekend layover. Getting stuck on a flight with her nemesis was bad enough. But being stranded with him at a luxury resort in paradise?

Even with the sultry breeze and white sand to distract her, it will take all the rum punch in the country to drown out his larger-than-life presence.

Yet the more time Ava spends with him under the hot Caribbean sun, the more she begins to second-guess everything she thought she knew...

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris - Jenny Colgan - R215

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Paris. An artisanal chocolate shop. Can you imagine a dreamier setting?

As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trent is already awake and at work; mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris.

It’s a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna came back into contact with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime – to work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier.

With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate – and herself – than she ever dreamed.

The Bookshop of Second Chances - Jackie Fraser - R210

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This enchanting story set in the Scottish Lowlands, filled with lords, second-hand books, new beginnings and second chances is perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Rachael Lucas and Jenny Colgan.

Thea’s having a bad month. Not only has she been made redundant, she’s also discovered her husband of nearly twenty years is sleeping with one of her friends. And he’s not sorry – he’s leaving.

Bewildered and lost, Thea doesn’t know what to do. But, when she learns the great-uncle she barely knew has died and left her his huge collection of second-hand books and a house in the Scottish Lowlands, she seems to have been offered a second chance.

Running away to a little town where no one knows her seems like exactly what Thea needs. But when she meets the aristocratic Maltravers brothers – grumpy bookshop owner Edward and his estranged brother Charles, Lord Hollinshaw – her new life quickly becomes just as complicated as the life she was running from...


That's it for our contemporary romance recommendations for today. Let us know in the comments what your favourite rom-com is! And check in next week to see what February releases we're recommending for book clubs.
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