Ah, romance. It makes me sigh in pleasure and sigh in frustration. I like a little romance here and there (it’s a blessed and necessary part of life); but a lot of books tend to overdo it and just leave me feeling dirty if I even give them a try. My favorite kind of romance is friendship-based and sweet to the core.
Aggie’s Inheritance series by Chautona Havig
I have such a hard time finding romance novels that are wholesome and sweet (without being too sweet, if ya’ know what I mean); so finding a whole series is a huge bonus! It is such a sweet series with a great message! 😉 For more reasons to read this series (!!!) and a comprehensive content advisory (although I have yet to read the latest book) read my review.
A Little House of Their Own by Celia Wilkins
I’m not a huge fan of all the “extra” Little House books, but this one is told in the style and spirit of the ones Laura wrote. It was so sweet to see “Ma and Pa’s” friendship-based courtship that sets the stage for their future family. Pretty, pretty adorable. 😉 ❤ Just a note that there is some slight feminism that may or may not be accurate.
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Confession: as of the beginning of this year I’d never read the story of Beauty and the Beast. So this was honestly my first time. And THE ANGELS SING! Not only was it the sweetest story ever, but it was pulled off with such an adorable friendship-based relationship that I loved it twice as much. 😉 Just a note there is some thematic magic.
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
This is probably THE iconic clean romance; and, while it’s not the most well-written, I do appreciate it for its main theme. Love isn’t always a huge explosive falling-head-over-heels experience, more often it’s based on friendship and shared experience. 😉
Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster
When I was reading this, I found myself laughing out loud over Judy’s letters! My Kindle copy is full of highlighted quotes, and I wrote a blog post awhile ago entirely full of them. While I do have this in the romance genre (because that is the main theme); it’s not the whole point of the book, and it is refreshingly full of life outside that area. Just a note there is some slight feminism and discussion of worldviews from that time period.
Yep. Sweet to the core, just like a bushel of apples. 😉
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