I recently read Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes and was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. It quickly sucked me in and reminded me of a very specific type of book that I love: a small town (usually New England), quirky and lovable characters, a love story, and witty and sometimes sassy dialogue. Evvie Drake Starts Over fit this category perfectly and quickly became a 5 star read for me. Have you read it yet? If you have and are looking for more in the same style, here are four other books I recommend!
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living and The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller
I'll read anything written by Louise Miller. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors for cozy, quirky, lush stories set in New England. I loved both The City Baker's Guide to Country Living and The Late Bloomers' Club and I highly recommend reading them in order (City first, Bloomers second). The story lines are different but both books take place in the same small town in Vermont and have some overlapping secondary characters, so it's fun to see your favorite side characters pop up in The Late Bloomers' Club.
If you love Gilmore Girls, books where food plays an important role, and cozy New England vibes in your stories, these are for you!
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Attachments has been described as You've Got Mail in book form and I cannot disagree with that. Set in a small town in the Midwest, Lincoln and Beth work together and eventually fall in love. They are likable characters that you are rooting for the entire time, even with their flaws. I also got some Pam and Jim vibes from this one, which was pretty cute.
I've read a number of Rainbow Rowell's books after this one being my first and while I have enjoyed all of the ones I have read so far, this one has certainly stuck out in my mind as my favorite.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Kitchens of the Great Midwest brings more cozy vibes and stories about food. This one is set in the Midwest and begins with Lars being left by his wife for a sommelier. Lars is left with their baby, Eva, and as she grows he works to instill a love of cooking in her and she becomes a star chef. This one explores family dynamics and the small bits of joy that life surprises you with. I found this one completely heartwarming and funny.
J. Ryan Stradal also has a new book out, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, which I am eager to crack open because I have a feeling I am going to love it as much as this.
Have you read any of these? Or do you have suggestions for similar reads? Share them below, I'm always looking for more books similar to these!
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